Cooper M

New York City | 35-49 | Male
About:  Tri-Coastal & native New Yorker who visited (Tri-ed out) life in London, particularly for the Theatre, decided to stay and absorb The West End on a daily basis. Had a great life there, including performing lead roles & recording on many star-studded recordings at Abbey Road Studios, but for many rea... Read more Read less
Reviews (51)
85
During previews
Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Quirky, Slow

See it if U like the idea of an [actual] Musical Movie performed on stage or just enjoy old-fashioned musicals. Beth Malone DEF Drives The Show Home!

Don't see it if U have issues with old-fashioned Pre-1970 musicals or are a purist not wanting changes to the Original, created on Film, musical.

Also Beth Malone is DEF a talent not to reckoned with [The WHOLE is More Th... Read more Read less

77
Must see, Insipid, Indulgent, Dated, Confusing

See it if You want to see an entirely different take on the Original.

Don't see it if You are a traditionalist who can't overlook the contemporary update to the story while using all the original dialogue.

Also My unique take after seeing the show would be to ask if the physical i... Read more Read less

90
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Quirky, Masterful, Ambitious

See it if You like Backstage musicals which give you a look both On & Off stage or sometimes considered a show within a show.

Don't see it if You cannot allow yourself to believe that a man can't pass "herself" off as an unconventionally [un]attractive middle-aged woman. She can!

Also This doesn't completely follow the original film's plot as the convent... Read more Read less

21
The Exes
Midtown W
Banal, Insipid, Confusing, Slow, Excruciating

See it if You know someone involved in the production and you need to be a supportive family member or friend.

Don't see it if You know someone involved with the production and you can't keep a straight-face while telling them how wonderful it was... NOT!

Also As the play opens, an actor speaks into his phone, but a Fax would've ... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Insipid, Miscast lovers, Great supporting cast, Great costumes, Great set

See it if U love shows like a Vegas Spectacle merged with the insipidness of Rock of Ages, prefer style over substance & overpaying 4 pretty garbage.

Don't see it if U love classic or contemporary Broadway as an artform or believe this must be worth the hype due to ticket demand similar 2 Hamilton [NOT!].

Also All sparkle & Zero substance yet with your ability 2 sing along with p... Read more Read less

89
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Intelligent, Clever, Funny, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if You like contemporary adaptations that turn the style on its head... Not your father, grandfather or even your older brother's Vanya!

Don't see it if If you insist on staying true to every word of the original playwright: Either way, if U don't go, you're missing out on a funny play, dude!

Also I will say that you have to give it the benefit of the doubt in places... Read more Read less

90
For a previous production
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
Soho/Tribeca
Great acting, Great staging, Hilarious, Masterful, Clever

See it if U like shows like The 39 Steps, actors playing multi-roles in a dizzy-paced way, a full-story in 80 min & a Laugh-Out-Loud, oddball script!

Don't see it if You've a hard time keeping track of an actor in multi-roles, don't enjoy creative minimalist scenery nor allow yourself 2 laugh in public!

50
Inescapable
Soho/Tribeca
Ill-conceived, Frenetic, Glaringly repetitive [dude, man], Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if If you like any basic comedy or improv that doesn't have or need a reason for being or If you like being turned upside-down 4 the hell of it

Don't see it if U expect ANY payoff, U want any realistic dialogue or ONE reason why it's SO Repetitive: Lines are frequently regurgitated with Zero feeling

Also If I were to guess, I'd suspect this "play" was either developed throu... Read more Read less

79
Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Slow, Low-key

See it if You like street magic & the next-step original illusions as a one-man show (&audience participants) on a proscenium stage. 1hr 15min show.

Don't see it if If you want the showmanship of performers with large personalities.

Also There are some great illusions and many variations of the same style..... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Hundred Days
East Village
Quirky, Indulgent, Unique-to-theatre, Slow, Banal

See it if You enjoy folk music, which in truth should already tell a story, and, enjoy live music performances: This is NOT a Musical in ANY sense.

