MattP

Brooklyn | 35-49 | Male
About:  Theater fan since 2001-ish, when I studied abroad in London & began catching lots of shows there thanks to their great student rush policies. I moved to NYC in 2002 & have been seeing shows regularly ever since. I tend to know more about the new shows rather than the old classics but I've gotten a... Read more Read less
Reviews (151)
89
Ambitious, Delightful, Great music, Fun, Endearing

See it if you can get a ticket! This was worth the efforts. It's a big, fun, heartwarming spectacle. Perfect marriage between Disney + The Public.

Don't see it if you're expecting a fully-realized, polished Disney production. This is still a Public Works show. (But that's not a bad thing at all.)

Also I really hope this has a future life on Broadway. But I've gotta say, ... Read more Read less

71
Road Show
Midtown W
Slow, Dull, Great music

See it if you're a Sondheim purist & want to see an improved production of his lattermost show. The score works well. (The book not so much.)

Don't see it if you're expecting a show as strong as one of his earlier masterworks. This still seems like a work in progress.

Also Sondheim is 100% the only reason to see this show. I can't imagine any... Read more Read less

84
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Relevant, Uneven, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a powerhouse performance by one of today's greatest actors. Mesmerizing. People will be talking about it for a while.

Don't see it if you're expecting the rest of the show to come close to Cranston's performance; or if you don't enjoy experimental, unconventional stagings.

Also I had a fun time at Network but it's really the Bryan Cranston show, a... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Ambitious, Great sets, Irreverent, Busy, Funny

See it if you're a fan of the movie & don't mind them taking chances w/new storylines. It's a fun show that works half of the time. The set is great!

Don't see it if you're looking for a knock-out new show with a great score. The second act drags & the score is serviceable at best (it's the weakest link).

Also I saw Beetlejuice in DC & I will say it got MUCH better. They did a go... Read more Read less

84
Funny, Heartwarming, Cute, Fluffy, Feel-good

See it if you're looking for a fun, contemporary, feel-good musical where you won't have to think hard but won't feel guilty about enjoying it either.

Don't see it if you have an aversion to lighthearted, slightly saccharine musicals, or don't like shows about high school youth.

Also I love a fun show that goes down easy. And The Prom was just that. It ... Read more Read less

74
During previews
Irreverent, Inconsistent, Great cast, Crude, Lowbrow

See it if you want an irreverent, dark comedy that's full of both highbrow & lowbrow humor. The cast is fantastic. There are some hilarious moments.

Don't see it if you're at all squeamish, or can't handle humor about bodily functions b/c the lowbrow bits are quite low! I saw a good number of walkouts.

Also I enjoyed this show but wish it were more consistent. It worked best w... Read more Read less

85
Fun!, Great music, Absorbing, Cheesy, Great costumes

See it if you’re a big Cher fan! Duh! Fans should eat this up. They give us a little bit of everything. Costumes are AMAZING too. God bless Bob Mackie

Don't see it if you have an aversion to jukebox musicals. This probably won’t win you over. It's unimaginative & admittedly hokey, but I still had fun.

Also This isn’t high art but it’s a lot of fun! I admit that the Show-Score... Read more Read less

76
The Jungle
Brooklyn
Absorbing, Great staging, Resonant, Vital, Immersive

See it if you're ready for a powerful, immersive show about the plight of political refugees. It's eye-opening & vital. More like docu-theater.

Don't see it if you're going to have a hard time sitting comfortably on benches (or the floor!) for nearly 3 hours. I'll never complain about seating again.

Also On paper this wouldn't seem like a very compelling show (I can't imagi... Read more Read less

55
Confusing, Great sets & costumes, Disappointing, Ambitious, Sophomoric

See it if you’re not too familiar with the movie & you enjoy dark, irreverent, juvenile humor. (The sets & costumes look great. I’ll give them that.)

Don't see it if you cherish the movie b/c not much works here! They try to make the show their own but the plot is confusing. And the music is forgettable.

Also I REALLY wanted to like this show but I could not get into it. They to... Read more Read less

73
Intelligent, Great music, Slow, Refreshing, Artistic

See it if you're ready for the rare jukebox musical that's sophisticated & smart. This is a heartfelt & artistic show. And the Dylan songs sound great

Don't see it if you're looking for an exciting show b/c I have to say, I found the plot kind of dull. My mind wandered during a lot of the book scenes.

