Reviews: What Do Critics Think of Days of Wine and Roses on Broadway? | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: What Do Critics Think of Days of Wine and Roses on Broadway?

Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas' new musical officially opened at Studio 54 January 28.

Brian d'Arcy James and Kelli O'Hara in Days of Wine And Roses Joan Marcus

Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas' Days of Wine and Roses officially opened on Broadway at Studio 54 January 28, and the reviews are rolling in. The new musical began previews January 6, and the limited engagement will continue through April 28. 

Kelli O'Hara and Brian d'Arcy James are back starring as Kirsten Arnesen and Joe Clay (respectively) after leading the 2023 Off-Broadway bow at Atlantic Theater Company, with much of that cast returning alongside them, including Byron Jennings as Arnesen, Sharon Catherine Brown as Mrs. Nolan, Bill English as Mr. Shaw, Olivia Hernandez as Betty, and David Jennings as Jim Hungerford. New to the company are Tony Carlin as Rad, Tabitha Lawing as Lila, and David Manis as Delaney.

Rounding out the company are swings Steven Booth, Nicole Ferguson, and Kelcey Watson; and understudy Addie Manthey.

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AMNY (Matt Windman)

Broadway News (Brittani Samuel)

CitiTour NYC (Brian Scott Lipton)

Deadline (Greg Evans)

Hollywood Soapbox (John Soltes)

New York Daily News (Chris Jones)*

New York Magazine/Vulture (Sara Holdren)*

New York Stage Review (Bob Verini, David Finkle)

The New York Sun (Elysa Gardner)

New York Theater (Jonathan Mandell)

New York Theatre Guide (Gillian Russo)

The New York Times (Laura Collins-Hughes)*

NY Daily News (Chris Jones)*

TheaterMania (David Gordon)

Theater Pizzazz (Carole Di Tosti)

Theatrely (Juan A. Ramirez)

TimeOut NY (Adam Feldman)

The Washington Post (Naveen Kumar)*

The Wrap (Robert Hofler)*

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Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

Also returning is the entire Off-Broadway creative team, led by director Michael Greif. As at the Atlantic, the production features choreography by Sergio Trujillo and Karla Puno Garcia, scenic design by Lizzie Clachan, costume design by Dede Ayite, lighting design by Ben Stanton, sound design by Kai Harada, hair and wigs by David Brian Brown, and orchestrations by Guettel and Jamie Lawrence. Kimberly Grigsby is also back as music director. Casting is by The Telsey Office's Craig Burns.

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Adapted from the 1962 film and a 1958 teleplay, Days of Wine and Roses is somewhat of a Light in the Piazza reunion. Guettel and Lucas previously collaborated on the 2005 musical, with Guettel winning Tony Awards for his score and orchestrations, and Lucas receiving a Tony nod for his book. O'Hara starred and was Tony-nominated for her performance as Clara.

The Broadway bow is produced by Kevin McCollum, Mark Cortale, Sing Out, Louise! Productions, Atlantic Theater Company, Robert Greenblatt, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Wild Oak Media, Bob Boyett Theatricals, and Lucas McMahon. The production is presented in association with Roundabout Theatre Company, which owns Studio 54, though Days of Wine and Roses is not part of Roundabout's season.


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