Gary 7336

About:  I am an avid theatre fan. My favorites are musicals. I attend theatre whenever and wherever possible. My favorite musical is Follies, followed by Ragtime, Dreamgirls, Nine, The Lion King, and Jekyll and Hyde.
Reviews (38)
100
Entertaining, Great acting, Clever

See it if This was a wonderful production in Yiddish with English subtitles. It was a pleasure to see theatre professionals perform without a star.

Don't see it if I can't believe that anyone would not like this show.

Also Great direction by Joel Grey and amazing choreography on such a small ... Read more Read less

90
Pippin
Midtown W
Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you like a great musical comedy score. this was a clever production by Diane Paulus and featuring a tony award performance by Patina Miller.

Don't see it if you hate romantic musicals.

90
La Cage aux Folles
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging

See it if you want to be thoroughly entertained. I saw all three productions and loved every one. A great Jerry Herman score. Can't wait for another.

Don't see it if you hate gay themes in musicals.

70
During previews
Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you didn't see the play or movie. A star lineup that doesn't quite make it. The scarcasm and bitchiness of the play does not come through.

Don't see it if you do not identify with a bunch of gay queens running around the stage. some offensive language.

Also If you had seen the original, this was a letdown from Jim Parsons, Zac... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if the new staging worked quite well without the turntable. The projected scenes also worked. Alfie Boe was wonderful as Jean Valjean.

Don't see it if you hate Britpop musicals.

90
The Producers
Queens
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if are a fan of the original movie. A madcap romp with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. Great supporting cast. A big brash Broadway show.

Don't see it if you don't like Mel Brooks movies and hate having a good time at the theatre.

90
Entertaining, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if Lin Manuel's first, saw it off and on Broadway and regional. Thoroughly enjoyable capturing the spirit of Washington Heights. Great cast.

Don't see it if you don't like ethnic musicals.

90
Rent
Midtown W
Great singing, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if Saw the original at NY Theatre workshop with that incredible cast, Taye Diggs, Idina Menzel, etc. Great live capture of final performance.

Don't see it if you hate modern musical versions based on old operas.

85
Great singing, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if A great retro score by Alan Menken and good performances by Nick Cordero, Richard H. Blake, and Adam Kaplan. A thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Don't see it if you are turned off to another mob story!

90
Entertaining, Intelligent, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if you like a very human story line plus a wonderful score. Lots of humanity in this musical. Ben Platt was amazing when he did the show.

Don't see it if you hate coming of age stories.

90
Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Resonant

See it if you want to see one of the most irreverant musicals ever. The original cast was amazing. Very funny and clever.

Don't see it if you can't take a joke! Some crude remarks!

90
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like quirky musicals. Tony Shaloub is excellent as is the rest of the cast. A feel good score with lots of heart.

Don't see it if you hate musicals!

90
Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing

See it if Seen it many times over the years. It holds up well. Clever staging and many great leads throughout the years including Sarah Brightman.

Don't see it if dislike over the top musicals or hate Andrew Lloyd Webber.

95
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if Saw it a couple of times in NY, London. Remains one of the best conceived musicals ever. Enchanting and love the Elton John score.

Don't see it if you hate musicals!

95
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if The performance of Tony nominated Hailey Kilgore is wonderful. A great supporting cast including Lea Salonga. Clever production design.

Don't see it if you don't like fairy tales!

Also I felt the sound board could have done a little better job with the ch... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if Lauren Ridloff is excellent in her star making role. Joshua Jackson held the stage in his Broadway debut. A compelling story.

Don't see it if This is a very dramatic story. It takes some perserverance because of the story line.

95
Relevant, Entertaining, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if You love to explore artifacts and history of performing Arts. You are interested in collections of shows, scripts, and memorabilia not seen.

Don't see it if You're not into preservation. You're Expecting to see videos of recorded shows, that requires special permission.

90
Great singing, Great staging, Epic

See it if You like big budget, epic musicals.A beautiful score sung magnificently. A great love story.