50
Cheap, Great music, Hollow, Unfortunate, Unnecessary

See it if you don't care about thought or craft or storyline & just want to bop in your seat & sing along to some excellent Donna Summer songs.

Don't see it if you're tired of biographical jukebox musicals b/c this is one of the worst ones-- it's cheap, hollow & corny. Strictly for the Vegas crowd.

Also This was not a good show. The show was sloppy. The structure was a mes... Read more Read less

66
Afterglow
Midtown W
Melodramatic, Great staging, Slow, Commendable

See it if you're looking for a new play that tackles modern gay relationship issues. It's a commendable effort but the writing/dialogue is not strong.

Don't see it if you're bothered by frank depictions of nudity, or if you're expecting a happy ending. I was kind of depressed by the end of the show.

Also Also, at 90 minutes & no intermission, this show felt long. They defin... Read more Read less

72
Trainspotting Live
Midtown W
Absorbing, Short, Great acting, Fun, Filthy

See it if you've got a working knowledge of the original film/novel, like it, & want to see a creative, immersive, albeit very abbreviated adaptation.

Don't see it if you're at all prudish or squeamish. There's a lot of nudity, foul language & bodily fluids coming at you. Literally.

Also I enjoyed this show-- the cast was excellent & the immersive experienc... Read more Read less

84
Dated, Great dancing, Great acting, Poignant, Ponderous

See it if you want a beautiful staging of a classic R&H musical. The music is timeless. The choreography is exquisite. This is a lovely production.

Don't see it if you're looking for contemporary themes, b/c the book is problematic. They cut a few questionable lines but it ended up muddying the climax.

Also As much as I enjoyed this show I found it odd that they brought it to ... Read more Read less

47
Confusing, Juvenile, Insipid, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if your weed dealer hooked you up with particularly strong stuff recently b/c you'll probably need to be high to enjoy this show.

Don't see it if you're sober and/or don't have young children in tow. I found this to be silly, somewhat grating & highly overrated.

Also I had no idea what was happening on stage. Granted, I never saw an epi... Read more Read less

89
Enchanting, Lavish, Impressive, Masterful, Must see

See it if you're yearning for a big, lavish spectacle of a musical, hearkening back to the golden age. This is a beautiful production. (That set!!)

Don't see it if you're not into the classics (although if that's the case this production could sway you!), or if you can't sit still for 3 hours.

Also I loved this production. Lauren Ambrose & Harry Hadden-Paton really im... Read more Read less

62
As Is
Midtown W
Dated, Interesting, Noteworthy, Inconsistent

See it if you're curious about seeing one of the first plays to depict the AIDS pandemic. It's oft-forgotten & not performed very often.

Don't see it if you're looking for a profound take on the subject. It's dated & pales in comparison to The Normal Heart (which came out a few months later).

Also I had only ever read this play (& didn't even know it existed until a ... Read more Read less

96
Riveting, Poetic, Masterful, Absorbing, Resonant

See it if you're a devout Bruce fan & you can afford (or at least justify) the cost. It's a riveting & intimate autobiographical show. Deeply poetic.

Don't see it if you're expecting a 3.5 hour stadium show with the E Street Band. This is a stripped performance with as much monologue as there is music.

Also Don't expect a greatest hits rundown. This is a show about a life's jo... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Great staging, Poignant, Funny, Refreshing, Great acting

See it if you're interested in seeing a landmark LGBT-themed play in a stellar production. The staging was exquisite. The themes still relevant.

Don't see it if you're a Torch Song Trilogy purist as this production seems to abbreviate & combine the first two parts.

Also The first act (i.e. the first two parts of the trilogy) was a little s... Read more Read less

99
Absorbing, Entertaining, Hilarious, Delightful, Unforgettable

See it if she ever brings it back b/c this was one of the most satisfying nights of theater in all my years of seeing shows. A MUST for Patti fans!

Don't see it if you're not a fan of Patti LuPone. I mean, that seems obvious. But if you're a fan there's no reason not to see this show.

