Joshua Ryan

New York City | 35-49 | Male
About:  Still a theater lover of all kinds, despite an early retirement from the stage in 5th grade.
Reviews (68)
60
Confusing, Ambitious, Disappointing, Dizzying, Indulgent

See it if You've seen everything else first. Sets are excellent. Karen and Aaron are amazing singers. Without them, this would be awful.

Don't see it if You loved the movie at all. Many of the songs and character motivations are different. There are too many new songs, the show is choppy.

Also I really enjoyed the movie, so for me this was too much of a departure... Read more Read less

67
Entertaining, Great singing, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You like Donna Summer or great singing. Enjoyed her backstory, even if the show isn't as well crafted as "Beautiful" or "Jersey Boys."

Don't see it if You're looking for a well written show. Some of the jokes felt lame and the story a bit stiff, but the singing from the 3 Donnas is great.

Also Overall it's entertaining if even a bit like karaoke at times. Many so... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Enchanting, Funny, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You're looking for a funny show with some depth. Though it may be old, it felt very current to me. Cast is perfection.

Don't see it if You're not into an all-gay characters show. Even if not, you should still go. The struggles, the hopes, the fears are common to anyone.

Also This was truly surprisingly funny to me. The first hour felt like I wa... Read more Read less

75
Enchanting, Entertaining, Intelligent, Quirky, Overmyhead

See it if You like writer Tom Stoppard's humor or are knowledgeable about literary and historical figures.

Don't see it if You're looking for something light and easy to follow. Despite reading the history of the subject, much of it still went over my head.

Also Despite not getting it all, there are still several moments that I lov... Read more Read less

95
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You love the movie or play or any of the songs. Or if you love The Crown or British life, or enjoy amazing sets. This set is spectacular.

Don't see it if You don't like older musicals. There are some new interpretations in this work that help update it and give Eliza more depth, which is great

Also I thought the lead actors were excellent. There are some characters (l... Read more Read less

86
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if You're looking for something family-friendly and upbeat. The cast is great and play their own instruments. You will leave smiling.

Don't see it if You're wanting something thought-provoking or serious.

80
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Profound, Resonant

See it if You're wanting to see a great cast perform a well-known play. The way the angel is staged is amazing and captivating...my favorite part.

Don't see it if You're not interested in the subject matter, don't like the actors, or can't sit for long periods. The play is very long (two nights).

92
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Hilarious, Must see

See it if You're a fan of the movie or looking for a comedic show. It's the movie with updated references. Songs good, singers excellent, and funny..

Don't see it if You're looking for something serious or not a fan of high school drama. While the leads are female, the issues apply to anyone.

Also I've seen the movie a few times, but wouldn't say I'm an obsessed fan,... Read more Read less

60
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting, Overrated

See it if You love Clive Owen. He was excellent. Definitely the best part of the show.

Don't see it if You're going to see Julie Taymor's effect on the show or don't want nudity. It felt slow in places, and the sets didn't enhance the story.

Also I thought some of the sets were pretty while others were just there to... Read more Read less

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if You love Disney, the movie version, flashy broadway shows, or great stories that leave you feeling happy.

Don't see it if You're looking for something serious or thought-provoking, or can't handle some over-the-top acting.

Also I've now seen it twice, and liked it even more the second time. The ma... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You're looking for something thought-provoking with a good cast.

Don't see it if You want to see something light. It does deal with heavy topics of estrangement and illness, but has a lot of heart. I really liked it.

77
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Overrated, Ambitious

See it if You loved the movie and it's songs or like inventive animal costumes.

Don't see it if You're hoping to be wowed. TBH, it isn't my favorite Disney movie anyway, but I found the show to be quite dated. Wish staging was refreshed

98
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great singing, Intelligent, Must see

See it if You're looking to be moved. The songs are great, as well as the acting. Staging is pared down and simple to match the songs. Excellent.

Don't see it if You're looking for something light or frivolous. You will leave hopeful, but at its core this is a deep, introspective show.

Also Ben Platt is an amazing singer. I was so impressed by his vocal abilit... Read more Read less

99
Clever, Delightful, Great singing, Great staging, Masterful

See it if You like great singing, good songs, amazing staging, and want to be moved. I was incredibly skeptical and hate the movie, but was impressed!

Don't see it if There's no reason not too see it. If you like musicals, you'll enjoy this. It makes a complicated story approachable, funny and moving.

Also Andy Karl is great as always, but I think he's even better in this tha... Read more Read less

88
Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Resonant, Modern

See it if You're looking for something current, new, a bit Millennial, but still deals with issues and feelings we all face.

Don't see it if You want something traditional that ends tied with a bow.

Also Lead actor is incredible in his ability to be vulnerable/sad/crying an... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Great singing, Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You are a fan of either woman (real or the actress playing her). Performances are great, and I enjoyed learning the history of both women.

