Barbara H 6125

New York City | 50-64 | Female

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Reviews (71)
86
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You like Harry Connick Jr., you like Cole Porter or the great American song book. You enjoy concerts with great singing.

Don't see it if You are only want to see a broadway musical. This is an enhanced concert. You don’t enjoy standards or jazz.

Also I enjoyed the show. There are some real highlight moments. I did enjoy... Read more Read less

90
Seared
Midtown W
Entertaining, Refreshing, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy plays with small casts. You love smart comedy. You appreciate seeing a show up close and personal.

Don't see it if Can’t come up with a reason not to see it!

Also LOVED this play! So well written, so well acted. Not only was the come... Read more Read less

80
Rock of Ages
Midtown W
Great singing, Fun, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of ‘80s rock music. You enjoy fun musical theatre, and just want to have a good time.

Don't see it if You don’t know any ‘80s rock music. You are looking for an intricate plot with deep characters.

Also I have to say I really liked it! Not much to it- predictable plot, pre... Read more Read less

79
Great physical comedy, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in having a fun, lighthearted evening out. You enjoy slapstick comedy.

Don't see it if You are looking for a show filled with deep characters and drama.

Also Lots of fun! Reminds me of old I Love Lucy mixed with a little Monty P... Read more Read less

87
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Great singing, Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy broadway comedy. You loved Tootsie the movie. You don’t mind a score which is a little forgettable.

Don't see it if You are expecting an epic show along the lines of a Les Mis or Phantom. You think a man dressing as a woman is not funny.

Also I am a huge fan of the movie, and while that will always be better, I ... Read more Read less

80
Slow, Great choreography, Great singing, Dated, Delightful

See it if You love a traditional Broadway musical complete with big sets, beautiful costumes, and large ensemble dance numbers. You love Kelli O’Hara!

Don't see it if You prefer modern, or edgy musicals. You enjoy the incorporation of technology or contemporary themes. You are bored by long dance numbers.

Also It is worth the price of the ticket just to hear Kelli O’Hara for 2 1/... Read more Read less

83
Sea Wall/A Life
East Village
Slow, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Confusing

See it if You enjoy one man shows. This is actually 2 but only 1 per act. Each act is its own monologue. You like Jake Gyllenhall or Tom Sturridge.

Don't see it if The thought of listening to two men each talking for 45 minutes makes you want to jump out of your skin.

Also Interesting concept. I was looking for a more close connection between... Read more Read less

83
Profound, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Enjoy plays with great acting. You are a fan of Jeff Daniels. You read the book and you are interested to see how it would be shown in 2019.

Don't see it if If you want to see the exact book portrayed on stage. The book starts with the trial and then flashes back and forth, not chronologically.

Also I hate to say spend the money to sit in the orchestra because for most... Read more Read less

95
Exquisite, Thrilling, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy hearing a concert sung by one of the most beautiful voices on Broadway. You are a fan of Patina Miller and Pippin.

Don't see it if You don’t like Broadway songs and standards, mixed with some more contemporary music. You don’t enjoy hearing an artist talk to the audience

Also Patina Miller crafted a beautiful program starting with a song from Si... Read more Read less

87
Absorbing, Great acting, Gut-wrenching

See it if You enjoys plays, particularly those that discuss current issues performed by a small cast. You want to hear discussion of racism in America

Don't see it if Plays on racism bother you - you would rather not see screaming and crying - you are looking for more light-hearted entertainment.

Also Kerry Washington is outstanding. Brian Avers the Scott understudy gave... Read more Read less

69
Great singing, Mediocre, Disappointing

See it if You like great singing, you like Samantha Barks, you get a good price on a ticket.

Don't see it if You LOVED the movie, you are expecting to sing the songs on the way home, you want to bring your younger kids.

Also This review is for Adam Pascal in the role of Edward. A big fan of his... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Girls & Boys
West Village
Masterful, Must see, Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You like one-person performances where the character takes you on a journey of innocence to experience. You are a Carey Mulligan fan.

Don't see it if You don’t like “monologue” plays, are offended by profanity, or can’t sit still for almost two hours.

