New York | In Previews: Opens May 30

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

From 107 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Romantic, Funny, Absorbing, Great writing

About the show

Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald and Tony and Oscar nominee Michael Shannon bring new life to the bruised dreamers of Terrence McNally's timely and timeless romance. More…

Director Arin Arbus, in her Broadway debut, directs this portrait of a lonely waitress  and a short order cook whose first date turns into a one-night stand – and maybe more.

In Previews: Opens May 30 | Broadhurst Theatre (Midtown W)


“Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

88
During previews
Must see, Intelligent, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You like Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon. They are both outstanding. You like smartly written plays.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with nudity, language or graphic depictions of sex. You prefer musicals.

88
During previews
Entertaining, Clever, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You want to see phenomenal acting by Audra MacDonald and Michael Shannon, especially the latter.

Don't see it if You dislike two person plays and are put off by nudity on stage.

88
During previews
Resonant, Romantic, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see the best two-hander in town.

Don't see it if you're expecting anything more than solid acting, beautiful staging, and a play that still holds up.

87
During previews
Intense, Romantic, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see the great Audra McDonald in a play by the legend Terrence McNally! It was very romantic and a beautiful play.

Don't see it if nudity and simulated sex would make you feel uncomfortable. There are many scenes that feature both so do not bring young children.

86
During previews
See it from the orchestra if you can, Thoughtful, Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You enjoy two great actors working with a beautiful script to paint a delicate picture for you. Two grand performances!

Don't see it if You don’t like wordy plays. Not a lot of action just simple beautiful acting at its best.

Also I found the set (from the mezzanine) very distracting. I mean I get it... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Masterful, Intense, Funny, Great acting

See it if you love Audra and Michael Shannon and want to see these smart actors in a different light

Don't see it if you have a short attention span; you've gotta be in for the long haul.

Also Some superb start turns by two smart, superb actors - I agree with a f... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Dated, Thought-provoking, Raw, Great writing, Great acting

See it if to see 2 brilliant actors in a work that explores damaged people struggling with intimacy.

Don't see it if offended by nudity, frank talk about sex. Definitely of its time (1980s) in how the characters deal with consent. At times brutal.

Also Pretty badly behaved audience. 2 cell phones rang in the mezzanine dur... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see two great actors tackle this masterful play of Terrence McNally.

Don't see it if you like an ensemble cast; it's just the two of them going at it full force.

85
During previews
Absorbing, Slow, Romantic, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You want to see a sort of rom-com with 2 great actors.

Don't see it if You object to partial nudity and strong language. This is for adults only. If you want a big show-there are only 2 actors on the stage.

Also Although the show kept my attention the whole time, I feel that it cou... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Profound, Slow, Enchanting, Romantic, Great acting

See it if Great performances from both leads.

Don't see it if Play has no plot (not something I take issue with) so might be slow for some. Set is pretty basic but does the job.

85
During previews
Masterful, Great acting, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if You want a masterclass in acting by two greats! This intense two-person play was an emotional roller coaster in the best way.

Don't see it if You want a large production or something light.

85
During previews
Entertaining, Not quite timeless, not quite dated, Intense, Romantic, Great acting

See it if You want to see two incredible actors perform in a touching, funny, realistic love story. Thankfully, they have great chemistry.

Don't see it if It’s a two-hander with a fairly long run time. So much is in the facial expressions, back seats might not be worth it. Doesn’t feel fresh.

Also This is a very enjoyable production. McDonald and Shannon are as amazi... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Hilarious, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy amazing acting and well written and funny dialogue

Don't see it if you prefer fast action and are bothered by nudity and explicit sex talk

85
During previews
Laugh out loud, power house acting

See it if You are a fan of always impressive Audra McDonald and intense Michael Shannon, over the top romantic, hyperbolic sometimes salty dialogue

Don't see it if male nudity/sex talk make you uncomfortable - uninterested in 2 act negotiation of relationship between middle-aged restaurant workers

Also I saw a production of this in the late 1980s with Carol Kane and was s... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Romantic, Quirky, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if You enjoy romantic comedies that are unusually well written and acted.

Don't see it if You don’t like sexually explicit language and some nudity.

Also While Michael Shannon is very good, Audra Macdonald is the real reason... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Dated, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if Great acting and great chemistry by the leads Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon as two lonely hearts looking for love in the 1980s

Don't see it if You don’t want to bring your children, too sexual explicit for young people.

Also It was a enjoyable night at the theater watching this play unfold. Som... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Flawed, Intense, Dated, Clever dialogue, Great acting

See it if you want to see compelling performances in a fascinating play about 2 damaged people struggling to make a connection.

Don't see it if brief nudity, rough language, some unlikely behavior are off-putting. "no means no" doesn't stop male protagonist & he gets away with it.

Also 2nd act slower than 1st & somewhat repetitive. Still, the performances... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Masterful, Great acting, Funny

See it if you want to see two brilliant actors living in the moment.

Don't see it if if you need a play with plot or larger stakes.

85
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You are interested in very real, down to earth characters who are in search of love & companionship.

Don't see it if You do not like slow action drama or do not rely on dialogue to draw out the characters in a show.

85
During previews
Slow, Great acting, Funny, Enchanting

See it if You want to see two actors who are masters in their craft. Heartfelt performances from both - definitely the highlight of the show!

Don't see it if You're looking for a fast paced play with lots of action. This script is an intimate two hander.

84
During previews
Clever, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy serious performances sprinkled with laughter.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy plays which the scenery does not change.

84
During previews
Two pros in a touching love story

See it if McNally's romance gets a great treatment by 2 excellent actors. The chemistry of the tentative lovers is very sweet. Hope for older loners.

Don't see it if Neither of them had heard "Goldberg Variations" nor "Clair de Lune" before they made love to them. It's also about how music improves lives.

83
During previews
Funny, Unusual, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like plots about personal relationships, if you enjoy the depth and complications of loving someone else.

Don't see it if if you are sensitive to nudity or explicit sexual scenes, if you are not interested in an unusual and complex personal relationship.

83
During previews
Quirky, Slow, Resonant, Clever

See it if You like clever banter about serious subjects like the complicated nature of relationships and our vulnerabilities

Don't see it if You want a Light evening with lots of action. This is a dialogue in a room during one night

83
During previews
Refreshing, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if If you want to see great chemistry between two actors Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon bring their A Games

Don't see it if You don’t like explicit sex scenes and nudity Want a musical




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