21 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 65.
The New York Times
"This delightfully weird and just plain delightful show will provide the kind of thrills we look for in all musical comedies, however outlandish their subject matter: an engaging and varied score, knocked out of the park by a superlative cast, and a supremely witty book…All of the performers are terrific…Although the show is primarily a series of solo turns, the staging is dynamic...For a musical about dead teenagers, it’s high-spirited and just plain fun from start to finish."
"This quirky show pushes hard for its desired audience response, be it laughter or tears. Unfortunately, it's not nearly as funny as the writers seem to think and a last-minute U-turn toward schmaltz comes across as unearned…Everyone in the cast works up a sweat selling the material they have to work with...Under the steady and efficient direction of Rachel Rockwell, the whole thing feels like a Fringe Festival musical with really high production values."
New York Theater
"If the musical feels largely derivative, it features an appealing, talented cast, a dozen witty, energetic songs in a variety of popular styles, and a spectacular design for such a small-scale show. Although the characters are dead, that doesn’t stop them from being fun and funny, albeit in a familiar way…The premise winds up being little more than the frame for a series of entertaining musical numbers. But the cast makes the most of them."
“Ride the Cyclone” was also reviewed by Matthew Wexler of Broadway Blog, Doug Marino of Act Three - The Reviews, Brian Scott Lipton of Theater Pizzazz, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Linda Winer of Newsday, Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, and Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway.
The show was also reviewed by 114 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 81.
Top five adjectives describing the show:
Quirky, Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Funny
See it if…"You enjoy original musicals in content, form, and viewpoint. You want your cerebral ideas mixed with more pedestrian bits."
Don't see it if…"You're going to be disappointed with a piece that does not fulfill all of its ambitions."
See it if…"You like to have fun, and for some exciting theatrical moments, even though the theme is a bit trite."
Don't see it if…"You like complex, ambiguous theater and you don't like some dark ideas."
See it if…"You are looking for a really original show with quirky characters that you can't help but love. Great mix of comedy, drama, and heart."
Don't see it if…"You prefer traditional musicals and story lines, or don't like shows that rely on special effects and projections, although they are used well."
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