BradB

Freehold | 35-49 | Male
About:  Married adult male. Love and respect theater. Standards are too low nowadays. Can someone write a show without 202352405345 ballads in it? Thanks!
Reviews (35)
80
Rock of Ages
Midtown W
Silly mindless happiness

See it if You love to smile. ROA is mindless fun for those who lived or loved the 80s and its tunes. Be ready to laugh and love the characters

Don't see it if You want deep and meaningful theater, this show doesn’t try to be more than it is...which is nothing but a good time

75
A show that's big, yet small

See it if you've never seen a MFL production. Classic songs throughout. Laura Benanti is beautiful in this role and Harry Hadden-Paton is solid

Don't see it if You expect more from MLF. It has so many iconic things, but for a big show in a big theater, it looks small. Doesn't explode as it should

66
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Uneven and slow...except cranston

See it if You want to see Cranston kill it up there. He commands the stage and your attention

Don't see it if You aren't prepared for uneven performances...some amateur.. some dialogues that drag and make your kind wander...weird production devices

76
During previews
Silly stupid fun

See it if You want mindless entertainment. Lots of silly moments and goofy laughs. A lot of belly laughs. like seeing the movie dodgeball as a musical

Don't see it if You want high quality theater and memorable songs. You are here to laugh and forget life’s problems

69
Slow, Funny, Great staging

See it if you've never seen the marvel that is Mark Rylance. He is unlike anything you've ever seen on a stage before. He commands and creates...

Don't see it if You've seen Mark Rylance too many times. You start to notice his shtick and nuances creep their ways into all of his roles. A little long..

90
Indulgent, Riveting, Relevant

See it if you want to see the Tony winner for best actor. Ben Platt brings you on a ride through his mind with a great cast and intriguing plot.

Don't see it if like many modern shows, a few too many ballads that sound the same. A couple of goofy theater cliches, but you can get beyond it.

75
Dated, Epic

See it if you've never seen it before. It's a Broadway institution. My wife loves it and has seen it multiple times. Sets and tech very dated.

Don't see it if You have unrealistic expectations of how good it is. It's enjoyable, but hardly the best show ever. Yet it got me into shows.

20
Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you get free tickets if one of your out of town friends gets it for you as a gift...you can at least say "you've seen it".

Don't see it if you expect the show to be anything like the opening scene, which has been on tv forever. The show is stale, poorly performed, for kids.

88
For a previous production
Hilarious, Quirky, Great staging

See it if you want to laugh and smile. Simple as that. The laughs keep on coming with a great comedy and physical comedy based cast.

Don't see it if You get bored by slapstick. Some of the bits occur multiple times so you may see some of them coming a mile away. But it didn't bother me.

72
Sweet Charity
Midtown W
Entertaining, Slow

See it if You love Sutton Foster. commanding the stage as a triple threat right on top of you.

Don't see it if You realize Sweet Charity needs large cast numbers and a large orchestra. The minimalist concept fell a little flat on me,

15
Paramour
Midtown W
Excruciating, Cliched, Lame

See it if you know nothing about theater. The basic plot, weak script, and overly long scenes insult even the most novice theater goer's intelligence

Don't see it if You value the money you could've spent doing pretty much anything else. Horrible script, plot, scenes. Even the Cirque stuff was weak

75
Great acting, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a pulling at your heart strings story of love, growth, and self-awareness.

Don't see it if you can't handle serious material. I felt myself focused a lot...a little more than I wanted to. Couldn't necessarily relax.

70
Slow, Intense

See it if you want to see an appreciate a true classic with big staging and wonderful original orchestrations.

Don't see it if you get fidgety in your seat. The show does feel a little long and drags a bit as you wait for many of the classic songs to come.

75
Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you appreciate wonderful British playwrights, then thrown in some witty and creative staging in a creative, thought provoking piece.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in an "intelligent" piece, whereas you may sometimes then feel that the show drags.

70
Hand to God
Midtown W
Edgy, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you want to see a group of nutty, crazy people in situations you can only dream of...or, rather, have nightmares about. See great acting!

Don't see it if You don't like shock value or puppet sex.

78
Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if you want a fun musical with great performances and upbeat tunes. Not one ballad after another. See it for Alex Brightman. Dude is a star.

Don't see it if you expect a lot out of/are a huge fan of Sierra Boggess. Forgettable.

60
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Overrated

See it if you like Lin-Manuel. The performers work very hard and it shows. The choreography is wonderful.

