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Manhattan | 25-34 | Male
About:  Jukebox musicals are like hot dogs: artificial, cheap, and have no substance. Why would you come to New York and eat one?
Reviews (43)
78
During previews
Fluffy, Relevant, Ambitious, Funny, Clever

See it if you want a comedic reflective civics lesson with a strong call to action (it reads a bit echoey given the political makeup of the audience).

Don't see it if you're Rush Limbaugh... it'll probably give you the night sweats.

69
Dizzying, Disappointing, Raunchy

See it if you're REALLY into Alice in Wonderland. Outside of devout fandom, I would say this show is a surefire can-miss.

Don't see it if you're looking for a show with a digestible plot line.

79
During previews
Clever, Funny, Quirky

See it if improv and hip hop are your scene. It takes an immense amount of skill to freestyle a new show every night.

Don't see it if experimental, all be it done before, theatre isn’t your jam. It felt like most of the bits went just a bit too long.

100
Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Masterful, Must see

See it if you seek a show that is fluid and flawless. Actors masterfully morph between roles. The whole performance feels like a 100 minute song.

Don't see it if you think you can find a flaw in this performance, because I can’t find one!

Also This show took my breath away. It is easily one of my top two favorite... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Must see, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you want to catch a Sondheim cult-classic. This show is beautiful, nostalgic, and resonant. It also has great musical variety.

Don't see it if you're expecting a show with a happy ending. It's not a gut wrenching tear jerker, but reflecting on the story you realize how sad it is.

69
Entertaining, Great singing, Dated, Cliched

See it if you want a stereotypical broadway experience. It's an all analog show. No projection work or digital signage. Classic late 1980s theatre.

Don't see it if you're looking for something fresh. This show is covered in moth balls and is getting long in the tooth.

88
Clever, Delightful, Disappointing, Epic, Great staging

See it if you want to see a contemporary queer story with an A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum feel.

Don't see it if you don’t like jukebox musicals or queer themed stories.

Also This story took a phenomenal book, paired it with fun quirky staging, ... Read more Read less

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

See it if you seek a masterful modern piece of theatre that perfectly constructs a window into the human condition live before your eyes.

Don't see it if abundant profanity and deep rooted conflict disturb you. This show is long at over 3 hours and isn't a typical fluffy theatrical jaunt.

Also I thought the characters were represented in a masterfully genuine fas... Read more Read less

94
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you like shows with deeply conflicted characters. The emotional development and regression of Ed and Arnold is funny and also gut wrenching.

Don't see it if seeing two girls kiss during The Prom’s Macy’s Prade performance made you uncomfortable.

Also the use of neon in the set design is delightful.

89
During previews
Clever, Funny, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you're familiar with Birbiglia's comedy. His narrative style fits well in a Broadway show setting.

Don't see it if you're looking for a real show. I can't decide if this was a one man show or a comedy special at the Cort Theatre.

Also It was really cool seeing the stage at the Cort Theatre stripped compl... Read more Read less

97
During previews
Exquisite, Enchanting, Delightful, Great choreography, Great costumes

See it if you want a painfully and delightfully self aware show. It’s shamelessly now and not pretending to be anything it’s not. Loved every minute!

Don't see it if I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again... don’t see this if you believe gays cause hurricanes.

76
Delightful, Entertaining, Predictable, Kitschy, Great singing

See it if you want to watch the genie steal the show. His numbers are reason enough to attend. Great for the kids, too!

Don't see it if you want to see an original story. Granted, I rather see a Disney adaptation over a juke box show any day.

Also We got these seats via the digital lottery. I’m not one to complain ab... Read more Read less

76
During previews
Clever, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you like the feeling of Shakespeare with a contemporary social twist.

Don't see it if you're looking for something uproarously funny or with a consistent narrative thread.

Also The show takes you inside the head of Sarah Bernhardt and hints at a f... Read more Read less

68
Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you're looking for something different. This show is simultaneously traditional and non-traditional all at once.

Don't see it if you want an easy to digest play. It's not edgy per se, but its value and message aren't surface level.

Also I'd love the opportunity to participate in a Q&A with Young Jean Lee a... Read more Read less

81
Clever, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you're a fan of Renee Taylor, The Nanny, or old show biz stories.

Don't see it if you want an action packed show. Renee sits at her desk the whole time!

Also Renee Taylor's performance has a genuine raw honesty to it. She doesn'... Read more Read less

99
Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Resonant, Intense

See it if you want a raw insight into the never ending process of self discovery.

Don't see it if you think gay marriage causes hurricanes.

Also There are shows that have made me more emotional, there are shows that... Read more Read less

91
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you want to see something very modern and contemporary to today’s LQBTQ climate.

Don't see it if you don’t want to grapple with post-modern social issues.

82
Edgy, Great staging, Entertaining, Raunchy

See it if you want a good time with memorable numbers and not too much thinking.

Don't see it if sexy costumes aren't your thing. You might want to skip this one.

88
Enchanting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Masterful, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a beautifully choreographed classic. The casting is unique and extraordinarily talented.

Don't see it if you're looking for something totally new and unique.

55
Great staging, Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if you want to see a nice set and an insufferable child actor.

Don't see it if you like be challenged by theater. The show tries to have edgy themes but they never resolve them with meaning.

85
Clever, Funny, Great staging, Cliched, Delightful

See it if you love drag, big numbers, and sappy Broadway stories.

Don't see it if you're looking for profound meaning. There's nothing unique about the story structure.

70
Clever, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you want to see a light and cute show. The numbers are downright catchy and the costuming is clever.

