MarinaM

New York City | 18-24 | Female
About:  Theatre student living in New York, seeing as many shows as possible!
Reviews (62)
77
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You love Harry Potter! Any HP fan will love a good fan fiction-esque comedy about more students that go to Hogwarts.

Don't see it if You don't know anything about Harry Potter or if you only like stories revolving around the main HP characters. This is a new take.

Also Obviously a bit reminiscent of A Very Potter Musical, without the musi... Read more Read less

80
Dated, Great singing, Enchanting, Cliched

See it if You want to be blown away by the amazing talent; both singing and dancing was incredible. The music is obviously beautiful and nostalgic.

Don't see it if You want a show relevant to today's society or you are easily triggered by stories revolving around domestic violence.

Also To be honest, I'm very shocked this show made it to Broadway in 2018. ... Read more Read less

87
Enchanting, Exquisite, Great staging, Delightful

See it if you're a fan of the movie or lighthearted princess stories and want to see it reimagined on stage in a beautiful and enchanting way!

Don't see it if you're expecting it to be exactly like the movie. There are some changes but honestly I didn't mind them.

Also The staging, casting, singing, and costuming was delightful. It was li... Read more Read less

59
Dated, Insipid, Cliched

See it if you like the style of 60s musicals, are a big fan of old Italian mafia-style humor, want an easily digestible story

Don't see it if you want to be impressed by the book or music. It's a "been there/seen that" show, but not in a good way. Rewatch West Side Story or Newsies

75
Entertaining, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Fun

See it if you want a semi-refreshed version of an old classic or you've yet to be in the same room as Bernadette

Don't see it if you're expecting to be amazed or want something very true to the period. The vocal styles were inconsistent and the jokes didnt seem to land

Also Unfortunately Bernadette was not exactly on her A-game, however it was... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Ambitious, Profound, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you want to be inspired through raw emotion, group chemistry, and real footage to invoke social change and justice.

Don't see it if you are strongly opposed to political theatre or are not interested in socio-political movements about race, gender, and economics.

60
Ambitious, Banal, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you want an untraditional theatre experience, you enjoy listening to Hoss's soothing voice.

Don't see it if you're looking for a play with conflict, exciting character interaction, or an obvious message.

Also This play is obviously intended to provoke thought, but I didn't find ... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like inappropriate/offensive/dirty humor, fun music, you want a good time!

Don't see it if you don't like shows with political commentary or if you are easily offended

70
Entertaining, Overrated, Nostalgic

See it if you are a fan of the Disney film and want to relive the magic live!

Don't see it if you want to be impressed by clever humor or great acting/singing.

95
Absorbing, Great singing, Masterful, Resonant

See it if you want to be blown away by the angelic Eva Noblezada. The acting and singing were phenomenal and the staging and sets were incredible.

Don't see it if you are looking for a happy, uplifting comedy. but go see it, because the score and the talent are both other-worldly!

69
Entertaining, Dated, Banal, Indulgent, Great singing

See it if You want your ears to be blessed with LuPone and Ebersole together on stage and you don't care about the lack of interesting story.

Don't see it if You want a thought-provoking book or a memorable score.

Also This show would be better as an "in concert" version. Acting and book ... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Confusing, Edgy, Slow

See it if you want to see incredible musicianship or a more avant garde, non-realism style of theatre that incorporates technology & instruments

Don't see it if you want great acting or a powerful book, or if you only enjoy very "typical" types of theatre

83
During previews
Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if you want to see Sondheim sung exquisitely, you enjoy Sondheim in general, you don't mind minimal set so the focus is on the music.

Don't see it if You want a thrilling, on-the-edge-of-your-seat plot, don't like Sondheim's music, or need beautiful sets to be entertained.

Also It was very refreshing to see a Sondheim work done on Broadway! It was... Read more Read less

79
Entertaining, Exquisite, Dizzying, Masterful, Fluffy

See it if you want an extreme spectacle show with very original music! It is a wild, immersive theatre show.

Don't see it if You are easily dizzied by extreme strobe lighting effects, loud music, or don't like audience interaction.

