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New York City | 50-64 | Male
About:  Enjoys musicals, intelligent/political dramas, and witty comedies. Feel free to follow me on Twitter: @broadwaycritic1 or email me at: Broadwaycritic1@optimum.net
Reviews (77)
85
Slight tweaks and a few cast changes made this broadway production better than the 2018 public theater production., Entertaining, Masterful, Great singing

See it if you like: Bob Dylan's music; beautiful singing and staging; a large ensemble piece where everyone has their "moment" to shine.

Don't see it if you don't like Bob Dylan's music, or don't like an interpretation of Dylan's songs; jukebox musicals; sometimes slow and somber show.

77
Over hyped & garish, Great singing, Entertaining, Overrated

See it if you like: juke box musicals featuring many popular pop tunes; the film; a multi sensory spectacle with great singing, staging & costumes.

Don't see it if dont like: juke box musicals; loud, garish, overproduced musicals. It's not a traditional Bway musical, but rather like a cruise ship revue.

93
Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you like: the original show and/or the film; a fun musical with a delightful score (and so many recognizable tunes); Christian Borle!

Don't see it if you don't like: to laugh, sing along (at least to yourself) to so many now Broadway classics; musical comedies.

82
Power Strip
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like a powerful and intimate drama about the struggles (and back story) of a young Syrian woman and man in a Greek refugee camp.

Don't see it if you dont like: a small cast, edgy drama; a story about Syrian refugees.

75
During previews
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Misses the mark; too long, Disappointing, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if you like: a well written political drama performed by a large talented cast; LBJ; the politics of the 1960's; anything at Lincoln Center.

Don't see it if you don't like: a long play (ran just under 3 hours w/ intermission) that gets lost, at times ,because it tries to cover too much material.

81
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you like: a fast paced modern day remaking of a Chekhov play in an intimate setting; family comedy-dramas; anything,Chekhov.

Don't see it if don't like: a modern day remake of a Chekhov play; family dramas; 95 minute show without an intermission.

90
During previews
Broadway Bounty Hunter
West Village
A fun new original musical, Great staging, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you like: a funny, well staged, somewhat campy original musical in an intimate setting; Joe Iconis' music (his score is solid); Annie Golden

Don't see it if you are expecting: a large scaled Broadway production- this musical has a catchy rock score; a show with deep themes (this show is pure fun)

95
Masterful, Great staging, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you like: an old fashioned (but updated) Broadway musical with great singing, high energy choreography & that Cole Porter score.

Don't see it if you don't like big production Broadway musicals. (Really no negatives.)

88
During previews
Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you like: the movie-Beetlejuice; a multi-sensory big production with great staging, cast and effects; a musical that is laugh out loud fun.

Don't see it if you don't like: campy, crude humor; bright lights & effects; or if you are seeking a musical with deep meaning- this show is just for laughs

71
During previews
This revival misses the mark, Edgy, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you like: the songs from the original Oklahoma; an ambitious take on a timeless classic; an intimate theater experience.

Don't see it if you like the original Oklahoma: this revival is pared down (small band on stage/smallish cast) and its edginess misses the mark.

90
For a previous production
The Jungle
Brooklyn
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Must see

See it if you like: a brilliantly acted, staged, and conceived immersive theater experience; a story about the plight of refugees

Don't see it if you don't like: a show about refugees or the historical event surrounding the destruction of the "Jungle camp" in Calais; immersive theater.

88
During previews
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Bryan cranston is brilliant, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Absorbing

See it if you like: the film, "Network; Bryan Cranston (he is brilliant), a fine adaptation of a 70's film whose message resonates today

Don't see it if don't like: stage adaptations of popular films; shows about television and media; and a longer show with no intermission.

Also The show slowed considerably toward the end-before the climatic finish... Read more Read less

94
During previews
Masterful, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you like: the novel, Jeff Daniels, a drama with a large cast, great acting and staging, and a timeless classic with a still relevant message

Don't see it if you are a "purist" with regards to the novel, you don't like an awkward (at times) telling of the story; and a long (almost 3 hours) play

91
During previews
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Absorbing, Intense, Kerry washington is outstanding!

See it if you like: a riveting thriller that is filled with raw emotion and addresses the very topical themes of race relations & police practices.

Don't see it if you don't like: a small cast (4) play in one setting; edgy, intense plays; a play that addresses race relations in a very open manner.

79
During previews
Entertaining, Great singing, Slow, Romantic

See it if you like: the film "Pretty Woman", slick Broadway production numbers; a pop rock score; and strong performances by the leads (esp. Orfeh.)

Don't see it if don't like: a slick (but at times slow) Broadway musical; a plot you already know: stage adaptations of classic films; or a pop rock score.

80
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if you like: a fast paced breezy jukebox musical comprised of the music of "The Go-Go's"; funny,campy musical with nice production numbers.

Don't see it if don't like: jukebox musicals, The Go-Go's, music of the 1980's; or if you are turned off by sexual references.

