Mama Rose

New York City | 50-64 | Female
About:  I love theatre, with a warm spot for Musicals of all sort! I'm blessed to have seen almost every musical in NY for many years.
Reviews (273)
87
During previews
Delightful, Fluffy, Entertaining
December 5th, 2022

See it if You want to see a fun musical that reworks "Some Like It Hot" - different emphasis than the movie. But a fun evening out. Go see it!

Don't see it if You don't like the feel and structure of an old fashioned musical. Boy meets girl... Also, little chemistry between the Borle and Hicks.

Also Hick is beautiful & has a gorgeous voice! Her acting is light, & she a... Read more Read less

83
Entertaining
December 2nd, 2022

See it if you like the movie, or haven't seen the movie. Interesting coming of age story.

Don't see it if You didn't like the movie. Essentailly the same but with more music.

71
Story not really suited to a one man show, Great acting, Dizzying
December 2nd, 2022

See it if you love Jefferson Mays and can sit though a wonderful christmas classic done as a one man show

Don't see it if You want a more traditional version of a Christmas carol. I love Mays, but this I have preferred other productions.

Also I love the story. I try to see a version of it every year, and if ther... Read more Read less

94
Enchanting, Must see, Great singing, Great acting, Wonderful ensemble cast
December 2nd, 2022

See it if a sweet human heartwarming story with wonderful actors and singer brings you joy. Don't miss it!

Don't see it if you are looking for a large splashy musical. It's a smaller show that works on a big stage due to the caliber of the performances, & writing

Also The story is quirky. It almost has a Roald Dahl feel to the adults. Al... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Excruciating, Very weak script, Slow, Disappointing, Great acting
December 2nd, 2022

See it if you want to see Audra McDonald narrate the entire story, while acting some of it out in past tense. Akward use of narative that fails badly.

Don't see it if I just thought this was a terrible telling of this sad and disturbing story. You don't want to see a story about murdered babies.

Also I'm a huge fan of McDonald, but sadly, despite her acting elevating th... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Predictable jukebox musical, Slow, Great song book. - it's neil diamond!
December 2nd, 2022

See it if You love Neil Diamond's music. I happily sat through the show thinking "This is a great song!" over & over again. Mark Jacoby was wonderful.

Don't see it if you don't like juke box musicals or are looking for a story that uses the music in a creative way. Great dancers, but terrible choreo.

Also This show with music from 60-90's music had the opportunity to showcas... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Beautifully directed, Absorbing
November 26th, 2022

See it if you like a good story well told. Stressed the spiritual importance of history. Riviting.

Don't see it if you want a musical

85
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
November 15th, 2022

See it if you want to see a history of an Austrian Jewish family leading up to WWII. Interesting and well woven.

Don't see it if You don't want to sit through an epic story that spans 50 years.

49
Indulgent, Disappointing, Great script butchered by bad directing
October 26th, 2022

See it if Not recommended. See the movie. However, Mandi Masden was the standout. She gave a great, heart wrenching performance.

Don't see it if Want to see a well done version of the beautiful well written play. I don’t think the director liked or respected the dialogue

Also Where to begin?! The director had everyone yelling over each other and... Read more Read less

73
Love Quirks
Midtown W
Disappointing, Cliched, Mis-titled
September 22nd, 2022

See it if You want to see a play about relationships, not "Love Quirks

Don't see it if You have seen "I Love You You're Perfect Now Change" a much better show!

90
Titanique
Gramercy
Very tongue in cheek, Great singing, Hilarious
September 22nd, 2022

See it if like a fun parody. It was very clever and had an extremely fun twist. Silly and joyful.

Don't see it if You don't like Parodies or the movie Titanic

91
A great musical, well done., Delightful
September 22nd, 2022

See it if Loved the original on Broadway. I love the show.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a show about drag queen's shoes.

82
Didn't adapt sets for a broadway run., Masterful
September 22nd, 2022

See it if You like Sondheim. Wonderful cast. Great music direction.

Don't see it if You expect to see a full "Broadway" produced show. This was originally a short run, like the City Center does, they really don't have sets.

