Jerry Franklin

New York City | 50-64 | Male
About:  I see about 20 shows a year, about three quarters of which are musicals. In love with In the Heights, Hamilton and Lin-Manual Miranda, who is a generational genius.
Reviews (26)
65
Sleep No More
Chelsea
Thought-provoking, Confusing, Ambitious, Experimental, Immersive

See it if You like walking, and immersive theater. Re-read MacBeth. You need to bring more story than they give you. The actors are all silent. So.

Don't see it if You prefer a sit down, proscenium, narrative entertainment. Afterwards, we wished we wore more comfortable shoes and got more story.

65
During previews
Dated, Predictable, Treacly, Ambitious, Great singing

See it if You want to see a classic show get a big broadway treatment. Yes, and the helicopter...

Don't see it if This show has not aged well. It's a treacly melodrama that tries way too hard to make you cry, and only makes you sigh.

65
Great singing, Great staging, Overrated, Confusing, Dull

See it if if you like spectacle and melodrama.

Don't see it if you are put off by overhyped, pretentious shows that are difficult to follow. Not a fan of the operatic style.

75
Icon (NYMF)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Entertaining, Dated

See it if You like a period melodrama with great costumes choreography and production values.

Don't see it if You don't like a work in progress.

100
Tink! (NYMF)
Midtown W
Clever, Enchanting, Funny, Great acting, Great singing

See it if Tinkerbell without Peter Pan done so well you wonder what took so long for someone to do it. Loved the two leads. One of NYMFs best.

Don't see it if You have no heart and you don't like family shows like Matilda and Peter and the Starcatcher.

100
The Gold (NYMF)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Epic, Profound, Moving

See it if Story of human resilience in founding of Israel following Holocaust a must see for Jews like me. Cried thru Act 2. An important moving show.

Don't see it if You've got no soul and don't like a good old fashioned uplifting melodrama. It's like an 50s Douglas Sirk movie with awesome score.

60
Banal, Cliched, Edgy, Indulgent, Demented

See it if Demented is a good word for this show. Shocking at times, slightly amusing and not amusing at all at others. Offers a fun campy performances

Don't see it if You pay more than $20 for your ticket.

90
For a previous production
Jersey Boys (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing

See it if Frankie Valli had a lot more hits than you thought before seeing this wonderful musical. Running forever for one good reason: it's awesome.

Don't see it if You're a snob or an idiot or both.

80
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Must see, Original

See it if Probably the best idea for a Broadway musical ever, executed with professionalism and panache. Worn about the edges, still epic.

Don't see it if You hate the Wizard of Oz, Stephen Schwartz, or great musicals.

65
Overrated, Entertaining, Silly, Obvious

See it if Lots of obvious, campy transvestite jokes can't cover up a very conventional and even boring story. Over-rated. Another Tony barf.

Don't see it if You're looking for theater that surprises you.

75
Clever, Entertaining, Indulgent, Overrated, Dated

See it if You love Jefferson Mays. The guy alone is worth the price of admission. Without him, it's a totally different show. Worth it if tix r cheap

Don't see it if you think winning the Tony Award means your show is just plain awesome. This isn't. It isn't bad, in fact it's pretty good, just overrated.

100
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if The author and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda, is an epochal, generational talent. The show of the future (all rap) about a man if the past.

Don't see it if You're broke or stupid. .

90
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You love a bigger than life comedy that pokes fun at just about everything. Clever songs and lots of laughs.

Don't see it if You're a mormon, or you don't like potty humor.

60
The Humans
Midtown W
Intense, Melodramatic, Great acting, Slow, Overrated

See it if You have to see what everyone is talking about.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of overblown melodramas, predictable secrets and boring, pathetic loser characters. They say it is relevant. Meh.

80
Great acting, Great writing, Original, Affecting, Must see

See it if This is a really inventive, intimate, modern, emotional and affecting show about a lie that spins out of control with help of social media.

Don't see it if You want a show with the traditional pleasures of Broadway: choreography, orchestra, lush sets and costumes, etc.

80
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Refreshing, Quirky, Smart

See it if uplifting show that shows the best in people: kindness, empathy and humor. Americans once pulled together in a crisis and liked each other.

Don't see it if you want to see a big Broadway musical with lots of choreography. This is earthier stuff. Songs are pleasant, diverting, but not memorable.

60
Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You like the idea of a scrabble themed buddy roadtrip comedy.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a show that needs work.

100
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Original, Must see

See it if You like seeing Broadway stars up close doing diverse new shows in intimate theaters Saw hip hop, period, comedies and drama Some'll be back

Don't see it if You only want to see expensive new musicals in Broadway theaters for $150 a pop

75
Daddy Long Legs
Midtown W
Sweet, Predictable, Dated, Slow, Romantic

See it if I really liked this show until I got bored. The audience gets ahead of it. In the end, it's a mildly satisfying old fashioned romance.

Don't see it if You have to pay more than $25 for your ticket, or you prefer a big broadway style show.

80
Ambitious, Enchanting, Exquisite, Dated

See it if The longest running show on Broadway is one of Sir Andrew's best. Lush, romantic, with his classic shameless bombast. A bit old fashioned.

Don't see it if You don't like Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals.

80
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Must see, Indulgent

See it if This is the movie, line by line, and the audience anticipates every line, to the bizarre point of mouthing along with them. Never seen that.

Don't see it if You hate Disney cartoons, or offensive caricatures of Arabs.

85
Ambitious, Entertaining, Must see

See it if LK was more exciting when it first hit broadway. Today's production is showing its age and frays around the edges. Still a must-see.

Don't see it if You have no heart, no soul, and hatred for all things Disney. This is Disney Theatrical entertainment at its best.

80
Great staging, Intelligent, Original, Absorbing, Relevant

See it if For a change, the Tony voters got this one right. Brilliantly staged, totally original, with breakout performances by Michael Cervais and Be

Don't see it if if you don't like controversial, dramatic, or dark material. Adults only!

100
For a previous production
Baghdaddy
Midtown W
Original, Profound, Thought-provoking, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if The best show I've seen.... since Hamilton. Profound, important, but keeps you laughing until the end, when it makes you cry. Great songs.

Don't see it if You're under 12. (language, sophistication) or you're expecting a silly revue show about Bush, Cheney, Rummy, etc. This is so much more.

85
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Enchanting, Edgy, Funny

See it if Avenue Q is worth seeing again in this smaller setting. Seems even more intimate now. Sweet, gentle and sharp eyed observation of life.

Don't see it if You have tickets to Hamilton ;)

85
Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Clever

See it if This show is a love letter to the big Broadway musicals. It is relentlessly clever, entertaining, and eager to please. We left laughing!

Don't see it if You don't like musicals. You want something dark and dramatic.