BMP

Philadelphia | 35-49 | Female
About:  I'm from the Philadelphia area but regularly travel to see shows in New York and occasionally DC, but have also been known to visit various cities up and down the East Coast for theater. I'm primarily interested in musicals, but sneak in a play now and then.
Reviews (32)
86
Enchanting, Quirky, Refreshing, Intelligent

See it if you appreciate a musical that speaks through its silences, making each musical expression more powerful. Great score by David Yazbek.

Don't see it if you need big and splashy and don't do small and thoughtful.

93
Clever, Enchanting, Quirky

See it if you liked the film and want to see a quirky, clever adaptation that encourages you to look around and take time to appreciate life.

Don't see it if you can't appreciate a dry, sarcastic wit or endure repetition.

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83
Delightful, Enchanting, Great staging

See it if you grew up with the animated film. Not 100% the same, but most of what you know and love is there. Projection work made good use of set.

Don't see it if you dislike kid-friendly shows or want a firm resolution to Anastasia's tale.

85
Entertaining, Funny, Charming, Great singing

See it if you loved the movie and want to see an imperfect but fun expansion on the music from the film with winning performances by the cast.

Don't see it if you don't like kid-friendly shows, or can't overlook an abrupt change in a character's persona (that is also present in the film).

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88
During previews
Great acting, Relevant, Topical

See it if you want to see a masterful performance by Jeff McCarthy as controversial lawyer William Kunstler.

Don't see it if talk of justice and civil liberties will only serve to irritate you - but perhaps the play might also open some eyes.

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99
During previews
Great singing, Great staging, Intense, Must see

See it if you want to feel like a fly on the wall as action unfolds all around. Jeremy Secomb's intensity radiates off the walls in a tight space.

Don't see it if you dislike dark shows literally (content) or figuratively (several low light scenes) and like having separation between cast and audience.

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75
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Great singing

See it if you love lavish staging and effects and are looking for a time-tested hit among the many choices on Broadway.

Don't see it if you are looking to be dazzled beyond the handful of songs that have become staples. Most of the scenes felt like they dragged on.

Also I've never been able to fully get into Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals, f... Read more Read less

82
Funny, Great singing, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if you are a fan of Sara Bareilles and are looking for something sweet and syrupy with a half-baked bit of darkness thrown in.

Don't see it if you don't like pop driven musicals, and prefer the antagonist to have actual depth and shade.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Riveting

See it if you want to see Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams go toe to toe. It's dark, gripping, and intense, making you feel like a voyeur.

Don't see it if you dislike interrupted speech or can't stand feeling like a bystander eavesdropping on a conversation. Subject matter is also sensitive.

96
Delightful, Great staging, Quirky, Refreshing, Romantic

See it if you like intimate shows and enjoy indie/folk rock. It's a little show that's full of heart and populated by a motley gang of characters.

Don't see it if you need an orchestral score to be entertained.

75
Cliched, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you don't mind sitting through an uneven show that has its moments but culminates in a rousing, punchy, finale.

Don't see it if you can't appreciate drag culture.

70
Disappointing, Fluffy, Enchanting

See it if you want a family friendly show with veteran Broadway actors who make the most of their moments but can only raise the material so much.

Don't see it if you're looking for songs that will earworm you for days on end or a show that exhibits depth throughout. Charming but light on its feet.

96
Epic, Resonant

See it if you like large scale epic musicals. With universal themes such as love and redemption, this is a show anyone can relate to!

Don't see it if you dislike sung through musicals.

85
Enchanting, Romantic, Lively

See it if you enjoy the Wizard of Oz mythology. It's a great show to see with friends and a crowd pleaser for all ages, particularly as a first show.

Don't see it if you're not into the belting pop style.

85
Quirky, Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining, Overrated

See it if you like the creators' humor as seen in South Park.

Don't see it if you are easily offended.

80
Entertaining, Romantic, Fluffy

See it if you want a family musical that is colored with shades of surreal fantasy and whimsy,

Don't see it if you dislike pop driven musicals or prefer subtlety.

66
Cliched, Bland, Uninvested

See it if you liked the movie and don't feel the need to be invested in the lead character, just content to watch crooners and dance breaks.

