Christopher H 6188

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Reviews (114)
90
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing, Must see

See it if you like musicals at all--this is the ne plus ultra

Don't see it if you don't care about musicals, especially classics

Also I didn't rush to see this until Laura Benanti took over the lead, so m... Read more Read less

79
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Cliched

See it if you enjoy new musicals of any kind

Don't see it if you want to see the source material reinvented for the musical stage as opposed to having songs stuck in it.

Also The score isn't much to write home about, but it's better than it seem... Read more Read less

86
Clever, Enchanting, Delightful, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you want to have a fun night with great performers, great music and a delightfully funny script

Don't see it if you hate '80s music or Broadway shows

Also I wasn't expecting much but I loved this show. The cast is superb, the... Read more Read less

80
Delightful, Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in musical theatre history, even the more arcane titles; or African-American theatre history

Don't see it if you can't see beyond what dates an older piece to see the parallels with today

Also I wish all of the cast had been as strong as the strongest members, bu... Read more Read less

82
Absorbing, Ambitious, Epic, Great writing, Overrated

See it if you have never seen it--it's the one indisputably great American play from the latter part of the 20th century

Don't see it if you saw the original and have it indelibly printed on your brain

Also It was a great experience and wonderful to see it again, but as good a... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to keep up with the work of our great writers

Don't see it if you only want to see their absolute best work

Also The play was very, very good, but it never quite got to me the way I f... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if you enjoy seeing the classics done with style and class

Don't see it if you didn't know that plays used to be long and talky--they were.

Also The people complaining about this show being slow don't seem to take i... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you like to see playwrights of Norris's caliber tackle weighty subjects from an off-center point of view

Don't see it if you don't like to think and don't enjoy theatrical surprises

Also Harriet Harris may be the funniest woman alive right now.

75
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy

See it if you want to keep up with current comedies--they're few and far between--or if you love Hayley Mills

Don't see it if you only like plays with substance or perfect, accomplished comedy

Also Klea Blackhurst is hilarious and it's worth it to see Mills--she looks... Read more Read less

78
Delightful, Ambitious, Great singing, Funny, Disappointing

See it if you are a fan of classic musical theatre, good shows and bad

Don't see it if you don't like musicals, or music, or some of our best performers doing what they were meant to do

Also This was an extremely enjoyable evening. Only two issues for me. One, ... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if political scandals and intrigue are your bag--or movie stars

Don't see it if plotting and scheming are not your thing

Also I really enjoyed this and thought the entire cast was great. It may no... Read more Read less

78
Delightful, Ambitious, Great singing, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to check out a seldom-performed musical from a time when the form was undergoing great change

Don't see it if you need a well-rehearsed, perfect evening

Also Umoh and Reed were outstanding, and an strong but overlooked score was... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Epic, Intelligent

See it if you like beautifully acted plays with lots of ideas

Don't see it if you require all those ideas to add up to something concrete

Also The play was wonderful; it just missed greatness. Still, it will proba... Read more Read less

74
Clever, Funny, Great singing

See it if you love all "Forbidden Broadway" type stuff

Don't see it if a whole evening spoofing one show seems too much of a good thing

Also It was too much of a good thing, but I enjoy FB, so I enjoyed the show... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Enchanting, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a beautifully staged and acted production of a relatively obscure but fascinating play

Don't see it if you have no patience for the old-fashioned three-act structure (one intermission here) or for listening to people discuss ideas

Also The set change literally brought tears to my eyes. Sometimes it's so e... Read more Read less

82
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in a real discussion about religion and good vs. evil

Don't see it if very black comedy and long dialogues aren't your thing

Also It does feel like an early play. A brilliant one, but more seasoned pl... Read more Read less

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You care about the important plays by our important playwrights

Don't see it if You dislike dark, difficult material

Also Disappointed to have missed Dixon, but Lahti, Kalukango and--especiall... Read more Read less

84
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see the most impressive acting ensemble currently in town in a very strong and moving family play

Don't see it if all you care about is originality of plot (as if that's still possible) and whether someone's foreign accent is perfect (who f-ing cares?)

