Already closed | 2h 10m | Midtown W

Living on Love

From 31 member  reviews
Members say: Fluffy, Funny, Disappointing, Slow, Cliched

About the show

Opera star Renee Fleming fronts a new comedy concerning a war of infidelity between a diva and her maestro husband. More…

"Living on Love" tells the story of celebrated diva Raquel DeAngelis. When her husband, the fiery and egomaniacal Maestro Vito DeAngelis, becomes enamored with the lovely young lady hired to ghostwrite his long-delayed autobiography, Raquel retaliates by hiring her very own—very handsome—ghostwriter to chronicle her life as an opera star. Sparks fly, silverware is thrown, and romance blossoms.

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

Member Reviews (31)

MEMBERS SAY:

Fluffy, Funny, Disappointing, Slow, Cliched
62
Avg Score

50
Disappointing, Embarrassing, Cliched

See it if you are a fan of the actors.

Don't see it if you are a fan of the actors..... Plot is dated, stale and overacted.

45
Disappointing

See it if You really like Renee Fleming and want to see her in anything regardless of content.

Don't see it if you have any other options, this show really didn't need to be on broadway.

60
Disappointing, Funny, Excruciating, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if You like fluffy comedies, no matter how weak the material, or you want to see how bad an actress Renee Fleming is.

Don't see it if You're looking for smarter fare.

62
Slow, Original, Funny, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a great cast working together. Too bad the story was a bit weak. The highlight was when Renee Fleming sang.

Don't see it if You expect a story that holds your interest for more than a few minutes periodically.

94
Entertaining, Intelligent, Funny, Delightful

See it if Go with no expectations and be transported. Renee Fleming.

Don't see it if Looking for opera.

80
Funny, Great acting, Fluffy, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if You simply want to have a good time watching ridiculous characters being ridiculous.

Don't see it if You're looking for something deep or meaningful; you want a musical.

60
Disappointing, Slow, A big miss

See it if need to see any of the talented cast and do not cast that the story/plot/book falls short.

Don't see it if want to see something fast moving and entertaining. Or want more than just a few good laughs

30
Insipid

See it if you saw Scarlet Pimpernel when you were a kid, and got really excited to see Douglas Sills on Broadway again.

Don't see it if you like quality plays. This has a great cast, but is a total mess.

65
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You are a fan of Renee Fleming. The plot is intended to mimic those madcap film comedies of the 1930's.. but it falls short.

Don't see it if You primary motivation is to hear Renee Fleming sing.. She only performs one song.

78
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

See it if you are a fan of the stars

Don't see it if you are expecting a great musical, she barely sang.

77
Clever, Fluffy, Great acting

See it if enjoy great talent, funny moments and operatic moments!

Don't see it if you need things to kick off from the start (it's a little slow).

30
Banal, Cliched, Dated, Insipid, Fluffy

See it if you like Renee Fleming and want to see her a bit "out of her element."

Don't see it if You want something thought-provoking.

68
Entertaining, Dated, Fluffy, Disappointing, Funny

See it if you like the cast don't have high expectations.

Don't see it if you are looking for something that will stand out as fabulous among others that you've seen.

75
Entertaining, Funny, Original, Fluffy

See it if you are a fan of Renee Fleming.

Don't see it if want a serious play.

65
Cliched, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you want to see Renee Fleming in a straight play. The rest of the cast will be back; I doubt she will.

Don't see it if you're looking for anything but a vanity piece for Renee. She's swanning around; the rest of the cast is acting.

40
Cliched, Banal, Excruciating, Fluffy, Slow

See it if you can't afford a ticket to see Renee Fleming at the Met (or just wait at the stage door); otherwise, don't bother because she barely sings

Don't see it if you want to watch a poor transition in Ms. Fleming's career (she's not an actress); you want to see a play with clever writing and a plot

58
Cliched, Dated, Fluffy, Slow

See it if Predictable and cliched. I did enjoy seeing Renee Fleming. I saw her a few weeks prior at The Met, so there was that.

Don't see it if I would say pass. Other than hearing Renee Fleming belt out a few high notes the rest of it was pretty forgettable.

73
Fluffy, Funny, Quirky

See it if You want to see a silly play. Anna Chlumsky was great.

Don't see it if You're easily bored, you don't like silly plays. You want to see René Fleming sing.

68
Disappointing, Great singing, Slow, Cliched

See it if you're a big Renee Fleming fan. She was great in this show.

Don't see it if you haven't heard of Renee Fleming.

50
Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow, Funny

See it if Want to see a comedy.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a show with just ok storyline.

45
Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid, Banal

See it if you like Renee Fleming enough to sit though a thoroughly uninteresting and cliched show where everyone overacts because it's all they can do

Don't see it if you don't want to spend $20 on a double of wine at intermission because it's the best way to get through the second act

79
Funny, Entertaining, Fluffy, Romantic, Refreshing

See it if You want to laugh. It has terrific physical comedy.

Don't see it if You want a thought-provoking, serious night of theatre.

80
Great acting, Hilarious, Great singing

See it if Renée Fleming and funny shows.

Don't see it if You expect a nice plot and amazing staging.

80
Entertaining, Funny, Original, Slow, Great acting

See it if you like plays, original stories, Jerry O'Connell, Renee Fleming, and Anna Chlumsky!

Don't see it if you get bored easily, it moves slowly

57
Dated, Funny, Fluffy, Quirky, Over-the-top

See it if Like old fashioned farce. You want an outrageous comedy.

Don't see it if You want something fresh and thoughtful.


April 20th, 2015
"The play seems more like a forgotten bottom-drawer comedy from the 1930s, the kind that occasionally resurfaces at suburban dinner theaters...everybody in 'Living on Love' appears to be having a fairly good time. Whether audiences will share their joy is debatable."
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April 21st, 2015
"The canned corn of DiPietro’s writing is pressed into mush by Kathleen Marshall’s clunky direction; the younger actors, who spend most of the play in a panic, are nearly unwatchable. 'Living on Love' is meant to be hammy, but it’s not even that. It’s a bland, synthetic dud: a ham-flavored turkey."
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April 20th, 2015
"Plenty of punch lines, but the audience’s response to them seemed as canned as the material. This is only in part because the play is set in 1957 and feels as if it were written then too. 'Living on Love' is tacky and weirdly downmarket, as if divas and maestros could only be made palatable to c...
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April 20th, 2015
"There's nothing contemporary and too little that's consistently funny about playwright Joe DiPietro's refried serving of 'Peccadillo,' a minor Garson Kanin comedy from 1985. The new version does have the sporting turn of celebrated lyric soprano Renee Fleming. But when she is not onstage, the fi...
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