Don't see it if you want to feel attached to the protagonist. Despite being an autobiographical tale, I felt action happened around and not to him.

88
For a previous production
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious, Masterful

See it if you want to see very effective comedic timing in a farcical show that will have you laughing all night. Set design is also genius

Don't see it if you hate slapstick and farce like in Noises Off, or get frustrated by absurdity.

65
Overrated, Romantic, Disappointing

See it if you love all things Aladdin and enjoy larger than life characters like the Genie playing to the audience constantly.

Don't see it if you want to see something far beyond the level of a theme park adaptation. Not worth Broadway prices to me.

95
Epic, Riveting, Must see, Great staging, Delightful

See it if you are a Harry Potter aficionado and love simple but dazzling stagecraft, or have also appreciated John Tiffany's style in the past.

Don't see it if you are unfamiliar with Harry Potter. There are references that will tickle fans and make them gasp or cheer but leave you wondering why.

96
During previews
Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if you want to be transported to Newfoundland and feel the infectious spirit of community and compassion in the wake of 9/11.

Don't see it if Celtic tinged rock isn't the type of music you might enjoy, or you are highly sensitive to mentions of 9/11.

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88
During previews
Artful, Contemplative, Delightful, Great singing

See it if you appreciate what drives one to create art and enjoy complex scores. Gyllenhaal and Ashford are lovely as George and Dot.

Don't see it if you are looking for splashy sets and as Jerry Herman would say, "hummable tunes." Seurat's style wasn't for all, nor is Sondheim's.

87
Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a musical about unconventional family drama and love against the backdrop of the 80s and burgeoning AIDS crisis.

Don't see it if you like shows with a clear linear progression since this ties together previously separate works. Same characters but a shift in tone.

91
Ambitious, Enchanting, Epic, Great staging, Edgy

See it if you want a unique immersive experience that includes profound ballads that capture Tolstoy's text, a surreal opera, and even a rave.

Don't see it if you dislike sung through epics and find it difficult to shift your focus around the theater or have sensory issues. It's a very busy show.

85
Romantic, Great staging, Predictable, Great singing

See it if you want a sweet, charming slice of Americana with stunning vocals by Cusack & Nolan, beautiful folk/bluegrass music, and a veteran ensemble

Don't see it if you want to be challenged by the plot twists, because they're quite predictable, even down to how the curtain call ends.

65
Disappointing, Banal, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in a sensitive portrayal of transgendered issues and appreciate bluegrass music.

Don't see it if you were expecting a fully polished musical. The sentiment is there but too many of the moments feel roo static to engage the audience.

88
Edgy, Great staging, Intense, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if you like electronic music and want to relive the 80s. It's a great satire of the indulgent "Me" Wall Street culture.

Don't see it if you aren't into loud, explicit shows or don't have an appreciation for a modern/avant garde sensibility, because you likely will not enjoy.

92
Ambitious, Great staging, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if you want to see the brilliant incorporation of ASL into a musical. From sight to sound (even smell with incense), it was a feast for senses.

Don't see it if you are easily offended by certain language.

80
Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Romantic

See it if you love intimate, romantic shows. A two-hander, this musical is charismatic and charming.

Don't see it if you need to be dazzled by big, splashy production numbers when seeing a show.

95
Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Must see, Delightful

See it if you love musical theater and/or Shakespeare and want to laugh and enjoy yourself. Something Rotten both pokes fun at and celebrates theater.

Don't see it if you aren't into comedies. Your appreciation may differ depending on your theater knowledge due to the multitude of theatrical references.

100
Ambitious, Epic, Great writing, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you appreciate American history and want to witness a masterfully crafted dense but still accessible telling of Alexander Hamilton's life.

Don't see it if you're going to pigeonhole it as "only" a rap/hip-hop musical. It stands on its own as a complete musical theater work.

100
For a previous production
Great acting, Masterful, Profound, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you've ever felt like an outsider. Featuring an emotionally raw performance by Ben Platt, DEH is highly relevant in today's social media age

Don't see it if you dislike contemporary/pop musical styles.