AnitaB

Long Island City | 50-64 | Female
About:  Former opera singer & vocal music teacher who grew up seeing Broadway shows. Now retired, I ❤️ seeing musicals & plays & writing reviews!
Reviews (28)
77
A Jewish Joke
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You enjoy one actor plays that are well written, sometimes humorous & enjoy old Jewish humor.

Don't see it if You can’t sit for 90 minutes without an intermission or are bored by no set changes for an entire play.

Also The play is 90 minutes with no intermission. Seats weren’t particularl... Read more Read less

98
Delightful, Great acting, Must see

See it if You appreciate seeing a more authentic production of “Fiddler” than the English version expertly conceived & directed by Joel Grey, et al.

Don't see it if There are supertitles projected on 2 screens at the sides in Eng & Russian which take away at times from seeing some of the action on stage.

Also This production is fabulous with 27 very talented actors/singers/dance... Read more Read less

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if You like a musical production with songs by Alan J. Lerner/Burton Lane in an intimate setting with a talented cast.

Don't see it if You only enjoy big lavish musicals.

Also I was pleasantly surprised by this production & the musicians were sup... Read more Read less

95
Great acting, Great staging, Great singing

See it if This new production is visually stunning & presents Eliza as an empowered woman who overcomes more than learning to speak proper English.

Don't see it if There’s absolutely no reason to pass up seeing it!

Also I liked sitting in the second row in the Loge where you look down at t... Read more Read less

98
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Relevant

See it if You appreciate a timely/emotional story with great songs & a finely knit ensemble. Taylor is fabulous & deserves all accolades!

Don't see it if No reason not to see the Tony Award winning production!

Also I saw Taylor Trensch perform on February 7 & spoke to him after the sh... Read more Read less

98
Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Must see

See it if You saw the movie about Farinelli & even if you didn’t. The play by Mr. Rylance’s wife & Mr. Rylance’s portrayal are brilliant!

Don't see it if You can’t appreciate a countertenor’s voice or don’t like Baroque music. Your loss!

Also Kudos to Sam Crane (Farinelli) & Melody Grove (Isabella) who acted bea... Read more Read less

90
During previews
The Parisian Woman
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You love Uma Thurman & an excellent supporting cast (including Josh Lucas & Phillipa Soo). This play is VERY contemporary & edgy.

Don't see it if You are offended by cursing, support Trump, are sensitive about marital infidelity, or can’t sit through a play with no intermission.

90
Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You enjoy musicals that have a theme, are timely, & a realistic story to convey featuring an exceptionally talented young boy!

Don't see it if Gang violence bothers you

Also I'm very glad my friend asked me to see this show with her. I was so i... Read more Read less

94
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Enchanting, Great staging

See it if You enjoy a historically based story, well acted & sung with amazing sets & fused beautifully with projections.

Don't see it if You expect a sad ending or you're ignorant of Russian history.

Also I was so happy I saw this musical even though it was snubbed at the To... Read more Read less

88
Indecent
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Funny

See it if You appreciate a well written & conceived play within a play, skillfully staged & acted with klezmer & Yiddish songs.

Don't see it if You're a devout Orthodox Jew because of the relationships between the women & the rabbi's illicit profession will be disturbing to you.

Also Don't sit in the balcony for this play because you will not be able to... Read more Read less

95
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if You appreciate a well written play with humor, relevancy, & wonderful acting.

Don't see it if You expect glitzy staging, music, & dancing - you won't find it here!

95
War Paint
Midtown W
Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Must see

See it if You appreciate seeing legendary singer/actresses perform together in a well written musical based on two titans in the cosmetic industry.

Don't see it if You've never worn makeup - (just kidding) or can't appreciate successful women in the corporate world!

Also I think the song lyrics are brilliant & the music is stylistically var... Read more Read less

90
The Fantasticks
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful

See it if You enjoy & appreciate Gloria Estefan's talent & life story.

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

Also This musical exudes happiness with so many talented singers/dancers & ... Read more Read less

86
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You appreciate the amazing costumes, staging, music & visual effects of this heartwarming story.

Don't see it if You're just a movie buff.

