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Head Over Heels (NYC)

From 52 critic and 829 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Great singing, Delightful

About the show

Tony Award winner Michael Mayer directs this new musical comedy set to the songs of the iconic rock act The Go-Go's, including  "We Got The Beat," "Our Lips Are Sealed," "Vacation," and many more. More…

"Head over Heels" is an unpredictable Elizabethan romp about a royal family that must prevent an oracle's prophecy of doom. In order to save their beloved kingdom, the family embarks on an extravagant journey where they are faced with mistaken identities, love triangles, sexual awakening, and self-discovery.

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

DC Metro Theater Arts

"Cause for joyous celebration, in its exhilarating paean to 'love is love is love' across time, class, and gender...All are delivered, under the energetic and sharp-witted direction of Michael Mayer, by an exuberant cast that brings humor, empathy, and commitment to the over-riding message of opening our hearts and minds to diversity, while having a rollicking good time and enjoying life and love to the fullest." Full Review

Village Voice

“A polished yet touching fairytale rom-com that succeeds where so many catalogue tuners fail. Whitty’s book is silly and sweetly wise enough to transcend the absurdity of Eighties pop in Elizabethan drag...Graceful book and elegant, rock-smart music direction...A visual impact where goofiness and camp can still be artful and lovely to behold...Shrewd, funny, sexy, and with a glorious beat, ‘Head Over Heels’ will have you flipping for joy.” Full Review

Gotham Playgoer

"Against all odds, it mostly works...For me, Liff’s choreography is one of the strongest aspects of the show. l confess that I had never heard a Go-Go’s song before and would not feel deprived if I did not hear one again. Nevertheless, they fit reasonably well into the show...It’s not 'My Fair Lady' or 'Carousel,' but it works as naughty fun for a summer night. The curtain call is a real treat!" Full Review


"The only things you need to have fun are an appreciation of the stunning visual talents of set designer Crouch and costume designer Phillips (both of whom do truly outstanding work), a sense of awe while watching eight extraordinary dancers executing the choreography of Liff, the ability to laugh loudly, and above all, an open mind to receive all the queer-friendly, feminist, slightly subversive content that has been packed with a firm yet friendly touch into this Elizabethan-era story." Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

"A production that entertains on many counts, including showy performances, amusing costumes, savvy scenery, imaginative lighting, and some updated gender exploration. To call this a jukebox musical would be denigrating. It comes through with a lot more than that as a fun-filled experience...All the Go-Go’s numbers are deftly worked into the action...Even if you never heard of the Go-Go’s you should find plenty to enjoy seeing the exuberant 'Head Over Heels.'" Full Review

New York Magazine / Vulture

"If the premise of 'Head Over Heels' sounds a little nutso, that’s because the show is a lot nutso, in the most delightfully daffy, exuberantly heart-open way...'Head Over Heels' is joyfully queering the canon (which isn’t all that straight to begin with) and throwing a heady, hearty party while it’s at it...Part of the appeal of 'Head Over Heels' is that while it’s got Broadway sparkle to it, it depends almost entirely on its ensemble to generate its goofy, big-hearted brand of magic." Full Review

Front Row Center

"The thematic thrust here is 'binary is so last century!' It’s not so much politically edgy as it is gently teasing, a crash course on LBGTQ+ sensibility, but all very safe. This high-spirited production is for folks looking for a good time — a lot of pounding good music — young actors with powerhouse voices — and a director who knows his way around a farce...There are moments of hilarity, the kind of laughter that catches you up and keeps doubling back.” Full Review


"A delightfully entertaining romp, an impressive display of theatrical creativity that leaves you in awe of any mind capable of dreaming it up. (Extra points because it didn't start out as a movie.)...The casting is perfection as the story unfolds in (mostly) iambic pentameter...As the action moves along under Michael Mayer's swift direction, we're treated to fabulously athletic choreography by Spencer Liff." Full Review

The Culture Mom

"The show is ground-breaking. It’s about sexual identity and the struggles that come along with it...It’s about freedom. Liberation. Acceptance. And the theme weaves in and out of the story effortlessly, all the way to the dancers and choreography...The songs are wonderful, as you’d expect them to be, and they are well sung by a skilled cast. The show is a bit campy, but there is nothing wrong with that, particularly at a time when we all need a dose of positivity and inclusion.” Full Review

