Alana J

Great Neck | 18-24 | Female
About:  Librarian with a penchant for theater
Reviews (63)
77
Clever, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You’re a fan of the original,

Don't see it if You’re not a millennial

85
Lobby Hero
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Funny

See it if You want to see a character driven play

Don't see it if You have long legs (The mezzanine seats are exceptionally tight.)

79
During previews
Absorbing, Great staging, Intense, Great singing

See it if You want a show that'll have you dancing in your seats, you like biopics, you want a show with familiar sounds, you want a vocal driven show

Don't see it if you want a show with a simple storyline, you get confused with actors playing multiple parts

70
During previews
Great staging, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You have older children who have been begging to see the show, you want to see a show with excellent staging and effects

Don't see it if You want a show with constant pacing and storytelling

Also It's a very expensive ticket for a show that's good at best. The stagi... Read more Read less

80
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Clever, Refreshing

See it if you want a compact show with tons of nontraditional sounds, dancing, staging and singing. You want to a truly talented cast bring

Don't see it if you aren't good a deciphering accented voices

Also There are no bad seats in this show, its staged so that your view is n... Read more Read less

75
Great acting, Great staging, Quirky

See it if You want to see meaningful songs staged excellently

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable talking about suicide, depression and anxiety

Also The individual parts (acting, singing, staging, music) were stronger t... Read more Read less

70
Tiny Beautiful Things
East Village
Cliched, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You're a fan of the source material,

Don't see it if You do not want to see a staging with limited dialogue between actors, you like shows with defined plot points

30
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if You want to see what the "fuss" is about

Don't see it if You want a show that's worth what you pay for it, you have sight difficulties, you want a good show

Also While the staging was very interesting there's no way to get a complet... Read more Read less

70
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Dated, Fluffy, Meh

See it if You love the movie, you are someone who is not a hardcore musical fan, you want to be distracted by sparkly costumes

Don't see it if You are an avid musical fan, this is not a show with a strong score or book

Also It was fine, the Anastatsia was unexceptional. The male leads stole th... Read more Read less

75
During previews
1984 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want an interpretation that will lead you dissecting the show, acting, and staging once you leave the theater

Don't see it if You like linear shows, you like strict interpretations of stories when adapted

90
War Paint
Midtown W
Intelligent, Masterful, Great acting, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You want to see fantastic acting and singing coupled with strong female characters and a pro-women message

Don't see it if You don't know a bit on the backstory

90
During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Must see

See it if You want to see one of the great actresses of our time in a classic Broadway production

Don't see it if You don't like the musical

79
During previews
Great acting, Fun, Modern take

See it if you want to see an updated version of the classic, you want to see Christian Borle as a wacky wonka

Don't see it if you cant do long shows,we were in the theater for 3 hours, we were exhausted by the end

70
Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Cliched, Confusing, Dated

See it if You love Glenn Close, she's the best part of the show

Don't see it if You want a relevant, thought provoking show with an overall solid cast

Also Glenn Close is a treasure, but the staging of this show is a huge flop... Read more Read less

80
Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if You were a fan of the source material, you're looking for a funny but touching show

Don't see it if You have issues with the source material, you aren't familiar with Italian-American Culture

Also Surprised by how much I liked this show, a good quality show with soli... Read more Read less

50
Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy basic burlesque, you enjoy the time period

Don't see it if You're looking for a high quality show, quality staging or want an experience like sleep no more

Also I wanted to like this show more than I actually did, the characters we... Read more Read less

65
Insipid, Overrated, Quirky

See it if You love the movie, you appreciate sarcasm

Don't see it if you dislike Andrew Lloyd Webber sneaking his other shows into a new work

90
During previews
Small Mouth Sounds
Midtown W
Edgy, Great staging, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You're looking for a fantastic, original show

Don't see it if You have an issue with nudity or don't understand the point of a silent show

75
Entertaining, Great staging, Fluffy, Great singing

See it if You love her music, you're looking for a really fun show

Don't see it if You don't like her music

75
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you're looking to laugh and be intrigued

Don't see it if You want to get a show thats a good price for your dollar

90
Bright Star
Midtown W
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great staging, Original, Great singing

See it if You're looking to see a Broadway star shine, you're looking for a show with powerful music, you're looking for a wildly creative show

Don't see it if You don't like bluegrass style music

75
Tuck Everlasting
Midtown W
Delightful, Enchanting, Fluffy, Refreshing

See it if You're looking for a lighthearted show

Don't see it if You're looking for a serious production

77
Drunk Shakespeare
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Great acting

See it if You're looking for a cheap night out with a group

Don't see it if You have an issue with excessive drinking

46
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You enjoy the music

Don't see it if You have an issue with women prancing around in lingerie

70
Masterful, Overrated, Dated

See it if You love epic stories and staging

Don't see it if you don't enjoy Andrew Lloyd webber

65
During previews
Delightful, Fluffy

See it if You don’t mind a little bit of crassness in a show, you want an original show

