Luke

Newark | 25-34 | Male
About:  A professional musician living in NYC. I've spent several years in the musical theatre scene. Since moving to NYC in 2011, seeing Broadway shows has kind of been my thing.
Reviews (70)
65
Great singing, Lackluster ensemble, Funny, Fluffy

See it if you want to see 2 legends battle it out. They are pretty much the only reason to see this show.

Don't see it if you want big show numbers or a deep, meaningful story. It is pretty lacking in that sense.

Also This show is pretty much nothing without its stars. I bet the show wou... Read more Read less

75
Entertaining, Great staging, Disappointing, Lackluster

See it if you enjoy big-band music. The score is pretty fantastic. Or like stories involving veterans.

Don't see it if You want great acting from your leading couple. I'll explain below...

Also I think the concept of the show is fantastic. And as a musician myself... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing

See it if you like your dramas with some great comedy mixed in. The cast is fantastic. The show is very well written.

Don't see it if you don't want to see nudity. Spoiler: there is a nude dude throughout one scene. Or if you're offended by simulated gay sex.

Also This was an exceptional 90 minutes of theatre. I would highly recommen... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Delightful, Crowded, Fluffy, Funny

See it if you have kids. Or love great costume design (seriously...the dresses are phenomenal).

Don't see it if you're expecting the movie. FAR from it. Same story...told a different way.

Also I mainly saw this because a friend of mine is making her Broadway debu... Read more Read less

95
Delightful, Exquisite, Must see, Perfect!

See it if you love theatre. This show is exactly what it needs to be. The cast is perfect. The concept is perfect. The direction...yes...perfect.

Don't see it if Even if you don't like musicals, go see it to see Jake Gyllenhaal in a way you've never seen him before. This show was just phenomenal

Also I know shows don't happen strictly to win awards, but it's a shame tha... Read more Read less

65
Disappointing, Great singing, Insipid, Just ok

See it if you are impressed with extremely talented kids. And a leading man whose voice reaches the rafters.

Don't see it if see below

Also There were so many little things about this show that just kind of got... Read more Read less

70
Great singing, Entertaining, Slightly disappointing

See it if you know and like the movie. And like Bock and Harnick in general.

Don't see it if you expect an exact replica of the movie. There are differences. Some are good...some aren't.

Also This one was a tricky one to score. It's one of those movie musicals w... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you love all things Carole King. This show does her music so must justice!

Don't see it if you don't care about the life or music of Carole King. You will be highly disappointed.

Also As someone who grew up in a household that always had music going, and... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like intense plays. This definitely won't disappoint. There is plenty of good-hearted fun as well.

Don't see it if you are offended by strong language or racial slurs...as there is A LOT of it. But it perfectly fits the setting.

Also In reading the layout of the play, I wasn't sure what to think going i... Read more Read less

70
Cliched, Entertaining, Great singing, Fun, Easy to watch

See it if You love seeing stories of New Yorkers and a cappella music. This show covers some "stereotypical" New York lifestyles and their struggles

Don't see it if You find the lives of New Yorkers dull and mundane. Or if you need an orchestra. There is some profanity (it's NYC, duh!).

Also This show is cute, at most. It's got a few really nice moments, but it... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if you love Mary-Louise Parker like I do. And if you wanna see her give a performance that should give her a Tony nomination (calling it now).

Don't see it if you can't be entertained by 2 people with minimal staging and props. Or if you can't tolerate some vulgarity.

69
Banal, Disappointing, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you have a love of Cole Porter. And Sutton Foster. And Joel Grey. Oh, and a great tap number.

Don't see it if you need a show with substance...as this show pretty much lacks it.

80
Delightful, Must see, Great dancing, Funny

See it if you enjoy a big jazz score with lush orchestrations, tight vocal harmonies, and lots of dancing. Some great re-imagining of Berlin's songs.

Don't see it if I can't really think of a reason not to see it. It's new, it's fun, it's full of great music and dancing. And Studio 54 never disappoints!

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love the music of Edith and Jacques. It is done very well!

Don't see it if you don't know their music and don't know French. It's still great to listen to even if you don't understand it, though. :D

79
Entertaining, Hilarious, Aumsing

See it if I've seen very little of TGG, but I knew enough to know these boys pretty much nailed the characters. I enjoyed it very much!

Don't see it if you're offended by drag. Or if you dislike small-scale theatre. This is a stage in the back of a restaurant, so don't expect Broadway.

65
Entertaining, Great singing, Masterful, Skillful, Excruciating

See it if Just go for the Cirque aspect of it. The talent these performers have is phenomenal. Just try to make it through the not-so-great storyline

Don't see it if Cirque isn't enough. The story isn't grand, and a lot of the lyrics are horrendous. But at least the voices are nice to listen to.

75
Entertaining, Hilarious, Quirky, Great singing

See it if you like flashy shows with lots of dancing. And if you enjoy lots of men in drag. Like, a lot. Or if you like well-written songs.

