It’s a crazy time of year, and everybody’s got too much to do. But sometimes, you just have to fight back against injustice. I saw a wonderful new show on Broadway the other night, Bonnie & Clyde. I was there with my husband, who’s been known to walk out during the overture once or twice, and at the intermission more times than I can count. And he really, really likes the show. Other friends were with us. We all loved the show, the sets, the story-telling devices. We knew we were in the presence of newly minted stars, who sing gloriously. We laughed, we gasped. We felt deeply for the women who lost their children. And we walked out humming the tunes. The show’s producers are talented, experienced, dedicated, smart. The lead producer, Kathleen Raitt, is a woman in our age bracket, and the cast is filled with outstanding actresses of a certain age.

Then the show got slammed by some critics. It’s as if they’d written the reviews before seeing the show.

We’ve all known prejudice, one way and another. And we know how to fight it, too. After all, how many times have we been to shows and movies that critics have raved about and we’ve thought, “What the **** were they thinking!” As you may know, I have a personal interest in seeing Broadway thrive, in seeing New York City draw visitors. Help to keep this show running, and to put reviews in their proper perspective—as a matter of opinion, the beginning of a conversation.

Please, switch over to your search engine—it’ll only take a couple of minutes—and buy tickets right now. Or click right here.

After you’ve seen the show, let’s talk.

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  • Marco La Bianca December 14, 2011 at 8:38 am

    I didn’t see it in the theatre, but i find it fabulouse, gorgeous, beautiful actors, beautiful voices and coreografy! I love the still image in the 58th second of this video. thank you dearest Elizabeth

  • Daniel, NY December 7, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Thank you very much, Ms Hemmerdinger, for your review. I feel the same way about the Bonnie & Clyde. It was one of the best theater performances I have seen in a very long time. I liked just everything about the show and was outraged to see some of the negative critic reviews. Everyone that I’ve spoken too who has seen the show loved it. Also, almost every guest review online was very positive. It would be such a pity if a few paid opinions would cause severe trouble for this spectacularly beautiful musical.

    The music is great, the singing is outstanding, the acting is and interacting between the perfomers is exceptional, and the set design is amazing, to say the least.

    Go see this show. I can guarantee that you won’t regret it!

  • Betsy Rosenthal December 7, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    The music, actors & the staging were excellent. The only thing that could possibly be criticized is the story line – you knew what the ending was going to be. That is not a serious flaw. Overall I enjoyed it!

  • Michelle Paige Paterson December 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I never go by what the critics say. I have found most of the time my opinion differs from the critics, so I hope to see play over the holiday season.

  • Llooyd Fruge December 6, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    i agree completely with you, they had to have written the review before they saw the show