Water for Elephants (Broadway)
Open run 2h 20m
Water for Elephants (Broadway)
89

Water for Elephants (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

89%
(696 Ratings)
Positive
91%
Mixed
6%
Negative
3%
Members say
Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing, Delightful, Clever

About the Show

The bestselling novel becomes a Broadway musical, exploring life's new starts in a spectacular way.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (406)

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235 Reviews | 46 Followers
100
So acrobatic!, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if it's well written! it's well staged! great singing and acting! fun puppetry!

Don't see it if you can't sit for 2.5 hours in the Imperial theater (hello knee cramps) show ran longer than expected so don't schedule back to back

70 Reviews | 7 Followers
96
Entertaining, Dizzying, Great singing, Must see, Great staging

See it if Big musicals

Don't see it if you don't like emotional stories

166 Reviews | 174 Followers
93
Physically demanding acrobatics, Ambitious, Enchanting

See it if touching story with terrific, artfully used acrobatics and choreography. Amazing, skilled acrobats were always spot on perfect. Great cast!

Don't see it if very minimal set design was underwhelming until I realized it awakened the imagination needed to fully appreciate the puppetry and story. Read more

159 Reviews | 13 Followers
92
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You’re a fan of new musicals, with puppetry and some circus skills thrown in. You might also be familiar with the novel, which I wasn’t.

Don't see it if You don’t like musicals, puppeteers and/or circus performances. Otherwise there’s a lot to enjoy.

339 Reviews | 93 Followers
92
Refreshing, Romantic, Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if This is an utterly lovely romance filled with gorgeous performances, lots of circus magic, and exquisite staging.

Don't see it if The music is perhaps more modest than some might expect. There aren’t a lot of barnburners of songs. Still, it sounded fresh and beautiful.

52 Reviews | 3 Followers
91
Riveting, Masterful, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want to be dazzled by acrobatics, puppets, music, acting & incredible staging

Don't see it if you cant suspend your disbelief a bit and want super strong sounds Read more

263 Reviews | 26 Followers
91
Quirky, Must see, Great staging, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if and treat yourself to one of the most creative productions you will ever see - this is magical and enchanting. Loved the movement, lighting

Don't see it if you are not open to a vision of circus life

75 Reviews | 8 Followers
90
Great staging, Riveting, Ambitious

See it if enjoy fabulous choreography, acrobatics and puppetry and can handle some darker adult topics.

Don't see it if too young or squeamish to handle adult topics such as cruelty, abuse and murder.

Critic Reviews (17)

The New York Times
March 21st, 2024

CRITIC'S PICK: "...it features an eventful story and compelling characters"
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Time Out New York
March 21st, 2024

"The main attraction is the pull of the circus itself."
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New York Theatre Guide
March 21st, 2024

"new musical beautifully juggles circus and theatre"
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New York Magazine / Vulture
March 21st, 2024

"...much of 'Water for Elephants' will delight on the basis of spectacle alone"
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The Wall Street Journal
March 21st, 2024

"this musical adaptation of the hit novel loses much of its source’s pungency and grit."
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Deadline
March 21st, 2024

"Water For Elephants is a pleasant, visually beguiling show"
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Variety
March 22nd, 2024

"...a unique and imaginative creation of the stage and live performance."
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The Observer
March 21st, 2024

"Everything is so exaggerated and phony that it’s hard to believe"
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