Don't see it if you loathe kitsch incarnate. There is no common thematic thread in the score, as evident by the 16 artists (or duos) billed.

88
Absurd, Entertaining, Quirky, Funny, Clever

See it if you’re ready for a vaguely vulgar absurdist sci-fi romp with a slight pinch of Disney’s Channel. The layers of absurdity work so well.

Don't see it if anything above doesn’t speak to you. It’s not great theatre in a conventional sense, but it’s still worth checking out.

85
During previews
Funny, Relevant, Clever, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to see a show that tackles modern queer issues with a more realistic ending.

Don't see it if queer themes or vulgarity bothers you. I thought the role of Macy was played a bit aggressively for my liking.

Also I thought as a whole The Cake was well polished and was refreshing in ... Read more Read less

98
Clever, Great singing, Quirky, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if a historical romp through revolutionary America is your forte. The musical styling is eclectic and fun with quirky modern twists.

Don't see it if you're looking for a piece of challenging theatre. The performance is tight, polished, and clearly designed for mass appeal.

83
Great acting, Great singing, Profound, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if you want to explore the queer experience with a Black perspective. The vocal talent in this show is very impressive!

Don't see it if queer themes scare you.

Also There have been a decent number of queer oriented shows on Broadway la... Read more Read less

82
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Raunchy, Entertaining

See it if you want a genuinely clever piece of comedic musical theatre. It's been going strong since 2003, but will be closing. Well worth a ticket.

Don't see it if obtuse humor about race and sexuality offend you. It holds a proverbial mirror to that audience that all may not appreciate.

95
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you’re a theatre fan and love history! Spending time in a theatre outside the context of seeing a show is a fun and unique experience.

Don't see it if you’re looking for a behind the scenes tour. Everywhere you tour is a publicly accessible space.

88
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Dated, Thought-provoking

See it if you’re looking for a fantastic adaptation of a classic and predictable story.

Don't see it if you’re looking for a fresh take on a story of American racial tensions.

Also I thought the staging was superb and Jeff Daniels’ performance was mas... Read more Read less

79
Overrated, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you want a show with a very unique sound. Sara Bareilles created a show that has a very unique voice.

Don't see it if you're looking for top vocal and acting talent. This show has an ever changing cast, so it could have been unique to the iteration I saw.

49
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Slow

See it if you believe that sound volume is a proxy for quality and you like 2 story puppets. Have I mentioned the giant puppet?

Don't see it if you're looking for a show that's remotely worth your money. If you can snag free tickets and have nothing else to do, I suppose you can go.

Also It seems to me that the creative team spent so much time figuring out ... Read more Read less

83
Great staging, Absorbing, Emotional, Great set

See it if you’ve watched a loved one progress through the stages of dementia. This show will make you feel Gladys’ fear and a family’s pain.

Don't see it if you’re looking for a light night. You leave this show with emotional baggage.

92
Great singing, Clever, Funny, Great staging, Great orchestration

See it if you want a fresh take on a cult classic movie. The vocal talent, music, and acting are on point.

Don't see it if you didn’t like the movie. I thought the fourth wall breaking moral narratives were a bit awkward.

90
During previews
Clever, Hilarious, Refreshing, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you're unsure if you want to see a show about snooker, you'll be pleasently surprised. The Nap is a clever uproarious delight.

Don't see it if you're easily offended and looking for a story rooted in reality. Four letter words fly and the plot points fit together almost too well.

Also The Nap shot out of the gate on the first night of previews. The clear... Read more Read less

93
Delightful, Funny, Great staging, Great singing, Masterful

See it if you want to see one of the last shows from Broadway’s Golden Age. The Vivian Beaumont offers unique stage perspectives and not a bad seat!

Don't see it if a 2 hour 55 minutes billed run time is too much for you to handle. This show is a long one.

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Resonant, Refreshing

See it if you're seeking a musical experience that is simultaneously larger than life but intensely intimate.

Don't see it if you're looking for a traditional theatre experience. The set is made of found materials, and there's a chance you'll get wet and sandy.

79
Entertaining, Fluffy, Clever

See it if you want to see a group of talented kids perform. There's a balanced mix of kid humor and adult humor which makes for a nice family show.

Don't see it if you're looking for a show with a phenomenal score or earth-shattering musical numbers.

Also Among other things, the movie gleans comic relief from the archetypal ... Read more Read less

67
Clever, Cliched, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if you want a fluffy cute family show that isn't Frozen. The projection work is very well done.

Don't see it if you are looking for a show with more than 6" of depth or any real meaning.

Also I thought the first act was very awkward and forced, but was well rede... Read more Read less

65
For a previous production
Clever, Insipid, Funny, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you want a great family show . It's funny and the set is brilliant. Though the show dragged on I enjoyed it.

Don't see it if you don't want to watch a slapstick routine that should have been cut at 30 minutes.

93
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a modern classic. The acting is great and the play is as important today as it was in the 90s.

Don't see it if you're looking for a light show. It's probably not great for small kids. The themes are heavy and require some serious digestion.

73
Cliched, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you're a Carole King fan. The odds are you'll love the show. The staging is cute and the songs are catchy.

Don't see it if you hate jukebox musicals or you're not a fan of King's music. The plot isn't too riveting or surprising either.

100
Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing, Must see

See it if you love classic BIG shows with BIG celebrities and BIG numbers.

Don't see it if you hate Broadway. Otherwise I can't think of any reason not to see it.

99
Absorbing, Great staging, Masterful, Must see, Resonant

See it if you want to see everything a modern musical can-- and should, be. The staging is superb and the cast is delightful.

Don't see it if you're looking for classic "big broadway."