Also Even as the show has been extended, they haven't made an attempt to up... Read more Read less

92
POTUS
Midtown W
Broad black comedy / parody, Funny, Entertaining
May 2nd, 2022

See it if you want a farcical take on the white house goings on. The ensemble cast and the direction was great. Julie White is perfect! - don't miss!

Don't see it if You don't like political spoofs, you want to see a musical, or don't like black comedies or raunchy and lowbrow humor.

Also I was assuming that this was a Trump spoof, but the wife seemed to be ... Read more Read less

80
The title lacks a clue of the content of the play, Disturbing,, Great acting
May 2nd, 2022

See it if you want to see wonderful performances about a distubing subject matter, pedophilia. Heartbreaking and unnerving.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a play about a man grooming his neice for an affair from the time of 11-18. And you don't want to like the abuser.

Also This was a very well acted and well directed play. However, I personal... Read more Read less

85
Cock (London)
West End
Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking
May 2nd, 2022

See it if you want to see a very creative and smartly directed 4 person show about sexual preference and identity. Wonderful acting & award worthy dir

Don't see it if you are not comfortable with sexual discussion, or non-nude imagined sex (NOT GRAPHIC), or debate of gender preference.

Also SPOILER - if you don't want a spoiler, don't read below.... Read more Read less

68
Classic fantasy adventure story, with horrible pacing, Ambitious, Slow
May 2nd, 2022

See it if you are patient and don't mind a very slowly paced story. The actors were good, the plot interesting. You like fantasy adventure.

Don't see it if you believe in the addage that "Theatre should not be boring" The pacing is truely dreadful. Which is too bad, since the story's good.

Also The show's music slows it down rather than adding life and urgency to ... Read more Read less

71
Anyone Can Whistle (London)
Elephant and Castle
Great music, Dated, Quirky
May 2nd, 2022

See it if you have never seen it and are a Sondheim Fan. The mayor steals the show. Other than her, the performances are ok.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a very quirky dated show morality tale about political corruption. The plot misses which is why it's not revived more

84
30 minutes too long, Resonant, Great singing, Ambitious
April 28th, 2022

See it if You like historical musicals. Takes place at 5 points NY at the start of the civil war. Deals with integration and immigration and slavery.

Don't see it if If you want a fluffy piece.

Also Talent was great. The entire ensemble was strong both dramatically and... Read more Read less

60
Graphic, not suited for children!, Raunchy, Excruciating, Ambitious
April 28th, 2022

See it if You like theatre of the dysfunctional. Although much of the audience seemed enthralled, this piece did not resonate with me. NOT FOR KIDS!!

Don't see it if You want a light hearted musical comedy. This is a sad portrayal of a gay, overweight, man of color, who is emotionally self destructive.

Also The staging is graphic and disturbing in parts. NOT SUITED FOR CHILDRE... Read more Read less

82
Absorbing, Good acting, Great writing
April 21st, 2022

See it if you like David Mammet's writing. Wonderful dialogue, strong performances. Wish Mammet had women in his shows... 3 men cast.

Don't see it if If you saw the last 2 Broadway prod. of this. I preferred them, however this might settle in after they are open a bit. I love the show.

83
Great staging, Nicely handled material, Entertaining
April 19th, 2022

See it if you love Michael Jackson and want to see a 1992 moment in his life with some flashbacks. & his greatest hits done well. Great Ensemble!

Don't see it if don't like Micheal Jackson or his music. Or find any reason to justify his quirky behavior a problem.

Also MJ was clearly a musical genius and clearly flawed. This celebrates th... Read more Read less

80
Great singing, Fluffy
April 17th, 2022

See it if you like fun silly musicals. What to hear Britney Nicole Simpson's great voice.

Don't see it if You like relevant edgy musical.

80
Coal Country
West Village
Resonant, Riveting, Great acting
April 17th, 2022

See it if You want to see wonderful performances. Great ensemble. A great retelling of a real event.

Don't see it if you are expecting a traditional musical. It has country music between scenes greatly slowing the show.

