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 (260)
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

85
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
Wonderful performances!, Terrible book, Exquisite
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

85
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Dated script, Great acting, Delightful
October 30th, 2019

See it if want to see Marisa Tomei give a stellar performance. She is charming and really carries the show. Beautifully directed. Gorgeous set.

Don't see it if show is long & the pacing is typical of Williams, which is a little leisurely for today's audience, but direction & acting kept me riveted.

88
Excellent improv, Funny, Clever
October 30th, 2019

See it if you want to see a musical improv show with the focus on rap and beatboxing. Wayne Brady was a guest that night. Great time! Great host!

Don't see it if you don't like rap, improv, or comedy. It is not a book musical. Also having to lock your phone and hold it in a special bag was annoying.

80
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Great acting
October 30th, 2019

See it if You want to see a great performance by Ian Barford. Good book by Tracy Letts.

Don't see it if you are looking for an laugh out loud comedy. It's a sad tale of a dysfunctional middle aged guy.

71
Only Human
Midtown W
Silly, High concept, Ambitious
October 27th, 2019

See it if you like silly high concept shows & are expecting a fluffy show. Great singing by all but Busey. Not bad music. Was better than I expected

Don't see it if If you want to see it go right away. It is closing early. Needs work but is I'm glad I saw it.

Also Many of the patrons were chatting that it was a feel good show, and al... Read more Read less

79
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Darkly fun, Cliched, Great singing
October 27th, 2019

See it if you like a 1970's version of Mabeth spoof that takes place in Scotland PA. The 2 leads have great voices and make the most of an OK score

Don't see it if You don't like black comedies, and don't know Mabeth enough to get all the references.

92
Delightful
October 26th, 2019

See it if you want to see Jonathan Groff be completely wonderful as Seymour. So much fun I would see it again. Christian Borle was a hoot. Thumbs up

Don't see it if You expect Tammy Blanchard to hold up to Ellen Greene perf. Sadly, she doesn't have the vocal chops for the role, and odd char. choices.

Also So let me say that I love the show and this is the close to a perfect ... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Well done bio show., Great singing
October 25th, 2019

See it if you want to see a tour de force performance by Adrienne Warren. Good bio-show.

Don't see it if You don't like bio shows or aren't interested in Tina Turners life.

88
Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Clever
October 25th, 2019

See it if you want to see a really great scrip, well directed and well acted. I was riveted for the whole thing.

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

69
Seemed to last forever, Cliched, Banal
October 25th, 2019

See it if you want to see a talented cast performing in a weak script.

Don't see it if you have seen the film Judy - the young Judy is good in this play, but the book needs work and some of the choices of songs were odd.

Also The script started off looking like it was going to be a story about J... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Very confusing direction!, Confusing writing, Great acting, Confusing
September 16th, 2019

See it if You want to see a tour de force performance by Jonathan Pryce. However confusing the script and direction is. - Disappointingly confusing.

Don't see it if you don't want to walk out of the theatre not knowing who's POV you have been watching, or is it multiple POV's?? I certainly have no clue!

Also I loved the Father by the same playwright and didn't have an issue fol... Read more Read less

88
No chemistry, Dizzying, Great singing
September 16th, 2019

See it if you love the movie. The sets and costumes are beautiful, the music is good. Vocally everyone shines.

Don't see it if Strong show, but missing the chemistry of the movie. Literally no chemistry between the leads. Too bad. Each is a strong actor and singer.

79
During previews
Fern Hill
Midtown E
Great acting
September 14th, 2019

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.

80
During previews
Slow, Clever
September 14th, 2019

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.