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

Water for Elephants (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(1198 Ratings)
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Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Absorbing, Great staging

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 (622)

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74 Reviews | 0 Followers
Great show! june 2024

See it if You enjoy a spectacle with heart, based on a terrific novel, and appreciate outstanding circus performers. We sat next to a co-producer!

Don't see it if you expect to leave the theater humming the score, which is fine and well performed by the actors, but not memorable.

73 Reviews | 12 Followers
Intelligent, Romantic, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like the circus, good story, beautiful puppetry

Don't see it if if you don't like the circus or love stories but really no reason not to see it

783 Reviews | 149 Followers
Entertaining, Refreshing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Refreshing for its a traveling circus with acrobatics and a love story.

Don't see it if The parts poor Rosie gets hit. Read more

241 Reviews | 47 Followers
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

178 Reviews | 67 Followers
Refreshing, Great staging, Delightful, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you want great acrobatics, puppeteering, and visual effects with a predictable romantic plot.

Don't see it if singing was mediocre, at times the performers sang over each other and you could not hear the songs.

65 Reviews | 2 Followers
Must see, Masterful, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want a classic Broadway show with an amazing storyline

Don't see it if You’re looking for a lighthearted, modern show Read more

280 Reviews | 604 Followers
Great staging, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if You want to see a great show. Amazing acrobats, good music and a good story.

Don't see it if You don't like the circus. It is beautifully done, but the pacing can suffer from some of the beautiful arial work. I loved it.

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

See it if Big musicals

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

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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March 21st, 2024

"Water For Elephants is a pleasant, visually beguiling show"
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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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