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The Broadway Review: ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ — A charming new musical told through bright eyes and big songs

Alicia Keys’ new musical, freshly transferred from the Public Theater, is an adoring snapshot of young love and longing in ’90s New York.

Good morning, and welcome to Broadway News’ Broadway Review by Brittani Samuel — our overview of reactions, recommendations and information tied to last night’s Broadway opening of “Hell’s Kitchen.”


Maleah Joi Moon (center) and the company of “Hell’s Kitchen” on Broadway, 2024 (Credit: Marc J. Franklin)

Adoring Alicia Keys is common sense. Her artist “catalog” is more akin to a trove, spilling over with golden (and Gold and Platinum-status) treasure. The impulse to learn more about her — an action that the new musical “Hell’s Kitchen” with music, lyrics and new arrangements by Keys threadbaringly takes — is only natural. There are similarities to the crooner’s life present here — her upbringing in nefarious 1990s New York, her teenage turmoil under the surveillance of an overburdened single mother, her splintered relationship with her father — but make no mistake, this story belongs to Ali (Maleah Joi Moon), not Alicia. 

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