Don't see it if You're looking for something epic. The topic of makeup isn't my thing, but I did enjoy learning about the struggles and lives of each woman.

97
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Funny, Must see

See it if You like traditional, older musicals with a simple, uplifting premise. Good acting and singing, and Bette is great! Glad to finally see her.

Don't see it if You're looking for something deep and thought-provoking.

75
Delightful, Great singing, Great acting, Must see

See it if You love Sondheim or want to hear that Jake Gyllenhaal can really sing! Annaleigh Ashford is funny as always and steals the spotlight again.

Don't see it if If you don't love Sondheim or minimalist productions. Costumes are great, but set is bare. Act 1 was entertaining; Act 2 less so.

80
Entertaining, Disappointing, Great acting, Great singing, Indulgent

See it if You want to experience Glenn Close at her finest or if you enjoy the film.

Don't see it if You want something upbeat or elaborate. Costumes are great, but overall this show is simplified. Glenn is amazing as are a few songs.

55
Cliched, Banal, Disappointing

See it if You liked the movie or play. I wasn't familiar with either, but many in the audience were.

Don't see it if You want memorable songs, a unique plot, or characters with depth. I was disappointed overall, despite the great actors involved.

Also I hate to give negative reviews, since I GREATLY appreciate all the wo... Read more Read less

98
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if You're a fan of hers or looking to be entertained by an amazing performer.

Don't see it if You're looking for something with a plot. It's a compilation of songs and personal tidbits.

100
Clever, Absorbing, Original, Thought-provoking, Fresh

See it if You want something completely different. SO IMPRESSED! It's funny and entertaining, while you cleverly learn about the power of technology.

Don't see it if You're looking for music or something light. There is audience participation, which makes every night slightly different. Cast was great!

63
Entertaining, Ambitious, Disappointing, Great staging, Indulgent

See it if You like acrobatics and flashy musical numbers.

Don't see it if You want a story. It could easily be stronger in the plot, but the acrobatic part is entertaining, even if it's disjointed and repetitive.

87
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You liked the movie, any of the actors, or the story of Peter Pan. Story and sets are good. Best death scene ever...saw it twice.

Don't see it if You don't care about Peter Pan or the real story of the author who created it. Wish the songs were better, but over all it's entertaining.

92
Absorbing, Must see, Epic, Exquisite, Great singing

See it if You want a classic musical with fantastic songs and dramatic staging. Story not my favorite, but overall production makes up for that.

Don't see it if You don't appreciate opera music or a dramatic 'love story' (really about obsession). Wished a few sets matched the epic beauty of the songs

75
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You like Carey Mulligan at all. A superb actor who really shines in this one-woman show. I laughed and cried, was engaged and repulsed.

Don't see it if You're wanting something fun. The story starts light but turns dark and heavy, though meaningful and poignant.

Also At first I wasn't sure what I thought about the show, wasn't sure I li... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You like Armie Hammer or Josh Charles. Both are excellent, and cast has great chemistry. Play is funny; characters relatable.

Don't see it if You're looking for something super deep. I really enjoyed the play at its core, but was confused by opening narrators and music.

Also As an only child this really made me wish I'd had brothers. The charac... Read more Read less

30
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow

See it if You like Shakespearean-type dramas, long monologues, and even longer scenes.

Don't see it if You want to see something good—truly one of the worst plays I've ever seen on Broadway. So much respect for cast/crew, but not this play.

Also Condola Rashad is probably the best stage actor around today, yet, eve... Read more Read less

82
Enchanting, Great staging, Slow, Entertaining

See it if You'd like to see a quieter musical with a smaller cast. The set and staging is excellent, and I enjoyed many of the songs.

Don't see it if You're looking for something splashy. The story didn't really grab me, but the songs are great, quiet, simple, intimate.

96
During previews
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You're even the slightest fan of the books or movies. The staging is perfect, full of little bits of "magic" and clever scene changes.

Don't see it if You can't sit through 2 3-hour plays. It is long, but thankfully doesn't feel long. It's very entertaining and smartly produced.

82
Entertaining, Great staging, Delightful

See it if You're looking for something unique. Being in-the-round with a set that's a beach is very cool. You feel like part of the scene.

Don't see it if You're looking for an amazing story. The singing was good and songs decent, but I can't say it will stick with me forever...except the set.

88
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful

See it if You're looking for a unique concept that is expertly acted and staged. All 3 actors are excellent and the set design is brilliantly done.

Don't see it if You're looking for something light or something musical. Also, may not be appropriate or of interest to children and younger teens.

97
Absorbing, Clever, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You love Nia Vardalos or have a heart. This show was very moving and excellently staged. I saw it 2 weeks ago and still think about it often

Don't see it if You're wanting a flashy, loud, or glossy production or just want to be entertained.

Also This show will make you think, cry, laugh, but overall leave loving hu... Read more Read less

73
During previews
Thought-provoking, Slow, Overrated, Intelligent

See it if You like plays with lots of dialogue.

