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?
“Here is another case in which the performances exceed the caliber of the play...The cast is a stalwart one...But the play abounds in plot clichés, seems overlong...and abounds in predictable situations...Much seems contrived. However, the choral singing, mostly of religious songs, but enhanced on occasion by some well-choreographed modern riffs, brighten the show. And always there is the assembly of fine performances.” Full Review
"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." Full Review
“Utterly up-to-the-minute...But...it leaves a thread or two hanging. Part of the difficulty is structural: Fine choral singing, often-fine drama, but how neatly do they coexist?...The transitions from song to scene and back can feel arbitrary and unmotivated...McCraney is to be congratulated for giving a minority subgroup a voice it needs and has too often lacked. But has he written a tidy, concise, consistently absorbing and probing play? Not quite.” Full Review
“McCraney has written a spectacular — and spectacularly complex — character in Pharus...Brought to life by an extraordinary...Pope, Pharus feels like a real teenager who is struggling to reconcile all the different aspects of his identity...He'll make you cry, and then cheer. Yet the rest of the show doesn't live up to Pharus' promise. There are too many tropes...The plot doesn't really make sense. And the songs seem to be thrown in willy-nilly...But as a character study, 'Choir Boy' is simpl... Full Review
"You may find yourself wishing that director Trip Cullman worked more closely with playwright McCraney to cut some of the confusing loose ends and what might be referred to as the dramatic fat. And in contrast with Pope and Pendleton, the usually boisterous Chuck Cooper proves disappointing as the Headmaster--surprisingly confined, when he should have been more in charge--not to mention, more engaged and engaging." Full Review
"The problem here is the story—what there is of it—is riddled with clichés and has little substance...It’s a story that should be told, but it was told better in 'Moonlight'...What is worse is that there is no focus from director Trip Cullman to give it a more cohesive narrative and badly needed fine-tuning. The redeeming grace is Jeremy Pope as Pharus. He originated this role in 2013 off Broadway, and gives the play the anchor it so desperately needs." Full Review
See it if You like dramas with songs, enjoy acappela chorus singing. You are interested in a coming of age story with a all male cast.
Don't see it if Homosexual content offends you. If you want to see a musical and not a play with songs. If you are not interested in a coming of age plot.
See it if You want to see great performance by young talents, you want to see a show that addresses issues that needs to be addressed.
Don't see it if You don’t like LGBTQ or race- themed shows
See it if You like multi talented great singing from entire cast. Very moving performances. You like relevant issues. Jeremy Pope was great.
Don't see it if You don't like shows with, bullying or lbgtq themes. Can't handle minor nudity.
See it if you're a fan of tour-de-force performances, great gospel singing, and appreciate Tarell McCraney's evocative writing
Don't see it if you would have a problem rooting for a flamboyantly gay main character, or have a problem with nudity
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 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 like wonderful music and interesting stories. The actors are all enchanting.
Don't see it if you only like musicals or aren't interested in youth. This is a play with music, I wouldn't call it a musical.
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 A touching, coming of age piece about young, African American men in a boarding school appeals to you. Gay themes.
Don't see it if You’re expecting a musical. It’s predominately a play which incorporates some dancing and a cappella. Gay/race themes don’t interest you.
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 You like small scale pieces that feel authentic. It’s very true to life. It’s not your typical Broadway bombast.
Don't see it if You’re looking for something mindless. You seek escapism. It’s bittersweet. You don’t like gay themes.
See it if You love epic performances from a young ensemble cast inc. wonderful singing, great technical playwriting, a timely plot, or great staging.
Don't see it if If you’re not going to have an open mind to recieve the plot. Slight violence and sexual themes are explored as an essential part.
See it if You want to see a talented cast perform a relevant play with great singing.
Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with a gay character and the experiences he would confront in high school.
See it if you want to hear some spectacular gospel; you want to engage in issues of gay acceptance and tolerance in black and Christian communities.
Don't see it if you don't want to deal with issues of intolerance or aggression.
See it if You like a show that touches your inner feelings and takes you back to a time you were more vulnerable.
Don't see it if you do not like to make connections and feel about the subject matter and characters.
See it if you want to see a play that will make you feel strong emotions or a play with moving musical numbers.
Don't see it if you don’t enjoy serious plays, plays with LGBTQ themes, or plays with songs.
See it if you like the feel of choir music, or are interested in black LGBTQ stories. See this for the cast. Every single person is amazing in this.
Don't see it if you think everything is hunky dory in the world and don't want an honest look into the black teen experience. Difficult to watch in parts.
See it if Are interested in the intersection of music, race and sexuality explored with amazing voices and a talented cast. Liked the movie Moonlight
Don't see it if Want a straight play. Want a big musical. Dislike Gospel music. Don't want a show that makes you think
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 The music, choreography, and acting were mesmerizing. The plot is full and complex. It warms and breaks your heart many times.
Don't see it if you are not interested in digging into issues of race, sexuality, religion and family.
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Tuesdays - Thursdays & Sunday Evenings
$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
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.
Discount good for all performances 12/12-2/17 except 1/8. Additional blackout dates may apply. 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.
Tuesday-Thursday eves, Wednesday matinees and Sunday eves
Front orchestra/Mezzanine rows AA-BB: $109 (reg. $159)
Rear orchestra/front mezz rows A-B: $99 (reg. $119)
Friday eve, Saturday matinee and eve and Sunday matinee
Front orchestra/Mezzanine rows AA-BB: $119 (reg. $169)
Rear orchestra/front mezz rows A-B: $99 (reg. $129)
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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