Don't see it if You want an intense show, you want a cohesive show

74
During previews
Great staging, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You want to see an excellent revival, you would like to see Harry Hadden-Paton at his best

Don't see it if you can't do long shows

Also Lincoln center puts on epically staged shows. But the female lead's vo... Read more Read less

70
Delightful, Cliched, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if Your'e a parrothead, you want a fun theater experience

Don't see it if You want a serious show, you don't like cliched shows

Also Keep an eye out for the lost shaker of Salt! I won a beach towel for f... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Confusing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Intense

See it if You want to appreciate the range of the lead singers

Don't see it if You don't like highly operatic shows, long dance breaks, or high concept plotlines

85
Ambitious, Entertaining, Fluffy, Quirky, Whimsical

See it if You want to see a light show, an incredibly happy show, great singing voices, costuming, and staging

Don't see it if You prefer your shoes to have a strong book or cohesive music

Also Was not expecting to like this as much as I did. The show was absolute... Read more Read less

70
Great acting, Slow, Confusing

See it if You want to see a serious interpretation on clash of the cultures with humorous twists

Don't see it if You want a story driven show, the format is closer to character studies rather than a linear story.

90
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Profound, Relevant

See it if you want to peek behind the curtain of one of the longest running conflicts in the world

Don't see it if you can't sit for long shows

89
During previews
Great staging, Masterful, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a structured immersive theater experience, you can contemplate highly reflective shows

Don't see it if You don't enjoy immersive theater

70
Great staging, Fluffy, Dated

See it if You are going with somebody who isn't super into musical theater, you want to see some solid acting and well executed choreography

Don't see it if you can't stand repetitive music in shows, you get annoyed by sarcasm

Also The two leads were the best part, but I'm convinced that this is up fo... Read more Read less

93
Absorbing, Great singing, Great acting, Great staging, Epic

See it if You want to see a large scale production featuring incredible talent

Don't see it if the theater is the most uncomfortable on Broadway, its also a 2.5 hour show, which can be pure agony.

Also Eva was exceptional, I would love to see her in other roles. The Engin... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Bandstand
Midtown W
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a music driven show with a young and talented cast.

Don't see it if You don't like actors playing live music on stage

Also The leads Laura and Corey were exceptionally talented, but the score i... Read more Read less

65
Amelie
Midtown W
Quirky, Great singing, Indulgent, Fluffy

See it if You want to see Phillipa Soo in a complete departure from her role as Eliza in Hamilton

Don't see it if You didn't see the movie, you don't like shows with non traditional narration

Also I wanted to like this much more than I actually did, unfortunately the... Read more Read less

75
Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You love the play, you want to see Sally Field at her best

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable by showcasing disabilities in order to expand the reach of the story

95
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Dynamic, Exquisite, Entertaining, Great staging, Masterful

See it if you can afford the ticket

Don't see it if Try to see it, its worth it

70
Sleep No More
Chelsea
Great acting, Great staging, Confusing

See it if You're looking for a one of a kind experience in the theater, you're open to highly creative show

Don't see it if You have health issues, you're unable to run, you have claustrophobia

85
Falsettos
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You're looking for a show where the acting and singing are the main focus rather than the staging

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with the AIDS epidemic, you dont like shows where music replaces dialogue

77
Entertaining, Funny

See it if You want to laugh, your'e looking for a cheap show (Ticketmaster has ticket deals for groups of 4)

Don't see it if You get offended by drag queens, you can't handle the heels

40
Overrated, Slow, Dated

See it if You're lookin for a cheap show and willing to sit through a cheap show

Don't see it if You don't like artistic interpretations of classic texts, small casts, cast members playing multiple roles

65
Cliched, Overrated, Dated

See it if You like classic broadway

Don't see it if Your looking for a comfortable theater (The seats are incredibly tight, even in the orchestra) You want to see a show with strong singing

75
Funny, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if You're looking for a satire to laugh with

Don't see it if You don't appreciate satire, you're looking for a large scale production

80
Cliched, Funny, Great acting, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if You want a light hearted feel good show

Don't see it if You want a show that has loads of drama, you don't enjoy classic musicals

90
The Crucible
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Epic

See it if You love the play, the allegory of the story, or are looking to see the highest quality of acting.

Don't see it if You don't have background knowledge of the story

25
Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if Kelsey Grammer is still in it

Don't see it if Truly don't see this, its a waste of a ticket. Singing is terrible, score is weak at best and they can't even save the show with staging

91
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if You love Sara Barrielles's music

Don't see it if You didn't enjoy the movie, youre looking for a dramatic story, you have an issue with domestic violence portrayals

51
For a previous production
Jersey Boys (NYC)
Midtown W
Cliched, Banal, Dated

See it if You enjoy the music of Frankie Valli

Don't see it if You don't enjoy biopics