Jeffery 6301

Chicago

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Reviews (36)
55
Disappointing, Banal, Amateurish

See it if if you like overwrought melodrama with clunky lyrics and cheesy dialogue and aren't too critical of the performances.

Don't see it if you expect polish, professionalism or credibility, or want to go away feeling like you had a really entertaining evening.

95
Ambitious, Entertaining, Fabulous singing

See it if you love great show music in a powerfully emotional dramatic context, with some of Broadway's most fabulous voices. Joshua Henry is great!

Don't see it if you think the show is about spousal abuse. It's about how mature relationships are complex, and how love and forgiveness can transcend all.

75
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you are interested in what shapes the hearts and mind of theater folk

Don't see it if you are expecting something noisy, flashy or juvenile

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60
Ambitious, Overrated, Banal

See it if You are the kind of audience who applauds at anything that moves and makes noise. If you are a Josh Groban fan, because he's terrific.

Don't see it if You expect a musical to have coherent songs, or are as bored as I am by recitative set to music for two hours.

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96
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great writing

See it if your ears can keep up with the density of rap lyrics, and you want a unique high energy experience that puts history in a modern context.

Don't see it if You're expecting a traditional romantic musical, or you feel that no matter all rap sounds about the same and you want melody as well .

74
Great singing, So-so, Cliched

See it if you like powerful performances of classic R&B tunes by charismatic female performers and don't care if the dramatic context isn't great.

Don't see it if you are bored by juke box musicals, forced plot devices, simplistic dialogue and low level dramatic situations.

61
Overrated, Fluffy, Cliched

See it if You find audience participation theater that seems like children's theater for adults to be your idea of a good time.

Don't see it if you have any level of sophistication as a theater goer.

70
Absorbing, Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if like me, you'll see Danny Burstein in anything.

Don't see it if You think Fiddler should not be played like Greek tragedy. Only a non-Jewish director could so misinterpret the spirit of these people.

90
Delightful, Ambitious, Great acting, High energy

See it if ...you want to see a tour de force performance by Alex as Jack, and some amazing kids. Sierra is largely wasted, but the show rocks!

Don't see it if You demand serious, deep moments. All I can say is, I didn't love the movie, but I loved every minute of this show.

100
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Clever

See it if you are a fan of Gloria's music, and can be engaged by the simple but compelling story of her rise, her injury, and her recovery.

Don't see it if you ain't got no rhythm!

100
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to see how something can be offensive, scatological, sacrilegious, charming, touching, and tuneful all at the same time.

Don't see it if No reason. Go see it. God will forgive you.

69
Banal, Disappointing, Overrated, Ambitious

See it if you find everything that has Peter Pan as a theme to be interesting.

Don't see it if you expect the James Barrie character to drive the show...he's dragged through it, and his journey isn't really engaging.

26
Great dancing, Great score, Strong performances, Botched adaptation

See it if you love Gershwin and great dancing, and don't care how badly the well honed script of the movie has been butchered and distorted.

Don't see it if ...you expect the big ending ballet to reflect Jerry's experience in Paris (as it did in the movie).

100
For a previous production
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great singing

See it if you want a show that is as great a concert as it is a musical story

Don't see it if high tenors set your ears on edge!

90
Ambitious, Funny, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if ... agree that things are just as corrupt today as they ever were...plus, Nathan Lane could make you laugh at the phone book!

Don't see it if ...you have a short attention span (it's 3 acts), or mind that John Slattery (the lead) isn't as strong a comedian as his castmates.

72
Clever, Entertaining, Hit and miss, Well performed

See it if ...you like SNL, and seeing fun poked at current events by a talented cast with varying degrees of comedic success.

Don't see it if You prefer a linear show, with more sense of substance.

100
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if ...you know just a little bit about Shakespeare. Better yet if you laughed at the kid in SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE who was young John Webster!

Don't see it if You are unread, or haven't seen enough other musicals to enjoy the comparisons.

100
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Hilarious

See it if ...enjoy classic British stage comedies, or their modern counterparts.

