Laurie R

New York City | 35-49 | Female
About:  I love theatre and try to see a Broadway show once a week. It's more challenging than it sounds because sometimes life happens and sometimes I have to see shows again-which I don't mind at all!!! I live in the theatre district and it makes me very happy to be within a 20 minute walk of all 40 Broad... Read more Read less
Reviews (87)
85
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Enchanting, Epic, Classic, Great staging

See it if you enjoy a spectacle! Great staging, colors, costumes & effects, complete with great production numbers. Silly jokes & a good time.

Don't see it if you prefer equal genders in the cast. Only 9 women! The princess is a modern one because she wants to rule, but the action is around her.

90
Great acting, Romantic, Touching, Empowering, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy seeing a familiar story. Karl & Barks shine. I was surprised that I was touched bu it, probably because it's slightly updated.

Don't see it if you're bored by the movies turning into musicals or if you want duets & harmony. Most songs are solo or production numbers & kinda country.

Also Am I the only one who wishes Pretty Woman the song would have been use... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Clever, Profound

See it if you can name 1 Donna Summer song! Wonderful female cast, costumes & storytelling. Can't believe it took me so long to see it. I was SO moved

Don't see it if you dislike biographical musicals? Though it moves quick, it's a bit sentimental.

Also I love that most of the cast & orchestra were women!!! Finally!!! It's... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Hilarious, Fluffy, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if you like oldies music & watch young people being silly.

Don't see it if you prefer new music. These are songs you have heard before, done in a fun setting.

95
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if you want to be on the cutting edge of teen culture. Relationships feel very real. Great score & fun sci-fi element to it. Story has heart.

Don't see it if teen angst makes you nuts. The story is a little far-fetched & characters are stereotypes but will remind you of your high school years.

Also I see why it's moving to Broadway. Curious to see how long the teens w... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Indulgent, Quirky, Dark!

See it if you like dialog driven dramas & solid performances from talented actors. Very realistic, except when it gets a bit sci-fi.

Don't see it if you want to see what is going on & if you want to see meaningful conversations. They are a little deep, but rushed. Acts barely tie together

Also I realize this show takes place during a blackout, but that doesn't me... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Great singing, Must see, Fun, Quality

See it if you want to hear excellent vocalists! It's a revue of familiar songs, presented on a super cool cafe set. Talented cast, never stops moving!

Don't see it if you aren't into oldies music or if you must have a clear story. This is a fun presentation of some great old songs, but not a real story.

75
Ambitious, Dizzying, Relevant, Quirky, Clever

See it if you love Go-Gos music! The story is convoluted & silly but the gender bending themes are kind of fun. Very energetic & tongue in cheek.

Don't see it if you don't like mixing different genres, styles & a story that they are trying too hard to fit the already written music into it.

90
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Must see, Beautiful costumes

See it if you enjoyed the movie. I was pleasantly surprised. Story was engaging & touching, good characters, dancing & projections. Totally worth it.

Don't see it if you don't want to glorify Russia right now. Based on a real family. Story is maybe a bit cliche/predictable.

90
Beautiful, True to the movie, Relevant, Masterful, Great staging

See it if you want to catch an award winning show. Katrina Lenk is wonderful & will hopefully win a Tony for her performance. Some funny moments.

Don't see it if you didn't like the movie or prefer blockbuster-type shows. Even though it's a musical, it is quiet, like the movie.

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Epic, Great staging

See it if you like the beach & fables. Unique staging with the cast dancing in the SAND.

Don't see it if you need a happy ending.

90
Dated, Epic, Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you like classic musicals done well. The story is a little hokey, but the cast, costumes, staging, dancing all made up for it.

Don't see it if you prefer modern musicals. It's good, old-fashioned fun.

95
The Mad Ones
Midtown E
Great singing, Refreshing, Profound, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you love talented women singing their brains out. Loved the balance of the cast, 3 females & 1 male-finally a show representing real life!

Don't see it if you aren't interested in teen angst or pop musicals, of if sets or choreography are your favorite parts. Set was just OK & barely any dance.

Also I loved it but want to see lots of little tweaks. Could be funnier; co... Read more Read less

80
1984 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Dizzying, Edgy, Excruciating, Intense, Riveting

See it if you want to see some great performances in a very intense setting.

Don't see it if you have a hard time watching violence, are jumpy or don't like to be shocked.

90
For a previous production
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Hilarious

See it if you enjoy physical comedy & like to laugh! The set is outstanding and pretty much falls apart every night.

Don't see it if you can't handle sight gags & actors looking like they are getting hurt!

85
Amelie
Midtown W
Whimsical, Charming, Confusing, Quirky, Banal

See it if you missed Phillipa Soo in Hamilton or if you like lighthearted, silly shows. Soo is wonderful & the music lovely. Wasn't familiar w movie.

Don't see it if you don't like whimsy. The story is just okay. Can see why they wanted to make a musical but something was missing.

