Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

Misery

From 327 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging, Intense, Absorbing

About the show

Bruce Willis makes his Broadway debut with Laurie Metcalf in this stage adaptation of Stephen King's best-selling horror novel. More…

Successful romance novelist Paul Sheldon (Willis) is rescued from a car crash by his 'Number One Fan,' Annie Wilkes (Metcalf), and wakes up captive in her secluded home. While Paul is convalescing, Annie reads the manuscript to his newest novel and becomes enraged when she discovers the author has killed off her favorite character, Misery Chastain. Annie forces Paul to write a new novel, and he quickly realizes Annie has no intention of letting him go anywhere. The irate Annie has Paul writing as if his life depends on it, and if he does not make her deadline, it will.

1h 30m | Already closed | Broadhurst Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (327)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging, Intense, Absorbing
75
Avg Score

70
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Cute

See it if Great performance by Metcalf. Good story. It is campier than it is suspenseful, but it works in that way. Enjoyable.

Don't see it if you expect thrill and angst of the movie or the book.

70
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Slow, Campy

See it if You're looking for a fun night out. This is an entertaining show with an excellent performance by Laurie Metcalf.

Don't see it if You are looking to be scared. While there are a couple of tense moments, this show plays more for the laughs than the scares.

67
Banal, Disappointing, Fluffy, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if If you like Laura Metcalf, a good stage actor. If you liked the movie story line.

Don't see it if Bad directing, slow, Willis not effective at all. If you like a good movie in which the play resembled nothing like it.

75
Laurie metcalf, Laurie freaking metcalf, Wow laurie metcalf, Did i mention laurie metcalf, She is so good

See it if you like a thriller; you aren't expecting much from Bruce Willis; you don't want to be the dummy who missed Laurie Metcalf's performance!

Don't see it if great acting doesn't interest you.

77
Funny, Fluffy, Campy, Entertaining

See it if You're familiar with the movie. You're a fan of Laurie Metcalf & Bruce Willis. You like the audience to be involved. You enjoy camp.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of the movie. You hate camp. You want a show w/more depth. You hate audience interaction.You're not a fan of Bruce & Laurie

65
Disappointing, Great staging, Insipid

See it if you like Laurie Metcalf (she's terrific, as usual).

Don't see it if you like Bruce Willis (if you do like him, you'll be HUGELY disappointed with his performance).

79
Entertaining, Funny, Banal, Edgy, Intense

See it if You love Laurie Metcalf and would watch her act her way out of a paper bag.

Don't see it if You're looking for a play on equal par to the film.

62
Cliched, Overrated

See it if A great female stage actress drag around a male movie star. Bruce just can't keep up with her. But her performance is always worth seeing

Don't see it if if you want to see a show that should be done is a small theater. Kathy Bates was great in the movie, Laurie Metcalf is amazing.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if Gripping. Two great stars, two great writers (William Goldman & Stephen King). What more could you want? Enjoyed it a lot.

Don't see it if Bruce Willis was a little stiff in places. It got a little gory a couple of times. People gasped.

50
Dark, Disappointing, Intense, Fantastic set design, Thriller

See it if you want to see Bruce Willis onstage. See it for Laurie Metcalf, whose portrayal of Annie is fantastic.

Don't see it if you liked the movie. It's definitely not the same but still, it's worthwhile for Stephen King fans.

75
Great staging, Hilarious, Laurie metcalf, Absorbing, Insipid

See it if you love misery, stephen king and LAURIE METCALF!

Don't see it if you want a musical. NO singing in this show lol

79
Entertaining, Great acting, Intense

See it if You are a Stephen King fan & you want to see Laurie Metcalf do what she does best on stage.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of the story or are looking for anything more than it is.

84
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Delightful

See it if you are familiar with the movie or book. Laurie Metcalf was amazing, and must see! . Bruce Willis was just iconic.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of seeing your childhood stars perform in play based on the great Stephen King.

100
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Must see, Riveting

See it if you enjoy great theater

Don't see it if you don't have a sense of humor

80
Intense, Slow

See it if You are a fan of the Stephen King or movie... Laurie Metcalf as the #1 fan is sooo good while Bruce Willis should stick to action films

Don't see it if You are not into darker themed productions..

70
Riveting

See it if you are a fan of Stephen King and like seeing different interpretations of his work.

Don't see it if you dislike suspense, or are looking for an exact copy of the book or movie.

73
Clever, Entertaining, Profound, Great staging, Original

See it if You want to see the star power of Bruce Willis and haven't seen the movie.

Don't see it if You are counting on a tutorial on acting by such a well known star. Bruce Willis' acting is severely upstaged by the manic Laurie Metcalf

65
Slow, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you are Bruce Willis fan who dont care whether he does a good acting or not

Don't see it if you like great acting on stage.

55
Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if Laurie was the only reason to see it.

Don't see it if you won't, it closed.

65
Great acting, Great staging, Disappointing

See it if you are a Laurie Metcalf or Stephen King fan. Fantastic detail in the set design reinforced the instability of Metcalf's character.

Don't see it if you want to see Laurie go toe-to-toe with an actor of equal caliber -- Willis sleepwalks through his part.

73
Fun, Entertaining, Intense, Funny, Pointless

See it if you're a fan of the film, like dark humor or want to see a really great performance by Laurie Metcalf.

Don't see it if you're a "die hard" Bruce Willis fan... b/c he comes off as very dull & wooden in this show.

Also This was a fun show but it was ultimately pointless. It was pretty muc... Read more Read less

60
Disappointing, Slow

See it if you're a fan of the actors. Bruce Willis's performance is a bit too understated for a big theatre, but Laurie Metcalf is fantastic.

Don't see it if you're a fan of the movie of the book. This adaptation fails to capture the intensity of the source material. A pretty big let-down.

90
Great acting, Authentic, Great set

See it if You want to see Laurie Metcalf devour the city and blow Kathy Bates out of the water. You've been longing for some good on-stage violence

Don't see it if You already don't like the source material. You'll be offended by audiences laughing at suspenseful/grotesque content.

70
Disappointing, Edgy, Intense, Overrated, Just okay

See it if You're a fan of Laurie Metcalfe, who is wonderful in just about everything she does.

Don't see it if you are expecting Bruce Willis to act.

73
Great acting, Riveting, Absorbing, Overrated, Edgy

See it if you are a fan of the actors and don't think that you have a better option for the time slot.

Don't see it if the somewhat sadistic pleasure of this short play will not surpass that which you would derive from other more typical shows.


November 15th, 2015
"'Misery' the play is saturated in what feels like an amused, nostalgic distance from its source material. It’s as if Mr. Willis and Ms. Metcalf had shown up at the behest of a 'Misery' fan club to share memories of our enjoyment of the book and movie and to chuckle over how they once scared the ...
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November 15th, 2015
"On a meta level, 'Misery' is about Willis playing film star Willis being terrorized by Metcalf’s superior acting talent…The pleasures of this production (perfunctorily staged by Will Frears) are mostly visual and all predictable…William Goldman’s stage adaptation of his own screenplay is lazily ...
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November 15th, 2015
"What this production mostly demonstrates is the futility of digging up the dead…The movie, with its variety of shots and its focus on details, could disguise that endless tick-tock, but onstage the drama flattens out and separates...Willis has no stage chops…Metcalf knows exactly how to engage t...
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November 15th, 2015
"This 'Misery' is an enjoyable enough rerun that recaptures some of its predecessor's B-movie pleasures...The play works surprisingly well in its more Hitchcockian scenes…As far as unhinged stalkers go, Metcalf's Annie is a hoot...It's just too bad nothing else in this rote retread comes close to...
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