Don't see it if you're offended by gay things. Or if you don't like Cyndi Lauper. Or if you don't like to have a good time.

80
Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you've ever worked in a restaurant...especially in NYC. Just one joke after another. Excellent writing. And JTF is hilarious in this!

Don't see it if you have younger children. Some strong language at times, mainly towards the end. Other than that, an extremely enjoyable performance.

85
For a previous production
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great writing, Great singing

See it if you love the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Such a great telling of their story. And the singing is phenomenal.

Don't see it if I don't know why anyone wouldn't see this. It's fun. It's full of songs you know. The acting is great. The singing is great. Go see it.

75
Enchanting, Great staging, Masterful, Great singing

See it if You love classic musical theatre. And Kelli O'Hara. And a full orchestra. But especially Kelli O'Hara. And kids. And Kelli O'Hara.

Don't see it if My one complaint is that the King's accent was so thick at times, I couldn't understand what he was saying. Other than that, great show!

87
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Romantic, Great singing

See it if you love Sara Bareilles. Her music style shines through. And the cast is fantastic, especially Christopher Fitzgerald. Just a great show!

Don't see it if I dunno...you don't like pie? The beginning was a little slow, but once it got going, I was thoroughly engaged for the remainder of the show

85
Delightful, Great staging, Original, Riveting, Great singing

See it if This is like a white version of The Color Purple. In a great way. The ensemble sound is great. The leading lady is fantastic. Go see it!

Don't see it if You don't necessarily care for bluegrass/folk type music. But I would still highly recommend it to all. And it's family friendly.

50
Banal, Dated, Disappointing, Tired

See it if you are like me and just want to see all the shows. But this show just seems tired. It's only still open because tourists know the title.

Don't see it if eh, it's just old and tired. it needs revamping. I wouldn't suggest avoiding it, but it's not my first recommendation.

75
Funny, Original, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you are a teacher. or know a teacher. this show tells the true struggle for many schools and teachers across the country.

Don't see it if you're offended by language. or offended by two guys kissing (there is a gay couple in the show). And if you are, get over it; it's 2016.

95
For a previous production
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Must see, Intense

See it if you enjoy a visually stimulating show. Also an entire cast of great characters. A mix of Next to Normal and Curious Incident. Must see!

Don't see it if offended by language, as there is some. Other than that, it's a fantastic show that all should experience before it's gone.

95
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you want to witness a phenomenal cast in a feel-good show that pulls at all your heartstrings.

Don't see it if you don't want to cry. Because let's face it, it's going to happen.

Also Tickets are hard to come by, but I got in line at 6:45am for a rush ti... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great writing, Profound, Resonant

See it if you like good theatre. Or if you like shows about Jewish history. Or plays with music. Or, or, or...just go see it.

Don't see it if you don't want to think too much. Or come face-to-face with facts of Jewish persecution. Or offended by ideas of homosexuality.

Also I was pleasantly surprised with this show. I didn't really know anythi... Read more Read less

65
Great singing, Great staging, Cliched

See it if See below.

Don't see it if See below.

Also I don't know how I felt about this show. The cast itself is extremely ... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Delightful, Great staging, Masterful, Visually stimulating

See it if you love Bette, or David Hyde Pierce, or Gavin Creel, or Kate Baldwin, or Jerry Herman, or if you want your eyes to have orgasm after orgasm

Don't see it if you're expecting a Streisand-style performance. Bette isn't quite the powerhouse. But man is she entertaining to watch...

Also I'm really torn on this production in some aspects. As I mentioned, th... Read more Read less

65
Slow, Disappointing

See it if you want to see Sally Field live. She's really the only reason I went. And the only reason I can still use to have seen it.

Don't see it if you need stimulation to get through a show. There is VERY little. So much silence. You have to really stay focused.

Also This show, despite how much I wanted to like it, just wasn't for me. I... Read more Read less

95
For a previous production
Hilarious, Great staging, Must see, Delightful, Fantastic

See it if you want to spend 2.5 hours laughing almost non-stop. It's pretty much Act 3 of Noises Off...the whole time. Hilariously physical, too!

Don't see it if you have no soul. Seriously...anyone should be able to enjoy themselves at this show. You don't have to like theatre to like this show.

70
Delightful, Entertaining, Fluffy, Quirky, Funny

See it if you want some good laughs. It's a simple show...not much thought is required from the audience.

Don't see it if You're overly sensitive with religion being talked about in a way that isn't necessarily biblical. (And if that's you, lighten up!)

75
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious

See it if you're a fan of the 1993 movie. Andy Karl definitely does NOT disappoint! The stage setup is brilliantly done for the needs of the show.

Don't see it if I can't think of many reasons NOT to see this show. Very little language, it's funny, great writing/singing/acting...just a fun night out!

