Jeff B 6072

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Reviews (80)
50
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Banal, Cliched, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if you are a fan of Sara Bareilles or whoever is currently stunt cast in the show.

Don't see it if expect a plot to have any semblance of reality when it purports to be.

Also I don't understand the acclaim for this show. I don't understand how i... Read more Read less

98
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Exquisite, Delightful

See it if you are open to watching a masterpiece perfectly staged.

Don't see it if you have an issue with surtitles or foreign language productions. You'd be making a huge mistake. Just Go!

Also I have had a relationship with this show since I was a small boy of 10... Read more Read less

95
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if you love great theatre.

Don't see it if you can't deal with not having your prejudices reinforced

Also Network, the film, was essentially the beginning of "reality televisio... Read more Read less

65
Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious, Dated, Indulgent

See it if You have an interest in Bertholt Brecht

Don't see it if you dislike stylized, self-indulgent theatre

Also This show, billed as "especially relevant to our troubled times" is an... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Disappointing, Dated

See it if You are a fan of the original film. You like Cinderella stories and can totally dismiss the #metoo movement.

Don't see it if You are seeking a great score or staging.

Also I don't understand how this show was made in 2018. Vivian declines to ... Read more Read less

78
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great staging, Disappointing

See it if you are a diehard fan of Tina Fey's brand of humor

Don't see it if you're hoping for a great score

Also I loved the film of Mean Girls. It had heart. I thought the performanc... Read more Read less

65
Disappointing, Entertaining, Banal, Quirky, Disney

See it if you are a die hard fan of Frozen and you have a kid under 14 with you

Don't see it if you're expecting real Disney magic.

Also Although this runs an hour longer than the film, there is less charact... Read more Read less

92
Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if you're a fan of great writing, the great Charles Busch, or both

Don't see it if you are looking for a serious drama

Also This show is clever and quirky in the best sense of the words. The wri... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Disappointing, Excruciating, Miscast, Horribly executed, Great writing

See it if If you are a diehard Lerner & Loewe fan, you may possibly be able to tolerate this mess. Maybe.

Don't see it if You love My Fair Lady, classic music theatre, excellent performances or staging.

Also What a terrible disappointment! Who'd have thought it possible to ruin... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Cliched, Pleasant, Enjoyable

See it if You like Jimmy Buffett or light entertainment

Don't see it if you're expecting something groundbreaking or you dislike jukebox musicals

Also A very pleasant, if forgettable, evening of theatre. MUCH better than ... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent

See it if have an interest in lesser known musicals from Broadway's golden age

Don't see it if you require fully staged productions to be satisfied

Also I have attended every mufti performance done by York since I moved to ... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Memorare
Greenwich V
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you like excellent writing, excellent performances, and minimalist staging

Don't see it if you're expecting a full scale Broadway production

Also This is a beautifully written play that sadly demonstrates how little ... Read more Read less

74
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if you're looking for a child friendly show.

Don't see it if you're expecting the classic Gene Wilder film

Also I think this show was a missed opportunity. None of the new songs will... Read more Read less

100
Brigadoon
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great writing, Riveting

See it if you love old-fashioned musical theatre, perfectly performed

Don't see it if you believe musical theatre didn't exist prior to 2003

Also Glorious score, beautifully performed by everyone involved, I'm on pac... Read more Read less

92
For a previous production
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if you enjoy musical theatre, well performed

Don't see it if you hate "country-themed" music or you believe Shakespeare is sacred.

Also Loosely based on Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, and moved to pre-s... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you can. The performance was deservedly sold out.

Don't see it if you are looking for a reverential period production of Jane Austen's work.

Also This was nothing like what I expected, from its anachronistic sound tr... Read more Read less

85
The Portuguese Kid
Midtown W
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy clever comedy, well performed.

Don't see it if you're expecting a life-changing experience like Doubt. Not everything has to be serious or "important".

