EBM

Brooklyn | 35-49 | Male
About:  Married New Yorker who loves pugs, coffee, good bourbon or a cocktail, karaoke...and theatre!
Reviews (47)
60
During previews
Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if You enjoy sung-through musicals in the vein of Rent, works in progress, LGBTQ themes, and lots of abs.

Don't see it if You don't like LGBTQ themes, you hate sung-through musicals in the vein of Rent, works in progress, or abs.

Also I really was hoping for more Hedwig than Rent, but that's what we have... Read more Read less

100
Ambitious, Exquisite, Epic, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You enjoy long, long, long shows about the gay experience in america

Don't see it if You don’t like lgbt themes or 7 hours is too long to sit in a theater.

85
Entertaining, Dated, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You like your star turns in every role.

Don't see it if Dated, clunky musicals aren’t your favorite, or star performances aren’t enough for you.

95
Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You enjoy inventively restaged versions of shows. The singing is great...and so are the pies!

Don't see it if You want a full orchestra and a huge cast. This is very barebones and a “scrappy-show-in-a-barn” feel.

100
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy gay-themed shows. The acting, staging, and book are exquisite. Laugh out loud funny one moment, tear-jerking the next.

Don't see it if You don’t like gay themes.

92
Spoon River
Midtown W
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Delightful, Must see

See it if You enjoy clever staging, excellent acting, and hauntingly beautiful music.

Don't see it if You want a linear narrative. There's the tiniest of through-lines in this vignette musical.

87
Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Entertaining, Epic, Must see, Riveting

See it if You want to listen to a Broadway score played by a 40-piece orchestra!!! I mean....wow. Also, Glenn Close is stellar.

Don't see it if Convoluted storylines that get short shrift in a not-so-great book make you angry.

Also Close and the massive orchestra are the reasons to see this show. Clos... Read more Read less

91
Ambitious, Confusing, Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like really bizarre music. You like Josh Groban. You like beautiful sets and innovative staging.

Don't see it if You want more of an R&H feel in your musicals.

Also Groban is not the best actor but he ends up giving the most affecting ... Read more Read less

55
Cliched, Disappointing, Dated, Banal, Slow

See it if You miss Jersey Aniya and things like "good plot" aren't important.

Don't see it if I can't think of any particular reasons. Just don't see it. It's not great.

Also Surprisingly disappointing. The lyrics couldn't be more on-the-nose (t... Read more Read less

95
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You want to see our most talented singer/actress (Jessie Mueller) doing her thing. She's unparalleled. The score is one of the best, too.

Don't see it if You like your plots more substantial than a meringue pie.

96
The Humans
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You enjoy watching families slowly fall apart (see: the majority of American drama). Reed Birney and Jane Houdyshell are worth the price.

Don't see it if You're easily confused by varying theatrical devices. The play almost goes into magical realism towards the end.

99
For a previous production
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Intense, Riveting

See it if You enjoy pop theater scores with 2 of the best performances you're likely to see in New York right now (Ben Platt and Rachel Bay Jones!!!!)

Don't see it if The idea of a musical in the direct lineage of Rent and Next to Normal is not your cup of tea. For my money, the score here is far better.

Also You're not going to see two finer performances in New York right now t... Read more Read less

88
1776 (Encores!)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if You enjoy well-crafted shows. The ending is never in doubt but the path there is mostly excellent

Don't see it if You want tap numbers. This is not a conventional musical, more a play with music.

87
Ambitious, Great acting, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if Manic-depressives scream "Musical!" to you.

Don't see it if the actors performing it aren't up to the demands. The show will suffer under the weight of a poor central performance.

60
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You haven't seen Chicago

Don't see it if You want a fresh-feeling production of Chicago. This production is showing its age.

82
During previews
Straight
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Dated

See it if You enjoy "philosophical" shows that tend to speak directly about the matter at hand (in this case, what it means to be labelled)

Don't see it if You can't believe we're still discussing this topic in 2016.

90
King Charles III
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You like Shakespeare. You like talented British Actors. You like these actors delivering non-rhyming verse.

Don't see it if You hate non-rhyming verse. Stylized Shakespearean plays put you off. YOU HATE BRITISH ACCENTS.

70
Banal, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You really like your aging actors played by collegiate performers.

Don't see it if You expect more than abs to make a show.

60
Dated, Epic, Indulgent

See it if You want to see Phantom, you know the score by heart, you're a tourist, etc. etc.

Don't see it if You don't want to see something that really shows its age.

65
Allegiance
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if You want to see George Takei onstage and hear the glorious singing of Lea Salonga.

Don't see it if You are expecting more. The book and score are lacking and undeserving of the incredible talented cast.

97
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You enjoy quirky musicals with a small cast and a lot of talent.

Don't see it if You want a mega-musical.

60
Banal, Disappointing, Dated

See it if You're willing to have the opening number be the highlight of your experience

Don't see it if You are expecting the animated film.

75
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Cliched, Entertaining, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if You enjoy your leads belting notes best left to legit sopranos

Don't see it if You like entertaining musicals, but you want more than just a few hours of mindless diversion.

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Enchanting, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy smart, adult theatre, and you enjoy well-structured, almost play-like musicals.

