Cate M.

New York City | 25-34 | Female
About:  I have a Broadway obsession. I go whenever possible, and if I love something, I'll see it over and over again. Broadway is my happy place.
Reviews (70)
84
Great staging, Great singing, Great dancing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You’re looking for a classic musical; you like Shakespeare or at least stories based on Shakespeare; you love shows with amazing dancing.

Don't see it if Shakespeare is not your jam; you don’t like bus classic musicals.

90
Must see, Masterful, Funny, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if You love big, classic Broadway musicals; you want to see the glorious Laura Benanti in her dream role.

Don't see it if Classic musicals are not your thing; you don’t like large ensemble pieces.

Also This show is truly loverly. I saw it pre-Laura Benanti and after her a... Read more Read less

85
Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You love the movie (or have kids who do). You’re looking for a big Broadway musical.

Don't see it if You’re hoping it fills in the holes that were in the movie. (It doesnt.)

Also Patti Murin and a Caissie Levy are incredible. They truly bring Anna a... Read more Read less

75
The Mad Ones
Midtown E
Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You enjoy stories about characters just trying to figure out life. You’re looking for catchy music and great singing.

Don't see it if You don’t like stories about teenagers. You’re looking for a story that moves forward. Most of the story is Sam thinking about the past.

80
Clever, Entertaining

See it if You are a Disney fan or like Disney history. You enjoy historical based plays.

Don't see it if You don't like small venues or two-man shows.

85
Relevant, Refreshing, Great music, Thought-provoking

See it if You like historical based shows. You like rock and roll music. You like shows that focus on a family to tell a bigger picture.

Don't see it if You are looking for a fluff piece.

Also This show was the type of gem I hope to find at NYMF. From the first s... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Napoli, Brooklyn
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting

See it if You grew up in Brooklyn. You're from an Italian family. You like time period shows and / or nostalgia.

Don't see it if You don't like shows about the inner workings of a family.

84
Enchanting, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You love Disney. You love the animated movie. (It stays close to the movie, and the song additions feel like they belong.)

Don't see it if You're not a Disney fan or don't appreciate magic.

84
Bandstand
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Great dancing

See it if You like period pieces and swing music. You're a fan of Corey Cott or Laura Osnes - they don't disappoint.

Don't see it if You don't like post-war of PTSD stories.

Also While I thoroughly enjoyed the show, I think it could have gone deeper... Read more Read less

78
Significant Other
Midtown W
Funny, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You've ever felt alone, stuck, or like everyone else's lives are taking off except yours. You want to see a beautiful performance by Glick.

Don't see it if You don't like foul language or conversations about sex.

80
Cagney
Midtown W
Great dancing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to learn more about the man behind the gangster roles-Robert Creighton shines as Cagney. You like small, intimate theatres & shows.

Don't see it if You're looking for a huge blockbuster show. Cinematic history doesn't interest you.

92
Absorbing, Entertaining, Informative

See it if You love theater history. You're interested in behind-the-scenes elements of theater.

Don't see it if You're not interested in history. You think behind-the-scenes aspects ruin the magic.

85
Falsettos
Midtown W
Clever, Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are looking to laugh & cry. You want to experience William Finn's brilliant music performed by 1 of the most talented casts on Broadway.

Don't see it if You don't like dysfunctional or less than traditional families. You have trouble following along when the story is told mostly through song.

92
Absorbing, Must see, Profound, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You've ever been on the outside looking in. You're interested in how technology/social media influences the world around us.

Don't see it if You don't like shows about introspection. You don't want to see a show about suicide or people's struggles to fit in.

Also Pasek & Paul's music is wonderful. This story feeds your soul, especia... Read more Read less

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Great dancing, Great staging

See it if You liked the movie - It translates well to the stage. You like Irving Berlin. You want to see great tap dancing. You want an uplifting show

Don't see it if You don't like old school musicals.

75
Cats
Midtown W
Entertaining, Confusing, Great dancing / choreography, Quirky

See it if You loved it the first time around. You're looking for a night of mindless fun. You love good choreography and dancing.

Don't see it if You're expecting a well-developed story. This is based off of poems about different cats, not a very in-depth plot.

