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. I'm now posting too! Checkout my links. As Seth Rudetsky says, I'm obsessed.
Reviews (203)
71
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Overrated, Ambitious

See it if You are a teen or felt like an outsider when you were one. The kids, especially the theatre kids I talked to in the audience loved it.

Don't see it if You are expecting something profound. It’s a high concept show that has I think has limited adult appeal. Just OK.

71
Disappointing, Dated, Fluffy

See it if It is closed.

Don't see it if In today’s climate where politics are crazy, this old fluffy romp seems perticularly shallow. Dated and silly.

52
During previews
Sophomoric, Raunchy, Indulgent

See it if you like silly erudite low brow comedies. Julie White was a stand out. If you like high camp, you might enjoy moments.

Don't see it if you will be offended by mannequins with accurate body parts & every body function discussed. A familiarity with Titus Andronicus may help.

83
Dated, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if This is a very good production of a so-so show. Kelly O’Hara’s wonderful. Will Chase’s fine. Not much chemistry. Good choreo, dir & MusicDir

Don't see it if The biggest problem is the show is dated and some off the songs are ridiculously long and some groaner rhymes. Not Porters best work.

91
During previews
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Intense, Absorbing

See it if You want a wonderful script about bullying and parenting. Well directed and great ensemble acting. Even beautiful set. Don’t miss it!

Don't see it if You don’t like dramas. It’s an emotional peice.

72
Excellent performance in a not great script

See it if If you like Sam Shepard, but this story doesn’t have the depth that Buried Child has. Great performances, especially by Paul Dano.

Don't see it if The plot doesn’t make a lot of sense. It is very contrived. It’s also fairly dark, so if you are looking for an uplifting story, skip it.

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love the bones of Tootsie -Santino Fontana's audition number is a showstopper. He's wonderful! Supporting cast was good.

Don't see it if It gives up some of the best film moments, but it's still a great farce. The play moves the action to a "Musical" instead of a Soap Opera

Also There are a few GREAT laughs. The young leading man's schtick is hyste... Read more Read less

76
During previews
Cliched, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you are looking for a boy meets girl sort of show. Max Crumm is charming, w/ fabulous voice. Allie Trimm played multiple characters adeptly

Don't see it if A cliched piece will bug you. I Love You Your Perfect Now Change, and Blind Date do a better job with the subject. Staging had issues.

Also The theatrical space was a 3/4 thrust with the raised wide runway as t... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Lighthearted, Fluffy, Not much laugh out loud humor

See it if you are up for a sweet and quirky comedy that revolves around Snooker. Great ensemble acting. I didn't mind the pace and enjoyed the evening

Don't see it if you are looking for slapstick or huge laughs. Not as funny as One Man Two Guvnors. Don't expect a farce. You get Great likable characters.

Also The playwright has a some great running jokes that I loved but wanted ... Read more Read less

85
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Cliched

See it if you want to see the African mean girl, however this had a beautifully handled topic of race and color. Saw new prod.in LA. Excellent cast

Don't see it if a hopefully outdated glimpse into color preference with in a race, doesn't excite you. However, it was a well edited, short show. saw 9/18

82
During previews
Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you like Samantha Bark (gorgeous) & Andy Karl (charming). Show's too long, but enjoyed this more than I expected. Great costume homage.

Don't see it if My biggest disappointment was the score. Especially with Barks and Karl who are great vocalist.

Also The supporting cast was strong. Orfeh is a standout. ... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Great acting, Indulgent script, Confusing character arcs

See it if You want to see wonderful ensemble acting by the 4 male leads. I know brothers who behave like this... but the second half felt contrived.

Don't see it if The earsplitting pre-show music was an attempt to make a point.- Out of place, indulgent, and ridiculous! Let the script carry your message.

Also I have never been to a show that intended to annoy it's audience with ... Read more Read less

85
Intelligent, Entertaining, Predictable

See it if you want to see a well directed and well acted jewel of a play. Especially liked the suspense built at the very beginning.

Don't see it if You don't want a predictable plot, or post Victorian image of women. Although redeemed, the female lead was portrayed as shallow and dim.

