REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Marry Harry” Opened with a ShowScore of 73

Show-Score | May 5, 2017
“Marry Harry,” with music by Dan Martin, lyrics by Michael Biello, and directed by Bill Castellino, opened on May  4, 2017 in New York City. “Marry Harry,” with music by Dan Martin, lyrics by Michael Biello, and directed by Bill Castellino, opened on May 4, 2017 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

6 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 66.

Raven Snook
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 45
"Old-fashioned is too fresh an adjective for the musty musical rom-com...Sparks, complications and hoary humor fly, but it’s all de trop—or, more precisely, tropes...Dan Martin and Michael Biello’s songs are pleasant but unmemorable...Jennifer Robbins’s tepid, low-stakes book causes indigestion...Director-choreographer Castellino works hard to turn this TV dinner into a gourmet meal, but his swift and inventive staging can only do so much...Marry Harry? You won’t even want to swipe right."
Suzanna Bowling
Times Square Chronicles
ShowScore: 80
"A romantic, kitschy show...The leads as well as the rest of the cast are winning, likable and talented. We care for this cream puff of a romance because of them, and keep trying to fill in the holes that ask too many questions...The score by Biello is interesting and catchy, alerting my radar to watching this tunesmith travel on. The lyrics by Martin are clever. The book by Robbins is cute, romantic and watchable but so unbelievable...This sweet fare will leave you feeling light."
Steven Ross
Front Mezz Junkies
ShowScore: 73
"A charmingly silly slice of romantic musical comedy...Director/choreographer Castellino keeps the action flowing, bypassing the awkward moments that don’t make sense or ring true on any level...The two leads also help us discard the ridiculousness and stay focused on the whirlwind romance being played out before our eyes. They manage to keep us engaged and happy out of the sheer force of their likability and solid vocal talent. The same could be said for the whole package."

“Marry Harry” was also reviewed by Dan Stahl of Theatermania, Sandi Durell of Theater Pizzazz, and Deb Miller of DC Metro Theater Arts.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 66 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 74.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Entertaining, Fluffy, Delightful, Cliched, Romantic

Jacqueline Parker, ShowScore: 80
See it if…"You enjoy the zany musicals of Comden and Green, or others from the 1950s. The set design is evocative of that time, and the direction is great." 
Don't see it if…"You cannot suspend your disbelief for the sake of an entertaining evening." 

Sharon604, ShowScore: 79 
See it if…"You like musicals with some really good singing and some funny lines. Cute show." 
Don't see it if…"You're looking for a tight, professional musical. This is the beginning of something that can have potential."
Yoni Weiss, ShowScore: 50
See it if…"You love a good, no-logic romantic comedy with some pleasant music." 
Don't see it if…"You're expecting a really well-executed plot, well-developed characters, or a cohesive directing style."

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Marry Harry
134 reviews
74
Overall Score

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