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Review: 'Leap of Faith' jumps around too much

April 27, 2012 • Entertainment


In this theater image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Raul Esparza is shown during a performance of “Leap of Faith,” at the St. James Theatre in New York. (AP Photo/Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Joan Marcus)

NEW YORK (AP) — The last musical of the official Broadway season comes into town like a huckster promising salvation. But it’s the show itself that needs saving.

There’s a strong musical somewhere in “Leap of Faith,” which stars a soulful Raul Esparza and has some of Alan Menken’s best songs.

But what opened Thursday at The St. James Theatre is sometimes confusing in its tone. Like its main character — the devious faith healer Rev. Jonas Nightingale, ready to scam residents of a down-and-out Kansas town — the musical is hard to pin down. There’s too much misdirection.

The show is based on the 1992 film starring Steve Martin that was written by Janus Cercone. This time, she has teamed up with Warren Leight for a book that keeps the preacher’s rhinestone jacket but plays up the romance.

“Leap of Faith” feels like many hands have tried to heal it over the years since it had its world Login to read more

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