Joe Cab

Union City | 50-64 | Male
About:  Longtime Broadway fan in need of a lottery win so I actually AFFORD to go to see a show. It's amazing just a few decades ago U could see a "talkie" in the movie theater for a buck and U could get a SRO seat on Bdwy for 99 cents. Anyway, I appreciate this site for all the reviews from REAL people as ... Read more Read less
Reviews (129)
95
John cameron mitchell was my hedwig (on crutches), Rebecca naomi jones was my yitzhak, Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky

See it if I felt bad that JCS was hurt (did a lot of sitting) but his improvisations were hysterical. I never saw Tony winner Dena Hall -didn't matter

Don't see it if Loud rock'n'roll not your cup of tea, skip it. A man portraying a transvestite w/ an "angry inch" too risque? Skip it. Hate wild-ass fun? ;)

90
Based on 1994 animated disney movie, Elton john won oscar for best song in the film!, Delightful, Entertaining, Started at new amsterdam but switched to minskoff theater in 2006

See it if OK, it's a Family show from the get-go, but there's as much for the Adults to enjoy as the kids. Julie Taymor's inventive direction works!!

Don't see it if Don't see it if U don't like puppets, or masks protruding from actors heads, or sitting in a audience with a lot of kids around.

80
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Broadway, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if Pretty sure I saw this more than once & U should too cause it gets funnier everytime. Only take your adult friends, Lucy the Slut NOT 4 kids

Don't see it if If U don't know the difference between a muppet & the person that's actually doing all the singing, then U may get confused watching this.

82
Clever, Delightful, Brooklyn

See it if Don't fear BK, there's good theater to b had there! In this case, the Fiasco group were there and if Chemistry is all then they r Everything

Don't see it if Hey it's Shakespeare, if U don't like iambic penta., skip it. Same if don't like using your imagination to fill in the open walled scenery?

76
For a previous production
Jersey Boys (NYC)
Midtown W
Frankie valli & the four seasons, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if For some strange reason, I've only seen JERSEY BOYS once, but I definitely want to see it again. I enjoy the Four Seasons both music & story

Don't see it if Well, if people speaking in a New Jersey accent bother U, then skip it. That goes double if U don't like the music of the 4 seasons. Capiche

76
For a previous production
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (2004) had non-Jewish Alfred Molina as Tevye but I thought he was fine. Then Harvey Fierstein took over & he added humor

Don't see it if Well, Anti-semitic folk might want to skip it, but anyone that's dealt with TRADITIONS both old & new can appreciate this historical story?

80
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Edgy

See it if I saw CHICAGO a few times over it's long run & I've always enjoyed it's IN YOUR FACE attidude. If U liked the movie then see it LIVE 4 sure!

Don't see it if If U r a husband who easily manipulated then U may not like "Mr. Cellophane." And that goes double for bad hubbies in the Cell Block Tango!!

75
The Visit
Midtown W
Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if This is 1 of those shows that U like cause it allows Chita Rivera to return to the Bdwy stage. The plot & the songs are ok, but CHITA is all

Don't see it if No Chita?? Why bother. A revenge plot may be entertaining to mean-spirited folks, maybe even longtime fans of Kander & Ebb, but beyond that?

69
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Great writing, Resonant

See it if I had a really bad seat where the overhang kept me from seeing the 3rd floor of the massive set. Why I did c showed why Steppenwolf is aces!

Don't see it if If U don't like southern dramas & dialects. Lots of drug references (pharmaceutical) and the humiliations your family can inflict on addicts

83
Hair
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Must see, Raunchy

See it if I saw the cast in Central Park before they transferred to Broadway and they were FANTASTIC. The energy was phenomenal & the young cast KILLD

Don't see it if If U hated the 60's then this won't be your cup of tea. And taking an outdoor show indoors may dampen the effect (see other reviews).

85
God of Carnage
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if I saw all "3" casts, but of course the Gandolfini-lead quartet that opened the show were the best, mainly cause they helped adapt the story?

Don't see it if Don't see it if U don't like adults behaving badly. Also there is a brief vomiting scene that weak stomachs may want to skip. Non-parents??

100
Hairspray
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if I was able to c this w/ several different casts but the show always stayed strong!! It basically brought out the best in everyone involved!

Don't see it if Don't c it U don't like seeing a man in drag or if U did not like the interracial theme, or if U didn't like the musical film that followed

51
39 Steps
Gramercy
Ambitious, Dated, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if Despite my low rating I've seen this one twice. 1st on Bdwy & then Off-Bdwy. Sadly, I fell asleep the 1st time (2 tired); & 2nd time 2 slow?

Don't see it if If U don't like the movie THE 39 STEPS (it's on YouTube) don't bother. If U saw it on Bdwy, don't c the Off-Bdwy version, WAY 2 slow. DRINK!

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Relevant

See it if A friend got me in with his Student ID (the nice price) and we were sent to FRONT ROW CENTER. Tony-winner Alice Ripley completely killed it!