90
During previews
Present Laughter
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Dizzying

See it if you want to see an excellent cast, in a classic comedy. Kline is surrounded by funny, talented women: Burton, Nielsen & Smulders all shine.

Don't see it if you don't like farce or are impatient to get through the set up. The pay off is worth it.

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Dizzying, Profound

See it if you believe in humanity. It's a touching story about 9/11, that can help with healing. Actors play many roles & it is very fast moving.

Don't see it if you don't want to experience an unconventional musical. The music is quite similar throughout.

85
Cliched, Indulgent, Dated, Disappointing, Expected

See it if you liked the movie and stories that are very focused on men & the mob.

Don't see it if you want to see the next Jersey Boys. I wanted it to be, but it wasn't quite.

95
Great acting, Edgy, Quirky, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you want to see one of the hottest shows on Broadway, in line for multiple Tony nominations. Very touching story & very timely.

Don't see it if you don't like contemporary shows or have a hard time watching a show when you wish you could change the events that are happening!

90
During previews
Significant Other
Midtown W
Resonant, Intelligent, Delightful, Edgy, Timely

See it if you enjoy ensemble plays & relationship dramas. THREE great roles for women & fine performances by all of the actors. Fun & touching play.

Don't see it if you don't like stories set in modern day, dealing with current issues.

85
Edgy, Dizzying, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you can! and if you like rock musicals. Also, see if if you have battled or know anyone battling mental illness. It's very chilling.

Don't see it if you dislike rock musicals and can't deal with deep subject matter in a musical.

100
Absorbing, Exquisite, Funny, Riveting, Quirky

See it if you like quirky, off-beat theatre. I saw all six Hedwigs and would do it again if it re-opened! Excellent music & very touching!

Don't see it if you are squeamish about gay storylines.

85
Funny, Cliched, Clever, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you like shows that are about New Yorkers! It's fun & has a cult-like following, complete with a celebrity guest at each performance...

Don't see it if you think New Yorkers are over-represented in the media or can't stand people making fun of New Yorkers.

80
Falsettos
Midtown W
Cliched, Dated, Edgy, Great singing, Intense

See it if you want to see top-notch performers in their element. Excellent cast who all get the chance to shine.

Don't see it if you don't like abstract sets that kind of take over the action of the show or if you are sensitive about gay storylines.

90
Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Relevant, Great singing

See it if you want to see an updated version of the movie characters. Playful, relevant & fun. Great performances by the cast & everyone gets a song!

Don't see it if HS & teenage stories aren't of interest. I thought the 2nd act picked up & had more memorable songs.

85
Epic, Thought-provoking, Big

See it if you want to hear the luscious score, played by a huge orchestra & see the incredible set. Norbert Leo Butz stole the show but I knew that!

Don't see it if you're super attached to the movie version. It's a different take on the story, but more empowering for Eliza.

Also I did not love the sets. The Higgins house was very cool & realistic. ... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Exquisite

See it if you're interested in a historic look back at a family in NY, seen through the eyes of an outsider. Fascinating archeological look at a fam.

Don't see it if you want to miss something that is truly special. Or if you'd be creeped out by this outsider researching people she doesn't know.

85
Drunk Shakespeare
Midtown W
Clever, Dizzying, Quirky, Raunchy, Funny

See it if you can loosen up & get a kick out of a silly take on Shakespeare. I saw it awhile ago with three friends & we were in just the right mood!

Don't see it if you have a stick up your you-know-wha & are a Shakes purist. It's meant to be tongue in cheek & YOU will also get to drink. It helps the fun

85
During previews
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Quirky

See it if you are an Anglo-file. Fun romp following a snooker player to the championship that turns into a heist. Motley cast of characters in it.

Don't see it if you have a hard time following accents, other than standard British or if you aren't interested in a show that has a sport in it.

Also I wish it would have started more quickly. I don't believe it when som... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Cliched, Indulgent, Funny, Quirky

See it if you want to see EVERYTHING. It's a bit cheesy but some fun laughs & moments. Provides nostalgia & what could have been. Good for dreamers.

Don't see it if you dislike shows that are very formulaic & predictable. There are MANY couples ending up together at the end. Quite unrealistic.

69
During previews
Ambitious, Dizzying, Indulgent, Heavy-handed

See it if you like angsty family dramas that are quite spelled out, leaving little to the imagination, yet without a clear ending. Liked ASL use.

Don't see it if you expect a deep love story or much joy. It's intense and a bit heavy-handed.

Also I was seriously touched by the title. It signaled a beautiful love sto... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Dated, Great singing, Intense, Great dancing

See it if you want to hear the beautiful, classic score & hear it sung by some real talent. The story is problematic but this production pulls it off.

Don't see it if the story bothers you too much, so you think you won't be able to get passed it. It's quite long & a bit cliché.