74
Entertaining, Ambitious, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if you like Jerry Herman's music, especially Hello Dolly and La Cage; a great tribute to a legendary composer song by a talented ensemble.

Don't see it if you were expecting more selections from Hello Dolly and more from headliner Kate Baldwin; or a more cohesive presentation of Herman's work.

86
During previews
Unexpected Joy
Midtown E
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if you like: small musicals where you can get to know the characters; wonderful music and great singing; story lines about family dynamics

Don't see it if you are expecting a large Broadway production; don't like one act plays; don't like shows about family dynamics and/or social issues.

92
Must see, Masterful, Great staging, Delightful, A brilliant revival

See it if you like; great singing, dancing and story-telling; the 1990 original production; creative immersive staging; and Caribbean/calypso music.

Don't see it if you are expecting a big Broadway production; don't like ensemble productions; don't like calypso music.

83
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Caveat: first preview

See it if you like: a funny full staged musical production with great singing and choreography; a modern "Mel Brooks" / Tina Fey take on high school.

Don't see it if you expect this to strictly follow the iconic movie; don't like a full Broadway musical production; don't like sometimes cheezy humor.

Also It is not fair to fully judge this show after just the first Preview, ... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Great singing, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if (only) if you like Jimmy Buffett's music, jukebox musicals, and/or a fun vapid time (just like the Island where it the musical is set.)

Don't see it if you don't love Jimmy Buffett's music, hate jukebox musicals, and/or looking for a musical with substance.

95
For a previous production
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Delightful, Masterful, Must see, Great singing, Shakespeare meets wild west

See it if you like:a musical-comedy with great singing and acting; farces; a musical adaptation of Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure"; to laugh!

Don't see it if you don't like: small productions, farces, musical comedies with no major production numbers, a show that is clever but not very deep.

78
The Portuguese Kid
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you like: funny, well acted,well paced comedies; Jason Alexander (who is wonderful); a light fluffy play; and an enjoyable night out.

Don't see it if you don't like: light, fluffy comedies; predictable themes and situations; or a play that isn't really about deep themes.

92
During previews
Enchanting, Delightful, Masterful, Must see, A must see!

See it if you like: the 2007 award winning film, Tony Shalhoub, and a charming musical with music that adds texture and depth to the characters.

Don't see it if you don't like: smaller musicals without major production numbers or musicals/shows with a Middle Eastern theme.

90
Kim's Convenience
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing, Funny

See it if you like a play that is: both funny and poignant; about struggles within a family;and is one of Canada's most popular shows ever.

Don't see it if you don't like a play about struggles of an immigrant family, the Korean culture and assimilation, or isn't edgy or political.

80
During previews
Hangmen (Broadway)
Midtown W
Quirky, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like: a well performed dark comedy; British comedies; period pieces- this is set in 1960's England; works by playwright Martin McDonagh

Don't see it if you dont like: dark comedies, British comedies; longer, slow evolving plays; shows with accents that may (initially) be difficult to grasp.

90
Hilarious, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you like: Broadway and musicals; Bway show parodies; a laugh out loud good time; a fast paced musical revue with a talented 5 member cast.

Don't see it if you don't like: parodies; sarcastic look at Broadway; or bare bones show (just 5 performers and 1 piano);

82
During previews
Blair underwood shines!, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like: a well acted & constructed riveting murder mystery; show about race relations during WW 2; Blair Underwood (who is excellent)

Don't see it if you don't like: slow developing dramas; a drama about race relations during WW 2; uncomfortable language.

70
During previews
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you like: original musicals; a fun take on Macbeth; great staging in an intimate setting; a nice rock score.

Don't see it if you don't like a musical: without a memorable score; and doesn't quite know whether it's a musical, a comedy, or a drama.

Also I think this show would play very well at a more off, off Broadway the... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Betrayal
Midtown W
Tom hiddleston shines in his broadway debut, Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you like: Tom Hiddleston (he is brilliant); a well written drama about relationships; great acting by the 3 leads; and an absorbing story.

Don't see it if don't like: a small cast, bare-boned production; a slow moving drama; a show without an intermission (runs 90 minutes); non-linear plots.

79
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you like: an enjoyable take on Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya"; great acting a show in an intimate setting with some deep (unanswered) questions.

Don't see it if you don't like: a longish show (the second act ran 10-15 minutes too long); actors breaking the 4th wall; adapatation of a Chekhov classic

Also Would have been 10 points higher if the second act didn't drag at time... Read more Read less

89
"downtown" meets "uptown", Edgy, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you like an edgy, jazz/soul infused score; a hip show with great staging and strong performances by the lead actors; a riveting story.

Don't see it if you don't like: a non-traditional Broadway musical (the score is jazz infused); a musical without big production numers.

Also "downtown" meets "Uptown": I thought Director Rachel Chavkin did an ex... Read more Read less

73
During previews
Ink
Midtown W
Great writing, Great staging, Disappointing

See it if you like: great staging, writing and acting; an interesting story of Rupert Murdoch's early years; period pieces (this play is set in 1969.)