75
The Wild Party
Midtown W
Entertaining, Dizzying, Raunchy

See it if You want to se Sutton Foster shine in a completely different role than usual.

Don't see it if You are more conservative and the ideas of a party filled with drugs, sex, and cheating is something from which you want to stay away.

85
1776 (Encores!)
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You want to see how politics really haven't changed that much over time. 1776 is just as relevant now as ever before.

Don't see it if You don't like historical musicals.

50
War Horse
Upper W Side
Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Amazing puppets, Slow

See it if You want to see the most amazing life like puppets. You like stories about people connecting with animals.

Don't see it if You're looking for something fast paced. At times, this almost put me to sleep, and I also felt it was extremely repetitive.

90
Delightful, Enchanting, Great staging, Masterful, Great singing

See it if You've always wanted to see "Shall We Dance" on stage. Beautiful and enchanting. Kelli O'Hara definitely earned her Tony in this role.

Don't see it if You don't like Rodgers and Hammerstein.

95
Ambitious, Exquisite, Masterful, Must see, Profound

See it if You want to be blown away by the storytelling created using sign language and music/speaking. You want to see something truly original.

Don't see it if Stories of suicide, child abuse, teen pregnancy, and abortion are too much for you.

70
Shuffle Along
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great dancing, Thought-provoking, Great singing

See it if You want to learn about the original Shuffle Along that made history. You want to see a gorgeously talented cast tell an important story.

Don't see it if you like stories that seem to wrap themselves up completely. It felt long at times in the second act, and I left wishing for a cleaner end.

80
For a previous production
Rock of Ages
Midtown W
Entertaining

See it if You want to be pleasantly surprised. I stupidly saw the movie first (which was awful), but the musical is a night of fun and entertainment.

Don't see it if Rock music isn't your thing. You're looking for something serious.

85
Once (Broadway)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Masterful, Original, Refreshing

See it if You want to see something original and remember why you love Broadway.

Don't see it if Accents are difficult for you to understand.

70
Dames at Sea
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Great dancing

See it if You like old school musicals. You like tap dancing.

Don't see it if The formula of the old school musical does nothing for you.

95
Relevant, Must see, Great singing, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You like the re-imagining of classic shows; you want to see an incredible cast bring a new vision to the stage.

Don't see it if You’re expecting to see the old Oklahoma (This is not it. Even though they didn’t change songs or the book, it feels totally different.)

Also There aren’t even words for how freaking phenomenal Oklahoma is. I cri... Read more Read less

68
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Confusing, Ambitious, Disappointing, Dizzying

See it if You’re an Alice in Wonderland fan or you want to see young talent in a more intimate space.

Don't see it if You don’t know / like Alice In Wonderland. You’re expecting Spring Awakening caliber music. You’re expecting a book that makes sense.

Also Let me say that the entire cast is fantastic. They are each incredibly... Read more Read less

95
Fun, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You love to dance. You want to learn choreography from a Broadway show.

Don't see it if You don’t like dance or choreography.

Also We learned choreography to “The Room Where It Happens” from Hamilton, ... Read more Read less

92
Brigadoon
Midtown W
Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Great dancing

See it if You want to see a beautiful version of this not-often-seen musical. O’Hara’s voice soared. Patrick Wilson was wonderful.

Don't see it if You don’t like old musicals. You don’t like a lot of dancing in your musicals.

95
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Hilarious, Must see

See it if You like big, classic musicals. You want to see the divine, hilarious Bette Midler in a role that could have been made for her.

Don't see it if You only like modern musicals. You don't like big casts or large sets.

62
During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Needs more work

See it if You like the book or movie based on the book. You like the sci-fi genre.

Don't see it if You're looking for a well fleshed out story.

Also It has potential, but it needs a lot more work. Only one of the charac... Read more Read less

70
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Great staging, Great costumes, Enchanting, Slow

See it if You enjoyed the music in the animated movie. You like fairytales. You're looking for a night of escape at the theatre.

Don't see it if You adored the animated movie & are expecting to see the same on stage - no Rasputin here.

