Anna Z.

Shanghai | 25-34 | Female
About:  I enjoy theater, especially musical theater around the world.
Reviews (30)
94
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Must see, Masterful, Epic, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if you like musicals with amazing, genius and dense score, book and staging all throughout.

Don't see it if you cannot stand rap music, or do not want to digest fast-paced musicals with extremely dense lyrics, contents and references.

Also Saw three different productions of the show - Broadway (2017), London ... Read more Read less

83
Entertaining, Overrated, Bad book, Cliched, Great staging

See it if you want to see the wizard world recreated on stage. The visual effect is truly amazing.

Don't see it if you want a strong script with fast and rich plot, and characters that are consistent with the how they are in the Harry Potter novels.

78
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Cliched, Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing

See it if you like the movie or like Sara Bareilles. Sara's score is the best thing about this musical.

Don't see it if you expect a real feminist musical.

85
Refreshing, Masterful, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you'd like to see a classic recreated beautifully with small updated changes to the book and corresponding adjustment in acting/directing.

Don't see it if you disagree with any changes to the show's book and direction.

Also I saw the show when Lauren Ambrose and Norbert Leo But were in. Beauti... Read more Read less

87
Thought-provoking, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like an original story and good music, with flawed characters that you can identify with.

Don't see it if you hate teen drama, hate dishonesty in any human, or expect the score/book to be profound or has some sort of reconciliation in the end.

69
Tried but failed, Too fast, Dizzying, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you are familiar with the show already, and are interested in a vastly different production

Don't see it if you are not familiar with the story or are seeing the show for the first time. You will likely be confused and not moved at all.

Also I love Merrily after seeing the London revival in 2013. This productio... Read more Read less

81
Touching, Hilarious, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you like a lovely musical comedy with hilarious musical theater inside jokes , earnest characters and surprisingly touching stories

Don't see it if you expect grand staging/refreshing plot/innovative score, or you do not like musicals that involve LGBT rights

Also I only expect a fluffy, cliched musical comedy about narcissist Broadw... Read more Read less

83
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Cliched, Ambitious, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a hilarious musical comedy with an exceptional cast

Don't see it if you expect the musical to express profound feminist ideas with an updated book

89
Clever, Great staging, Great acting, Hilarious, Must see

See it if you enjoy musical comedies that parody a lot of cultural and religious references, and actually have a heart despite crude jokes.

Don't see it if you cannot stand explicit languages and crude humor in comedies, or cannot bear the mocking of religions.

Also I've seen the show five times on Broadway between 2013 and 2018, and I... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Great acting, Resonant, Slow

See it if you want to see Elaine May's amazing acting - she is so natural that she doesn't appear to be acting, yet she quietly breaks your heart.

Don't see it if you do not like quiet and sad plays, or you do not want to see a play displaying Alzheimer's disease.

88
During previews
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Must see, Absorbing

See it if you like plays with a good plot, absorbing pace and various thought-provoking themes, presented by a large and excellent cast.

Don't see it if you do not want to know the history of another country and you find following the plot of a play with many characters exhausting.

Also This is an increasingly absorbing and dark drama with a chilling endin... Read more Read less

73
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Delightful, Funny, Silly

See it if you enjoy a silly western comedy loosely based on Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, with a devoted cast and some funny moments.

Don't see it if you expect to see something deep or extremely hilarious. The humor is sometimes cliched and does not always land.

88
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if you're intrigued to see how an impossible subject matter transformed into a musical in such an amazing way.

Don't see it if you find a show praising the goodness in human nature repulsive to you...

85
Delightful, Great singing, Great staging, Beautiful, Charming

See it if you like a beautifully staged show with an energetic cast. The staging is creative and impressive, and the cast is on top of their game.

Don't see it if you don't like the idea of the revival of a fairy tale story, no matter how genius the production is.

90
Great acting, Enchanting, Touching

See it if You like touching performances from a great cast. Special praise to Bernadette who made me cry, and Santino who is an affecting cornelius.

Don't see it if You'd prefer a quiet and subtle show, because this show is lavishing, loud and pulls all the stops.

92
Riveting, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you like a profound musical discussing the darkness and complexity of parent-child relationships, coming of age experience, and death.