Also Anyone who knows me knows how I feel about Ben Brantley. To be honest,... Read more Read less

78
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if you like to explore the lost plays of the past; generally if you like shows at the Mint you will probably be interested in anything they do

Don't see it if you need all the acting to reach the same level; or if you only want to see revivals of masterpieces

Also Not all of the performances were up to the quality I'm used to here; s... Read more Read less

60
Disappointing, Slow

See it if you don't mind mediocre, uninspired cash-grab musicals like this one

Don't see it if you want to see something where all the creators are working on the same show, and working at the top of their game

Also Why not use all the songs from the movie? None of the new ones were an... Read more Read less

78
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you're a fan of Christine Pedi or want to enjoy a lot of time with a new find, Stephanie Umoh

Don't see it if you don't like Jerry Herman or small-scale revivals

Also Seeing this right after some terrible national events, the audience wa... Read more Read less

83
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you want to be entertained by some nutty ideas...that maybe aren't so nutty

Don't see it if you have no sense of humor, or don't like great acting and fantastic set changes

Also I really, really enjoyed this show. I'm not entirely sure it was all t... Read more Read less

93
Absorbing, Delightful, Dizzying, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you want to have a fantastic time; I loved it so much from the balcony I bought expensive seats to see it again the very same week

Don't see it if you don't want to see Carmello do the quintessential Mrs. Lovett; or if you didn't realize that Lewis is no longer in it

Also I was able to see it before Norm Lewis and many other cast members lef... Read more Read less

79
Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you are a fan of Gloria Estefan or just want to have a good time

Don't see it if you only like more serious, artistic shows

Also This isn't really my kind of thing but I do like Estefan and it was mu... Read more Read less

70
Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like the bare bones Musicals Tonight approach to the classics

Don't see it if you only like it when it really works

Also This was hilarious and charming at Encores 20 years ago or so. This on... Read more Read less

69
Ambitious, Banal, Entertaining, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if you are a fan of Cher or Stephanie J. Block

Don't see it if you want it to be great; it has its moments, but....

Also I should note that I saw this in its first week of previews and I beli... Read more Read less

95
Ambitious, Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Epic

See it if you are a Potter fan or just really like well-executed drama staged with the ultimate in inventiveness

Don't see it if you hate Harry Potter

Also This was way better than it had any right to be. The staging tricks ke... Read more Read less

70
Entertaining, Clever, Fluffy

See it if you like kids' shows or want to see the latest by Coleman, Zippel and a great cast of Broadway pros

Don't see it if you can't stand kids' shows or a trip to New Jersey

Also The show was a lot of fun with lots of theatrical in-jokes for the gro... Read more Read less

86
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if you love great acting or great renditions of our recent classics

Don't see it if you have no imagination or interest in one of the greatest actors of our time

Also Glenda Jackson was everything I’d hoped—just a stunning performance. I... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you love seeing the classics revived with a new eye and a unique spirit

Don't see it if you only like shows in which the characters feel the same way you do about things

Also Amazing cast, beautiful choreography, cool sets (minus the bizarre non... Read more Read less

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Hilarious

See it if you are interested in our important playwrights, you love great acting or you're just a huge Lonergan fan like me

Don't see it if you don't want to be engrossed in a fascinating character examination

Also All four actors were absolutely brilliant. This play was an absolute p... Read more Read less

93
Absorbing, Ambitious, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great singing

See it if you want to see the best musical staged this season--and yes, it was staged, not really a concert at all

Don't see it if you don't like gorgeous sets, costumes and people; Snyder was a standout but the cast was uniformly terrific

Also Seriously, don't miss it. You only have two more days!