Also Carey Mulligan delivers a layered, textured performance which is simpl... Read more Read less

90
Ambitious, Epic, Great staging, Entertaining, Must see

See it if You enjoy a state of the art theatre experience; you are a Harry Potter fan; you don’t mind committing six plus hours to one show.

Don't see it if You haven’t read the Harry Potter books or seen the movies. You can still go but you won’t understand all the plot or characters.

Also I did enjoy this play and I do feel it is an epic experience which “mu... Read more Read less

49
During previews
Dated, Disappointing, Slow, Great singing, Great dancing

See it if You are a Jessie Mueller, Renee Fleming, Joshua Henry or Lindsay Mendez fan or love long ballet dance numbers. You got free tickets.

Don't see it if You are looking for an intriguing storyline or a relevant and/or contemporary production. You are bothered by dated depictions of women.

Also Wow I really hate that I was so disappointed by this production. The s... Read more Read less

89
Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Must see

See it if You loved a huge traditional musical with a big cast, amazing costumes, large ensemble numbers, and enjoy comedy.

Don't see it if You a looking for something edgy, dramatic, or with a modern storyline with political or cultural themes.

Also This review was from the last day of Bette Midler. I actually hear Ber... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Confusing, Funny, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in an historical portrayal of the AIDS crisis of the 1980s. You appreciate excellent acting, storytelling, and fantasy.

Don't see it if you are bothered by gay themes, sexual situations, particularly with men, and a brief scene with nudity.

Also I thought this was really well done. I would say it is not a show for ... Read more Read less

70
Entertaining, Dizzying, Funny, Quirky, Clever

See it if You are looking for a fresh take on Jane Austen. You enjoy slapstick comedy. You like a small cast playing multiple roles.

Don't see it if You are a traditional Jane Austen fan. You do not enjoy modern elements including modern music added to a 19th century themed show.

Also So hard to rate this. Parts were very funny - other parts not funny at... Read more Read less

80
During previews
The Mad Ones
Midtown E
Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious, Relevant

See it if you enjoy a musical in a Sondheim style of mainly singing with little dialogue. You enjoy contemporary musicals with small casts.

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional musical with a large cast, lots of singing and dancing, and material that is not too heavy.

Also I like Kerrigan and Lowdermilk songs and I thought this musical had so... Read more Read less

49
Slow, Disappointing, Boring

See it if You are such a huge fan of the movie that you just want to see it in a different format. You are a fan of lots of dialogue.

Don't see it if You hate lots of dialogue.

Also Wow. I don’t know who thought this was a good idea. It starts off pret... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Great staging, Great singing, Must see, Riveting

See it if You appreciate an intimate version of a classic musical, complete with stellar performances.

Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional theatre venue, a large orchestra, or lots of choreography.

Also You have never seen anything like this. To have Norm Lewis singing two... Read more Read less

90
War Paint
Midtown W
Great singing, Must see, Indulgent, Entertaining, Slow

See it if Watching two divas of Braoadway sing their faces off for an evening would keep you smiling for 24 hours!

Don't see it if You are easily bored. There is not too much of a story and the staging is pretty simple, but none of that bothered.

Also Patti and Christine are absolutely amazing. Such a treat!

95
Great singing, Great staging, Must see, Riveting, Relevant

See it if You enjoy modern musicals which think outside the box, and present beautifully performed material in a relevant manner.

Don't see it if You ar looking for an old-fashioned song and dance musical. The cast is small and there really isn't an ensemble.

Also Spectacular! An amazing performance by Ben Platt and the entire cast!

88
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You are looking for some great acting performances and you don't mind intense, sometimes disturbing moments.

Don't see it if If are looking for lavish sets or a traditional production.

Also I had never seen the play before, so my opinions are not colored by ot... Read more Read less

89
Great singing, Great staging, Epic

See it if You never saw the original and gave nothing to compare it to.

Don't see it if You prefer traditional musicals with chorus line type dance numbers, or if raunchiness bothers you.

65
Bandstand
Midtown W
Overrated, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You love Laura Osnes and/or Corey Cott and the story doesn't matter.

