REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Curvy Widow” Opened with a ShowScore of 70

Show-Score | Aug 4, 2017
“Curvy Widow”, written by Bobby Goldman and directed by Peter Flynn opened on August  3, 2017 in New York City. “Curvy Widow”, written by Bobby Goldman and directed by Peter Flynn opened on August 3, 2017 in New York City.


16 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 61.

Anita Gates
The New York Times
ShowScore: 55
"The story, directed by Peter Flynn, seems headed for a classic happy ending or an updated version of 'An Unmarried Woman' (victory in self-actualization), and neither promises much satisfaction. Mr. Brody’s music and lyrics are pleasant but insight-free. Ms. Goldman’s book is often witty but decidedly self-congratulatory...Things go annoyingly well for Bobby...The three actors (Land, Muraoka and Shyer) who play all the male characters deliver some entertaining group numbers."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 55
"None of the characters are worrying much about money, making the stakes feel awfully low...As vanity projects go, 'Curvy Widow' is better than most. Some of Goldman's jokes are actually funny, and when they're not, the naturally comedic Opel usually carries them across the finish line...It is made more pleasant by Drew Brody's listenable score of ersatz Sondheim tunes...It's impossible to hate 'Curvy Widow,' especially in light of the profound indifference it engenders."
Raven Snook
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 45
"'Curvy Widow' has a dispiritingly embalmed feel...A musical that would be D.O.A. if not for its star, Nancy Opel. Opel is so appealing and funny as the musical’s fiftysomething title character, who learns to let go and lust again thanks to online dating, that you can almost forgive the linen-thin narrative and cavalcade of hoary humor, caricatures and mis-rhymed lyrics...Like a misleading profile, 'Curvy Widow's' promise yields a disappointing date."

“Curvy Widow” was also reviewed by Mark Dundas Wood of Stage Buddy and David Finkle of The Huffington Post.


The show was also reviewed by 66 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 71.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Cliched, Disappointing

M 608343, ShowScore: 85
See it if…"You like well-done shows that deal with life for those of us of a certain age. Takes an honest but funny look at life for a dating widow." 
Don't see it if…"You are looking for Chekhovian drama. This is a light show that has something important to say, but says it in an accessible way."
Martin 0748, ShowScore: 75
See it if…"You're in the mood for a fun, frothy musical romp, well-performed and directed. Nancy Opel alone is worth the  price of admission."
Don't see it if…"90 minutes about middle-aged dating and sex will turn you off. The show doesn't aim high, but hits its target."
Shira 6053, ShowScore: 67
See it if…"You like the idea of expressing what it's like to go through widowhood and getting out there again to date, but the star is miscast."
Don't see it if…"The main character is ultimately not that likable, making poor choices, some cringe- worthy. Her costumes taught us how to pack for travel."

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