Dames at Sea
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Dames at Sea
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Dames at Sea NYC Reviews and Tickets

78%
(240 Reviews)
Positive
81%
Mixed
15%
Negative
4%
Members say
Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Dated, Fluffy

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.

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Member Reviews (240)

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965 Reviews | 339 Followers
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 References outdated.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. Read more

605 Reviews | 226 Followers
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.

563 Reviews | 194 Followers
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.

481 Reviews | 315 Followers
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

464 Reviews | 128 Followers
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.

273 Reviews | 474 Followers
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.

216 Reviews | 908 Followers
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

225 Reviews | 293 Followers
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.

Critic Reviews (42)

The New York Times
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 housed in Broadway’s smallest theater, this miniature musical, with a cast you could fit in a dinghy, seems just a little, well, at sea."
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Time Out New York
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 in cheek that it can’t say much at all."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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 conceived to Broadway, and the production that just opened at the Helen Hayes, much as you root for it, fails to argue otherwise."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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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Entertainment Weekly
October 22nd, 2015

"'Dames' is a perfectly happy theatrical entry, but perhaps it has spent fifty years off Broadway for a reason: its satire does not bite so much as nibble. This production could have benefitted from a larger cast, a larger theater, or a larger reason to exist — something that turns it from nice to necessary. As this very solid production stands, it’s not particularly nautical and not particularly naughty, either."
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Variety
October 22nd, 2015

"The new leading lady of 'Dames at Sea' is no Bernadette Peters. There’s nothing wrong with this revival that Peters, who played the role of Ruby in the original, couldn’t fix. But musical theater stars of her caliber don’t grow on trees, and although newcomer Eloise Kropp is a power tapper par excellence, she hasn’t the saucy charm of a Broadway Baby like Ruby — or the magnetic appeal of a star like Peters."
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The Wall Street Journal
October 22nd, 2015

"What’s not to like? Nothing whatsoever—but there isn’t enough to love about 'Dames at Sea,' which may have seemed sufficiently witty a half-century ago but has long since been outclassed by the encyclopedically knowing musical-comedy spoofery of 'The Drowsy Chaperone.' Compared with that big-brain homage, 'Dames' isn’t much more clever than a college show, and its parodies steer too close to their models to be other than mildly amusing."
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Deadline
October 22nd, 2015

"‘Dames At Sea’ is a lot of fun and a tribute to the city’s inexhaustible pool of inexhaustible talent, if not actual stars…Broadway today is awash in nostalgia in the form of revivals, reboots and parodies, all done on a far larger scale and offering considerably more bang, or tap, for the buck. And good as they are, the dancers never let us forget just how hard they’re working to please us."
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