56
Confusing, Great staging, Banal, Slow, Original

See it if you want to see a completely original work, or if you are fascinated by bringing video games into real life

Don't see it if You're looking for great writing or acting...they're both lacking. The show could use many cuts and less self indulgent actors

75
Great writing, Indulgent, Intense, Intelligent

See it if you're interested in the psychology of the human mind and watching plays solely based on the ups and downs of a relationship

Don't see it if you want a spectacle or a cast with many characters and plot lines. it is a very direct story. don't see if you are offended by sex on stage

93
Absorbing, Confusing, Exquisite, Great singing, Masterful

See it if you want an out of body experience listening to Cynthia Erivo pour her heart and soul into song. it's an honor to witness her in her craft.

Don't see it if you want a show with an extravagant book or staging. it's all about the music and soul.

88
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Epic

See it if you want to be blown away by child musicians or bask in the glory of Alex Brightman. really cute story and talent is incredible!!

Don't see it if you absolutely cannot stand children or rock musical theatre

85
Delightful, Refreshing, Touching, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like the music of Sara Bareilles and want to see a cute and touching story of a waitress who got the short end of the stick in life.

Don't see it if you're boring. go see this show, there is something in it for everyone! :)

99
Absorbing, Clever, Exquisite, Masterful, Must see

See it if you want to be blown away by incredibly intelligent lyrics, talented artists, masterful staging, and are ready to laugh, cry, & lose ur mind

Don't see it if you're stupid. if you can find a way to see it...SEE it! unless you are SO opposed to sung through musicals or rap. but like???? SEE IT

75
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Slow, Long

See it if you like the tale of a celebrity wanting to escape their extravagant, Hollywood life, intertwined with southern family drama.

Don't see it if You are highly uncomfortable with incestual plots or if you are impatient; there are some scenes that need to be shortened--it tends to drag

86
Great staging, Edgy, Intelligent, Original, Resonant

See it if You enjoy shows revolving around contemporary issues and you want to see a great cast. It flows beautifully.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy shorter shows (only one act) or stories about homosexuality.

72
Cliched, Great score, Overrated, Clever, Fluffy

See it if you like the song "I've Decided to Marry You" -- (amazing!), classical music, stupid humor

Don't see it if you don't like one actor playing multiple parts or a riveting storyline. it seems as if the plot was written around the music.

78
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you like rock music, the story of Much Ado About Nothing and semi-modernized Shakespeare, the fourth wall being broken

Don't see it if you don't like interpretations of Shakespeare or plays with songs

40
During previews
Confusing, Insipid, Original

See it if you like extremely strange and experimental theatre

Don't see it if you want a full, cohesive plot. there isn't even a stage

69
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You want a classic, feel-good 2 hours at the theatre. Cliched and simple storyline with your basic boppity musical theatre tunes.

Don't see it if You want a thought-provoking or resonant show. I was hoping for more depth but everything was pretty predictable and shallow.

80
Entertaining, Fun, Sultry

See it if you're already a fan of the movie and the music or if you like burlesque-style dancing!

Don't see it if you want a show with a full blown set or crazy character development...this show is entertaining and fun, but simple and easily digestible.

69
Entertaining, Enchanting, Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you want a feel-good, nostalgic time at the theatre (for those who grew up watching Spongebob). It's entertaining and fun.

Don't see it if you want music that is continuous or a plot that is touching or hysterical. It's cute, but it's mediocre.

Also This show belongs in Universal Studios, not on Broadway. Everyone does... Read more Read less

85
Delightful, Enchanting, Great staging

See it if you want to experience the grandiosity of another Disney musical. The ticket price is worth hearing Caissie Levy sing Let It Go!!!

Don't see it if you're not a fan of the Disney film or want something heavy and serious. It's a lighthearted Disney musical with incredible effects.

Also Again, I can't speak highly enough about Caissie's performance, it was... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Enchanting, Exquisite, Great staging, Slow, Nostalgic

See it if you are a devoted Harry Potter fan and you want to experience the magic on stage! I was so immersed in the world and the staging was surreal

Don't see it if you're looking for a super absorbing plotline or greatly thought out characters. It's about the magic, not necessarily about the story.

95
Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you want to be absorbed in an incredibly moving production with a beautiful score. The staging/lighting is brilliant and the cast is superb.

Don't see it if you don't want to experience emotion? Just go see it!

80
Delightful, Entertaining, Fun

See it if you are a fan of King's music, you just want a fun, light hearted night at the theatre, or you enjoy true stories.

Don't see it if you despise biographical musicals, Carole King's music, or you want something new and thought-provoking.