Also Having read some of the very negative reviews from the NYT and other m... Read more Read less

88
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you love Disney, production number, or great entertainment

Don't see it if you dislike all things Disney

Also Beautiful production. Major Attaway is a standout as The Genie, and Te... Read more Read less

92
Assassins
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing

See it if you have an interest in lesser known works by Stephen Sondheim performed by a dream cast

Don't see it if you dislike Sondheim, or musicals that do more than just entertain

Also Excellent production with a dream cast. The Enc ores minimalist stagin... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if you like classic drama with a master class in how it ought to be performed

Don't see it if you only like "modern" shows

Also Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon alternate the roles of Regina and Birdi... Read more Read less

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Riveting

See it if you like interactive theatre or Stephen Sondheim's work

Don't see it if you require elaborate staging and full orchestras

Also I'm not sure how many times I've seen Sweeney Todd in different incarn... Read more Read less

90
Present Laughter
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious, Masterful

See it if you love Noel Coward or perfectly executed comedy

Don't see it if you only like modern, edge works

Also This is a revival of a 1942 comedy by Noel Coward. If you're looking f... Read more Read less

83
Amelie
Midtown W
Enchanting, Funny, Great singing, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if enjoyed the film on which it is based or enjoy quirky comedies.

Don't see it if you only like "message musicals"

Also Having read the reviews on this show, and heard one song on a promo, I... Read more Read less

97
For a previous production
Funny, Hilarious, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if you have a pulse.

Don't see it if normally, I'd say don't see it if you don't like farce--but read the rest of the review

Also I normally don't enjoy farce. I normally despise slapstick. The Play T... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Pacific Overtures
East Village
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love Stephen Sondheim's work, especially his less often performed work.

Don't see it if You require elaborate staging to enjoy a show.

Also John Doyle's pared down minimalist version of this show is the most ef... Read more Read less

70
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Loud, Gibbering, Edgy, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you are a fan of the performers or composer

Don't see it if you are looking for coherent theatre

Also Given the cast and creatives involved, I had very high hopes. The stor... Read more Read less

80
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Indulgent, Overrated, Great staging, Disappointing

See it if you need the "cred" of having seen "Hamilton", are a non-critical devotee of history, or like what is supposed to be "edgy" scores

Don't see it if your have actually studied American history or are a literalist,

Also I waited forever to purchase very expensive tickets for this show. I'm... Read more Read less

48
During previews
Disappointing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great singing

See it if If you are a fan of any of the principals

Don't see it if you care about the book of the original show.

Also If a period piece cannot be staged without fundamentally rewriting it ... Read more Read less

71
During previews
Entertaining, Dated, Disappointing, Cliched, Funny

See it if you can ignore disconnects in an incoherent book

Don't see it if you want more from a musical than one dimensional cliches

Also A missed opportunity. The cast is superb, and the ensemble dances incr... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Skintight
Midtown W
Disappointing, Banal, Indulgent, Insipid, Cliched

See it if you are obsessed with Idina Menzel's work

Don't see it if See below

Also This is actually a very thinly veiled biopic of Calvin Klein, right do... Read more Read less

65
Cliched, Disappointing, Great singing, Entertaining, Indulgent

See it if you love Donna Summer or the equivalent of a Las Vegas lounge act

Don't see it if You dislike disco or biopic jukebox musicals

Also Her music pretty much defined the 70s, and without it, there'd have be... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful, Resonant

See it if you are a fan of Tennessee Williams, especially lesser known works, or great acting.

Don't see it if you dislike stories about dysfunctional southern families

Also A bare bones production with flawless performances that lets Williams'... Read more Read less

92
Delightful, Exquisite, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You love classical musicals perfectly performed.

Don't see it if You're too dense to understand that portraying something ugly isn't the same as condoning it.

Also When this production was announced, along with its casting, I thought ... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you have an open mind.

