New York | Ends Mar 10

Choir Boy (Broadway)

From 56 critic and 340 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?



80
During previews
Great singing, Cliched, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a play with good music and you're interested in race and sexuality.

Don't see it if you expect the show to be about the music only cause it's a lot more than that for sure

80
During previews
Funny, Moving, Intelligent

See it if you like musical plays about privileged boys of color coming of age.

Don't see it if you object to homosexual themes.

80
During previews
Slow, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if If you like a slow play at the beginning but good voices, becoming better slowly

Don't see it if Don’t like musical with a play together

80
During previews
Great dancing, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You enjoy gospel music and/or coming of age stories.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with plays about homosexuality

Also Consider getting a hearing device; I had some problems hearing the act... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you like coming of age stories with realistic endings and featuring diverse themes and characters

Don't see it if you don't like straight plays enhanced with culturally inspired music and dance or plays that deal with attempting to overcome prejudices

80
During previews
Breaks no new gound

See it if Just like the film "Moonlight", this play breaks no new ground. This is not to say it's a bad play. Outstanding singing & dancing

Don't see it if if your seat is in mezzanine, do borrow hearing device. My friends and I had difficulty hearing some dialogues

Also In a time there is an explosion of LGBTQ-themed plays & musicals...thi... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Intelligent, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a well written play about a boys school choir with powerful singing and great dancing.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with dialogue that contains racial and homophobic slurs.

79
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a very relevant play about private boys’ school

Don't see it if You want something light and entertaining

79
During previews
Some poignancy, Entertaining, Engaging choreography, Good singing

See it if Bully/gay acceptance tale in prep schl w some interesting staging/solid voices. Not a new story, but with 99% black cast, bit of new angle.

Don't see it if You want a plot to be seamless, have trouble hearing/understanding fast spoken script w contemp lingo, ok w tonal changes (score v drama.)

Also I expected to love this, but felt oddly removed and distant. There WER... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Overrated, Great staging, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if You enjoy good directing, acting and staging. Story has flaws but if you overlook the plot problems, you will enjoy. Austin Pendleton good.

Don't see it if You do not want mostly gay and some racial themes. Would have worked better if set twenty years earlier. Dated in 2018.

Also References to Obama and Kanye West silly. Story of gay student trying ... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Uneven tone/plot holes, Hard to understand dialogue, Unfocused script, Strong singing, Strong acting

See it if you like stellar performances. Beautiful voices, fun choreogry. Refreshing to see so many young actors showcased. Polished prodn (set,etc).

Don't see it if you want a focused script.CB needs edits, shaping. But it engages, especly when kids sing (weirdly sometimes part of action, sometimes not).

79
During previews
Thought-provoking, Funny, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if Love Moving spirituals and black church music The voices of a talented ensemble of young black men dealing with sexual orientation

Don't see it if Don’t want nudity or homosexual themes Don’t want to go to church in talk or song

78
During previews
Refreshing, Great acting, Confusing

See it if you might enjoy a show with choir-like . singing with fresh, new talent.

Don't see it if uneven scripts with holes and irrelevant plot lines distract you from enjoying the show.

78
During previews
Nicely staged, Remarkably talented young cast

See it if Decent coming of age story set in boys’ church-based private school with wonderful a capella singing.

Don't see it if Themes are predictable if heartfelt and some lines are mumbled but the musical numbers are terrific.

78
During previews
Entertaining

See it if You like plays mixed with some music about teen boys struggling with sexuality, race, and family financial status.

Don't see it if You think all the things I’ve listed are cliche and been done before.

Also The play mostly address topics and characters that we’ve seen in plays... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Relevant

See it if IF YOU WANT TO KNOW THE DIFFICULTIES THAT GAY PEOPLE EXPERIENCE.THIS STORY WAS REALLY WELL DONE AND MADE YOU WONDER ABOUT THIS ISSUE.THE CHA

Don't see it if IF YOU ARE HOMOPHOBIC AND ARE NOT INTERESTED IN THE GAY COMMUNITY AND THEIR PROBLEMS.