Also Best: The editing of the material ia brilliantly done, and every perfo... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Good music, Funny, Entertaining
April 17th, 2022

See it if You're a Billy Crystal fan. His timing's still perfect. JR Brown's music capturing the style of the peice. Shoshana Bean's vocals!

Don't see it if you don't want to see a piece about a self-centered past his prime comic. If anyone other than Crystal played this part you would hate him.

Also Randy Graff plays the enabling wife, I think the weakest character in ... Read more Read less

65
Really dated!, Dated
April 17th, 2022

See it if You love Sarah Jessical Parker. She is wonderful in all 3 acts. Matthew Broderick plays the same character regardless of what the script.

Don't see it if you want to see a funny show that has fresh laughs. It hasn't been revived in 54 years ... because it doesn't hold up.

87
Lots of unnecessary nudity., Great writing, Riveting, Great acting
April 17th, 2022

See it if you like a really well written story with terrific actors.

Don't see it if Lots of full frontal male nudity is offensive (especially when it could have been staged without). or plays about sexuallity or race.

Also This was a great show! I'm sorry it had so much nudity, because when w... Read more Read less

79
Moving, Cliched, Great acting, Entertaining
April 17th, 2022

See it if You want to see a story of a woman from 17-90 They used achitypes & cliches & poke at the meaning and lack of meaning in one's life. Moving

Don't see it if You don't like a repeatative script. At different times the rituals are used as anchors, memories to honor a loved one & something to share.

Also Debra Messing gives an excellent performance. My favorite scene is the... Read more Read less

35
Hypnotic - but not in a good way, Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing
April 17th, 2022

See it if love cirque du soliel. Don't care about character or plot. Like trance music

Don't see it if Want more than a poor man's Cirque - without the gorgeous inovative costumes. Had the Hypnotic music that had a lot of the audience asleep.

Also I didn't stay for the second act. It was too unbearable. The dancers w... Read more Read less

87
Enchanting, Entertaining
April 16th, 2022

See it if you love a good old fashioned musical (this is a charming book with great music and well told.

Don't see it if You want something edgy. This is a classic boy meets girl Musical.

56
During previews
A love story w/ no chemistry, Dated, Slow
April 16th, 2022

See it if You are a fan of Ramin Karimloo, (despite how hard he worked, unfortunately he and Feldstein have no chemistry). Or you love some great tap!

Don't see it if A stridant pointed voice bothers you. Or you were expecting anything close to a Stesand performance. Feldstein is too young for the role.

Also OK, I love this show, but this was not a great production of it. Ramin... Read more Read less

57
Disappointing
December 23rd, 2021

See it if want to see Carmen Cusack rock the house with her fabulous voice.

Don't see it if You are hoping for a story with a purpose or dramatic conflict.

87
Clyde's (Broadway)
Midtown W
Quirky, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
December 22nd, 2021

See it if you want a show that is suprisingly fun. I was impressed by how riviting it was. Great acting. Great ensemble cast.

Don't see it if you want a straight forward uncomplicated show.

75
Intense, Edgy, Ambitious
December 22nd, 2021

See it if want to see a disturbing and thought provoking show.

Don't see it if if people acting out of character makes you angry or frustrated. I found some of the writing strained.

98
Must see, Hilarious, Great acting, Funny, Delightful
December 22nd, 2021

See it if This is absolutely a wonderful show! Rob McClure is great. It actually has as much charm as the movie. Bravo!

Don't see it if If you don't like the movie.

75
Fun, Fluffy, Entertaining
December 22nd, 2021

See it if want a fun upbeat show.

Don't see it if If you want a book musical.

79
Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Cliched, Dated, Great acting
December 22nd, 2021

See it if Love Sondheim and want to see a gender flip of one of his classic shows.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a woman playing an enabler & alcoholic. A sad dislikable character. I was found it more offensive if was a woman

85
Slow, Great acting
December 22nd, 2021

See it if If you like a classic greek tragedy with good music.

Don't see it if you don't like a tragedy.

