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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

From 143 member reviews
Members say: Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious, Quirky

About the show

This musical comedy is based on C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E, an original improvisational play created by Rebecca Feldman about a middle school spelling bee. More…

Six spellers - Olive Ostrovsky, William Barfée, Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre, Marcy Park, Leaf Coneybear and Chip Tolentino - compete at the annual spelling bee at Putnam Valley Middle School in Putnam County, NY. Flashbacks and insight reveal personal details about each of the spellers in this musical that explores the idea that winning isn’t everything.

1h 45m | Already closed | Circle in the Square (Midtown W)


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100
Entertaining, Funny, Must see, Quirky, A show with a heart

See it if like shows where you can find yourself in its awkward characters. This show has incredible heart set against a spelling bee backdrop

Don't see it if can't think of a reason not to see this delightful show

Also This show captured my heart. Endearing characters that you root for--y... Read more Read less

100
Clever, Hilarious, Must see, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if You like clever entertainment and audience participation.

Don't see it if You want a serious show.

100
Entertaining, Delightful, Hilarious, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if you love to laugh, enjoy audience participation, like different, clever theatre.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy comedy, prefer musicals or dramas.

100
Clever, Ambitious, Great writing, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if You love quirky musicals with some crude humor

Don't see it if You don't like musicals or comedies

100
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if enjoy comedies and want something a little different and original

Don't see it if You want something a little more serious

100
Entertaining, Hilarious, Great writing, Original, Refreshing

See it if you love original, ensemble developed shows, shows where grown ups play kids, you don't have spelling related baggage.

Don't see it if you aren't in the mood for comedy or adults pretending to be kids.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if you love to laugh and yet see something with so much heart behind it. Different show every time.

Don't see it if You dislike musical theatre comedies.

100
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Must see, Hilarious

See it if you want an engaging, intelligent, laugh-out-loud theatre experience.

Don't see it if you dislike fun.

98
Clever, Funny, Original, Great writing, Must see

See it if You like spelling bees and musicals

Don't see it if You only like traditional musicals

96
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Original

See it if You want to laugh, cry, sing along, and everything in between. Such an array of characters sure to make you enjoy a night at the theatre.

Don't see it if n/a

96
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you're interested in something sweet and fun!

Don't see it if you're looking for a brilliant night at the theatre.

94
Hilarious, Intelligent, Refreshing, Clever

See it if You appreciate intelligent, clever humor

Don't see it if You like traditional musicals

92
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious

See it if you love the underdog and "kids" singing about kid things

Don't see it if you don't think boner jokes are funny

92
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if You like your shows funny and silly but crafty and smart.

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

92
Delightful, Funny, Original, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if You've ever been a kid. This is a beautiful look at the insecurities and pressures of childhood and relationships. One of my favorites!

Don't see it if There's no reason not to see this!

92
Delightful, Funny, Original, Entertaining, Must see

See it if You like musical comedies, and want to laugh.

Don't see it if You want something deep and thought-provoking, or dark.

91
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Engaging ,fun, spirited production with some audience participation. Go and have a good time!

Don't see it if If you want something intellectually challenging

91
Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Quirky, Original

See it if you love spelling bees or just really funny, quirky cute stories!

Don't see it if you don't like audience participation

91
Clever, Funny, Great writing, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy clever songs about clever young people. It's fun going back to a middle school spelling bee. And you learn how to spell "syzygy."

Don't see it if You are a bad speller. A few of the lyrics are of the PG-13 variety.

90
Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if You want a hilarious, slightly improv-based show that's about kids finding their identities through spelling

Don't see it if You don't like humor or adults acting like children

90
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Fluffy, Raunchy

See it if You like simple entertainment

Don't see it if You are bringing children

90
Great acting, Great staging, Hilarious, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you just want to have fun--with a little emotional heart-string pulling thrown in!

Don't see it if you have a very conservative taste in musicals.

90
Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Slow, Dated

See it if You're looking to have an entertaining afternoon out, without thinking about a complicated storyline but great vocals.

Don't see it if You don't like adults playing children, as I am aware that can be a pet peeve. Can also be slow at times, it still the talent is RIGHT THER

90
Clever, Quirky, Hilarious, Funny, Refreshing

See it if you like clever word play and great characters. This show will have you laughing and crying in several places.

Don't see it if you're easily offended or homophobic. Penis jokes and gay fathers all around! But if you get easily offended, why are you at the theatre?

90
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Resonant, Must see

See it if You like comedy and are looking for something a little offbeat

Don't see it if You're too young for the "mature content"


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