Don't see it if you have little patience for language that isn't dumbed down, contemporary speech or prefer toilet humor.

70
Banal, Great acting, Confusing

See it if You like great pop songs performed by women with personality and great performing chops.

Don't see it if you want a story framework that is coherent or really convincing. It's the worst kind of jukebox musical writing.

78
Absorbing, Great acting, Not musical enough

See it if You like questions of multi-cultural interaction, and want to see some great performances, even if the story's end doesn't make you cheer.

Don't see it if you expect a traditional musical. There are a couple real songs. But for the most part it's a play with music and Shaloob doesn't even sing

95
For a previous production
Clever, Delightful, Great writing

See it if You'll enjoy a contemporary country western take on Shakespeare's classic tale, written in verse so artfully you may not even notice.

Don't see it if You can't appreciate clever writing in a small scale musical, or don't enjoy country western styled music.

100
Delightful, Funny, Great writing

See it if You love classic musical theater comedies with great songs, tons of laughs, wonderful singing, and non-stop joy.

Don't see it if You think musicals should be depressing and full of angst.

100
Clever, Delightful, Hilarious

See it if you want a fabulous musical experience, and can laugh at the lives of twenty-somethings and the iconic show that shaped their youth

Don't see it if You are easily offended by digs at the right wing, references to puppet sex, or just have no sense of humor or imagination at all.

93
Delightful, Entertaining, Romantic

See it if you enjoy a simple, deliberately theatrical environment, traditional theater music, and sentimental romance.

Don't see it if You want contemporary edginess or large scale spectacle.

96
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You like to engage your imagination to blur perception and reality. It's a high tech radio play on steroids, and an acting tour de force.

Don't see it if You need physical reality (or the illusion thereof) to hold your interest, or want a show with a traditional dramatic structure.

86
Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You like quirky storytelling, and think childhood wasn't always as much fun as it was cracked up to be.

Don't see it if ...you think shows with kids singing in British accents need subtitles, like at the opera (I do!)

93
Clever, Great writing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You believe that love and friendship transcend gender, and conquers prejudice.

Don't see it if you're voting for Donald Trump!

86
Clever, Entertaining, Relevant, Tired company

See it if ...a unique story telling structure, where the songs are a musical vaudeville rather than a direct expression of the moment.

Don't see it if ...you can smell when a cast has been in a long run show for too long.

86
Funny, Clever, Ambitious, Great songwriting

See it if ...the songs are the thing, and you don't care much that the second act story doesn't really deliver.

Don't see it if ...female bonding doesn't float your broomstick.

90
Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Quirky

See it if ...you like your puppets with foul mouths. The motivation isn't as engaging as the execution, but its well done from start to finish.

Don't see it if You are easily offended, and take yourself or your religion too seriously.

100
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Romantic

See it if James Barbour (Phantom) is one of the greatest Broadway baritones around, and you don't get to hear him every day. Just "surrender!"

Don't see it if Sung through musicals give you hives, or you can't stand a little mawkishness with your romance.

90
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if ...you enjoy intimate, small cast musicals with a big heart and original story...plus the sexy Matt Bogart.

Don't see it if You don't have much interest in passionate people, or much passion yourself.

100
Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing

See it if ...you want to see a great musical that has everything working on all levels, plus some of the best pop songs ever!

Don't see it if Go. Just go. Unless you're a Chinese tourist who doesn't speak English who thought he bought a ticket to LION KING. Then go anyway!

100
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Must see

See it if You have a curious bone in your body, and love brilliantly expressed theatrical ideas.

Don't see it if You can't understand British accents.

100
Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great singing

See it if ...you have any heart whatsoever. It is so full of emotion, beauty, humor...and great pies! Above all, it stars the radiant Jessie Mueller

Don't see it if You require cowboys, space aliens, fart jokes, or football to hold your attention.

100
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Must see, Romantic

See it if You love great singing, romantic comedy, and the classic Broadway musical.

Don't see it if ...you are cynical, jaded, or tone deaf.