Don't see it if If U find mental illness distressing. If U cannot sympathize with a dysfunctional family. If U hate great songs, great music, & great acting

69
Ambitious, Overrated, Resonant, Original

See it if You are familiar with Austism/Asperger syndrome behaviors. Play does a good job of showing the POV of a person battling symptoms.

Don't see it if You can's get a good seat, I was in the back of the orchestra and it left much to be desired. The actors are not miked so closer is better.

95
2006 bdwy revival at the broadhurst theater, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Turntable staging

See it if I saw a touring co. do Les Miz at the Curran in San Fran & my seats sucked. Luckily, many years later, it came back w/ Bdwy's best singers!!

Don't see it if If U don't like onstage violence (GUNSHOTS) then skip it. Don't care for epic stories that cover many years & history-in-the-making -WHO R U

100
Enchanting, Broadway's longest running show, Great acting

See it if Plan on visiting Bdwy regularly? Then U must c this 1 sooner or later, but I say see it sooner so U can use it as yardstick 4 each U c after

Don't see it if Don't like opera-ish or backstage dramas, then U can skip it. Don't like deformed men stealing away the lead girl cause its 2 romantic skip?

71
The Tempest (Public)
Upper W Side
Entertaining, Outdoor theater, Disappointing

See it if As Prospero, Sam Waterston (TV's Law&Order) seems like a good choice. Sadly, he thought he was Polonius (from Hamlet) & lacked the magic.

Don't see it if If U don't like rapid weather changes or risking the threat of a rainout then beware outdoor theater. Skip if standing in line 4 tix grates?

75
For a previous production
Noises Off
Midtown W
Entertaining, 2001 revival at the brooks-atkinson, Overrated

See it if Although Patti Lupone was the star of this revival, I caught it late in the run and Jane Curtin (from SNL) was in. The show had its moments.

Don't see it if If U r not into "The THEATER" then the onstage-offstage goings on may not be interesting to you. Also skip if U don't enjoy physical comedy.

78
Cymbeline
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny, Romantic, Shakespeare

See it if Lucky enuf to see CYMBELINE twice from 2 different angles. Totally nutty play ends with dozens of "revelations" that join the large cast??

Don't see it if If U don't like Shakespeare this is not a good place to start. Also, outdoor theater can be trying if the weather suddenly changes. Read it?

81
For a previous production
Entertaining, Great acting, Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Lucky enuf to c COLOR PURPLE several times during it's orig. 2005-08 run. Replacement Fantasia Barrino was my fave as the emotional Celie

Don't see it if If U r a racist or anti-Black casts then U should skip it, listen to the orig. cast recording, and think again. If U r easily shocked, same?

80
For a previous production
Annie
Brooklyn
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if Saw this twice (once w/ Mom). I have to say that Anthony Warlow (as Warbucks) really stole show along with Brynn O'Malley as Grace Farrell!

Don't see it if Skip this one if U hate young children hamming it up or wealthy people doing good or basically the Old City of New York * Prez Hoover(ville)

85
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if I'm spoiled I guess. I saw Idina Menzel as "ELphaba," Kristin Chenoweth as "Glinda" and Joel Grey as "The Wizard." Maybe a film someday??

Don't see it if Don't see it if U don't have a vagina (just kidding). However, if U don't like "The Wizard of Oz"?? Animal-haters stay away or color green?

80
The Last Ship
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Romantic

See it if I saw THE LAST SHIP 1st w/o Sting & then with and believe it or not I liked it better with the original actor in the role.

Don't see it if If U don't like Sting's music then U might not care for this. If U don't like hearing a Priest say the "F-word" then skip it.

70
Disappointing, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if Surprisingly, I landed a good seat for BILLY ELLIOT (thanx Mom), but had a hard time understanding the thick North-England accents??

Don't see it if Don't go if U don't like watching kids on Broadway, or if U don't like ballet or Elton John's style of music<-songs sound like his pop hits

80
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Circle in the Square was the perfect venue for this quirky musical comedy. I saw this with several casts & was happy 2c so many r on TV now!

Don't see it if Don't c it if u don't like "adults" portraying kids. Also if U don't like shows where the cast interacts w/ the audience or if U can't spell

80
Honeymoon in Vegas
Midtown W
Delightful, Cliched, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if Due to unusual circumstances I was able to c this show many times, & both the cast & score grew on me over time. Seeing the movie helped too

Don't see it if Don't c it if U don't like the movie it's based on. Or if U don't like comic romances. Or if U don't like seeing Brynn O'Malley in a bikini?

85
Amazing Grace
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Romantic

See it if IF U like British history (circa 18th C.) & a "clean" portrayal of Romance with a little Faith message in between U will really enjoy this!!

Don't see it if The Biblical references may offend atheists & die-hard agnostics, but most of the faith moments are very subtly played out in the text.

71
Rent
Midtown W
Entertaining, Edgy, Raunchy, Thought-provoking

See it if I saw RENT twice. I liked it more the 1st time when I went by myself. 2nd time I was embarassed because I told my MOM she'd like it. OOPS!!

Don't see it if If you are sensitive to LOUD music and partial nudity or women kissing or basically if U r over age 50?? (old hippies r OK).