Mark B

Newark | 25-34
About:  Musical theatre lover. Fan of modern musicals (Next to Normal, The Last Five Years) and musicals that pushed the conventional boundaries of what musical theatre could be (Company, West Side Story).
Reviews (48)
80
Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting, Dated, Great staging

See it if you enjoy the classic musicals written by Rodgers and Hammerstein

Don't see it if you tend to enjoy more modern and/or adult theatrical experiences

95
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Hilarious, Relevant, Great writing, Romantic

See it if you enjoy American playwrights who have the ability to capture their experience in a beautiful & important way. HarveyFierstein is brilliant

Don't see it if homosexuality offends you. I mean, it shouldn't because all this show is about is love. And if you can't get over that, please stay away.

65
Great singing, Fluffy, Slow, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you have children, who are fans of the film, looking to have their first Broadway experience.

Don't see it if you're looking for a fresh and/or original take on the material. This is not it.

95
During previews
Absorbing, Funny, Romantic, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you can. Critics will say it's dated or it only appeals to gay men, but there is a universality in these stories about love and family.

Don't see it if you're closed-minded or dislike shows about recent history.

Also Michael Urie is sublime. Truly a tour-de-force performance. His scenes... Read more Read less

85
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Cliched, Great writing, Romantic

See it if you don't mind the occasional, well-executed chick-flick.

Don't see it if you're looking for a nuanced look at the human condition. The men are written like characters in a Tyler Perry movie.

100
Falsettos
Midtown W
Absorbing, Intelligent, Masterful, Profound, Riveting

See it if you enjoy musicals that have something to say. These characters are flawed and not always likable-- just like life. Masterfully written

Don't see it if you go to theatre to escape from the world around you. This show deals with complicated people living through complicated times.

90
Great singing, Riveting, Absorbing, Intense, Relevant

See it if you want see one of the greatest performances you will ever witness. Cynthia Erivo is a revelation. Days later and I'm still speechless

Don't see it if you have younger children. Some very adult content combined with a dramatic narrative that they won't appreciate.

60
Tuck Everlasting
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Great dancing, Inconsistent writing, Slow

See it if you have a child or school group who have read the book. The performances and dancing can't quite make up for the mediocre score.

Don't see it if you're looking for a musical with heft. The score does not make this a must-see even if the performances/dancing are inspired.

79
Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Fun

See it if you enjoyed Jersey Boys and Beautiful or just want to have a good time.

Don't see it if you dislike fluffy, feel-good musicals

88
Great acting, Great staging, Delightful, Enchanting, Riveting

See it if Kelli O'Hara. Kelli O'Hara. Kelli O'Hara. Kelli O'Hara. Kelli O'Hara. Kelli O'Hara. Kelli O'Hara. Kelli O'Hara. Kelli O'Hara. Kelli O'Hara.

Don't see it if you don't like classic, American musicals. Even so, see it for Kelli's stunning & riveting performance. You can't take your eyes off her!

70
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you enjoy smart, satirical comedies.

Don't see it if you've never read or heard of Anton Chekhov.

85
Follies
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Original, Romantic, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy well-written and thoughtful musicals.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy Stephen Sondheim or expect an evening of large kick lines and mindless fun.

90
La Cage aux Folles
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Refreshing, Romantic

See it if you love well-written musical comedy with a beautiful love story at the center.

Don't see it if you're closed-minded or just a buzzkill in general.

75
Honeymoon in Vegas
Midtown W
Funny, Entertaining, Dated, Fluffy, Great score

See it if you're looking for a great score with a brilliant performance by leading man Rob McClure

Don't see it if you're looking for a tightly crafted musical comedy. The book falters through much of the action.

100
Ambitious, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful, Original

See it if you want to witness the birth of musical theatre's future. It's original, poignant and unlike anything you've ever seen before.

Don't see it if you think musical theatre should be limited to the style of the past.

93
Once (Broadway)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Intelligent, Romantic, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if you're interested in seeing a realistic love story told in a refreshing and engaging way.

Don't see it if you enjoy loud, bombastic musicals. This show is very gentle and quiet.

55
Cliched, Dated, Great acting, Fluffy, Funny

See it if if enjoy dated musical farces. Kristin Chenoweth is a revelation and absolutely hilarious. The show falls apart without her on stage.

Don't see it if you dislike musical farces or a realistic storylines.

90
Cabaret (Broadway)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Edgy, Great writing, Resonant, Riveting

See it if you're looking for a darkly funny, classic musical with a phenomenal lead performance from Alan Cumming.

Don't see it if you're looking for a brisk, fluffy musical comedy.

87
For a previous production
Jersey Boys (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Fun

See it if you like the old radio hits of the 1960s.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy jukebox musicals.

80
Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Overrated, Quirky

See it if you want a fluffy, entertaining musical.

Don't see it if you're interested in musicals with a little heft.

55
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Dated, Disappointing, Great writing, Overrated, Insipid

See it if there is a recognizable name in the company.

Don't see it if there's no one in the cast you recognize. While the music and book are stellar, this production no longer does it justice

83
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you enjoy musicals that are simply fun.

Don't see it if you're looking for a thought-provoking piece of musical theatre.

