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. More…
For half a century, the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys has been dedicated to the education of strong, ethical black men. One talented student has been waiting for years to take his rightful place as the leader of the legendary gospel choir. But can he make his way through the hallowed halls of this institution if he sings in his own key?
See it if You want to expand your heart understanding of just some of the challenges that young gay black men face. Beautifully written/acted/sung.
Don't see it if You’re homophobic or racist. You should, but don’t bother, you won’t get it.
See it if Wrenching boarding school coming-of-age story. A flamboyantly gay student makes life hard for the others. Spiritual, moving acapella songs.
Don't see it if You aren’t up for confused, angry teenage characters dealing w/ school pressures & sexual discomfort. Frequent rear male nudity.
See it if McCraney's gay youth in homophobic world succeeds more in style, atmosphere & sharp writing than any new insights Pope's fierce lead shines
Don't see it if Dazzling musical interludes can take us out of dramatic action to its detriment Some characters cliched but well played Rises/falls on Pope
See it if you enjoy coming of age stories, problems gay guys encounter in a black private school, great a capella choir routines, resilient heroes
Don't see it if you're not a fan of gay stories set in high school milieu or into male choir singing, somewhat predictable plot line, bullying plot lines
See it if you want to see an incredibly powerful, moving show about the lessons we, on purpose and inadvertently, teach kids who are "different."
Don't see it if n/a. Everyone should see this. It's exceptional.
See it if you'd enjoy a good story of fitting in by young men with different backgrounds trying to make it in school and in the choir.
Don't see it if you have no interest in real life challenges and struggles or do not like brilliant pauses in the action that make you dwell on issues.
See it if sociologically precise depiction of dynamics in school; extraordinary a cappella singing & rhythmic dancing; strong affecting cast
Don't see it if no special insight into issues w gay behavior w/i black culture; cliche ridden; by end play just peters out
See it if you’re interested in shows that explore what it means to be the “other,” LGBTQ themes, school dramas, or great a capella singing.
Don't see it if you’re in the mood for something cheerful and uplifting.
See it if Coming of age story set in a prestigious prep school for young men of color. Being a teen is difficult enough being gay makes it even harder
Don't see it if you are homophobic, uncomfortable with nudity, don't appreciate good acting, beautiful singing, a great cast & an amusing & tense story.
See it if you want to see a well-written, timely play about being gay in an oppressive culture. Great ensemble work!! Wonderful singing.
Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with gay-themed plays or male nudity.
See it if you're interested in plays about race, sexuality, and privilege. Unexpectedly refreshing. Great acting and singing.
Don't see it if you want to see a full scale musical, rather than a play with some singing.
See it if Saw Jonathan Burke in 2nd perf replacing Jeremy Pope. Great voice, charismatic, maybe a little more nelly than Jeremy. Audience loved it.
Don't see it if I liked it better in the small space at City Center. But the play really soars -- filling the Broadway house. A must see.
See it if Highly pleasurable show. Funny but not idiotic; weighty but not tortured & tearful. You like plays about characters swimming upstream.
Don't see it if want a teen fairy tale where they win nationals, pair off into complementary couples, correct the errors of their ways without consequence.
See it if The music was sublime. The actors performed brilliantly. Their singing and dancing was mesmerizing.
Don't see it if The story was kind of meh. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before, in all kinds of settings. A disappointment.
See it if you enjoy themed pieces on segments of our society and gospel music accompanied by great choreography as well
Don't see it if a story about young African-American men at school doesn't interest you
See it if coming of age of a young black man in a Prep school - his coming of age,& the discrimination he faces; wonderful a cappella music
Don't see it if don't want stories about gay males, back nudity (although brief, well done & important to story)
See it if you’d enjoy a narrative that challenges you to think of your own privilege, and how much more precarious your life would be without it.
Don't see it if you didn’t make it before the end of the run.
See it if a contemporary, black version of Dead Poet's Society sounds interesting (minus the dying).
Don't see it if you don't care for stories about young, gay, black men. The only white character's entire storyline felt out of place and strange.
See it if well-written play staged effectively with good performances. viewpoint one does not normally see.
Don't see it if some characters are more types than fleshed-out but still effective
See it if So much has been said...just go and relish the experience
Don't see it if Don't like message pieces or thinking about unexplored issues in new ways
See it if if you want to witness great acting and singing. Jeremy Pope is wonderful (real tears!) and the whole cast performs as a tight ensemble.
Don't see it if you're put off by gay characters and some vivid sexual scenes.
See it if Moonlight (film) but out in a black prep school. From idealist boys to real men navigating class, sexuality, and acceptance. Emotional songs
Don't see it if Gay, Black culture, coming of age stories aren't your thing. More a play with a capella singing than musical (no orchestra).
See it if you would appreciate a character-driven play with gospel songs that elucidate elements of the storyline and character development.
Don't see it if you are expecting a musical, this is not, or are not interested in coming of age stories including that of a young gay man.