Don't see it if You don't like gay people, or adult themes in musicals trouble you.

94
Entertaining, Great acting, Intense, Must see

See it if You like Normal Heart, Angels in america, etc...and want to see the line through the evades of evolving gay life.

Don't see it if LGBT themes turn you off

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Exquisite, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy plays with music, gentle, seemingly-uneventful plots, or atypical musicals.

Don't see it if You need falling chandeliers and power ballads.

83
Afterglow
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You enjoy your man candy with actual slices of man candy. The playwriting is solid if unsurprising and the acting is quite good.

Don't see it if A little manhood goes a long way.

75
During previews
The Parisian Woman
Midtown W
Relevant, Slow

See it if You enjoy a play centered around the current U.S. political climate. Uma Thurman is charming & Blair Brown is phenomenal.

Don't see it if You are looking for a snappier play. It could use some tightening in staging and dialogue;

0
Junk
Upper W Side
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You like very explainery shows. The topic is dense and they spend a lot of time on basic exposition.

Don't see it if You do not like exposition. And lots of it. And bland staging.

93
Falsettos
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great singing, Hilarious, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You like Finn's music; this is really the pinnacle. Neurotic, clever, sometimes absolutely gorgeous

Don't see it if The show feels dated and it might bother you. It was pretty topical and daring in its time.

Also Great performances. Surprisingly still topical...dare I say fresh? Thi... Read more Read less

97
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Profound

See it if You love Sondheim. It's dense, it's thought-provoking, it's about art and the artist's place in his own world.

Don't see it if You don't like too many lyrics, or if it's too meta to discuss one artistic medium in another.

Also Ashford and Gyllenhaal are worthy successors to Peters and Patinkin. I... Read more Read less

85
In Transit
Midtown W
Clever, Ambitious, Dated, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if You like a cappella. Seriously. That part of this show couldn't be cooler.

Don't see it if You want a more ambitious plot than "living in NYC is hard let's sing about it."

Also This is really a cute, fun show! You can turn off your mind, enjoy tho... Read more Read less

45
Disgraced
Midtown W
Disappointing, Ambitious, Overrated

See it if You like things I do not

Don't see it if You get angry when dumb people continue being stupid, stupid, stupid onstage.

70
Shuffle Along
Midtown W
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Great dancing, Slow

See it if You want to see an insane cast (and it's the best choreo on Broadway, Tony notwithstanding).

Don't see it if You like plays that don't narrate. I had high hopes for this book, but it felt like a college thesis.

92
Eclipsed
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You like the idea of a small cast bringing some of the finest ensemble acting you're likely to see this year. Sengbloh for Featured Tony!

Don't see it if Dark, dark themes in theater bother you. The show drags in places, too, but the actors generally cover it masterfully.

72
Bright Star
Midtown W
Great acting, Slow, Fluffy

See it if A highly talented cast (and some great musical staging) are enough for you (seriously. Carmen Cusack). The book actually gets better act II!

Don't see it if A clunky plot and simple lyrics will put you off.

30
Perfect Crime
Midtown W
Dated, Cliched

See it if Yeeeeeeeeesh

Don't see it if Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesh

92
During previews
Enchanting, Delightful, Great singing, Masterful

See it if You love charming songs with lovely scores and excellent singing/acting (Benanti/Krakowski '16)

Don't see it if You find dated shows dated.

75
Noises Off
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if You enjoy slapstick comedy and missed the last revival of this show.

Don't see it if You're annoyed by substandard mountings of great shows. Everything about this production feels a little less-than the last revival.

98
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great staging, Must see, Masterful, Resonant

See it if You like watching lightning get captured in a bottle. The show is not perfect, but events like this come along so rarely.

Don't see it if You don't like rap or anachronism is too much for you (you like your period pieces period); You don't want to search Stubhub for tickets.

80
The Producers
Queens
Funny, Hilarious, Overrated

See it if You enjoy Borscht Belt witticisms from the mind of Mel Brooks

Don't see it if You like a show that can stand on its own with a mediocre cast. Bad actors ruin this easily.

70
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Enchanting, Indulgent

See it if You like the animated film; although there have been changes, it sticks to the story and the score is a lot of fun.

Don't see it if You don't like theme park ham-it-up style acting (looking at you, every single sidekick).

99
Ambitious, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting, Must see

See it if You like your theater smart, engaging, and full of Art with a capital A.

Don't see it if You are off-put by nontraditional storytelling or choreographic staging in straight theater.

90
Entertaining, Funny, Great writing

See it if You want an entertaining romp with fun, catch tunes by Cyndi Lauper.

Don't see it if Your tastes run to opera. The book is problematic and drags on occasion, but this is overall a fun, well-crafted tuner.

80
Entertaining, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if You don't mind shows short on craft but long on...other things.

Don't see it if The reverse of above.

98
Delightful, Funny, Hilarious, Must see

See it if You want to laugh at intermission as you recall everything that made you laugh in Act I.

Don't see it if You don't like foul language (think South Park by the same creators).

50
Banal, Cliched, Overrated

See it if You enjoy very slight musical comedy, or love self-referential media.

Don't see it if You want something more out of a show than an occasionally funny line, or self-referential theatre.