Don't see it if You're looking for something with an absorbing plot or characters you care about. It took me a long time to get into it.

Also Not my favorite, but I did like it better by the end. It did make me t... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if You like Sondheim musicals or historical figures. Smartly executed for being a difficult concept...very creative.

Don't see it if You're sensitive to gun or dark topics, as all characters have killed or tried to kill presidents. This isn't gory, but the topic is murder.

Also I've learned I'm not a huge Sondheim fan, but I thought this musical w... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent, Must see, Masterful

See it if You want to see something unique and memorable. It's a great story cleverly told. You'll laugh, cry, and leave feeling good about humanity,

Don't see it if No reason not to see it. it's an excellent ensemble that speaks directly to the audience. You'll be swept up in the story in the first song.

Also A creative, inventive telling of a complicated story. Visually, very w... Read more Read less

60
Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You're a fan of Matthew Perry or Jennifer Morrison. She was excellent; he was typical of recent acting projects.

Don't see it if You're looking for a great story or something unique. Others i know loved it, but this wasn't for me. I found it cliched, sad, implausible.

93
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Great staging, Must see

See it if You enjoy powerful, epic, emotional, and politically-charged period shows like Les Mis with big casts and expensive but well-done production

Don't see it if You're looking for light & happy. This is DRAMA in all caps, but very powerful and memorable. Also not a lot of talking; mostly singing.

Also My first time ever seeing this show, and I loved it. The sets are grea... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Profound, Unexpected

See it if You love the 40s, big band jazz, underdogs, or know a veteran. Leads have excellent voices, and actors actually play the instruments onstage

Don't see it if You don't want to be moved or inspired by theater. Seeing older men lead a standing ovation mid performance is rare and very moving.

Also I'm interested to see what changes are made during previews to make it... Read more Read less

84
Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Profound, Resonant

See it if You want to see a classic play by a famous playwright with big-name actors. Cast is excellent but DeVito is superb and a delight to watch.

Don't see it if You want to see something light and uplifting. It's a serious play with family drama.

88
For a previous production
Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great staging, Quirky

See it if You like physical comedy and pratfalls. It is funny with a smart set design. Whole cast does a great job.

Don't see it if Physical comedy isn't your thing. There are a few jokes I grew tired of, but overall it's very enjoyable.

70
During previews
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Indulgent, Great staging

See it if You love Kevin Kline or an amazing set and beautiful costumes. Other actors (especially the women) are great too.

Don't see it if You're looking for a fast plot with character development. The acting was good but the work didn't grab me, and at nearly 3hrs a bit painful

75
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Long, Thought-provoking, Minimal

See it if You love Sally Field like I do.

Don't see it if You want something happy, short, or elaborate. Staging is extremely bare and simple, but acting is great.

Also I did have excellent seats in the front orchestra, but I suspect that ... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Riveting, Must see

See it if You like stories about everyday people. I thought the subject matter and time period would be boring but I was sucked in to the characters.

Don't see it if You're looking for something light. The writing and unveiling of the plot and characters is masterful, as well as the acting. I loved it.

85
Great acting, Profound, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You're looking for a family drama centered around the effects of war on families and soldiers. The older actor is especially great.

Don't see it if You're looking for a comedy or something light or a play with many characters and a big production budget. It's a small, but strong cast.

70
During previews
Indulgent, Disappointing, Ambitious, Busy, Overdone

See it if You want to see a lot of great celebrity actors in an old-school comedic play or a nice set.

Don't see it if You want 3-D characters or natural acting. Everything seemed over done (acting, characters, plot). Just wasn't my thing.

48
Confusing, Dated, Indulgent, Overrated, Bizarre

See it if You loved the original b'way run or like 70s/80s-pop-infused songs, or felines. I wanted to like it, but it's really not my taste at all.

Don't see it if You enjoy a plot of any kind, want meaning, or prefer dogs. Leona Lewis's singing and Ricky Ubeda's dancing (of SYTYCD) are great though.

90
Clever, Entertaining, Masterful, Exquisite, Great singing

See it if You want a 1920s crime drama of fame and lust told through clever singing and dancing. Definitely see with a celeb in the cast. Funny too.

Don't see it if You don't like sexy costumes or dance moves. Movie is better (no real set with the stage version), but show's concept too brilliant to miss.

70
Disappointing, Slow, Entertaining

See it if You like the movie or modern dance styles from the 50s.

Don't see it if If you prefer a fast-moving story, traditional musical, or lots of singing. This was far more dance than I was expecting.

92
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Delightful, Great singing

See it if You like an old-fashioned musical with likable characters and fun songs, or You've Got Mail. Leads are incredible; Didn't like understudy.

Don't see it if You want something deep or thought-provoking. There are a few songs I'd cut, but overall the production is top rate. Set is fantastic.