79
Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you like good plays and great actors

Don't see it if you only like plays that will blow you away with their brilliance

Also It isn't great, per se, but it is very, very good. And Rylance actuall... Read more Read less

80
Delightful, Great singing, Funny

See it if you want to see a silly old show done as well as it's ever likely to be

Don't see it if you only want perfection--it's hardly a classic, but it's great fun

Also The two lead men were absolutely fantastic, and the entire cast sings ... Read more Read less

72
Absorbing, Banal, Entertaining, Romantic, Intelligent

See it if you like your sexy gay plays to have a brain

Don't see it if nudity offends you--there's a lot

Also I had heard the play was better than expected, but I saw it with some ... Read more Read less

73
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in ballet history or just enjoy good acting

Don't see it if you want a transcendent experience--it just misses the mark

Also It was great to see Marsha Mason and I'll see Marin Mazzie in anything... Read more Read less

78
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you’re interested in what our major playwrights want to tackle and want to be amused and entertained

Don't see it if you expect groundbreaking answers to life’s major questions

Also This was an excellent play, beautifully staged and acted (Michael Sibe... Read more Read less

84
Great acting, Hilarious, Must see, Refreshing, Underrated

See it if you like to laugh; I haven't laughed so hard for this long in years

Don't see it if a theater full of people laughing their heads off for 90 minutes isn't your kind of thing--or if you write for the Times

Also Even the better reviews for this show seem to feel like they wouldn't ... Read more Read less

84
During previews
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like great music performed perfectly with very clever staging conceits

Don't see it if you're too much of a curmudgeon to be swept away

78
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Romantic

See it if you love the classic musical comedies

Don't see it if you need them to be cast properly

Also A show like this really requires a comedienne in the lead, not just a ... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Enchanting, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you want to keep abreast of the current wonderful boom in our musical theatre

Don't see it if you need every show to be a slam-bang classic

Also It's a leisurely show with not a lot of plot, but the score is fantast... Read more Read less

76
During previews
Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like all worthy plays that have both sentiment and smarts

Don't see it if you crave something brand new; there's a lot of new plays Off-Broadway right now

Also I hate the word "dated" but it was such an of-the-minute piece when it... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy

See it if a great cast having fun with Shakespeare sounds good to you

Don't see it if you don't like irreverent takes on the Bard

Also Stephen Schwartz's songs were wonderful; Bob Stillman is my new favori... Read more Read less

81
Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you are a fan of musical theatre; that's the only requirement to enjoy yourself

Don't see it if you are a New York theatre critic who can't enjoy a simple career retrospective if it doesn't give you enough "insight" into the man's work

Also The "insight" is IN the work, you knuckleheads. Real producers and rea... Read more Read less

81
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you want to keep up with the current conversations in art and life

Don't see it if you're not interested in the problems facing so many of us today

Also This play was a beautifully written exploration of its subject. The on... Read more Read less

78
For a previous production
Clever, Funny, Great staging

See it if you want to have a good, brainless time and leave with a smile on your face

Don't see it if you need some substance--any substance--in your drama

Also This show was pretty consistently funny all the way through, but it on... Read more Read less

62
Clever, Dated, Disappointing

See it if you have nothing better to do

Don't see it if you do have something better to do

Also I would rather be nice but I really didn't enjoy this for even a minut... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Ambitious, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Great singing

See it if you enjoy rarely performed yet worthy musicals done with a topnotch cast

Don't see it if you aren't open for something a little different

Also Nikki M. James was fantastic and I'm fast becoming a big fan of both C... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Edgy, Great singing, Intense, Masterful

See it if you want a beautifully cast, sung and acted version of the show

Don't see it if you mind a few staging gaffes or don't want to see how this show has aged (brilliantly, it turns out)

Also Some sound glitches on the first night, but the cast was just superb; ... Read more Read less

72
Disappointing, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you want to see a very rarely produced classic

Don't see it if you want to see it done right

Also I wish the current Encores people would stop casting so bizarrely. Lin... Read more Read less