Choir Boy (Broadway)
Choir Boy (Broadway)

Choir Boy (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(430 Reviews)
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Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Entertaining

About the Show

After staging its US debut in 2015, Manhattan Theater Club brings Oscar-winning writer Tarell Alvin McCraney's ('Moonlight') music-filled drama, about a gifted member of a school's gospel choir, to Broadway.

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148 Reviews | 21 Followers
Great writing, Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if You’re looking for loved Moonlight, want to see a powerful ensemble who are triple threats, masterful storytelling, something truly fresh

Don't see it if You’re uncomfortable with homosexual storylines

52 Reviews | 2 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant

See it if Such a well acted and moving piece of theater. Can't recommend it highly enough.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with gay themes and nudity.

53 Reviews | 2 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You enjoy coming of age stories

Don't see it if You don’t like love stories, a racist and homophobic

95 Reviews | 11 Followers
Great singing, Great staging, Must see, Profound, Relevant

See it if You love a great storyline and singing

Don't see it if You do not like shows about teens finding themselves

81 Reviews | 12 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if great singing, acting and bodies

Don't see it if don't like accapella

73 Reviews | 4 Followers
Absorbing, Great singing, Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like a combination of great singing, dancing, and acting.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals and/or dancing

95 Reviews | 6 Followers
Great singing, Great staging, Profound

See it if You want a beautiful coming of age tale.

Don't see it if You didn't like "Moonlight"

167 Reviews | 51 Followers
Absorbing, Relevant, Must see, Masterful, Refreshing

See it if You appreciate good theater. It’s the modern Take Me Out/History Boys/etc. Utter perfection from start to finish. But not for everyone...

Don't see it if Your first comment will be ‘i didn’t think shows should have so few people. They should be cheaper if they do’ like the people behind me 🤷� Read more

Critic Reviews (57)

The New York Times
January 8th, 2019

"When ‘Choir Boy’ sticks to that idea, focusing on Pharus’s discovery, through exuberant music, of the brawn inside his perceived weakness, it is captivating and fresh. The portrait of his adversaries — choral and otherwise — is less so...A production, that is far more powerful than its flaws might indicate. It is especially successful in suggesting how a victim of prejudice, blamed as the source of the problem instead of those who victimize him, may eventually come to see himself that way."
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Time Out New York
January 8th, 2019

“In McCraney’s absorbing drama...the superb Pope plays Pharus...For Pharus, music is both an escape route and a destination unto itself, and ‘Choir Boy’ is suffused with it...The choir performs gorgeous musical numbers...Most are traditional Negro spirituals, and they feel transcendent...The rest of ‘Choir Boy’ is not always up to their level...The ending has been revised...But many of the changes are not improvements...At its best, the play is specific, lyrical and touching."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
January 8th, 2019

“Cullman has a buoyant feel for the play’s comedy ‘Choir Boy’s’ songs the front-and-center treatment they deserve. The play is an undercover, and gorgeous, a cappella musical, kept aloft by the extraordinary vocal talents of its cast...McCraney’s scenes don’t always boil with the same urgency...But if the play sometimes wobbles a bit in its forward motion, it never loses its sense of lift, of reaching upward. Its performers and its music keep it flying.”
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The Hollywood Reporter
January 8th, 2019

"The specificity of a black middle-class milieu, plus the writer's sharp ear for dialogue and his observations on class, race and sexuality, give McCraney's play distinctive qualities that outweigh its more conventional aspects...Cullman guides the production with a brisk, assured hand...but the distended length points up some ambling stretches in which the play's thrust loses force...The frequent detours into song can be relied upon to keep recapturing the emotional intensity."
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Entertainment Weekly
January 8th, 2019

“Played by the strikingly talented, fresh-faced Pope, Pharus, a young gay black teen, struggles to exist at the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys...Each member of the cast offers something nuanced to complement the struggles...But these strong performances also diminish the ending. The characters don’t evolve much from where they begin the story...Nothing changes. Perhaps that’s the point. The music, meanwhile, does. "
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January 8th, 2019

“Sweetly exuberant...The play transfers nicely, under the surefooted direction of Trip Cullman...The new venue also gives the show’s sensational young lead, Jeremy Pope, more room to spread his wings and soar...Pharus is a strange and wonderful character with the courage to be his own exceptional self...The music is joyous...The songs follow an arc from familiar hymns sung in strict choral harmony to less formal, but meaningful solos. Everyone gets his moment."
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The Wall Street Journal
January 17th, 2019

"Mr. McCraney’s characterizations are as lazy as his plot is familiar...To the extent that 'Choir Boy' is worth seeing, it’s mainly because of Trip Cullman’s staging—every dramatic gesture hits its target with preternatural precision—and his marvelous ensemble cast...For all the delights of Mr. Cullman’s production, 'Choir Boy' is what it is and no more, a slick, unchallenging show that is going over big at the box office because it tells us what we want to hear."
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January 8th, 2019

“This is a play that, like its unstoppable main character, never quits reaching for the high note, even when perfection is beyond its grasp...Memorably performed, its frequent choir songs beautifully sung by the entire cast, the production is another fine addition to Cullman’s resume...Its wonderful cast does well...Narrative issues notwithstanding, ‘Choir Boy’ is often thrilling, especially when its young ensemble gathers for the a capella spirituals sprinkled throughout.”
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