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Choir Boy (Broadway)

From 427 member  reviews
Members say: 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. 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?

Member Reviews (427)


Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Entertaining

Great singing, Great staging, Great acting, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if If you appreciate good acting and singing, see it.

Don't see it if I had many problems with the script. If you’re going to tackle such bold issues, it’s needs to be well written.

Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow

See it if I can’t think of one reason

Don't see it if You don’t like being bored. You like being able to clearly hear the actors speak. You like a compelling story.

Also I see a lot of shows and this was without doubt the worst play I have ... Read more Read less

During previews
Forced and biased

See it if You want to see a play. Don’t be confused this is not a musical

Don't see it if You are looking to be challenged. There’s nothing for us to think about everything is forced down our throat

Also I can’t remember the last time I left a play and was this angry. I don... Read more Read less

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 mig...
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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