Entertainment Weekly

"The feeling of watching Cher kiss Meryl Streep on the lips has been captured on stage in the form of 'Head Over Heels'...It can be a little distracting when the dialogue tries to double as LGBTQ 101, but it still feels like a divine post-Pride Month miracle that this show’s 'Vision of Nowness' is not just to incorporate one or two LGBTQ characters but to foreground a whole host of people of varying identities." Full Review

Front Mezz Junkies

“This melting of 80’s pop and 16th Century prose is a silly fun invention worthy of everyone’s time and energy...A deliciously created Elizabethan landscape drenched in farce and merriment with a knowing wink and a big old smile...’Head Over Heels’ has its bow and arrow joyfully and comically aimed at timely issues...without ever trying to obstinately hit you too seriously over the head with any one topic...The play is priceless in its prose, and well executed with innocence and a-dork-ability.” Full Review

The Guardian (UK)

"It is pretty silly and pretty dumb. Mostly it’s a lot of fun. That beat they’ve got? It’s infectious...'Head Over Heels' is kind of great without ever being especially good...What puts 'Head Over Heels' over the top are a couple of genius comic performances and the play’s blithe conjuring of a better, hornier world...The moral is a little soppy...But under Michael Mayer’s perky, occasionally frantic direction, there’s too much goodwill and too many good wigs to resist it." Full Review

Time Out New York

"To enjoy 'Head Over Heels,' which offers quite a lot to enjoy, it is probably best to kick up your heels and put your head on hold. That’s not to say that this saucy, boisterous musical doesn’t have a brainy side, starting with its ambitious crossbreeding of four time periods...But at heart the show is a campy romp...Broadway traditionalists may not approve, but that feels like part of the point...A fantasy and celebration of nonconformity, and it puts its casting where its mouth is." Full Review


"Under Michael Mayer's fast-paced direction, 'Head Over Heels' starts badly and busily but eventually slows down to a delightful Elizabethan parody on love and gender. While not all of The Go-Go's songs are suitable for the storyline and the period, enough of them fit perfectly to make this a superior light entertainment. The cast is first rate and the show may make stars of the ingenious Andrew Durand and the classy and stylish Peppermint." Full Review


"'Head Over Heels' is not only a sterling example of inclusivity, but also a beautiful model of how progressive Broadway has the potential to be...Milligan, whose foot-stompingly funny performance is one of the great breakthroughs of the year, milks it for all it's worth...Magruder's adaptation has the tendency to fall into self-seriousness...While the energy flags here and there when the ensemble isn't singing and dancing, Mayer's efforts cannot be understated." Full Review

Cultural Weekly

"'Head Over Heels' could have been just another jukebox musical, but the clever book...mixes Sir Philip Sidney’s 16th century 'The Arcadia' and with songs by the 1980s girl group The Go-Gos for a surprisingly fun, silly joyride. The usual tangle of hidden loves and gender-bending disguises gets a 2018 twist...The myriad plot patches are woven into a brightly colored crazy quilt, reflecting the creators and cast’s appreciation and love of sexual diversity, pop culture, and the beat." Full Review


"Wielding nostalgia and camp as its weapons of choice. The result is openly bizarre, no doubt. It’s also an infectiously entertaining, french-tipped fist pump for the resistance...If not every number pops, neither do they feel shoehorned...Given the show’s unwaveringly open embrace of its own absurdity, faulting it for flaunting logic or convention feels beside the point...A series of sharp turns near the end are enough to cause whiplash. But then, so is dancing to the Go-Go’s if you’re doing... Full Review

Broadway Blog

"Subtle it is not. Entertaining? If a jukebox musical crammed into the construct of an epic 16th-century work of prose is your jam, sure...Choreographer Spencer Liff has plenty of ammunition thanks to Tom Kitt’s super-charged orchestrations and arrangements...This rainbow-proud revelry doesn’t take itself too seriously, but the message is clear: We’re here. We’re queer. And we know how to have a good time. 'Head Over Heel’s' greatest stride, though, is the casting of Ms. Milligan." Full Review