Don't see it if U like ur musicals w/a proper book story & where the songs enhance the story by continuing when the emotion or concept needs more than words

Also Although the Bengsens have a unique way of telling the story of how th... Read more Read less

68
During previews
Overrated, Slow, Ambitious, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if You are enamored of a story of the journey of immigrants to succeed in Amerike told in a compilation of songs like a musical revue

Don't see it if You want a proper & compelling story like Indecent or a show like Folksbiene's previous jewel, The Golden Bride.

Also There is some great singing by many in the cast and they do as much wi... Read more Read less

69
Zero Hour
Midtown W
Disappointing, Phoned-in performance, Overrated, Without feeling, And on auto-pilot

See it if If u want 2 find out more about Zero Mostel + his ups & downs incl surviving being blacklisted from a guy who kinda embodies the star...

Don't see it if If you'd prefer to see a performer who is emotionally involved in his performance and not an actor running on Auto-Pilot...

Also It could have been great... somewhere in his previous 600+ performance... Read more Read less

79
Underground
Midtown E
Relevant, Slow, Quirky

See it if You'd like an update on the Boy meets Girl storyline in the 21st Century, particularly via digital dating with a Cell Phone App to meet IRL!

Don't see it if The fumblings of Millenials who have zero motivation in life, will probably bore you to death.

49
Marry Harry
Midtown E
Ambitious, Cliched, Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if You like any kind of romantic story whether it is realistic or in this case absurd...

Don't see it if If you have a threshold above [sodium] saccharin stoylines that are artificially sweet... No matter how benign

54
Off the Top
Soho/Tribeca
Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid, Confused concept

See it if You like a unique & bizarre mish-mash of science of the mind mixed with original rap music

Don't see it if You want to sit in a comfortable chair, want a more theatrically staged show vs "cabaret"-style

49
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if You like over-the-top campy theatre with an unrealistic plot that is heightened by absurdism of the highest order.

Don't see it if You want to see an evenly talented cast that can do justice to the play...

95
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Quirky

See it if You like unique variations on the style of musical theatre (i.e. A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder) w/talented Multi-Character performers

Don't see it if You need large cast musicals with dance numbers

79
Overrated

See it if You like creative variations on the genre of musical theatre and you must see Josh Groban live

Don't see it if U loved the intimacy, creativity & interactive qualities of the pre-B'way cabaret w/food & drink in a tent & can't afford the B'way equivale

81
Falsettos
Midtown W
Fluffy, Great singing, Cute, Overrated

See it if You like well-written shows that took over 30 years to make it to mainstream Theatre like Broadway...

Don't see it if You prefer period shows actually existing in the time period they're set rather than glossing over it, w/an unrealistic flavor of the period

59
Paramour
Midtown W
Disappointing, Excruciating, Banal, Insipid, Slow

See it if U've never seen CIRQUE de SOLEIL & UR afraid U'll never get another chance. But U WILL So don't see it! Can't wait 2C Ruby Lewis' next show!

Don't see it if You care about wasting your time AND Money... Really! or U can manage to enjoy just the young romantic leads ONLY & not feel cheated!?!

89
The Golden Bride
Financial
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if Want 2 see something out of the ordinary, Can appreciate that uniqueness &/or go with your mind open or Ur a fan of Musical Theatre History!

Don't see it if You find it impossible to watch Foreign movies with subtitles, are averse to shows that may challenge your understanding or are Xenophobic!

66
City Stories
Midtown E
Disappointing, Intense, Quirky, Slow

See it if You like presentational & minimalist theatre, intimate spaces as well as a unique melding/genre of "stage" performance.

Don't see it if You want MORE than a monologue/narrator telling a story underscored by indie music or prefer fully produced theatre with substance

86
Noises Off
Midtown W
Enchanting, Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Clever

See it if You have any idea what a backstage comedy or a show with an issue is... you can't go wrong becauseIt's a timeless Farce!