90
Ambitious, Entertaining, Must see, Enchanting

See it if you are a fan of Prince's work, you love musical theatre, and you want to relive the best moments from his greatest works!

Don't see it if you are unfamiliar with most of his shows or you want a show with a plot; this is a revue.

Also The cast was wildly talented!

70
Confusing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great dancing, Fluffy

See it if you want to be amazed by a spectacle of beautiful singing and dancing, and you don't mind a show with an in-cohesive plot.

Don't see it if you want a plot heavy, emotional show that follows characters' journey's. This is about singing, dancing, and costuming without substance.

80
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great direction, Quirky

See it if you want a feel-good, family show! Beautiful sets, great direction, clever book, and the two leads are great!!

Don't see it if you want a memorable score or don't like big ensembles--there are very few solos in the show, it's mostly chorus singing & dancing!

65
Relevant, Ambitious, Overrated, Poor direction

See it if you are a fan of Sally Field--she does beautiful work--or if you want to see a minimalist take on a classic play.

Don't see it if Tom is your favorite character, because Mantello ruins the role. Don't see if you don't like "deconstructed" theatre (very little set).

79
During previews
Delightful, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you love Laura Osnes/Corey Cott, you like musicals with uppity, jazzy tunes, or like shows that talk about veterans

Don't see it if you want a deeply thought-provoking plot or memorable, moving music. It's a cute show but doesn't really scratch more than the surface

86
Delightful, Enchanting, Fun, Entertaining

See it if You want to get into the holiday spirit, want a show fun for the whole family, want an hour and a half of spectacle, singing, and dancing!

Don't see it if You hate Christmas songs or singing and dancing without an important storyline

Also The spectacle of the show is incredibly beautiful; elaborate costuming... Read more Read less

57
For a previous production
Slow, Original, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a brand new musical and don't mind if there is no live orchestra, you enjoy stories about foreign people

Don't see it if you want a cohesive plot. The story ends nearly in the same place it began. The songs were inconsistent and unnecessary.

Also Before I saw the show (the 5th preview), the director came out and tol... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Clever, Cliched, Fluffy, Relevant

See it if you find the discussion social media relationships important in theatre

Don't see it if you don't like seeing plays with debatably overused/cliched topics

75
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Cliched, Great tapping

See it if you want to see great tap numbers. Especially Corbin Bleu's tapping - phenomenal!

Don't see it if you want a show with incredible acting or an intriguing storyline. It's a bit outdated.

79
Absorbing, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Original

See it if you like great, truthful, and absorbing acting, plots relating to psychology, seeing raw & vulnerable human beings on stage

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with seeing sex & sexual acts onstage

75
Delightful, Enchanting, Cute

See it if you enjoy lighthearted shows with talented children and cute music. also, the dance sequence at the end is AMAZING! a good family show!

Don't see it if you want great acting or a moving piece of original theatre

98
For a previous production
Absorbing, Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to witness a moving, inspiring performance. acting, singing, & staging were INCREDIBLE. please see this show! Next to Normal esque.

Don't see it if you will be extremely angered by mild sugar coating of serious issues such as anxiety and suicide.

58
Banal, Dated, Quirky, Slow

See it if You enjoy tales about nostalgia, and the back and forth between memories and the present.

Don't see it if You want an absorbing plot or lots of action. It is pretty slow moving and doesn't have that much substance.

94
During previews
Enchanting, Great writing, Great acting, Beautiful score, Romantic

See it if you enjoy classical musicals with an AMAZING cast. the storyline is adorable and i was completely invested in the characters.

Don't see it if you don't want to hear beautiful singing or don't want to see a cutesy romantic story.

56
Cliched, Painful humor, Ambitious

See it if you like audience participation and a new ending each night based on the crowd's vote.

Don't see it if you want good acting or a good plotline...the jokes can be painful sometimes.

79
Absorbing, Edgy, Resonant

See it if you like serious stories about messed up families that also incorporate humor. monologues are very resonant!

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with nudity/sex/excessive profanity.

84
During previews
Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Quirky

See it if you like lighthearted, contemporary musicals with a fun score and a great cast! humor similar to "Pitch Perfect".

Don't see it if you want a deep, thought-provoking production

79
For a previous production
Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Masterful, Resonant

See it if you want to witness great acting and a thought-provoking story

Don't see it if you struggle with understanding strong accents