"The cast is hardworking and talented, especially the amazing Bonnie Milligan as the more narcissistic of the two daughters and the Peter Scolari-ish Andrew Durand as the lead drag queen, who breaks fourth walls and romantic barriers...Michael Mayer’s direction and Spencer Liff’s choreography are specific and vigorous (with lots of voguing moves thrown in)." Full Review

New York Stage Review

"As soon as the curtain goes up, you’ll hear the unmistakable driving drum riff of 'We Got the Beat'...If that number doesn’t put a smile on your face, go grab a frosé from the lobby bar at intermission, because you need a boozy millennial-pink frozen beverage to relax your facial muscles...'HOH' is a parade of cross-dressing, mistaken identities, and, above all, moments of profound silliness. Some work, such as a flock of sheep singing backup on 'Mad About You'. And some don’t." Full Review

Show Showdown

“Fun, charming, and a lot more complex than it initially appears...Refreshingly queer and endearingly topical, the musical features a plot that is gleefully convoluted without being a chore to follow...The show is colorful, upbeat, and not out to punish anyone: it all works out well in the end...A warm, bubbly show that promises total acceptance, happy endings for every one of its lovelorn characters, and a heaping plate of cultural wish-fulfillment just can't” Full Review

Theater Reviews from my Seat

“Nicely orchestrated farce...Fun is in abundance in this show, staged as an old school musical comedy entertainment complete with clam shell lights on the stage...Everyone else in this frothy frolic is spot on...’An odd combination of ‘ye olde England’ and songs which seem a bit thin musically for the Broadway stage. Get past that (and I did) and you will enjoy a fizzy, lusty tale of love, desire, freedom and tolerance.” Full Review

Philadelphia Inquirer

“Sly but rambunctious, big-hearted but snarky: ‘Head over Heels’ now at the Hudson Theatre, is the new bizarre musical on Broadway...This is a good-time show, smart and loud and colorful, with a terrific cast and a great all-girls rock band banging out the beat behind the upstage wall...Under Michael Mayer’s direction, these very game actors are, without exception, a pleasure to watch and listen to.” Full Review

DC Theatre Scene

"This is silly, but the show doesn’t pretend otherwise, and, given the right mood, one can revel in its silliness. 'Head Over Heels' is happy to be a musical comedy that winks at us, while under Michael Mayer’s fast-paced direction a ton of talented performers energetically deliver the songs, the shtick and the story in 19 colorful and sometimes off-color scenes...The logic along the way would not withstand much scrutiny, but the show’s innate silliness more or less inoculates it from scrutiny." Full Review


“If the plot slogs about a bit, the attempts at humor can get clunky and the lyrics are often indecipherable...give credit to director Michael Mayer, choreographer Spencer Liff...and a talented company seemingly obsessed with showing the audience a good time. On paper, ‘Head over Heels’ may not be to everyone's taste, but it certainly achieves its goal of providing glossy, energetic fun. And when you tack on the fact that there's a message or two about inclusivity, well, so much the better.” Full Review

Enchanting, Great singing, Hilarious, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if You love dancing and great lights. The show is hilarious and sure to make anyone laugh. The costumes and staging are something special.

Don't see it if You can’t follow shakespeare or think bright lights are annoying. If you don’t like the Go-Go girls, you’re out of luck.

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if You are looking for a romantic comedy with twists

Don't see it if You are judgemental and not open to various types of relationships

Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy, Relevant

See it if You like inclusive and thoughtful (albeit very VERY fluffy) stories with an INCREDIBLY talented cast!

Don't see it if You are homophobic.

Clever, Funny, Great singing, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy an upbeat performance based on some of best pop music of the Go-Gos.

Don't see it if You have any problems with things being more modern.

Also I loved that it included a bigger woman as the most beautful, a romanc... Read more Read less

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Intelligent, Great singing

See it if You want to have fun and feel great leaving the theatre

Don't see it if You’re not tolerant and open

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Edgy

See it if You love the music or the Go Gos and energetic choreography.