Don't see it if You need everything to be based in absolute reality and can't let yourself go into Over-the-top theatrical fun

90
Entertaining, Exquisite, Great staging

See it if The epitome of spectacle & one of the original Pop-Operas... Plus no one but Andrew Lloyd Webber could steal this well from Puccini!

Don't see it if You can't bear Over-the-top entertainment!

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

See it if You're a fan of the old movie musicals, a dance show with a strong storyline or just being entertained from A to Z!

Don't see it if Only like straight plays cuz this is a hum-dinger of a musical!

86
Burn This
Midtown W
Must see, Intense, Great acting

See it if U want 2C a commanding performance by Adam Driver who's ever-present & dynamic: most actors would have difficulty grounding it in reality.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you can't allow yourself to mentally exist in this less-than-contemporary story...

77
Ultimately disappointing, Somewhat fun, Over-the-top, Outrageous, Fluffy

See it if You like big, loud & colorful B'way shows. Liked the movie and don't mind some significant departures from original plot.

Don't see it if You LOVED the movie, Michael Keaton playing an actually DARK demon and the trip to the Underworld as written, Coach!

Also So many others have reviewed the show to great effect and therefore I ... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Subtly acted, Labrinthine, Hyper-intelligent, Masterful writing, Definitively thought-provoking

See it if U've ever wanted 2 tour the writer's process &/or U enjoy intelligent writing that can provoke Ur own mental process (stoke Ur creativity?).

Don't see it if You want the grandiose with excessive sights & sound or need extravagant design to enjoy your theatrical experience.

Also This is not in the realm of what is typically expected from Adam Rapp.... Read more Read less

86
Talented cast, Quirky, Timely, Funny, Entertaining

See it if U like 2C something a bit different from all the average clutter: An "entertainment" that actually follows thru on its theme without regrets

Don't see it if You want a stage play with a standard throughline and a particular structure, etc.

Also This is a staged entertainment with an interactive element. It is supp... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Reborning
Soho/Tribeca
Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky, Over-the-top, Intense

See it if You think reborn dolls are an interesting topic and want to see a well-produced show with talented actors in an overall entertaining prod.

Don't see it if Topics including loss of a child, drug abuse, mental illness or unresolved childhood trauma might keep you from going along for the ride.

Also To be fair, I considered giving it a higher score but most of the faul... Read more Read less

66
Edgy, Slow, Mediocre, Confusing, Insipid

See it if ONLY if you are a dire LaBute fan.

Don't see it if You like actors to make strong choices instead of being wishy-washy.

Also ********Spoilers-ish Below***************... Read more Read less

80
Fluffy, Quirky, Cute, Sketch-comedy, Musical-spoof

See it if You like sketch comedy, poking fun at musicals & their staging and are OK with cutesy songs. Then, you can have fun at this ~1hr ditty.

Don't see it if You want a serious & fully-staged musical, Memorable tunes, & a story/performances that will stay with you long after you leave theatre.

Also The cast work well together but it is still just a well-performed [for... Read more Read less

86
Funny, Fluffy, Entertaining, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if U can Turn-Off or Turn-Down your brain: Just let yourself enjoy this clichéd yet funny, OTT amalgam of many shows/movies we've all seen B4!

Don't see it if U insist on taking it apart 2 make sense of it all... It is a deeply-flawed piece of art but don't sweat the small-stuff & you'll have fun!

Also I don't want to knock you over the head with constantly reiterating my... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Confusing, Great singing, Great acting, Disappointing, Great sound design

See it if You want to see what amounts to Experimental Theatre with Good Singers & Actors

Don't see it if You want a developed story... This is disjointed and all over the place, even accounting for the Time Jumps from past to present day & back.