98
Kimberly Akimbo
Chelsea
Quirky, Heartwarming, Great acting
December 8th, 2021

See it if Wonderfully cast with all powerhouse actors. This quirky love story has almost Roald Dahl characters for the adults. Charming and sweet.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with stories about illness. Or don't like musicals

72
SIX (Broadway)
Midtown W
Great singing, Quirky, Edgy, Short
March 3rd, 2020

See it if you want a rock concert of the 6 wives of Henry the VIII. Not much dialogue, and not much book. Great voices. OK music. Fun, short evening

Don't see it if You like a traditional book musical. Want more than 6 solos and a few group numbers.

90
Great acting, Great writing, Great pacing, Absorbing
March 3rd, 2020

See it if Wonderful cast. Great script! Riveting. I love mystery investigation dramas! Don't miss. Fabulous pacing.

Don't see it if you only like musicals.

77
During previews
Strong cast, It's message jumps the shark, Loved the first 80%
March 3rd, 2020

See it if you want wonderfully characters in a town hall meeting. You love Tracy Letts writing. Outstanding cast of Mueller, Pendleton & Hammer!

Don't see it if If you want to see a left turn and the whole cast jump the shark for the end. It was not my cup of tea. But I thoroughly enjoyed the build.

80
Socially relevant, Great singing, Entertaining
March 3rd, 2020

See it if You love Beth Malone, want to see a completely new script about Molly Brown based more on her real story.

Don't see it if You will miss the old Molly Brown story. This was a little preachy and a too long.

90
Mack & Mabel
Midtown W
Great acting, Exquisite score, Wonderful performances!, Terrible book
February 24th, 2020

See it if closed yesterday, but this is one of Herman's best score and Sills and Socha were WONDERFUL in the leads. Best revival of a weak book.

Don't see it if this is such a 70's musical despite the score. The love story of an addict and philandering egotist. - the reason it's not revived more.

Also I wish there was a way to fix this script and relish in the score. Thi... Read more Read less

88
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Relevant, Ambitious, Absorbing
December 1st, 2019

See it if you want to see a great performance by Brian Cox. It's fascinating to see the arc of the character during his time in office.

Don't see it if seeing the manipulation of a president will infuriate you. Incredibly heartbreaking and frustrating.

83
Panama Hattie
Midtown E
Cole porter!, Silly, fun!, Fluffy
November 3rd, 2019

See it if If you are a Cole Porter fan. This show isn't done often mostly because of it's silly plot. But if you are in for good music & fun, go!

Don't see it if You are looking for a drama, or a cohesive plot. Don't like Porter's music. Also be aware that Mufti prod. are minimal sets, & rehearsal.

Also Despite the books in hand, this was a fun evening. The lead had an ama... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Ambitious, Slow, Disappointing
November 3rd, 2019

See it if The only reason to see is to see Peter Dinklage live. The basic plot of Cyrano without much heightened language, or love of language.

Don't see it if the music and lyrics don't suit the original script and they dumb down the show. It is language that wins our heart. This version doesn't.

Also I thought it was interesting that Cyrano's "nose" was used as a euphem... Read more Read less

85
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Sung through, Overly choreographed, Great singing
November 3rd, 2019

See it if you are prepared to see a sung through album: simple, truthful, heartbreaking. Henry is fabulous! Modern dance choreo.

Don't see it if If you aren't interested in a pop/rap story. Don't like repetitive lyrics. (which didn't bother me since I knew it was an album first) ....

Also ... The choreography although lovely and beautifully danced, mirrored/... Read more Read less

78
Bella Bella
Midtown W
Go vote!
October 31st, 2019

See it if you want to learn about the amazing Bella Abzug. You love Harvey Fierstein.

Don't see it if you don't want to be preached at by a man "women can control the world if they would just vote for women." I love Harvey, but cast a woman!

Also I appreciate the writing to encourage us to vote. I enjoyed the script... Read more Read less

67
Poorly lit, Way too long, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious
October 30th, 2019

See it if You have the patience to see a conservative POV script that needs a good hair cut. Well acted, but not well directed or edited.

Don't see it if you hate shows that are so poorly lit that you end up with eyestrain. People around me were nodding off. Monologs droned on in the dark.

Also The concept of this piece is really interesting! individuals with the ... Read more Read less