Mary Ellen

Staten Island | 35-49 | Female
About:  I'm a mom, so I often judge a show with an added layer of "could i take my son to this?" Currently, he has only seen SpongeBob SquarePants (rave reviews from him!)
Reviews (33)
80
Rock of Ages
Midtown W
Great acting, Great singing, Dizzying, Delightful, Clever

See it if You love the 80s!

Don't see it if If you hate the 80s

85
Six
Midtown W
Dizzying, Overrated, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Seeing and learning history in a new exciting medium Intrigues you.

Don't see it if You've ever been to a concert and thought "I'd like a little more plot here."

92
During previews
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You've ever had a regret. Ever. Go see it. Now.

Don't see it if You're not a play person, there's literally no other reason not to other than they're just not breaking into song.

80
Great staging, Great singing, Romantic, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You saw the movie and loved it!

Don't see it if The movie was overrated, and what is the deal with Jukebox musicals??!!

95
Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite, Entertaining

See it if You have ANY interest in Harry Potter. Any at all, it's so good. And the staging is immaculate.

Don't see it if "JK Rowling is leading children to witchcraft!"

68
Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Youre wandering first avenue with some time.

Don't see it if Your not into a satirical skewering of politics.

78
Confusing, Cliched, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You love Meatloaf or want to say you saw someone before they were "Broadway famous" (cause half the cast will be!)

Don't see it if You go to the theatre for culture and education, not this "rock and roll"

85
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Relevant, Great staging, Great singing, Enchanting, Clever

See it if You're in NYC, it's basically a cultural icon. It had a movie, featured on Fosse/Version, why wouldn't you see it??

Don't see it if You don't get the whole "Fosse idealization" thing.

85
Rinse, Repeat
Midtown W
Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You or someone you know has had an eating disorder and felt all hope was lost.

Don't see it if You want to see YOUR eating disorder performed on stage. Each ED is deeply personal and while this has promise, it is not a variety of EDs.

92
Must see, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You had any desire to see it because it's amazing, the actors were superb and hilarious and dramatic. Such a good show!

Don't see it if Dramedys aren't your thing and you want something flashy, light and fun.

80
Great singing, Dizzying, Cliched, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like the music, original juke box musicals or just looking for a light night if theater that won't leave you questioning your existence

Don't see it if Your first response was "ANOTHER juke box musicals?"

100
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Riveting, Must see, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You are a person.

Don't see it if You are under 8, don't sit well for long periods of time, never saw The Wizard of Oz? Like, GO SEE WICKED, BRO!

77
Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if For a fun light night of theatre, dancing, powerhouse vocals from Beth Leavel. You demand justice! Let them go to The Prom!

Don't see it if "LGBTQ people have the right to vote and marry, what more do they want??!!" This show isn't for you.

88
Hilarious, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You wished they had expanded on the Book of Mormon episode of South Park with fun songs! You're over 12. You have a sense of humor.

Don't see it if South Park offends you ALL THE TIME AND CANT BELIEVE ITS STILL ON THE AIR??!! religious humor is one to not be trifled with.

81
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great singing, Confusing, Absorbing

See it if You're a fan of originality?

Don't see it if You don't know much about Greek mythology and folk music confuses you.

94
Relevant, Must see, Great writing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to cry at a beautiful and engaging musical that makes you want to hug all the people in your life and say "you matter."

Don't see it if Mental health issues are a trigger and you just want a fun light theatre experience.

78
Hilarious, Great singing, Dizzying, Cliched, Delightful

See it if You like technology, you hated high school, you're a teen or a parent of a teen

Don't see it if Mean Girls looks shallow to you.

87
During previews
The Minutes
Midtown W
Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to know the secret (and you do! You really do!) It's so good and thought out, just wow!

Don't see it if Meh, plays? Blah. Let's go see Wicked again!!

68
During previews
Great singing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You're interested in a musical retelling of Princess Diana.

Don't see it if You have access to the internet and can read about it.

76
During previews
Quirky, Great singing, Funny, Clever

See it if You're curious how it plays out, why not? It's a fun show!

Don't see it if You don't know what an emoji is, do some research or pick another show!

85
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great staging, Great singing

See it if POWERHOUSE VOCALS AND AMAZING DANCING!!! also, if you've heard of Judy Garland and know of The Wizard of Oz.

Don't see it if You don't want your Wizard of Oz bubble burst. It's heavy and sad at times.

90
During previews
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Must see, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You love adaptations of classic works. The singing and acting is on point! I don't like Shakespeare but I'm praying for a cast recording!

Don't see it if Classics should remain classics and untouched.

75
Broadway Bounty Hunter
West Village
Ambitious, Quirky, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like theater cause there are a lot of references to things, also Joe Iconis is so tongue in cheek that it's amazing.

Don't see it if "Broadway Bounty Hunter" sounds ridiculous, because that's the point and you have no sense of humor.

80
During previews
Betrayal
Midtown W
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Intense, Confusing

See it if You love Tom Hiddleston, but you'll stay for the story and the whole cast.

Don't see it if You hate "stunt casting" (but Tom Hiddleston is very good).

80
Slow, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You want a reimagined experience of Oklahoma (or to be introduced to it, I'd never seen any Oklahoma before and I was astonished!)

Don't see it if You want classic Oklahoma and ONLY classic Oklahoma. If you don't like black outs or gun shots or free intermission chili!

78
Great staging, Fluffy, Entertaining, Great singing, Cliched

See it if You love Cher (obviously, #GoddessWarrior). You want to see an empowering story of the woman who would conquer the world to become Cher.

Don't see it if You're over jukebox musicals and you believe Cher totally didn't deserve an Oscar.

70
Great singing, Great staging, Romantic, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if You want a light fun entertaining night at the theater based on a movie you love with great vocals!

Don't see it if This whole "movie musical" thing is way out of hand.

85
Great staging, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You like SpongeBob or want to introduce a child under 10 to the theatre, if you just live amazing costumes, sets and singing. It's pure joy!

Don't see it if You have a cold, dead heart devoid of happiness cause seriously it's so much fun!

75
Great singing, Overrated, Epic, Ambitious

See it if Andrew Lloyd Webber is a genius! You're visiting NYC for the first time.

Don't see it if Opera isn't your thing.

75
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Intense, Epic

See it if You liked the movie! It's a great expanded adaptation. It's beautiful! The sets, the lights, the costumes! Maybe no kids under 8.

Don't see it if You don't want to watch a far more dramatic version in 2+ hours what you could have watched from the comfort of your own home in 90 minutes

90
Cliched, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You love the movie! So fetch! You're over 12, you want to make your tween happy, you believe Tina Fey is a goddess who can do no wrong.

Don't see it if You have no desire to see the histrionics of teenage girls for 2+ hours set to music.

70
Disappointing, Epic, Great staging, Great singing, Overrated

See it if You loved the movie (and you're over 8). It's a beautiful set.

Don't see it if You didn't care about the movie. It's also definitely not for children under, say 9?, who loved the movie. It's beautiful but underwhelming

91
Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You liked the movie but thought there wasn't enough singing and dancing or just want a great fun night at the theatre!

Don't see it if These movie musicals are getting on your nerves and want them to produce new original content on Broadway.