Don't see it if you do not like dark/sad musical themes.

Also The hardest I've ever cried at a musical. Memorable still today. The a... Read more Read less

82
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Edgy, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you like a sarcastic and dark comedy with beautiful Fosse style choreography.

Don't see it if you only like musicals with grand sets and fancy costumes, or you dislike dark comedies dealing with murder, crime and moral corruption.

70
Overrated, Fluffy, Great staging, Cliched, Banal

See it if you have not seen many (good) musicals before. Its staging and costume is usually pretty mesmerizing for those new to musical theater.

Don't see it if you can see any other Broadway musicals that are actually good and less touristy, or you expect good book and fully developed characters.

84
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Hilarious, Great writing, Edgy, Clever

See it if you appreciate a small-scale musical starring puppets and humans about life struggles for youngsters.

Don't see it if you do not like puppets, or expect a grand musical/traditional showtunes, or dislike racy (sexual) content on stage.

87
Riveting, Must see, Masterful, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if you like Fiddler and would like to see an ambitious production that is deeply touching

Don't see it if you cannot stand to see Fiddler in another language, even if it is in Yiddish

Also What a beautiful production. Steven Skybell as Tevye is particularly o... Read more Read less

78
Hilarious, Great dancing, Disappointing, Delightful

See it if you enjoy a golden age musical with great dancing.

Don't see it if you expect great chemistry between the leads, collectively strong acting/singing from the cast, or refreshingly clever update to the book

Also Kelli O'Hara sings amazingly, but her chemistry with Will Chase is so ... Read more Read less

71
Condescending, Entertaining, Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if you like a play with clear narrative and where everything is plainly spelled out for you.

Don't see it if you appreciate the subtlety, and development arc in the original novel, or expect to see any complexity in its subject matter discussed

Also I had high hopes for this, but ended up mainly disappointed at how ove... Read more Read less

78
Overrated, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if you like great staging, lighting and visual effect in general, and songs with memorable melody.

Don't see it if you expect profound ideas and themes well expressed and characters well developed.

Also The show has enchanting melodies and great visual effect. Most of the ... Read more Read less

80
Mother of the Maid
East Village
Great acting, Cliched, Absorbing

See it if you like Glenn Close and want to see her great acting live.

Don't see it if you highly expect outstanding writing in a play about the mother of Saint Joan.

Also The play in itself is not that refreshing. The plot and the writing ar... Read more Read less

85
Then She Fell
Brooklyn
Refreshing, Absorbing, Delightful

See it if you are interested in seeing an interesting take on Alice in Wonderland with a very different perspective, or you like immersive theater.

Don't see it if you strongly dislike the Alice in Wonderland story, or you don't like immersive theater with a guided route and a lot of one-on-one moments.

Also Personally I like it much better than Sleep No More, because I like an... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you like an interesting discussion re truth (accuracy) vs partial fiction for the sake of argument. Good acting and chemistry between cast.

Don't see it if you are not interested in a lengthy discussion regarding whether accuracy in facts should prioritize in essay writing.

85
During previews
Great acting, Great singing, Hilarious, Refreshing, Clever

See it if like a good musical comedy with great acting and singing from the whole cast, clever lyrics, and hilarious adjustments to the movie script.

Don't see it if you cannot stand any changes to the original movie, or you insist that a hummable tune is the only standard for good score of a musical.

Also Santino Fontana absolutely shines as Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels. ... Read more Read less

65
Jersey Boys (NYC)
Midtown W
Disappointing, Cliched, Great acting

See it if you are such a big fan of Four Seasons that a subpar production will not affect your experience.

Don't see it if you expect a beautiful production that matches the Four Seasons' glory. The Off-Broadway version has shabby sets, custumes and sound effect.

90
Exquisite, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you want to experience a different kind of musical. The show is quiet, subtle, profound yet so touching. Simply exquisite.

Don't see it if you'd prefer a traditional loud and funny musical. Those who fail to get the show's unique charm may find it boring.

70
Great writing, Funny, Disappointing

See it if You are a fan of the movie and like Tina Fey's comedy chops. Some actors are amazing as well.

Don't see it if You expect a score that is as good as Tina Fey's comedic writing, or pleasant sound effect.