Don't see it if Hate big budget musicals!

85
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Exquisite

See it if Like an old fashioned musical. You like the writing team of Ahrens/Flaherty. Some very lovely melodies, especially Journey to the Past.

Don't see it if You are a curmudgeon!

90
During previews
Carmen Jones
East Village
Entertaining, Great singing, Masterful

See it if You like to see revivals that are rarely done. A great cast and those glorious Carmen songs..Anika Noni Rose is a revelation.

Don't see it if Simple staging in the round, very little scenery.

95
Clever, Delightful, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like an old fashioned love story. This is one of my most favorite shows. A lovely score and the most recent Roundabout production soared

Don't see it if you are not a romantic.

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

See it if you like heartwarming stories. It's amazing how these puppets take on a life of their own. Saw it originally and really enjoyed it.

Don't see it if you thinks puppets are silly and dislike some raunchy fun.

95
Mlima's Tale
East Village
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if Lynn Nottage's tale of greed, animal cruelty, and an indictment of waste in our society. Great cast, amazing staging. Difficult to watch.

Don't see it if you are indifferent to global waste and animal cruelty.

90
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you like Tracy Letts. His performance was masterful. A well balanced cast for an American classic.

Don't see it if you hate yelling, screaming and dysfunctional families.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Great staging

See it if saw it in London, NY and at NT Live. An ordinary story elevated in an intriguing production. Great staging and lighting effects.

Don't see it if you don't like stories about handicapped individuals.

90
Absorbing, Great singing, Intelligent

See it if saw it off and on Broadway. Alice Ripley was brilliant. Very emotional story. Great supporting cast. Honest and truthful.

Don't see it if hate musicals that are somewhat depressing.

95
Entertaining, Great singing, Relevant

See it if Cynthia Erivo was well deserving of the Tony Award. Staging by John Doyle was exceptional. Great supporting cast. Better than the original.

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

90
Delightful, Entertaining

See it if One of the best jukebox musicals with the songs of Carol King. An interesting book about the record industry in the 60's on.

Don't see it if hate jukebox musicals.

85
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Resonant

See it if love a musical with a lot of heart. A wonderful score by Cyndi Lauper and a fun book by Harvey Fierstein. And get a look at those boots!

Don't see it if you don't like gay themes or you hate having a good time at the theatre.

85
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Never saw anything Spongebob but went on recommendations of friends and had a wonderul time. Clever set and extremely funny.

Don't see it if you hate children's books and movies.

85
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Seen it many times. Love the dancing. A great Kander/Ebb score. It holds up well after all these years. Lots of Razzle dazzle!

Don't see it if you can't stand musicals.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if Saw the NT live screening of both parts. Andrew Garfield should win the Tony. Excellent cast. Brilliant show

Don't see it if you hate heavy drama!

70
Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if Saw it in London. Too long over 5+ hours. Not enough magic. Maybe they should have cast the original Harry Potter! Disappointing.

Don't see it if you expect a lot of magic. It doesn't exist.

90
Me and My Girl
Midtown W
Great singing, Hilarious, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if Christian Borle's performance was extremely funny. He is one of our best comedic actors. Great supporting cast. A fun encores evening.

Don't see it if If you hate slapstick comedy.

96
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging

See it if Go to see Bernadette Peters as Dolly! It was a pleasure to watch her in this comedic musical comedy role. The supporting cast was excellent.

Don't see it if You hate musical comedy. This is one of the best.

95
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if Cindy films. A great interpretation of the movie. Beautiful sets and costumes. You like scene stealing characters - the Genie.

Don't see it if Hate Disney. Mindless entertainment!

85
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You love fantasy! Some memorable performances in the lead roles. A fun score. You're addicted to the Wizard of Oz.

Don't see it if You're expecting them to fly the wicked witch of the west. It doesn't happen!

95
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if You like interesting new takes in musical theatre. Who would have thought that hip-hop could be so relevant and entertaining?

Don't see it if You don't like musicals that don't follow an old fashioned musical storyline.