Don't see it if You are looking for catchy music, a good story, and great performances.

85
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Intense, Dizzying, Ambitious, Great dancing, Great singing

See it if You appreciate a contemporary musical. You like “modern” dance and song. You like a story told through song and dance but no dialogue.

Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional musical or you don’t like a “rock opera” type musical. You don’t want to see anything depressing.

Also This show is extremely well done. It is not really my type of show but... Read more Read less

80
Slow, Great moves, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You are a fan of the Temptations music and the Mowtown era.

Don't see it if You are looking for a really interesting story. This is based on the truth and the story is mainly the entrance/exit of people to the group.

Also The songs speak for themselves. We had two understudies in the princip... Read more Read less

90
Riveting, Masterful, Intense, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You are a fan of beautifully executed theatre.

Don't see it if Fiddler on the Roof is your least favorite musical. Reading the supertitles will probably annoy you and you will like the show even less.

Also I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this version. Fiddler was never o... Read more Read less

69
During previews
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Disappointing, Excruciating, Ambitious

See it if You want to learn basic information about the historical setting in the mid sixties.

Don't see it if You are looking for an in-depth character study of LBJ, MLK JR., or RFK or their associates.

Also I am not a history buff so I was not expecting to love it. But I broug... Read more Read less

79
Disney!, Great staging, Slow, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if You are a fan of Disney. You enjoy simple, child-like stories. You appreciate the use of technology on Broadway.

Don't see it if You are expecting a complex, layered story, and heavy choreography. You don’t like sitting near little kids talking through the whole show.

Also I liked this musical. It gets slow, and there are definitely “filler” ... Read more Read less

49
During previews
Long, Different, Strange, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a brand new spin on a traditional musical. You don’t mind minimalist staging, and don’t expect large ensemble numbers.

Don't see it if You only like traditional theatre. You are an Oklahoma purist. You like traditional casting and staging. You like a big cast and ensemble.

Also Wow. I really wanted to like this show. Loved Ali Stroker as Ado Annie... Read more Read less

80
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Intense, Ambitious, Great acting, Dizzying, Clever

See it if You are a fan of Bryan Cranston. You saw the movie and are interested to see how it would transfer to the stage.

Don't see it if You don’t care for more contemporary plays. You dont like the use of technology. It bothers you that some of the action is to the side.

Also Bryan Cranston is amazing. The supporting cast is good but it is hard ... Read more Read less

84
Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You love large scale broadway musicals. You enjoy beautiful costumes and gorgeous sets. You love Lerner and Lowe.

Don't see it if You expect the show to be exactly the same as when you saw it years ago. The ending is different.

Also I saw the show three times. Once with OBC, once on Laura Benanti’s ope... Read more Read less

88
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Epic

See it if You are a fan of great theatre. This show is long - at times the accents are a bit hard to understand, but it is SO well done -superb acting

Don't see it if You are not a fan of plays.This is a long show. One intermission and one pause. There are many things going on so you have to pay attention

Also This review was the first night of the mostly new cast. They didn’t mi... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if You enjoy watching amazing actors give a master class in understated performances.

Don't see it if Watching a story about dementia hits too close to home for you. It might be too hard to watch.

Also Elaine May, Lucas Hedges and Joan Allen are phenomenal, as is the supp... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Hilarious, Entertaining, Delightful, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You simply want an over-the-top fun night out and you want to laugh for 2 1/2 hours straight!

Don't see it if You only like serious musicals, or ones without a contemporary feel. You are looking for a traditional show, or one with a deep meaning.

Also This show is exactly what it wants to be - a hilarious night out where... Read more Read less

92
Me and My Girl
Midtown W
Funny, Refreshing, Delightful, Entertaining, Cute

See it if You just want to have a good old-fashioned theatre experience. I loved that it was a simple story with fun song and dance numbers.

Don't see it if You are looking for an edgy modern theatre experience. You don’t like musical comedy. You are looking for a fully staged show with big sets.

