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 (212)
79
During previews
Fern Hill
Midtown E
Great acting

See it if Great cast. The performance are worth the journey.

Don't see it if You didn't like Humans. Very similar feel. although considerably lighter.

81
Great singing

See it if Saw this before Broadway. It's another musical bio show (like Jersey Boys, Beautiful etc) I'm particularly fond of the music, and fun choreo

Don't see it if Seeing another bio show doesn't interest you.

Also Saw this 9/08/18 in LA

94
A really fun evening!, Hilarious, Great staging, Delightful

See it if want an incredibly fun evening. No message. Jokes for jokes sake musical. The audience was giggling through the whole thing. Don't miss it

Don't see it if you want to see a serious piece or something more relevant. This was old fashioned adorable comedy.

90
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Santino is a rock star!, Great acting, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if You want to see Santino Fontana give a fabulous performance. A less politically insensitive Tootsie reworked for stage. Funny. Just funny.

Don't see it if you are looking for great chemistry between the leads, or great music. One of Yazbek's weaker score. However, a fun and funny evening.

69
All My Sons
Midtown W
Stale, Overrated, Disappointing, Great writing

See it if With a mostly spectacular cast, the direction falters on one of my favorite Miller plays. If you have not see it before go.

Don't see it if You have seen other productions. Despite Benning and Letts, the show is poorly directed with no vision. Even the final moment rings false.

Also There were so many buzzer moments in the productions. The director see... Read more Read less

77
I Married an Angel
Midtown W
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
We Are The Tigers
East Village
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
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
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
Gloria: A Life
Gramercy
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
Operating Systems
Lower E Side
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
Skintight
Midtown W
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
Wicked Frozen
Midtown W
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
Dead Brains
East Village
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
Cyprus Avenue
East Village
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
Bump
Midtown W
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
We Live by the Sea
Midtown E
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

80
During previews
Slow, Clever

See it if You like illusionist and mind reading. But are prepared for off broadway intimate type show in a bigger house. Slower paced.

Don't see it if You want a Vegas type experience, or a book musical or play.

95
Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Celia Keenan-Bolger was wonder & deserving the Tony! Wonderful cast. I loved this show. Still relevant. Enjoyed the adaptation.

Don't see it if You want to see a musical.

Also Saw this 12/10/18. Forgot to review it, but just came across my notes.... Read more Read less

85
Octet
Midtown W
Quirky, Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you like very strong vocalist singing a cappella. I didn't know what it was about and it was an "Aha!" moment! 7/8th of a great show!

Don't see it if You are looking for anything like Comet. It's a different show, with its own life, and message. see below. Needs a little trimming.

Also I hope this gets worked on and goes on. The music is beautiful, and mo... Read more Read less

79
Funny, Fluffy

See it if you haven't seen the movie in long time. I had very low expectations, & was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this. Did I say low?!

Don't see it if you are expecting good music, or good story: Butler & McClure mug too much. The highlight is Leslie Kritzer's latin number!

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
Call Me Madam
Midtown W
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
After
Midtown E
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
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
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
Conflict
Midtown W
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
Carmen Jones
East Village
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