I reviewed The Thing About Men, an off-Broadway musical that opened Wednesday at the Promenade Theatre, in this morning’s Wall Street Journal. Here’s the lead:
I didn’t go to “The Thing About Men” expecting to have my mind changed about the diminished state of American musical comedy. The posters for the show, which opened off Broadway at the Promenade Theatre on Wednesday, feature a photo of the torso of a half-naked person of indeterminate gender whose necktie dangles from his (or her) open trousers in such a way as to suggest…well, you get the idea. And so, I thought, did I. But “The Thing About Men,” much to my surprise, turned out to be something altogether different from the silly sex farce I was prepared to endure. Instead, Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts, the authors of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” have now made another honorable and largely successful attempt to breathe new life into the moribund tradition of the middlebrow musical….
To read the whole review, simply go to the nearest newsstand, part with one (1) hard-earned dollar, and turn to the “Weekend Journal” section of this morning’s Journal, which is, as ever and always, full of good stuff.