Already closed | 1h 45m | Midtown W

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)

Member Reviews (143)

MEMBERS SAY:

Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious, Quirky
87
Avg Score

80
Funny, Great writing, Fun, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if Great show all around. Great fun.

Don't see it if you don't care about the theme.

72
Clever, Fun, Cute

See it if You like quirky cute shows about kids who are played by adults

Don't see it if You're looking for a deep or emotional piece

85
Fluffy, Quirky, Original, Funny, Clever

See it if You want to see a quirky, quick, and fun original musical.

Don't see it if You can't stand the idea of quirky comedies.

87
Absorbing, Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Great singing

See it if This is a very fun show. Funny, great songs, entertaining.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a show about children in a spelling bee!

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

86
Fun, Clever, Delightful, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you’re looking for some light-hearted, but still intelligent comedy.

Don't see it if you haven’t opened a dictionary in a while.

77
Clever, Funny, Original

See it if you like audience participation, you tend to like other William Finn musicals, you want a relatively heartwarming story.

Don't see it if you can't handle rude jokes, sixth grade made you uncomfortable.

63
Disappointing, Cute, Overrated, Good for all ages, Trite

See it if you're looking for something light & fluffy, or maybe you're looking for a show for your community theater to stage.

Don't see it if you want a substantial piece of theater. It was a little too trivial for my tastes. And the humor was too corny & cute. Weak score too.

70
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Original

See it if You like a unique experience with delightful characters told witha bit of audience participation. Excellent and delightful. Laughed a lot.

Don't see it if You want Rogers and Hammerstein. Music isn't big and overly memorable. Great intimate experience instead.

80
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Circle in the Square was the perfect venue for this quirky musical comedy. I saw this with several casts & was happy 2c so many r on TV now!

Don't see it if Don't c it if u don't like "adults" portraying kids. Also if U don't like shows where the cast interacts w/ the audience or if U can't spell

85
Intelligent, Great writing, Funny, Original

See it if you like smart lyrics, catchy melodies and small shows that are charming

Don't see it if you need big production value or don't like shows about children

80
Funny, Great writing, Original, Entertaining

See it if you want a purely fun musical, featuring adults playing "nerdy" high schoolers. The songs are full of great puns. Overall a good time.

Don't see it if you don't like nasal-y voices, a bunch of the cast has them. you don't want to hear people spelling.

62
Hilarious, Cliched, Entertaining, Overrated, Quirky

See it if If you just want fluffy fun and a lot of cheap laughs.

Don't see it if If you want a good story.

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.

80
Clever

See it if closed

Don't see it if closed

83
Enchanting, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if like a fun loving, caring musical. I'm a big fan of William Finn's music. Clever lyrics. Wonderful performances. Fun concept.

Don't see it if I can't see any reason not to see if when it comes around again.

75
Delightful, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you like adult comedy about adolescence, you like the composers.

Don't see it if you want a serious or life altering theatre experience.

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.

80
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if you want something clever with relatable story lines and inventive and beautiful songs

Don't see it if you don't like watching coming-of-age stories

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

82
Entertaining, Cute, Funny

See it if you like a fun, quirky show with a great ensemble cast and clever songs.

Don't see it if you're looking for a profound show or don't like shows with adults playing teenage characters.

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

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.

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.

90
Hilarious, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Tear-jerker

See it if Want to see musicals that will make you laugh for the most part but still make you feel something.

Don't see it if Want musicals with lots of sets, costumes, and dance numbers.


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