Already closed | 1h 45m | Midtown W

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

From 145 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 (145)

MEMBERS SAY:

Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious, Quirky
86
Avg Score

86
Entertaining, Funny, Original, Great writing

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.

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
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.

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.

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

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

86
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Original

See it if You want to see kids work their way tough words in the spelling bee. The humor will keep you laughing out loud.

Don't see it if If you are afraid of audience participation. You might be asked to spell a four syllable word. You have to have a sense of humor.

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

78
Hilarious

See it if you enjoy comedies or like William Finn. Very funny show with some great acting.

Don't see it if you don't like comedies or audience participation. Know a little bit about it before seeing it

90
Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Original, Refreshing

See it if You're into comedy and a good, quick show

Don't see it if You are into more dramatic shows

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.

78
Entertaining, Funny, Raunchy, Quirky, Original

See it if you want to see a humorous show that still allows for touching examinations of an eclectic cast of characters

Don't see it if you don't enjoy audience participation or shows that have atypical narrative styles.

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.

89
Hilarious, Intelligent, Refreshing, Clever

See it if You appreciate intelligent, clever humor

Don't see it if You like traditional musicals

75
Clever, Funny

See it if You want to see a funny clever musical

Don't see it if You don't like Jesse Tyler

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

61
Cliched, Funny, Banal, Borning, Goofy

See it if you like silly

Don't see it if you like good humor

83
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if you want to see a different kind of musical and delve into different kinds of characters

Don't see it if you prefer traditional musicals

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

75
Clever, Funny, Fluffy

See it if You want a fun, cute comedy.

Don't see it if You're expecting a Finn score as strong as Falsettos.

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

81
Clever, Intelligent, Great writing, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if You want to see an adolescent microcosm in the context of a school spelling bee. Nostalgic, cute, and reminds you of your awkward years.

Don't see it if You want something a little deeper. This can be fluffy at times, but it's wonderful.

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.

88
Funny, Entertaining, Quirky, Clever, Fluffy

See it if Funny, interactive musical! It was the first ever musical I saw on Broadway many years ago, so it holds a special place in my heart.

Don't see it if You don't like adults playing children.

75
Funny, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You want a fun night out or aren't looking for anything too deep.

Don't see it if You are looking for a deeply thought provoking show


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