Also I'm surprised I have not seen this show before. It has some fun twists... Read more Read less

83
Great singing, Beautiful song cycle

See it if you love JRB! Great music. Shoshana Bean's Surabaya Santa hysterical & Mykal Kilgore's Flying Home stopped the show!

Don't see it if you want a story, or a related themes. If a great dance ensemble that completely upstage the singers bothers you.

Also Jason Robert Brown's album was released today, so the highlight of the... Read more Read less

52
Fluffy, Cliched, Dated, Great music

See it if You are a sci-fi fan. Want to here great pastiche music from the 50s & 60s. STANDOUT Kaitlyn Baldwin. Funny, charismatic and great voice.

Don't see it if This is not a off-broadway caliber production. Book needs work, Lyrics need work. It's a show in it's infancy that rewritten could be good.

Also Although I loved the music and thought songs were well placed, the lyr... Read more Read less

75
Beautiful music, Heartbreaking

See it if See if if you like Kander's music, and enjoy dance.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of Kander's music, or the dark and sad themes he seems to be attracted to. I'm not a huge fan of the story.

Also This is ultimately a love story about a man with a mental health issue... Read more Read less

93
During previews
Great singing, Enchanting, Dated

See it if you love Anika Noni Rose! She is spectacular vocally & her acting is fabulous. BRAVA! Strong cast. Big full voices. I saw the 1st preview.

Don't see it if You don't like Bizet, or want to see a 1940's version of Carmen. Director did a great job with actors, but staging ensemble staging was weak

Also The set was minimal, which wasn't an issue but I was frustrated by eve... Read more Read less

71
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Slow

See it if Love Parsons & Quinto or you want to remember the 1960's and try to understand the angst of the day. But even 1hr 40 felt long.

Don't see it if - this show is dated and mean spirited and does nothing to illuminate the gay community as it is now. Parsons and Quinto are miscast.

Also I love Jim Parsons, but do I believe him as a suave playboy that jet s... Read more Read less

67
Dated, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you have never seen this show. Lauren Ridloff does a good job with a great role. Not my favorite script.

Don't see it if you want to care. I was frustrated by the lack of empathy I had for the characters. Joshua Jackson signs well, but sounded stilted.

68
During previews
Slow, Stagnant boring direction, Miscast

See it if If you are a Shaw fan, and want to see anything he's written. It put me to sleep! I don't recommend. The fault is the director's. Needs edit

Don't see it if Extremely long & laborious with mixed acting styles & stagnant & uneven direction. Even though I'm a fan Rashad is miscast. Pass on this.

89
Exquisite, Great singing, Dark and fabulous

See it if It's closed, but I'm hoping it will transfer! James Snyder's voice made the entire evening worth watching! A nicely trimmed rework.

Don't see it if You're looking for an upbeat comedy. It's based on the movie with John Barrymore & Greta Garbo. You want the 2 1/2 hour original.

Also This tightened all the plots from the original -- kept in all the meat... Read more Read less

86
Riveting, Funny, Disturbing

See it if you are a fan of Martin McDonagh's dark humor, as I am. Great cast & direction. It's closing after sellout &1 extension. I hope it transfers

Don't see it if you don't like black comedies. It's not as disturbing as the Lieutenant of Inishmore, but still a dark quirky script.

92
During previews
Amazing acting, Great directing, So-so writing

See it if you want to see Metcalf and Jackson give tour-de-force performances! - They elevate a weaker, and maudlin Albee play. Tony noms for sure.

Don't see it if you aren't an Edward Albee fan. Themes of aging & trust & life choices. This would have been 100 for acting & directing & set. 70 for script

68
During previews
Disappointing, Dated, Andy einhorn musical dir- great, Great score!

See it if you like the original book of Carousel. Joshua Henry's voice was great. Mueller & Mendez are adorable, but tight vocally. GREAT SCORE.

Don't see it if Issues of spousal abuse being romanticized bothers you. There is a reason this isn't revived often. NO CHEMISTRY between Henry & Mueller.

Also I think Carousel is one of R&H's best scores, but the book has real pr... Read more Read less

91
Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Successfully ambitious

See it if you loved the movie. Caissie Levy's voice is phenomenal! Patty Murren's cute. Lots of Disney magic & fun. Young princesses are standouts.