Also Sitting on the aisle in the orchestra was a great place to see this sh... Read more Read less

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You enjoy disco music, want to learn & appreciate the trials & tribulations she had to endure, supported by great visuals, singing & dancing

Don't see it if No reason not to see it but if you sit past the first 10 rows or so, your sight line will be impaired by the balcony overhang.

Also I did not know much about Donna’s personal life before today, but her ... Read more Read less

94
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Must see

See it if You love Jessie Mueller, Renee Fleming & Josh Henry perform this wonderful R&H musical & don’t mind shedding a few tears in the process.

Don't see it if No reason not to see it!

Also The choreography for this show is magical & Mr. Peck absolutely deserv... Read more Read less

94
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great staging

See it if You like Susan Stroman & her signature puppetry effectively fused with ballet, Kander’s music & a well acted love story (in flashback).

Don't see it if You prefer big musical extravaganzas or can’t sit for 1 3/4 hours without intermission.

Also I really enjoyed this play & the intimate theatre experience. See it b... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Absorbing, Funny, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You like Albee’s plays & want to experience an outstanding performance by Glenda Jackson who knocks it out of the park as “A”.

Don't see it if You can’t sit for 1 3/4 hours without an intermission.

Also This play, though written around 1991, is timeless & obviously was cat... Read more Read less

90
A Kind Shot
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if You resonate with women who have been abused/repressed in their lives & careers who have persevered against the odds with a happy ending.

Don't see it if You don’t like one-person autobiographical shows - but Terri’s story is well worth hearing.

Also I was surprised that last night was the first performance in a very sm... Read more Read less

80
Great singing, Relevant, Slow

See it if You saw the movie & are a fan of Katrina. The music & musicians are excellent!

Don't see it if You expect to see a big production with lavish sets, costumes, etc. Or if you must have an intermission- there isn’t any.

Also The pacing of the show was on the slow side in several scenes & didn’t... Read more Read less

95
For a previous production
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You appreciate a clever & intriguing story written in couplets with humor & talented singers/actors.

Don't see it if There’s no reason I can think of!

Also This is an intimate production of a loosely based Shakespeare play whi... Read more Read less

98
Delightful, Exquisite, Great acting, Must see

See it if You love Bette & David who make the show so delightful even if you previously saw Carol or Pearl playing Dolly.

Don't see it if Absolutely no reason not to see this performance! Over $19M in presales speaks for itself!

Also I was so glad I brought my opera glasses (binoculars) since I sat in t... Read more Read less

92
Spoon River
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Masterful

See it if You appreciate great singing, bluegrass music, talented musicians who sing also & inventive staging & lighting.

Don't see it if Seeing people in coffins upsets you.

Also I enjoyed & appreciated this musical play & couldnt help drawing a com... Read more Read less

96
Present Laughter
Midtown W
Delightful, Funny, Great acting

See it if You love Kevin Kline & a wonderfully talented supporting cast who will make you laugh & you enjoy jazz music (& L.V.B's Pathetique Sonata!)

Don't see it if No reason not to see this play!

97
Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You want to see Glenn Close - a consumate actress & singer as Norma Desmond - the role in which she deservedly won a Tony Award.

Don't see it if I can't think of any reasons not to see this musical! The older actors & actresses rule Broadway this season.

Also I was very impressed with Loyd Webber's music for this show performed ... Read more Read less

100
Clever, Funny, Great writing, Relevant

See it if You love the musicals & minimalism at its best! Saw it with the FDNY families 3 days before it opened & we all gave the cast a SO!!

Don't see it if No reason in the world not to see this show!

100
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love Carole's music & want to see her life story & be entertained!

Don't see it if You can't mouth the words to any of her songs.

Also I saw Beautiful with the original cast & absolutely loved the singing,... Read more Read less

100
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Exquisite, Great singing, Must see, Great staging, Funny

See it if You appreciate a true story about Canadians who were hospitable to foreigners who landed in Newfoundland on 9/11. Great cast & music!

Don't see it if No reason not to see it but there's no intermission so if you have a kidney issue it will be a problem.

Also I believe this show will rival Hamilton & I loved Hamilton. I predict ... Read more Read less