Don't see it if you're offended by ideas outside the MSNBC mainstream

Also Jamie Brewer, who actually has Down's Syndrome, gives an extraordinary... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You love great acting

Don't see it if Just go see it.

Also A wonderfully designed set with three Tony worthy performances. Sharp,... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Bar Mitzvah Boy
Midtown E
Delightful, Entertaining, Sweet, Nostalgic

See it if You're interested in rare Jule Styne works, you've been Bar Mitzvah, or you know anyone who ever has been.

Don't see it if You need fully staged shows to be happy

Also This show was originally a full-scale lavish (and unsuccessful) produc... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you love great theatre.

Don't see it if You despise baroque operatic music or period pieces

Also I have seen at least 100 shows since Jan 1, and thousands in my lifeti... Read more Read less

88
Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy tour de force performances

Don't see it if you're sensitive to strobe lights, subwoofers, or profanity

Also Denise Gough's performance is spectacularly brilliant. The writing is ... Read more Read less

96
During previews
Clever, Enchanting, Great staging, Great singing, Great writing

See it if you like theatre at all. It's brilliant!

Don't see it if you want to be depressed or you can't handle an audience with children in it

Also I am still reeling in shock. I booked these tickets for completeness' ... Read more Read less

98
During previews
Enchanting, Great singing, Great writing, Must see, Riveting

See it if you love superb storytelling, Ahrens & Flaherty, great performances by great performers

Don't see it if you've lost all sense of childlike wonder, or you're a PC warrior--in which case you stay home and let the rest of us enjoy.

Also A practically perfect production of a practically perfect musical. Bea... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Actually
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you're interested in great performances by young actors, you like plays with intelligent dialogue, you have an open mind

Don't see it if you are put off by sexual matters or you need a clear resolution to a story

Also I am pretty sure I didn't take away from this play what the author int... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Enchanting, Great acting, Intelligent, Delightful, Great writing

See it if you like stories about people behaving at their best under difficult circumstances and you believe that art matters

Don't see it if you have difficulty with accented English

Also More a play with music than a traditional musical, The Band's Visit is... Read more Read less

69
Jerry's Girls
Midtown E
Entertaining, Ambitious, Disappointing, Great songs, Under-rehearsed

See it if you love Jerry Herman songs

Don't see it if you don't like revues.

Also Jerry Herman is one of my all-time favorite composers. This show is a ... Read more Read less

70
Disappointing, Great singing, Epic, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if you've never seen Miss Saigon before, or are seeing all Tony nominated performances this year

Don't see it if if you have fond memories of the original production

Also I have probably seen Miss Saigon 10 times in various theatres since it... Read more Read less

89
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great writing, Relevant

See it if You're interested in Tony nominated shows, or if you like musical vignettes

Don't see it if you're expecting a traditional musical

Also Come From Away is the story of the passengers on 38 planes diverted to... Read more Read less

80
The Golden Apple
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if you have an interest in legendary flop musicals

Don't see it if you don't

Also The Golden Apple is a legendary flop based on the Iliad and the Odysse... Read more Read less

80
War Paint
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want to see two divas at the peak of their powers.

Don't see it if you want hummable songs

Also With both stars nominated for Best Actress Tony awards, this show is w... Read more Read less

100
Indecent
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound, Must see

See it if you are interested in superb theatre, theatre history, or Yiddish theatre.

Don't see it if you just want to be entertained.

Also I had been looking forward to seeing this show since I heard Paula Vog... Read more Read less

81
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if you're a tween/teen, a fan of the Percy Jackson series, or want to see something new and entertaining.

Don't see it if you're a curmudgeon

Also Far better than the Disney film, this show was a thoroughly enjoyable ... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Bandstand
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Must see

See it if You like 1940's big band music, a great story, and terrific performances

Don't see it if Not suitable for younger kids.

Also I missed seeing this show at Paper Mill because of its title. I though... Read more Read less