3. "Paramour," by too many people to list here, on Broadway.
Cirque du Soleil needs to stick to the circus and leave musical theater to the experts. The acrobats and aerialists dazzle, the star-is-born book and score belly flop.
2. "Cagney," by Peter Colley, Christopher McGovern, and Robert Creighton, at Off Broadway's Westside Theatre
The musicals and gangster pictures that James Cagney made at Warner Bros. featured snappy dialogue and rapid-fire editing. His movie oeuvre is the antithesis of this dull bio tuner.