Don't see it if don't like: a somewhat long (2:45 running time) disjointed drama (the show is a gripping story made up of essentially various vignettes.)

82
During previews
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you like: a polished, big production Broadway show with plenty of comedy; to see an actor at the top of his game-Santino Fontana is amazing!

Don't see it if you like don't like big production numbers; lots of laughs; and most seriously, a show with an un-memorable score.

Also This is a fun show with a talented cast. I feel this is more of a come... Read more Read less

94
Delightful, Masterful, Enchanting

See it if you like: the original and/or revivals of classics; Laura Benanti (she does not disappoint!); old fashioned big production numbers.

Don't see it if don't like: the original "My Fair Lady"; large cast, big production numbers musicals; revivals.

94
Delightful, Entertaining, Masterful

See it if you enjoy intelligent laugh out loud comedy presented brilliantly by a comedian (Birbiglia) who is clearly at the top of his game.

Don't see it if you don’t like “one man shows.”

79
Disappointing, Great singing, Slow

See it if you like: Bob Dylan's music & a great ensemble cast singing Dylan's music; a musical where the music tells the backstory of the characters.

Don't see it if you don't like: Dylan's music; a slow melancholy-almost depressing musical; a large ensemble cast

Also I wish this musical was a tad bit more uplifting; as is, the show is a... Read more Read less

71
The Winning Side
Midtown W
Ambitious, Disappointing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Some good, some bad

See it if you are interested in Wernher von Braun, or the US space program; or plays about the ethical decisions govts must make for the common good.

Don't see it if you are expecting a big cast, fast paced drama (this isn't); you don't like non-linear story line (the story, here,was somewhat disjointed.)

Also I had high hopes for this show as a someone who had studied the origin... Read more Read less

90
During previews
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Riveting, Intense, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if you like: a well acted, intense drama set in Northern Ireland in the 1980's; family dramas; a riveting, gripping seat of your pants drama.

Don't see it if dislike: very long plays (running time is 3.25 hours); accents that might be difficult to understand; dramas with political overtones.

84
During previews
Delightful, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like: a , campy, laugh out loud musical comedy; a fun night out at the theater; "New Jersey" or "Joisey" themes; rock 'n roll.

Don't see it if dislike: campy humor, predictable plot lines, rock 'n roll music, and "Jersey" themes.

88
Entertaining, Great singing, Masterful, Must see

See it if you like: a fresh staging of this timeless gem; to see Jessie Mueller and Joshua Henry at their best; wonderful choreography by Justin Peck

Don't see it if you don't like: a ballet inspired choreography; the original production of Carousel or grand Broadway productions.

98
Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Must see

See it if you like: large Broadway productions with lavish sets and grand production numbers; Bernadette Peters (who is absolutely wonderful)

Don't see it if don't like: big Broadway productions, great sing and dancing. (There are no negatives.)

60
During previews
The Metromaniacs
Midtown W
Insipid, Romantic, Disappointing, Banal

See it if like: farces; quick-paced comedy; intimate theater experience; affordable NY theater;David Ives' plays.

Don't see it if don't want to see an insipid, banal and disappointing farce (nothing of the quality of Red Bull's The Government Inspector.)

83
During previews
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if you like: an intimate, well written, well acted drama about diplomacy; a smaller but similar type of drama like "Oslo"; political drama(s.

Don't see it if you are looking for a large production; if you don't like political dram(s) or stories about the US-Soviet "Cold War."

80
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you enjoyed the film, like a great Flaherty and Ahrens score, & love Christy Altomare (or just want to hear her sing "Journey to the Past")

Don't see it if you don't like: musical adaptations of popular films, a somewhat formulaic show with some cheezy dialogue.

80
Enchanting, Great acting, Absorbing, Mark rylance is king!

See it if you like to see a masterful performance by Mark Rylance-who is brilliant; an interesting absorbing period play, with beautiful music.

Don't see it if you are looking for a fast paced play; or don't like period pieces.

79
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you like: Michael Urie (an amazing young actor who is a reason to see the show); great writing and acting; and a drama about relationships.

Don't see it if don't like: period pieces about pre- AIDS era NYC; somewhat slow moving plays; and graphic sexual content (especially in Act 2.)

73
During previews
Junk
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Slow, Great staging

See it if you like: dramas about the go-go '80's and/or financial world; themes similar to those in the film "The Big Short"; great acting & staging

Don't see it if don't like: a slow developing & lumbering drama; plays about about the financial world or the '80's; a play where good/evil are so obvious

72
During previews
Slow, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you like: a slow developing drama, non linear plots, great acting, British period piece and Elizabeth McGovern (who is wonderful!)

Don't see it if you expect a play with a lot of action, you dislike a show with heavy British accents, you don't like period pieces or family dramas.

90
Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you like: big bold (at times- over the top) Broadway productions; the original version; beautiful staging, wonderful singing & great story

Don't see it if you don't like: big production numbers; the original version; lots of gimmickry and props (eg, helicopter; musicals with little dialogue.