Don't see it if you don't like Disney. This is the epitome of a Disney musical

Also I think this is one of Disney's best shows. Great positive story. Grea... Read more Read less

77
Fluffy, High concept, Wonderful choreography

See it if You want to see gorgeous dancing. Second act has a very fun fantasy sequence. Fluffy but cute script. Music themes heard 20x typical Rogers

Don't see it if You want a contemporary show, or don’t have the patience for a long first act, or a very repetitive score.

72
Funny, Quirky, Confusing, Cliched

See it if Has the makings of a good show. The music is ok. Acting is cute. Mimi Scardulla standout! High concept mystery murder cheerleader spoof.

Don't see it if lyrics with the accent on the wrong syllable annoy you. Fuzzy plot, that almost works.

40
Slow, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if you like modern dance, pop hypno-music & don't mind a show that is painfully slow and feels long even at 90min. Actors all worked hard

Don't see it if I was really not a fan of this show. Sadly it was boring. Misconceived original musical. I agree with the critics.

Also BEWARE:... Read more Read less

81
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You want history of Gloria Steinem, and her career. Very educational. The act 2 talking circle that was extremely interesting.

Don't see it if You don’t want a bio show on Gloria Steinem. It was fairly pedantic, told with historical vignettes vs scenes & traditional dialogue.

83
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if The was very ambitious taking on a lot of topical issues, but also felt a little like a mystery as the story revealed itself. Well directed

Don't see it if The two lead women were awesome. The script was almost too chock full of themes. Overall I highly recommend it.

Also FYI the tickets are free with a donation to the theatre company option... Read more Read less

90
Exquisite, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you are an Elaine May fan. She is BRILLIANT in the role

Don't see it if you are disturbed by the slow decline and onset of Alzheimers. Heartbreaking piece with a strong cast. Go!

73
During previews
Slow, Epic, Disappointing, Great music

See it if you're looking for a sad Steinbeck-ish novel meets Bob Dylan's music. Songs work surprisingly well for the period. Great ensemble acting.

Don't see it if your looking for Dylan's greatest its. I left the theatre trying to figure out who the protagonist was. Plot was dark and painfully slow.

Also This is a large cast and many plot lines. A sad story about a bed and ... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Absorbing, Great writing, Great direction, Tour de force performances, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in seeing a thought provoking intelligent piece. Well directed and wonderfully acted, it lead to great conversation after

Don't see it if you aren't interested in a cerebral play. It's smart, and contemporary. I thought it made for a great evening in the theatre.

80
Great musician, Long, Entertaining

See it if you love Irving Berlin. Felder spins tales and plays with great aplomb. This is the perfect role for him.

Don't see it if you aren't a Berlin fan, or you are looking for more drama in your one man shows. It's very much a historical bio.

76
During previews
Cliched, Fluffy, Predictable but fun

See it if You like a traditional musical theater story and light rock music. The audience seemed to have fun.

Don't see it if A bland, weak score and a cliched story you don't think are worth an evening

Also The show overall was FUN but incredibly predictable. Many of the jokes... Read more Read less

82
Funny, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if You like Joshua Harmon's (Bad Jews) writing. Idina Menzel and Stephen Carrasco have great mother / son chemistry.

Don't see it if You don't like plays with whining, where EVERY character is self centered. You don't buy into the philosophy that looks ARE everything.

Also I loved the character Jodi's (Idina Menzel) battle to not define herse... Read more Read less

77
Fluffy, Great for kids., A show with-in a show

See it if If you like a light, fun, kids show and are familiar with both Wicked & Frozen. It's not a true parody, although it does parody the music...

Don't see it if ...and has a lot of references to the shows, this story is about a teacher and girl that are reading her play as a storm snows them in.

Also I was disappointed because I was expecting a tradition parody mash-up ... Read more Read less

68
Confusing, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you like dark theatre base on mind games, that segue to darker actions. Matt Maretz is the standout.

Don't see it if the issue is that the Playwright created 1 dimensional malicious characters. It left me empty & I didn't care about these antiheroes.