100
Entertaining, Intense, Masterful, Profound, Riveting

See it if you like being a fly on the wall, watching a friend group implode at a party. Outstanding performances from a well known cast. Shame to miss

Don't see it if that sounds like too much conflict for you or dislike gay themed shows or you want to see women on stage. All characters & actors are male.

79
During previews
Great singing, Quirky, Fluffy, Overrated, Clever

See it if you are a fan of the story. Music is good; there are some cool effects & great moments. Reminded me of Wicked.

Don't see it if you have to pay way more than regular price. It's a good show, but not worth super high prices. Disappointed with the choreography.

95
Absorbing, Enchanting, Profound, Thought-provoking, Charming

See it if you are lucky enough to score a ticket! It's like Bruce is talking & singing just to you. Really electric to be in such an intimate venue.

Don't see it if you may nod off easily. It's introspective & he is on stage by himself, except for 2 songs when Patti joins him . Dialog chunks are long.

100
Clever, Funny, Great staging, Quirky, Relevant

See it if you want to experience a spectacle! I don't know the series, but was delighted by the musical staging, talent & deep themes of acceptance.

Don't see it if you want to miss something special. It's a silly, feel-good show, with a heartwarming message. Are you really above all that?

80
Ambitious, Dizzying, Edgy, Confusing, Indulgent

See it if you enjoy theatre as spectacle. There are lots of good roles & beautiful songs for women. The transformation of the theatre is dramatic.

Don't see it if you value plot or traditional theatre. Nearly every inch of the theatre was designed & changed to accommodate this show.

100
Entertaining, Dizzying, Great acting, Great staging, Quirky

See it if you like the movie, comedies & excellent performances. Andy Karl is outstanding. The way they tell the story is very clever & fun.

Don't see it if you are a bore or have little imagination. Some of the gags are silly & a little over the top, but worth it for the story.

85
Clever, Great acting, Intense, Funny, Feminist

See it if you don't want to miss the continuation of a classic play. Reimagining the rest of the story is clever. Excellent script, staging and cast.

Don't see it if you are an Ibsen purist.

100
Indecent
Midtown W
Powerful, Exquisite, Beautiful, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if you want to see a beautifully performed period piece that resonates today. The show has brilliant Jewish and gay themes. Very moving.

Don't see it if It's your first Broadway show. It's a deep piece about the history of a show. A casual theatre goer may not enjoy it as much as I did.

85
Entertaining, Dated, Epic, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you love Sondheim & want to see a beautiful production, with an excellent cast. Annaleigh Ashford is a delight. Second act lighting was cool

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of Sondheim or find the piece dated.

90
During previews
War Paint
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great singing, Entertaining, Feminist, Rich story

See it if you don't want to miss two divas in action. They are both outstanding! All the female costumes are exquisite, especially the hats!

Don't see it if you have trouble following an intricate plot. The story covers a long period of time, leaving you wanting more & wondering what was left out

93
In Transit
Midtown W
Clever, Quirky, Relevant, Fun, New york-y

See it if you like a cappella singing, love New York, have ever ridden the Subway or are a romantic at heart. Very innovative and relevant.

Don't see it if you are tired of shows about New York, dislike the Subway system or don't like multiple stories that eventually tie together.

85
The Present
Midtown W
Explosive, Sexy, Slow, Great acting, Intense

See it if you enjoy complicated, ensemble dramas, with intertwined relationships. Blanchett & Roxburgh both give excellent performances.

Don't see it if you can't get into complicated stories. The play started slow, but sped up toward the end of the first act & culminated in a dramatic end.

100
Rent
Midtown W
Absorbing, Edgy, Epic, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you have a chance! Truly an American musical masterpiece. May be dated now, but while on Broadway, it was groundbreaking. Saw it 20 times!

Don't see it if you are okay missing the beginning of anew era in American musical theatre.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Quirky, Hilarious, Silly

See it if you like musicals & shows where they make fun of musicals. One of my all-time favorite shows! Great score & fun, campy plot that goes crazy!

Don't see it if you aren't up for a good time.

78
The Encounter
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Dizzying, Edgy

See it if you like new ideas & concepts. It's an audio experience & one person show. Very unique. Old fashioned story telling, in a very new way.

Don't see it if you have a hard time wearing headphones. It's the only way to experience the show. Or if you dislike sound being used to manipulate you.

83
Cats
Midtown W
Cliched, Indulgent, Dated, Same, Classic

See it if you love CATS. It's quite faithful to the original. I wish it would have been more updated but don't what I would have like updated. Ha ;)

Don't see it if you didn't like the original run of the show or feel like you have already seen it & don't need to see it again. Feels like a total reboot.

89
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Intense, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you know the movie & want to see great performances & characters! Serious story, turned musical, so it really hinges on great characters.

Don't see it if you can't laugh at everyday, complicated life. Intense story, tangled with some stereotypes.