The Bowery Boys Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 15 2009

If you've seen the 1992 movie musical Newsies, you're going to experience significant deja vu watching this new work by David H. Bell and Jeremy Cohen. Just for starters, they share the same premise: poor-but-plucky youths confronting ruthless power on the mean streets of turn-of-the-century Manhattan. The Bowery Boys is by far the sillier of the two, with a plot line that depends on nobody realizing that there's been telegraph service between the U.S. and Europe since 1866. Based on Horatio Alger's inspirational stories, Bell's book also offers a central character so noble that he begins to seem a little retarded. Cohen's score is nicely crafted but forgettable. And yet, like Newsies, the show compensates for all shortcomings with a sharp cast and exuberant choreography. --Tony Adler

Price: $45

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