Don't see it if You don’t like LGBTQ themes

Delightful, Entertaining, Fluffy, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if you love having a good time at the theatre, enjoy the pop-punk fury of the Go-Gos, and care deeply about LGBTQ+ representation

Don't see it if you don't care about any of the things mentioned above or think that shows have to be sad to be good.

Also As a non-cis, non-straight actor and theatre-goer, I can't even tell y... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if You like great, singing, acting and dancing done with a thoughtful and timely story and message. Fabulous costumes and staging.

Don't see it if You don't like fun.

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Romantic

See it if You want an original musical, excellent performers, genius comedy, and pure joy.

Don't see it if You are heartless.

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Hilarious, Must see

See it if You want an incredible, impacting show with a mind blowing cast.

Don't see it if You don’t have a sense of humor.

Clever, Must see, Great singing

See it if You want to laugh, love great choreography, superb singing, and something less traditional.

Don't see it if You are a bore...or maybe you should. This might change you’re mind. There’s no reason not to see it!

Superlative in every way, Great ensemble acting/singling/dancing, Perfectly cast and beautifully sung, Direction, choreography,musical direction, staging and costuming absolutely on target, Delightful

See it if you like classic/elizabethan literature themes and characters given a 21st century musical twist - and given it brilliantly.

Don't see it if I cannot think of a reason to dislike anything about this show.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if If you enjoy the Go Go's music and humorous period pieces with a lot of LGBTQ acceptance thrown in this show is for you.

Don't see it if If you don’t like jukebox musicals, don’t like the Go Go’s or 80s music, don’t like LGBTQ themes…this show is not for you.

Also Hearing characters use the pronouns they and them and seeing LGBTQ rel... Read more Read less

Great singing, Great staging, Hilarious, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you are fan of the Go Go’s, there music and wanting to see an hilarious and feel good show.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable LGBT themes, jukebox musicals or looking for a serious show.

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if The actors and the singers are universally excellent. The music and story are inspiring. I think an overweight belle who is a lesbian is fun

Don't see it if If you do not appreciate Shakespearean gender-bending scenes & do not care to think philosophically about love - all set to the Go GOs music

Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Must see

See it if The legendary music of the GoGo’s is used in what is an over the top funny story w great voices and acting.

Don't see it if If you hated the Go-Go’d music or if you don’t like musical comedies.

Quirky, Hilarious, Delightful, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy shows with a good message that don't take themselves too seriously, enjoy classical comedies with modern twists, love The Go-Go's

Don't see it if you prefer very serious shows, you hate The Go-Gos

Also I thought everything about this show was just fantastic. I went in wit... Read more Read less

Must see, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if you enjoy go-gos music, Elizabethan-style plays, and have the beat.

Don't see it if you are offended by transgenders

Hilarious, Refreshing, Must see

See it if You want to laugh through the whole show, enjoy the Go-Go's music and like refreshing new musicals

Don't see it if you are prudish or have a problem with same sex relationships

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Masterful

See it if You love the Go-gos & love musicals. This warm hearted and silly and just simply wonderful.

Don't see it if you don't like LGBT themes & are not into musicals or having a good time out!

Delightful, Entertaining, Clever

See it if See this show if you like like lively music from the GoGos and funny themes with a Modern twist!

Don't see it if Don't see this show if you don't like lively musicals.

Entertaining, Great singing, Romantic, Must see, Delightful

See it if you love the LGBT+ community and a story that highlights them. Also to see Bonnie Milligan who is a goddess.

Don't see it if you don’t like raunchy numbers and the Go-Go’s.

Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like a fun romp with amazing singers and dancers.

Don't see it if you don't like the go-gos

Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You are a fan of go gos. And fan of bizarre musicals. So entertaining!!!

Don't see it if You hate musicals

Ambitious, Funny, Edgy, Raunchy, Romantic

See it if ...You like the Go-Gos. Most hits are there (including Belinda hits) and frame some sweet, silly, racy, unexpected love stories. Loved it!

Don't see it if expect a traditional jukebox musical or traditional love story, have LBGDQ issues. May not be for young kids -but get them the CD!