Don't see it if you want to sit there trying to understand every word of raps. It takes you out of the moment. Would've been better with different cast.

33
Disappointing, Dated, Slow, Self-indulgent

See it if you've never seen Fiddler before.

Don't see it if you've seen any incarnation of Fiddler before.

75
Quirky, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want a master class in comedy between Nathan Lane, Julie White, and Kristine Nielsen.

Don't see it if You want this to be more than it really is. The script tries to be profound, but it really isn't. It gets the point across...kinda.

80
A simple but beautiful classic

See it if You would love to see Fiddler stripped to its bones in a beautiful, simply staged Yiddish language production

Don't see it if You want over the top performances. Actors played the roles very genuine and real. You don't need Fiddler characters as cartoons

85
During previews
Clever, Funny, Delightful

See it if You are a parent who thought you were alone. Mike brings you his struggles, that oddly sound like yours.

Don't see it if You are easily offended by graphic descriptions of things, it wasn’t offensive by any stretch, but you know people these days...

79
Enjoyable classic and cute

See it if You want to see an old timey musical with an overture, classic staging, and a wonderful ensemble.

Don't see it if You expect Dolly to be over the top optimist. Bernadette Peters puts a darker spin on the role, making her more human, but kind of a bummer

82
Hangmen
Chelsea
Intelligent, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if you love Martin McDonagh works. Dark comedy with plot twists and very witty dialogue. Not his best work, but up there...

Don't see it if You have a problem with dialects. May be too fast for you to figure things out and get the jokes.

67
For the tourists

See it if you are easily amused. Very fluff piece. Fun, but most certainly not great. Tourists feel edgy because they're watching drag queens.

Don't see it if You think Matilda was a great show. Matilda should've won the Tony that year. A far better piece of work. This is simple, mindless.

90
Clever, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you love the magic of Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Hopefully the show doesn't get stale, as I saw it with Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells.

Don't see it if you are offended easily. Personally, it really isn't an offensive show, but these days, people find a reason to hate everything.

68
During previews
Present Laughter
Midtown W
Disappointing, Slow, Dated

See it if you've never seen Kevin Kline on stage. He is a master of his craft. However, even he could've been grander in this role.

Don't see it if You expect "madcap farce". It is most certainly not that. Slow and forced; the level of acting proficiency varied among cast members.

78
Dated, Intense, Slow

See it if You want to see a classic piece of art with a top notch cast...

Don't see it if You hate minimalist staging, old text that makes the scenes run a little long.

60
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining

See it if you haven't seen it before. I've seen it a few times with a few different casts...the show really varies on this.

Don't see it if You don't like stunt casting and repeat casting. That is what is keeping this show alive all of these years.

57
American Psycho
Midtown W
Ambitious, Uneven, Original

See it if you appreciate good sets, choreography, and lighting. The projections and imagery are top notch.

Don't see it if You appreciate what the movie and book did. The songs are weak, the show doesn't know what it wants to be. Be camp or be serious.

35
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you will buy into the hype. Wicked has very poorly written songs and a lame plot. If you don't want to think about how poor this is...go.

Don't see it if You realize that Stephen Schwartz is not as good as people says. He makes up words and all of his songs start to sound the same.

80
For a previous production
Jersey Boys (NYC)
Midtown W
Best jukebox musical out there

See it if you want to see the best jukebox musical out there. Catchy songs, quick pace, engaging, and fun.

Don't see it if you don't like jukebox musicals. Audience members will surely be singing during the show.

55
Overrated, Cliched

See it if you love Carole King and are a sucker for jukebox musicals.

Don't see it if you realize that Carole King's life was not exciting enough for a musical. Scenes were flat and contrived..plot was formulaic.

70
Noises Off
Midtown W
Funny, Quirky

See it if you've never seen Noises Off on stage or the movie. The script and stage direction are the true stars of any Noises Off production.

Don't see it if you really love the movie or a previous version. Performances in this were a little stiff and tentative for my liking. Let it fly!

33
Lazarus
East Village
Self-absorbed juke box musical

See it if you want to see a David Bowie jukebox musical and weirdness a la Bowie.

Don't see it if you have a brain. You will be sitting there trying to figure out what the heck is going on...no one else knows either.

80
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting

See it if you are looking for a fun, witty night of theater with great performances by funny people.

Don't see it if you don't like tongue-in-cheek jokes.