82
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Raunchy

See it if you like original and smart musicals.

Don't see it if you are easily offended or have young children.

98
Absorbing, Refreshing, Profound, Must see, Original

See it if you enjoy original works that push the boundaries of the musical form.

Don't see it if you're looking to see a large-scale, musical spectacle

88
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great staging, Resonant, Delightful

See it if you want to see a brilliantly directed & unique musical that has something to say. Shout out to Michael Arden, Haley Kilgore, Alex Newell

Don't see it if you dislike morality fables.

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Exquisite, Masterful, Great writing

See it if you enjoy musicals that do not fit the traditional mold. The show creates a new kind of musical sound-- one that should be emulated.

Don't see it if you dislike song cycles or do not enjoy modern scores

87
Clever, Great writing, Hilarious, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you love the movie, Tina Fey, and well-crafted musical comedies.

Don't see it if you did not like the movie or do not enjoy musical adaptations of popular films no matter how well written.

Also The cast, staging, and script are perfect. The score needs some rewrit... Read more Read less

93
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Insightful

See it if you enjoy social satire with brilliant performances. Allison Janney is SUBLIME!

Don't see it if you prefer text with literal meaning. This show is a satire of the 1%; the dialogue is not meant to be taken at face value.

90
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Ambitious, Great writing, Intelligent, Epic

See it if everyone should see. It truly has something for all theatre goers, plus all Americans could use the civics lesson right now.

Don't see it if you're stubbornly close-minded.

94
Ambitious, Must see, Original, Great score, Ground breaking

See it if you like original, ambitious musicals with fantastic scores. Platt is a STAR Pasek and Paul give me hope for the future of original musicals

Don't see it if you use theatre as escapism. This show deals with very real, relevant issues. It will make you confront yourself and your online behavior.

95
Absorbing, Enchanting, Masterful, Must see, Riveting

See it if you want the most bang for your Broadway buck. Brilliantly paced and featuring one of the best performances of the decade-- Danny Burstein

Don't see it if you're bringing young children. At 3 hours, this is not the show for them yet. Otherwise, run to see this and bring everyone you know!

85
Ambitious, Enchanting, Great staging, Romantic, Delightful

See it if you have a young family or enjoy getting in touch with your inner child.

Don't see it if you pride yourself on being too "mature" for such theatrical endeavors.

68
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if you enjoy British humor and period songs reminiscent of early 20th Century England. Funny and clever but the ending feels anticlimactic

Don't see it if you don't enjoy farcical plots or old English-style music.

80
Ambitious, Great staging, Resonant, Cliched, Indulgent

See it if you enjoy ambitious adaptations. The show is still cliched/melodramatic, but the ASL adds depth that's severely lacking from the score/text.

Don't see it if you dislike the original so much that even a refreshing and enhancing concept couldn't save it. The ASL alone is worth seeing.

80
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you enjoy plays starring phenomenal actors performing intelligent, well-crafted dialogue.

Don't see it if you dislike modern plays.

80
Anything Goes
Midtown W
Clever, Great dancing, Funny, Dated, Great acting

See it if you enjoy revivals of classic musicals and don't mind the script being a little dated.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy farcical, madcap musical comedies.

95
Rent
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great writing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if you enjoy shows that push the boundaries of conventional theatre.

Don't see it if you're easily offended and/or do not like loud shows with a rock and roll score.

95
If/Then
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Original

See it if you're looking for something different and original. Kitt/Yorkey have done it again (though not quite as successfully).

Don't see it if paying attention and piecing together a plot is too much for your brain to handle.

85
Hairspray
Midtown W
Funny, Entertaining, Great writing, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if you enjoy lighthearted musical comedies with an infectious score.

Don't see it if you dislike the sound of 50s/60s pop music.

93
Hair
Midtown W
Absorbing, Funny, Edgy, Original, Relevant

See it if you like rock music paired with a emotionally resonant story of a time not too long ago.

Don't see it if you dislike rock music and/or think hippies are dirty commies.

100
Ambitious, Dizzying, Masterful, Profound, Riveting

See it if you're breathing. John Cameron Mitchell gives one of the greatest performances of all time.

Don't see it if you're easily offended.

49
Mamma Mia!
Midtown W
Cliched, Dated, Entertaining, Tiring

See it if you enjoy Abba or musicals with zero substance.

Don't see it if you're looking for a thought-provoking night of theatre.

78
Cliched, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy jukebox musicals and/or Carole King's music.

Don't see it if you're looking to get an idea as to who Carole King really is.

40
Banal, Cliched, Dated, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if you read romance novels or enjoy the music you've undoubtedly heard from it.

Don't see it if you want to see a musical where the same 4 melodies don't repeat for 3 hours.

95
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Great staging, Epic, Must see, Enchanting

See it if just see it. Every family should.

Don't see it if you're pretentious

88
Matilda
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Delightful, Intelligent

See it if you have children in your family or enjoyed reading Roald Dahl's books as a child.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy family entertainment

72
Ambitious, Clever, Fluffy, Overrated, Epic

See it if you have young children in your family

Don't see it if you are looking for a profound or enlightening theatre experience.

94
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Edgy

See it if you're looking to laugh and are not very easily offended

Don't see it if you are easily offended