Also RACTER WAS DEFINITELY A PERSON WITH ISSUES AS ARE MOST OF US.BUT,I ALS... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Inaudible, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You love a cappella singing, incredible percussive dancing and good acting yet one strains to understand dialogue and plot emerges too late.

Don't see it if You don't like straining to understand poor articulation with accents making it hard to follow lines

78
During previews
Cliched, Great direction and production values, Great vocal gospel hymns, Good ensemble cast

See it if you want to see yet again the oft told story of gay man discovering himself in private prep school-well acted-great vocal hymns - nice set

Don't see it if you don't like nudity or audience members 'amen-ing' or laughing nervously at nudity as if they've never seen it before - stories of gay men

77
During previews
Banal, Absorbing

See it if You love a capella and/or choir music. Very effective and moving use of movement and music without being a “musical” per se.

Don't see it if You’re not up for a predictable coming-of-age plot.

76
During previews
Unoriginal, Uneven, Strong lead, Great singing

See it if the best in this show is acapella singing. The strong lead fixes the holes and distracts from uneven and somewhat unoriginal plot.

Don't see it if this show doesn’t add anything new to the topics of race and sex in educational settings. Needs creative staging and is totally lacking it.

75
During previews
Good acting, Nice sets, Entertaining, Cute

See it if It's a nice story but not riveting. A bit cliched though still relevant. Nice singing,

Don't see it if You don't care for LGBT issues in High School.

Also Some of the musical choices were less than emotionally​ engaging.

75
During previews
Quirky, Great singing

See it if Great singing; I loved, loved to hear the young voices and enjoyed the dance - inovative choreography!

Don't see it if Acting a bit lacking and a bit uncomfortable ( too naturalistic) presentation of the coming out as gay person. I prefer more symbolic acts.

75
During previews
Lacking, Great dancing, Disappointing, Relevant, Great singing

See it if the singing and dancing is wonderful. I wish there was more of it. Every moment of music and dance is absorbing and beautiful.

Don't see it if you get annoyed at staging where backs are towards you for long periods of time, or want the majority of the performance to be the music

Also The show needs a lot of work. There is a need for either a second act ... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Great ensemble, Absorbing

See it if You like ensemble based plays with both heart and laughs.

Don't see it if If you aren’t interested in a play that rehash’s some well worn material of sexuality in an all boys school.

Also Fantastic cast. Even at 100 minutes, some scenes feel a beat too long.... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Coming of age story in a boy’s prep school

See it if a cappella prep school choir falls out of harmony amidst homophobia and racism; talented ensemble lead by Jeremy Pope

Don't see it if homophobia, racial slurs, tasteful nudity, friendship, leadership...

Also ... normally I wouldn’t mention the tasteful nudity (of gorgeous bodie... Read more Read less


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$109 Front Orchestra & Mezzanine AA - BB 
$99 Rear Orchestra & Front Mezzanine A - B 

Friday Evenings - Sunday Matinees
$119 Front Orchestra & Mezzanine AA - BB
$99 Rear Orchestra & Front Mezzanine A - B

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Offer valid on select seating for all performances through 3/10/19. Additional blackout dates may apply. Regular price for $59 tickets is $79; regular price for $79 tickets is $99; regular price for $89-$99 tickets is $149. Prices subject to change. All prices include a $2 facility fee. Normal service charges apply to phone and internet orders. Limit of 6 tickets per order. Offer subject to availability and prior sale. All sales are final – no refunds or exchanges. Offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. Cast subject to change.

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Front orchestra/Mezzanine rows AA-BB: $109 (reg. $159)
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Front orchestra/Mezzanine rows AA-BB: $119 (reg. $169)
Rear orchestra/front mezz rows A-B: $99 (reg. $129)

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Limit 6 tickets per order.  Prices subject to change.  All prices include a $2 facility fee.  Normal service charges apply to phone and internet orders.  Offer subject to availability and prior sale.  All sales are final – no refunds or exchanges.  Offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice.  Cast subject to change.

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