Also I want to root for a protagonist whether or not they are successful. T... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to consider place and impact of a human life. Great acting. Well directed. I found it a great jumping off point for discussions.

Don't see it if The lead character comments as a moralist, but acts immorally. Many of the facts were skewed to her POV, so incorrect historically.

Also I loved this play. You are lead to believe the antagonist is the prota... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Great choreography!, Fluffy, Long, Silly & fun farce

See it if you like Elizabethan farce. Love the Go-go's music - which was well used. ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS CHOREOGRAPHY. Great energy level!

Don't see it if don't like silly farce. Some of the jokes didn't land. Needs a little tightening and cutting. I had VERY low expectations. - enjoyed it

Also So this was a hard show to review. I had VERY LOW expectations. Most o... Read more Read less

90
Delightful, Slow, Great acting, Great singing, Wonderful score!

See it if like me, you LOVE the score. Ambrose was charming; Hadden-Paton was WONDERFUL! Higgins had humanity & charm that I've not seen

Don't see it if You don't like a slower paced show. That is over 3 hr. Don't like a more ambiguous ending that's very oddly directed.

Also The show is visually beautiful: Sets, costumes and lighting. However, ... Read more Read less

69
Disturbingly dark, Great acting

See it if You love black comedy, and aren't easily offended. David Rea is great. - the whole cast is strong.

Don't see it if play about a man who has a serious mental health issue and is ultimately unredeemable bothers you. Too dark and not funny enough for me.

Also As a rule, I like a black comedy. I love the Martin McDonagh's work, b... Read more Read less

76
Ambitious, Cliched, Interesting scientific base

See it if You like theatre that is based around new medical innovation. interesting discovery.

Don't see it if I saw the last performance. Enjoyed it more than I was expecting to.

Also There were 3 stories. A pregnancy chat room - that was honest, but had... Read more Read less

81
Absorbing, Ambitious, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a lovely ensemble cast, and an interesting topic. Director gives the audience the sense of being overwhelmed as the lead is.

Don't see it if You want a very linear script. The script is disjointed and rambles a bit, but pulls together at the end. A heartfelt show.

74
During previews
Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you are a Summer fan, or love LaChance. She is fabulous! Audience was singing along & cheering. Loved that it's an almost all female cast.

Don't see it if you aren't a Summer fan. Story feels glossy and romanticized. Great music. Loved that they had individual bows for the hard working ensemble

Also This is an ambitious project to take on such an icon with 3 actresses.... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Ambitious, Relevant, Moving

See it if you want to see an emotional show about the aftermath of a school shooting and its impact on one of the students.

Don't see it if you think you are going to see a simple antigun piece. It covers themes of grief, fear, honesty, first love, privilege from $, aging, etc.

Also I think there were too many themes. It tried to be all things to all p... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Great acting, Slow first act, Great classic, Well directed

See it if you love Denzel! He's wonderful. Great ensemble cast. Great script. Love the set.

Don't see it if you can't sit for an almost 4 hour show. Saw first preview. Actors weren't wearing mics. Hopefully they will before it opens.

Also This was a terrific productions! I'm not sure why the director didn't ... Read more Read less

81
Fascinating, Performance art, Long, Ambitious

See it if you like performance art. I loved the real history Kobayashi uncovered from sleuthing. The depth of detail and presentation were very orig.

Don't see it if you like short, & no reading. In the 2nd act, we skipped some pages, I felt like a kid at a Seder being allowed to skip ahead! Needs a trim.

49
During previews
Needs fixing, Concert mash-up w/classical and rock classics

See it if You don't care about a book. Love rock Classics. Don't care about butchered Classical music. An interesting concept, just badly executed.

Don't see it if I rarely give a score this low. Talked w/ 2 strangers for 30 min after about what needs fixing-see below. Bring earplugs! Very loud!

Also Here are the fixes (if the creatives are checking):... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Great acting, Not lonergan's best script, Seamless staging

See it if you want to see great performances by all 4 actors. Well paced. If you like social dramas. A great evening of character studies.

Don't see it if you like a neat ending. It had issues, the writer or director didn't seem to make up his mind which way to take Michael Sera's character.

Also SPOILER. - DON'T READ THIS IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE PLOT.... Read more Read less