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 (229)
88
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Relevant, Ambitious, Absorbing

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.

69
During previews
Ambitious, Slow, Disappointing

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

78
Bella Bella
Midtown W
Go vote!

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

85
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Dated script, Great acting, Delightful

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.

80
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Great acting

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.

79
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Darkly fun, Cliched, Great singing

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.

87
During previews
Well done bio show., Great singing

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.

69
Seemed to last forever, Cliched, Banal

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

88
No chemistry, Dizzying, Great singing

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.

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

83
Panama Hattie
Midtown E
Cole porter!, Silly, fun!, Fluffy

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

85
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Sung through, Overly choreographed, Great singing

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

67
Poorly lit, Way too long, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

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

88
Excellent improv, Funny, Clever

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.

71
Only Human
Midtown W
Silly, High concept, Ambitious

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

92
Delightful

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

88
Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Clever

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.

80
During previews
Very confusing direction!, Confusing writing, Great acting, Confusing

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

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 seen 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