In Tune Magazine
GENE DANTE & THE FUTURE STARLETS
“The Romantic Lead”
(4 stars) — After a couple spins of “The Romantic Lead,” it’s easy to believe that frontman Gene Dante has an extensive background in musical theater. He’s toured with “The Rocky Horror Show,” staged and starred in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and portrayed the Beast in “Beauty and the Beast.” Dante and the Future Starlets have managed to incorporate those dramatic skills into an energetic, fun record.
Embracing the glam-rock sound of David Bowie and T. Rex, Dante and his mates rock their way through an enjoyable 11-track collection of tunes that drip with emotion and theatrical overtones — almost as if each track was written for an as-yet unproduced rock opera. Among the highlights here are opener “A Madness to His Method,” “The Starlet Hits the Wall,” “OK Sunshine,” “This Is the Closing” and the sprawling set closer “To a God Unknown.”
- Jeffrey Sisk (In Tune Magazine/The Daily News)