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!)

77
During previews
Quirky, Cliched, Resonant, Romantic, Slow

See it if McNally's valentine to a blue-collar, hetero couple's baby steps towards romance is both touching and simplistic; heartfelt but maudlin

Don't see it if Leads ok but flawed - Shannon is intense without showing any needed charm; McDonald is vulnerable but lower class background feels forced

77
During previews
Dated, Great acting

See it if you want to see two actors at the top of their game doing their thing really well.

Don't see it if plays that in 2019 haven't aged as well as we might hope is not your thing.

75
During previews
Great acting, Realistic, Slow

See it if This show really gets by and is elevated due to the exceptional very natural performances from both leads.

Don't see it if The story is kind of slow with several scenes that don't amount to much. Would have enjoyed it better if it were 90min.

75
During previews
Very good performances.

See it if You appreciate Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon.

Don't see it if You're not a Terrance McNally fan.

75
During previews
A bit long, Great acting, Funny

See it if You want to see two top caliber performers play off each other beautifully in a show that gives them a lot of colors to play with.

Don't see it if You want romances to not take a few short cuts to feel real.

75
During previews
Slow, Great acting

See it if Like Two character talkative play Like Audra McDonald

Don't see it if Don’t like Slow talkative play Shows with. Nudity and profanity

Also Nothing like the movie

75
During previews
Great moments, problematic gender roles

See it if you want to see flawed people figuring out if they want to fall in love.

Don't see it if you are angered by men who don't listen to women and the "Don't Take No Approach" played as romantic.

73
During previews
Cliched, Funny, Slow, Great acting, Dated

See it if you want to see two well-balanced stars in a Terrence McNally revival. You like intimate plays with a small cast.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with extended nudity, profanity, or dated '80s references. Definitely felt slow at times.

72
During previews
Dated, Aimless story, Slow, Exceptional acting

See it if Audra gives probably the most natural performance of a subtle and complicated character I've ever seen. Shannon is also great.

Don't see it if story rambles & at the end amounts to little. Intermission really killed any pace since at no point is there any hook into the next scene

Also It's not necessarily a bad text. It just a bunch of scenes strung toge... Read more Read less

72
During previews
Fluffy, Clever, Great acting

See it if You're a fan of the actors, or great acting in general. Really impressive performances.

Don't see it if talky plays with very little plot are not your thing.

Also Two great actors, a bunch of great one liners. It didn't add up to muc... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Slow, Great acting, Dated

See it if You want to see the actors. Yes, they are amazing

Don't see it if You dont like long plays with a lot of dialogue or are looking for an uplifting story (i get it's a 'love story' but its frustrating at time

Also ... yes, it reflects a very real aspect about relationships but i foun... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Directionless, Dated, Repetitive, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You must see Audra in everything; you get cheap tix; you want to see the play performed no matter what; you like cute plays that say little

Don't see it if You want to see actors with chemistry; a well-directed show; an overlong repetitive play; you dislike cute, pointless, sad plays

Also This would be a cute off-Bway exercise, but nobody was screaming for a... Read more Read less

68
During previews
Cliched, Great acting, Slow

See it if you like Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon

Don't see it if you want to see a fast paced, exciting show

65
During previews
Slow, Great acting

See it if you love the cast and want to see some terrific acting.

Don't see it if you prefer shows that are fast-paced and have lots of substance.

Also I think I just hate this play. Bland. Long. Slow. Audra and Michael co... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Long, Tedious, Unpleasant

See it if If you love a good set design

Don't see it if You expect star power from these actors. Or if you're bothered by a creep aspiring to be romantic...and failing.

52
During previews
Raunchy, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you like Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon. You'll get to see ALL of them...

Don't see it if you object to shows that are terribly miscast. No one will believe that Audra McDonald is either unattractive or desperate.

50
During previews
Banal, Raunchy, Disappointing

See it if If you like nudity, vulgar humor, forced subtext

Don't see it if There is explicit nudity in this show, a LOT of language, and an offensive so-called "love story" that is actually a woman being pressured

Also I am not a prude, nor am I offended easily, but this play was so disap... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Must see, Masterful, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want to see two masterful actors give terrific performances. And its Audra McDonald!

Don't see it if You dont want to be totally engaged

100
During previews
Riveting, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Well written characters brought to life by excellent acting!

Don't see it if Nudity/language

96
During previews
Nuanced acting

See it if If you love nuanced acting

Don't see it if If you love special effects

95
During previews
Intense, Romantic, Resonant, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if You'd like to have a revelation about human connections through McDonald and Shannon's absolutely fantastic performance

Don't see it if You are taking kids under 13 to the show, as there will be nudity and explicit language

Also The romantic plotline in the play itself is a bit weird at times, and ... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Enchanting, Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if A fantastic show with fund acting by McDonald and Shannon. A must see with brisk dialogue.

Don't see it if If you like big musicals and large casts and costumes.

94
During previews
Resonant, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a very down-to-earth, honest portrayal of the fears, challenges and outright believing in a new relationship.

Don't see it if you dislike witty banter, believable acting and charisma between amazing actors.

93
During previews
Must see, Enchanting, Great staging, Great acting, Funny

See it if Audra McDonald & Michael Shannon are terrific actors with great chemistry together in this timeless love story.

Don't see it if If you are uncomfortable with on stage nudity and strong language this show is not for you.

90
During previews
Riveting, Romantic, Intense, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you like exquisite acting. The acting is on point. It goes from funny to romantic to screaming. The writing is beautiful.

Don't see it if you don't like to see any nudity as there is some in this play however it is not gratuitous.




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