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Review: Days of Wine and Roses
June 5, 2023, 9:07.42 pm ET


Photo: Ahron R Foster

By Brian Scott Lipton

It’s almost irrefutable that one will step into the Atlantic Theater Company’s production of “Days of Wine and Roses” wondering why JP Miller’s shattering source material about a couple battling alcoholism – first presented on television in 1958 and then memorably filmed in 1962 – has been musicalized.

And full truth be told, you’ll leave this unusual show 105 minutes later without a truly satisfactory answer, yet unbearably grateful to have heard the clarion, celestial voices of the wonderful Kelli O’Hara and Brian D’Arcy James – as the naïve secretary Kirsten Arnesen and the more worldly PR man Joe Clay – as well as the often-gorgeous melodies created by the prodigiously talented Adam Guettel. Continue reading...