Also I wanted to love this. I adored the animated movie. I knew coming into... Read more Read less

80
Great singing, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You've always wanted to see this classic on stage. You're interested in the fall of Saigon / the Vietnam War.

Don't see it if You don't like shows that are completely sung.

80
Delightful, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if You liked the movie. (It stays pretty close to it.) You miss Jersey Boys. You love Alan Menken (tho I don't think this music was his best).

Don't see it if You're looking for something original. There was a Jersey Boys, West Side Story, small bit of Hairspray mash-up feel to this.

Also The real standouts for me here were Nick Cordero and Ariana Debose. Ri... Read more Read less

72
Amelie
Midtown W
Enchanting, Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You love Phillipa Soo. You love the movie. You like quirky shows.

Don't see it if You are looking for a serious show.

Also It was an enjoyable evening, but I left wanting more. Even though the ... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Great music, Resonant, Refreshing, Heartfelt

See it if You want an uplifting story occurring around one of the worst days in America's history. You enjoy ensemble pieces.

Don't see it if You don't want to re-live any piece of 9/11. You want a show with a big star. You want an elaborate set and big Broadway production.

80
In Transit
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Resonant

See it if You love NYC. Sure there are a lot of clichés in this musical, but this is a true love letter to our city. It's a feel-good show.

Don't see it if You don't like a cappella. You don't like cast members playing more than one character. You don't like NYC (if that's possible).

Also There were a few times when the background voices overwhelmed the main... Read more Read less

75
Ride the Cyclone
West Village
Quirky, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like dark comedies. You're looking for an uplifting show (even though it's about death) that celebrates the differences in people.

Don't see it if You don't like the idea of dead kids performing for a chance to return to life. (Although I promise it's not as morbid as it sounds.)

Also While I really enjoyed the staging, there were some issues with the li... Read more Read less

85
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Relevant, Must see

See it if You want clever songs and dialogue about coming of age. It's just as relevant and true now as when it opened 13 years ago.

Don't see it if You don't like puppets or adult humor.

60
Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You like history and politics. You are interested in the Bush years.

Don't see it if You like fast paced plays. You don't like politics.

70
Dated, Funny, Unfocused

See it if You want to see the 1st Menken/Ashman musical. You love the idea of doing for your fellow man when the world tells you to think of yourself.

Don't see it if You want something focused. Rosewater's mind is all over the place, and because of that, so is the story.

95
A New Brain
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Profound

See it if You want to be amazed by William Finn's genius. You want a story of second chances. You want an original, witty musical.

Don't see it if The description says "through the lens of a Looney Tunes short," it's accurate. It's zany at times, and if zany isn't your thing, skip it.

80
Funny, Quirky, Great singing

See it if You want to have a fun night at the theater.

Don't see it if You're looking for something serious.

80
The Last Ship
Midtown W
Underrated, Riveting, Refreshing, Original

See it if You want something original and different from everything else out there. Sting's music is wonderful.

Don't see it if Time jumps confuse you.

70
The Gin Game
Midtown W
Dated

See it if You want to see legends James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson on stage together.

Don't see it if want a story with real substance. The talents of James Earl Jones & Cicely Tyson really were wasted here.

90
South Pacific
Upper W Side
Entertaining, Must see, Masterful, Great singing

See it if You want to see a classic. You're interested in the Pacific Theater of WWII. You love Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Don't see it if you don't like classic musicals / revivals.

85
Delightful, Great staging, Funny, Great singing

See it if You want to see one of the most beautiful sets of all time, the great Laura Benanti, and a superb supporting cast.

Don't see it if You don't like to smile. You don't like the basic story of You've Got Mail. (This was its precursor.)

100
Rent
Midtown W
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Profound, Original, Must see

See it if You want to see one of the true masterpieces of our time.

Don't see it if You are not open to hearing about things like same sex couples, cursing, and the spread of AIDs.

60
Mamma Mia!
Midtown W
Disappointing, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if You love the music of ABBA. You're looking for a night of mindless theatre.

Don't see it if You're expecting it to have a decent storyline.

85
Cabaret (Broadway)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Edgy, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You love plays based on history. You want to learn more about Germany pre-WWII.

Don't see it if Slightly sexual things make you uncomfortable.