Also While I don't see this winning too many awards (this is a GREAT Tony's... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Exquisite, Masterful, Must see, Riveting

See it if you want to see a magnificent piece of work. And an almost 70-year-old Glenn Close work some magic on stage. And hear ALW's best work!

Don't see it if you want a true revival with expansive sets. Or just really don't like anything done by ALW (though this should change your mind).

Also I've never really been a fan of Andrew Lloyd Weber's works, but this w... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Absorbing, Exquisite, Epic, Riveting, Slow (at times)

See it if you want to have a completely interactive experience in the theater. And see Classic literature fused with house, club, and theater music.

Don't see it if you can't handle strobe lights. It happens a lot. Or if you don't like the novel War and Peace. Or Leo Tolstoy.

Also This show was a difficult one to score. It's creative and fresh like H... Read more Read less

70
Entertaining, Great singing, Fun

See it if you like In The Heights. And enjoy latin music (how can you not like the rhythm??).

Don't see it if you don't like shows that play into stereotypes. Or don't like latin music.

85
Edgy, Intense, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you secretly have an angsty teenager still inside you. Or if you are one still. And like rock-style musicals.

Don't see it if you're offended by talk of sex. Or foul language. Or kids growing up.

75
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Confusing, Great singing

See it if you enjoy Finn's shows "Falsettoland" and "March of the Falsettos," as this is a combination of the two. Also, the cast is to die for.

Don't see it if you want big, showy production numbers. This is a small cast with minimal set/props.

Also I've never been a huge fan of William Finn music, but this was an enjo... Read more Read less

65
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Interesting, Great acting, Raunchy

See it if You're interested in learning more about the Chem scene. And "Chill" parties. It was definitely eye-opening.

Don't see it if You're easily offended by nudity. Or the gay scene. Or bad language. Or drug use. Or sex simulation. Need I continue...?

90
Exquisite, Great singing, Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if Well, now you can't. But, if you like Motown music. It was nice to see a Jukebox musical done so well. I was honestly blown away.

Don't see it if It closed. So you can't. But, if it comes back, everyone should see it. There are tunes that everyone will know and love.

80
Clever, Confusing, Entertaining, Fluffy, Great dancing

See it if you're a fan of the original as much of it holds true. If you like dance...these Cats are top notch. And the atmosphere is so much fun!

Don't see it if the thought of hearing "Memory" one more time will drive you to your grave. Or if you're only a dog person.

85
Entertaining, Great acting, Masterful, Great dancing, Great singing

See it if you love to watch dancing. And hear great singing. And great acting. And witness Audra singing, dancing, and tapping...while pregnant...

Don't see it if if you're uncomfortable with racial discussion/terms. Or if you don't like history with your shows.

65
During previews
Cute, Fun, Great singing

See it if You want to further the history lesson you got from Hamilton, though not quite the same way...

Don't see it if You don't appreciate small theatre. It is clearly not a Broadway show, and it probably never will be. But the cast was good. Great voices.

79
Great staging, Epic, Romantic, Confusing, Great singing

See it if you want to see something that everyone knows. And if you enjoy the music. Fairly well done, but the show itself is just...bleh.

Don't see it if you need a happy musical. Seriously. This show is far from your typical "happy ending" show. Also drags on at some points.

88
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Romantic, Great singing

See it if you love latin music. And dancing. And a show in the style of a concert. And sure, I guess if you like Gloria Estefan.

Don't see it if Lots of lights don't agree with you. Concert-style lights that flash into the audience, as well as strobe lights. Other than that, go see it

65
During previews
War
Confusing, Funny, Great staging, Original

See it if you enjoy contemporary theater concerning family ordeals. Once the concept comes to light about the gorillas, it's a great idea; clever.

Don't see it if you need a show full of stimulation to stay intrigued. Many scenes of darkly lit, quiet monologues. A few things were also not made clear.

65
Entertaining, Delightful, Disappointing

See it if you like a lot of dancing in a show. The final ballet in particular is very nice.

Don't see it if It's just an "eh" kind of show. Some good moments, a few good songs, but the melodies are often better than the lyrics themselves. It is ok.

85
Absorbing, Beautiful, Great staging, Masterful, Must see

See it if you like Gershwin music. And dancing. Because there are lots of both. And it's absolutely breath-taking.

Don't see it if you prefer only contemporary musicals. but even if you do, this is a must-see. expand your horizons and culture yourself!

90
Delightful, Exquisite, Masterful, Must see, Refreshing

See it if you are a fan of classic musical theatre. this could be considered the first perfect musical comedy. and the cast is STUNNING.

Don't see it if I can't think of anyone who wouldn't like it, even if to just see the cast. But the show is just too good to miss!

60
Amusing, Quirky, Silly

See it if you're in the mood for something that doesn't make you think. It's light-hearted and amusing, but at times felt a little amateur.

Don't see it if you want a show with substance. this is 100% farcical. I felt the production quality was also slightly lacking.