Head Over Heels (NYC)
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Head Over Heels (NYC)
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Head Over Heels (NYC) NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(871 Reviews)
Positive
83%
Mixed
12%
Negative
5%
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.

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764 Reviews | 212 Followers
81
Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

See it if you want to escape with some comedy and familiar songs in well designed sets and great costumes. An energetic cast makes it entertaining.

Don't see it if if you are not up for some silliness or do not like the music of the Go Go's.

703 Reviews | 213 Followers
85
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Quirky, Romantic

See it if Shakespearean style comedy, spoken in verse, with gay/trans characters and Go-Go's music. Surprisingly clever and fun.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a silly comedy. Shepherd boy disguises himself as a girl to see the princess etc. Don't have to be a big Go-Go's fan. Read more

628 Reviews | 93 Followers
75
Clever, Funny, Great singing, Great staging, Quirky

See it if you enjoy a light hearted gender bending musical with lively music and wonderful staging. Very entertaining with funny situations.

Don't see it if you do not like gender bending dialogue or you only like sophisticated musicals. Read more

533 Reviews | 488 Followers
80
Great acting, Great singing, Refreshing, Joyful, Great writing

See it if you want to see a fun musical with an unabashedly queer aesthetic.

Don't see it if you're looking for something that takes itself too seriously.

488 Reviews | 103 Followers
44
I saw my first broadway musical tonight

See it if You are looking for something fun

Don't see it if You want to think or be challenged Read more

419 Reviews | 99 Followers
79
This is fine. not as unique as it "read", Ambitious, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if You want to see several really wonderful performances couched within a rather predictable telling. A riot of color and movement.

Don't see it if Mundane repetitive dance moves which were not interesting 1st time. Small garage band "orchestra" with boring arrangements/orchestration. Read more

411 Reviews | 72 Followers
75
Great singing and choreography, Fun-filled campy romp, Elizabethan iambic pentameter, The go go’s jukebox musical comedy

See it if Loosely based on The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia, a royal family pairs up their daughters, finds a successor, and keeps the beat.

Don't see it if You are not OK with non-binary and other gender expressions, or with a rather silly plot that mixes Greek mythology and Elizabethan English.

410 Reviews | 61 Followers
79
Entertaining, Funny

See it if Straight white cis men (patriarchy) realize their shortcomings and make space for the women and queer folx. Light progressive jukebox comedy

Don't see it if Writing is just ok. Queer / trans folx scare you. Don't like The Go-Go's. Read more

Critic Reviews (52)

The New York Times
July 26th, 2018

"Feels as timid and awkward as the new kid on the first day of school...'Head Over Heels' lacks the courage of its contradictions. It mutters deferentially when what you want is a rebel yell...What’s lacking in the musical performances here is the go-for-broke exuberance that made the Go-Go’s so irresistible...Its audience might leave the theater less hungry if this oddly earnest show could really kick up its heels and let the message take care of itself."
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Time Out New York
July 26th, 2018

"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."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
July 26th, 2018

"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."
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New Yorker
July 27th, 2018

“A bouncy, bizarro, occasionally didactic musical...The amalgam is so brazen as to be immediately disarming: it would take a truly bad sport not to get on board with ersatz Elizabethan verse side by side with eighties earworms, delivered with equal gusto by a game cast...Mayer’s production revels in postmodern whimsy...The familiar tunes give the tale a welcome infusion of nostalgia...but the catalogue is puddle-deep."
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The Hollywood Reporter
July 26th, 2018

"Relentlessly frothy musical...You'll either find the humor uproarious fun or, like me, an utter trial...The performers certainly give the material their all...Mayer's blithe staging keeps things moving at a fast pace...Despite the ample professionalism on display, the show comes across as painfully strained rather than pleasurably antic. 'Head Over Heels' may be admirably woke when it comes to gender fluidity, but as entertainment, it's strictly retrograde."
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Entertainment Weekly
July 26th, 2018

"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."
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Variety
July 26th, 2018

"An over-written, over-designed, and generally overdone production...Thanks, no doubt, to the Oracle of Delphi (played here by the impishly funny Peppermint), it’s a miracle that at least some of the wit in Jeff Whitty’s original book gets through...The show never recovers from the pervasive feeling of exhaustion. There’s the exertion of making the stilted Spencer Liff choreography seem vaguely vogue. There’s the constant struggle to push and shove songs into places where they don’t fit."
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The Wall Street Journal
July 26th, 2018

"The book is still a sophomoric mess, and the 17 songs, which are mostly either fast or rather less so, are lively but unvaried...Michael Mayer has done what he can to put a directorial shine on 'Head Over Heels'...Everyone else in the cast takes care of business, and if you really, really like the Go-Go’s, you might possibly find the results tolerable."
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