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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through March 7 2010

The beauty of this revival is that it succeeds without referencing the 1964 Broadway original, the 1968 movie, or--most surprising of all--Barbra Streisand's star turn in the lead role. It helps that Sara Sheperd brings her own star power to her portrayal of legendary comedienne Fanny Brice. Sheperd's uncommon power and verve dominates every scene she appears in--comic, serious, and show-stopping musical number--and helps her make the role her own. But she's also surrounded by a superb ensemble of singers, dancers, and actors, all of whom bring out the third dimension in a piece that could easily be flattened into yet another high-gloss, high-energy show-biz musical. --Jack Helbig

Price: $19-61

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