Also Thought this show was adorable. Staging and costumes were great for an... Read more Read less

85
My Brilliant Divorce
West Village
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You enjoy one woman shows about topics relevant to women in their middle years. You appreciate the work put into an energetic 90 minute show

Don't see it if You are looking for more of a play with character interactions and more of a plot. You can’t relate to the struggles of a divorcing woman

Also Melissa Gilbert is adorable in this show. She gives a heartfelt perfor... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Entertaining, Great singing, Hilarious, Fun, Great choreography

See it if You like a funny musical with great singing and dancing and don’t mind sexual, drug and alcohol humor. You like musicals in a high school.

Don't see it if You are a Mean Girls Purist. It is updated to 2018. My daughter’s favorite parts were those identical to the film. Many changes were made.

Also For a contemporary musical, it was surprising it wasn’t “pop”. There w... Read more Read less

93
Clever, Entertaining, Must see, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy a contemporary, uplifting musical performed by a talented cast, and don’t mind minimal sets and non-traditional costuming.

Don't see it if Any story about 9/11 disturbs you. You hate non-traditional musicals and are looking for lavish sets and costumes.

Also I loved this musical. The music was great, the staging clever, the per... Read more Read less

79
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Lovely, Slow, Great staging, Dull

See it if You are looking for a show that has great scenery, costumes and a predictable storyline.

Don't see it if You are looking for either very traditional musical theatre (large ensemble dance numbers) or edgy contemporary theatre.

Also The only word I could really give this show was “lovely “. I didn’t lo... Read more Read less

78
The Portuguese Kid
Midtown W
Great staging, Entertaining, Slow, Funny

See it if You are a fan of Jason Alexander or Sherri Renee Scott. You like small casts in an intimate theatre. You like comedy.

Don't see it if You are looking for an “epic” production. This is a small cast in a small theatre and is not trying to be anything other than entertaining.

Also Sherri Renee Scott works her buns off to get the laughs. Mary Testa is... Read more Read less

98
During previews
Great singing, Great staging, Must see, Riveting, Enchanting

See it if you love a great musical, wonderful choreography, beautiful singing, and appreciate an intimate setting where you feel like you are there.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or prefer to be in a huge theatre where you are removed from the story.

Also This is a beautiful production, filled with outstanding performances, ... Read more Read less

77
Entertaining, Overrated, Great singing

See it if You are looking for just a fun show, with great singing and dancing, but aren’t looking for a great story.

Don't see it if You are looking for deep and profound songs. I couldn’t get excited about songs about shoes. The premise was good.

85
Delightful, Enchanting, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy a new look at a well-known story, and you don't mind one woman playing all of the speaking parts.

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional version of Anne. But even with a non-traditional adaptation, LM Montgomery's Anne is as charming as always

Also Rocky Vega did a marvelous job playing all of the different characters... Read more Read less

80
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Raunchy, Hilarious

See it if You are looking for a fun, entertaining evening, seeing a show that does not take itself seriously.

Don't see it if You are bothered by themes of homosexuality, sex, race, etc. or you don't like puppets.

72
Entertaining, Disappointing, Silly

See it if You have children who have never seen any of the earlier versions, and you just want to enjoy a silly afternoon of theatre.

Don't see it if You liked the Newley/Bricasse music of the original movie, or if you liked Wilder or Depp's portrayal of Wonka.

Also Christian Boyle is good but his character doesn't know what he wants t... Read more Read less

80
Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Must see, Great acting, Slow

See it if only to enjoy Glenn Close's masterful performance as Norma Desmond. She is absolutely fantastic.

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional song and dance show with large ensemble numbers and amazing sets. There are none.

Also Sit in the orchestra. Glenn Close's performance is the highlight of th... Read more Read less

88
Present Laughter
Midtown W
Hilarious, Great acting, Slow

See it if You enjoy really good actors making the most of a predictable story, all while making you laugh almost non stop.

Don't see it if You prefer contemporary theatre with contemporary themes, and are unimpressed with physical comedy.

70
Overrated, Confusing, Dizzying

See it if you are simply looking for an "experience" without much thought to the emotions in the story.

Don't see it if you hate frantic, loud, over-the-top, staging and performances.