REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Beardo” Opened with a ShowScore of 81

Show-Score | Feb 13, 2017
“Beardo,” with music by Dave Malloy, book and lyrics by Jason Craig, and directed by Ellie Heyman, opened on February 12, 2017 in New York City. “Beardo,” with music by Dave Malloy, book and lyrics by Jason Craig, and directed by Ellie Heyman, opened on February 12, 2017 in New York City.


4 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 75.

Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 85
"A wonderfully strange new musical...Overflowing with mystery and mirth, this tragicomic riff on a familiar tale is an unforgettable theatrical experience...Malloy employs an eclectic mix of styles for a score that is both tuneful and daring...Surprises abound in Heyman's earthy production...'Beardo' thrillingly leaves us to ponder what we just saw and to distrust any immediate conclusions we might make about it."
Alexis Soloski
The New York Times
ShowScore: 65
"A louche, lewd and assertively weird fantasia on the life of Rasputin...Those lacking familiarity with pre-revolutionary Russian history may find themselves befuddled...This ought to be dark, ribald, rambling entertainment. And it is. But it also isn’t...Heyman approaches the material with gusto, conjuring some visual and sonic surprises, playing down the politics. But art alters as times change, and this show now seems less bouncy, more hollow and more queasy than intended."
Jonathan Mandell
New York Theater
ShowScore: 70
"Some of the elements familiar from 'Great Comet' are present, most notably Malloy’s classically tinged, eclectic score offering everything from rock ballads to hearty drinking songs, as well as a game and talented cast. But 'Beardo' feels in comparison like a work in progress. The book and lyrics are playful, sometimes clever, silly, ribald, deliberately anachronistic, joyfully shocking and in-your-face weird. They are too accomplished to be labeled juvenile but 'adolescent' might fit."

“Beardo” was also reviewed by Lindsay Timmington of On Stage Blog.


The show was also reviewed by 40 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 81.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great singing, Ambitious, Raunchy, Quirky, Great staging

DD, ShowScore: 87
See it if…"You are looking for an off-off-Broadway experience where the 'art of theater' beats out everything else. This is a fun, crazy ride!" 
Don't see it if…"You are looking for more commercial, linear storytelling." 
Mariah, ShowScore: 68 
See it if…"You enjoy great singing regardless of lyrics, plot, and tempo. You like shows in cool venues that utilize the setting. You love Malloy." 
Don't see it if…"You need a show to have clear character development, clever lyrics, and a good plot. You want to be able to empathize with the titular lead."
Justinian, ShowScore: 80
See it if…"You liked 'Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812,' know of Rasputin ('Anastasia' will do), or like Russian history." 
Don't see it if…"You have sensitive tastes, dislike dick jokes and absurdism, or possess an unwillingness to suspend disbelief or break third walls." 

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