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Review: Alicia Keys’ Hell’s Kitchen Really Cooks
November 19, 2023, 11:00.18 pm ET


By Brian Scott Lipton

Being able to brilliantly straddle the line between (semi)autobiography and a universal coming-of-ale tale is just one of the many achievements of the vibrantly exciting new musical, “Hell’s Kitchen,” now at the Public Theatre.

The extraordinary singer-songwriter Alicia Keys (winner of 15 Grammy Awards, among many other honors) has clearly put her heart, soul and much of her esteemed musical catalogue into this deeply personal enterprise about a gifted if unhappy 17-year-old named Ali (played with remarkable assurance by stage newcomer Maleah Joi Moon). Continue Reading...