Already closed | 2h 10m | Midtown W

Dames at Sea

From 239 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Fluffy, Dated

About the show

Coming to Broadway for the first time ever and directed by three-time Tony Award-nominee Randy Skinner, this is a classic comedic celebration of the golden era of movie musicals. More…

Set in the 1930s, the satiric plot follows a struggling chorus girl, Ruby, as she steps off a bus from Utah and into her first Broadway show. But hours before the opening night curtain is to rise, the cast learns their theater is being demolished. Ruby and the cast, with the help of some adoring sailors, set a plan in motion to perform the show on a naval battleship. A tap-happy celebration of the golden era of movie musicals, the show features rollicking tap dancing, love at first sight, joyful music and a boatload of laughs.

2h 10m | Already closed | Helen Hayes Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (239)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Fluffy, Dated
78
Avg Score

70
Tap, tap, and more tap, Silly, Flat production, Clever, Wrong venue

See it if you love tap dancing, otherwise skip it. I love DAS, but prodn disappointed. Ruby wasn't strong. Theater was too big. References outdated.

Don't see it if you want a big Bway show. Not worthy of ticket prices. It would've been better OB or OOB. Some strong performances. Clever script/songs.

Also Dames At Sea is a strong parody show (it launched Bernadette P's caree... Read more Read less

74
Cute, Disappointing, Fluffy, Funny

See it if You enjoy Broadway send-ups. You want to be entertained. You want to see very talented performers.

Don't see it if You want great music. You dislike satire. You want a more substantial plot.

84
Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Great staging

See it if You like light-hearted musicals with a lot of tap.

Don't see it if You require large-cast, big set musicals with or without the fluff.

77
Banal, Cliched, Great dancing., Refreshing, Delightful

See it if You love tap dancing and old fashioned musicals. The show has lots of pleasant songs and is very lighthearted.

Don't see it if You don't like tap dancing. Don't like simplistic story lines or musicals

32
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You like boring musicals with mediocre choreography.

Don't see it if Choreography is important to you and cliched plots are not to your liking.

60
Cliched, Delightful, Entertaining, Dated, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy tap dancing and old fashioned musicals.

Don't see it if you don't like tap or dated humor. It's quite fun, but isn't a big, flashy musical.

68
Exquisite, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Great dancing

See it if you love tapping - great tapping - and don't need much of a story

Don't see it if you want a well crafted story or a profound experience

70
Dated, Enchanting, Quirky, Funny, Delightful

See it if you love old school broadway and tap dancing

Don't see it if you hate dated shows and want something modern.

86
Delightful, Entertaining, Dated, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy classical musicals and simply want to be entertained. Great tap dance numbers.

Don't see it if You want more than a very simple, predictable story.

90
Delightful, Funny, Fluffy, Quirky, Great dancing

See it if You like tap dancing and just want to have a good time. Or if you're a fan (as you should be) of Lesli Margherita.

Don't see it if You don't like tap dancing, or are looking for something deep and thought-provoking.

60
Cliched, Dated, Fluffy

See it if you want to see a throwback piece with cute songs and a game cast.

Don't see it if you saw On the Town or Anything Goes (both vastly superior) or hate tap dancing (and if you don't, you should).

86
Fun, Great tapping, Entertaining, Fluffy, Delightful

See it if you enjoy old fashion entertainment with lots of great tap dancing and a show that doesn't try to be more than it is. pure entertainment!

Don't see it if You're looking for something deep and meaningful. This is a Bway confection and that's OK!

65
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing

See it if If you are into dated old Hollywood musicals.. Tap dancing is same time step over and over

Don't see it if Expecting amazing tap sequences... Kind of a snoozefest

70
Cute, Dated

See it if you want a fluffy, quick musical, and don't necessarily mind if it doesn't stick with you

Don't see it if you're looking for something with a message

60
Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want to see a happy funny show

Don't see it if you don't like tap dancing.

Also This can be one of the most forgettable show I've ever seen. The probl... Read more Read less

55
Dated, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if Nice dancing.

Don't see it if you won't, it closed.

67
Dated, Cliched, Tap-happy, Amusing

See it if you enjoy repetitive tap routines.

Don't see it if you crave compelling storytelling and varied choreography.

70
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Clever

See it if you like to see a show that makes fun of itself & some POWERHOUSE triple threats. Also has amazing dance numbers of all types of styles.

Don't see it if you don't like tap dance or the feel of "old timey" Broadway.

82
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Cute

See it if You love tapping and dance-oriented shows. The show is just cute and fluffy.

Don't see it if You are looking for character development or plot. The show is very cutesy.

95
Funny, Must see, Delightful

See it if so much fun! Lesli Margherita is hilarious! Great classic musical

Don't see it if you don't like tap dancing. Many jokes are outdated and about people from the early 20th century

44
Great staging, Silly, Dated, Spare

See it if You love tap dancing or small-scale, goofy off-Broadway musicals randomly produced on Broadway.

Don't see it if You don't like quirky, old, slight musicals that belong off-Broadway in a smaller house a long time ago.

75
Cliched, Dated, Indulgent, Funny, Delightful

See it if You like tap dancing.

Don't see it if You hate tap dancing.

36
Disappointing, Dated, Slow

See it if You love tap and old-school Broadway to a level that will excuse all else

Don't see it if The above doesn't apply

75
Funny, Dated, Good dancing, Pleasant, Revival

See it if You love classic musicals of the 60's.

Don't see it if You don't like tap dancing or silliness.

5
Excruciating, Slow

See it if you love to spend money on poorly produced Broadway shows that look like a regional theater production.

Don't see it if You appreciate good theater


October 22nd, 2015
"The way the book merrily hopscotches from cliché to cliché can still raise smiles. But 'Dames' ultimately founders on our familiarity, not with the genre it plays with like a cat’s toy, but with the long history, since its creation, of similar simulations of old-school entertainments. Even house...
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October 22nd, 2015
"It lands like a harmless piece of wet fluff. The first 20 minutes of wide-eyed antics are cute; then your mind starts to wander. 'Dames at Sea's' mild pastiche is passable but passé—imagine a revival, half a century from now, of a Fringe show about the ’80s—and it’s presented with tongue so far ...
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October 22nd, 2015
"Instead of sticking close to the presentational style of Busby Berkeley spectaculars, 'Dames' literally belittled itself, making do with a cast of six and an orchestra of three on a stage barely big enough to contain Bernadette Peters. It would seem to be a category error to bring material so co...
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October 22nd, 2015
"'Dames at Sea' reinvents one of those big-screen spectacles as a shrunken stage musical — a baby Busby Berkeley if you will — with an appealing cast of six that makes its featherweight pleasures infectious...A sweet candy morsel serving unapologetically empty calories."
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