Also My first time and this new theatre space is worth a visit! If you go t... Read more Read less

49
During previews
Must
Midtown W
Banal, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You believe in theatrical penance: Do U deserve worthwhile theatre? No, seriously, "why'd you trust Bruce Willis"; I keep asking myself⁉️😢

Don't see it if You want to respect yourself in the morning⁉️

90
During previews
Of Human Bondage
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Heart-rending, Great staging, Masterful

See it if U can enjoy epic adaptations w/a small cast of 12 (most play multiple roles) & is itself a variation of a bodice-ripper w/emotional effect.

Don't see it if If U've no imagination 2 take in expressive staging as U Need large casts & unimaginably large sets 2 tell U what U are seeing or feeling...

59
During previews
Marvin's Room
Midtown W
Disappointing, Great writing

See it if Your need for a well-written script can out-weigh the equally under-played acting of the cast...

Don't see it if If you prefer being surprised / impressed by more than just one teen-aged character, actor.

Also It's a great script & well-produced by the roundabout, but I've seen g... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Exquisite

See it if You are a fan of stellar updates to the music theatre canon: Great music, wonderful singing and equally top-notch acting & directing!

Don't see it if If you're afraid to get emotional or weepy in public; otherwise, walk, run, swim, fly or [figuratively] kill to get yourself a seat❗

29
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You know someone involved with the show & trying to be supportive

Don't see it if You want thoughtful entertainment

85
Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You want to see one of the more unique musical productions on B'way or if you liked the movie... It's a dynamic adaptation

Don't see it if The movie is sacred to you and you can't accept an occasionally divergent path or the deletion of expected dialogue (otherwise, see it!)!

89
Indecent
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You like rare but exquisite theatre styles (this is reminiscent of early 20th Century Yiddish Theatre) & brings you to a diff time & place

Don't see it if Don't care about understanding the artistic quality of a mistreated race of people where you can practically feel their pain/plight...

90
In Transit
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great singing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You like something drawn outside the lines and gives you an enjoyment, yet one you didn't expect

Don't see it if You only like unanimous glowing reviews and prefer not to think fir yourself!?!

86
Present Laughter
Midtown W
Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you like Period British humour (see what I did there ;-) , a sense of farce and the physical comedy machinations of Kevin Kline

Don't see it if If the manners & language used by 1920s-1940s Upper-Class Britons don't float your comedy boat

86
Edgy, Intense, Raunchy, Entertaining, Shocking

See it if You enjoy a bit of "On the Razor's Edge" raunchy storytelling as well as ironically dramatic comedies

Don't see it if You're easily offended, prudish or only like clean-cut family fun!

89
Camp & cod, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Indulgent

See it if You enjoy Over-The-Top spooficals! A genre unto itself that is fun if you can let yourself go (to the extreme) & chill!

Don't see it if You have problems with a man cross-dressing a la' Hairspray or some campy OTT subject matter performed with aplomb... Let it go! and go! ;-D

81
Incognito
Midtown W
Ambitious, Dizzying, Great acting

See it if You enjoy plays with actors playing multiple, quick-changing characters & scenes give you a taste of a story & then return to it, later.

Don't see it if U R not at all curious about the brain, what happened 2 Einstein's or bothered by 1 character's accent BAD as Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins!

89
Ambitious, Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Child-friendly

See it if You like Young, talented child actors keeping apace with stellar adults

Don't see it if You didn't like the movie ir don't like cute kids playing instruments

88
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Funny, Edgy, Quirky, Raunchy, Refreshing

See it if Can bear the idea of a Sesame Street for adults... meaning some of the characters are puppets but all of the ideas are for adults.

Don't see it if You never liked stuffed animals or dolls

95
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Relevant, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if You're interested in plays that are "current" in topic & use of technology or like unique storytelling...

Don't see it if You're easily affected by sadness or people who have trouble expressing any emotions.

90
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Enchanting, Resonant, Must see, Delightful

See it if You're a fan of musicals, fantasy, great composers, growing the younger audience 4 theatre or introducing someone 2 theater 4 the 1st time!

Don't see it if You can't allow yourself to be transported to the Merry ol' Land Of Oz!