Also This was an unforgettable night of stories & songs from Patti's illust... Read more Read less

84
Assassins
Midtown W
Dark humor, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Great cast

See it if you want to see a worthy staging of this under-produced Sondheim gem. (Though it's too late now. It already closed!) The cast is/was great

Don't see it if you thought the Public's production of Julius Caesar encouraged violence against the president. B/c you sure ain't gonna like Assassins!

Also There were some questionable directing choices but all in all it was a... Read more Read less

83
Sweat
Midtown W
Relevant, Resonant, Absorbing, Great acting, Eye-opening

See it if you're looking for a topical, contemporary play about the plight of working middle class Americans. It's super relevant & feels authentic.

Don't see it if you're tired of plays on this subject (it's been done a lot) & want an escape from reality-- Sweat feels very real. Almost like a docu-play.

70
War Paint
Midtown W
Great acting, Ambitious, Disappointing, Great singing, Lackluster

See it if you're able to get a discounted ticket. It's a thrill seeing Patti & Christine on stage together. Unfortunately the material is lackluster.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of the leading ladies (it's the only reason to see War Paint), or if you're looking for something fast-paced & exciting.

Also All the ingredients are here for a hit show: phenomenal leading ladies... Read more Read less

94
During previews
Delightful, Must see, Classic, Enchanting, Funny

See it if you're able to get a ticket, or if you call yourself a musical theater fan. Seriously. This is a stellar production; not just a star vehicle

Don't see it if you have absolutely no interest in classic musicals & prefer edgy, contemporary shows.

Also I'm a huge Bette Midler fan & it was magical seeing her up on stage in... Read more Read less

57
The View UpStairs
East Village
Cliched, Resonant, Slow, Trite, Ambitious

See it if you're like me & you enjoy exploring new Off-Broadway musicals, since that's where a lot of risks are taken. This show had a nice message.

Don't see it if you're going to be disappointed by two-dimensional characters, trite thematics & eye-rolling dialogue. This risk doesn't pay off.

Also I enjoyed the staging & the immersive experience. The cast is spirited... Read more Read less

69
Messy, Grandiose, Fun, Great music, Cheesy

See it if you're a big fan of Jim Steinman songs (like myself!). His music has always been bombastic & theatrical so it's fun to see them acted out.

Don't see it if you want a coherent storyline with fleshed out characters. The book, not surprisingly, is a mess. It's a dumb show. But I still had fun!

Also It's all about the music! Jim Steinman is the true star of this show. ... Read more Read less

94
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Smooth, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if you're looking for a well-crafted musical from top to bottom. This is one of the best movie-to-stage adaptations. Everything works well.

Don't see it if having a hard time thinking about reasons not to see this. Maybe if you hated the movie? Or are having a hard time with the subject matter?

Also I was skeptical when I first heard about Tootsie b/c I find the movie ... Read more Read less

79
Hollow, Short, Absorbing, Funny, Great acting

See it if you're a fan of contemporary politics. This show gives a very believable & entertaining glimpse into the private lives of the Clintons.

Don't see it if you loathe the Clintons, I guess. While it's not exactly flattering it asks a lot of empathy of the audience.

Also I found the show entertaining but a little hollow. I enjoy politics & ... Read more Read less

83
Classic, Entertaining, Inconsistent, Fun, Great dancing

See it if you're looking for another grade-A revival of a musical from yesteryear. It's a fun production with some outstanding choreography.

Don't see it if you're not into fluffy or dated musicals. Or if you can't sit still for over 2.5 hours. The show feels long. First act is nearly 90 minutes.

Also I never saw a production of Kiss Me Kate prior to seeing this. I had a... Read more Read less

24
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Great set, Banal, Annoying, Whimsical, Disjointed

See it if you absolutely need to see another theatrical adaptation of Alice in Wonderland.

Don't see it if you're expecting a show that comes close to the strengths of the composers' previous works; or if you're put off by whimsical shows.

Also I can't say I was thrilled about seeing another adaptation of Alice in... Read more Read less

63
Sea Wall/A Life
East Village
Inconsistent, Slow, Maudlin, Intimate, Depressing

See it if you're a big fan of monologues & don't mind hearing about death for an hour & a half.

Don't see it if you're on a romantic date, or if you're looking for something casually entertaining b/c you will most likely be disappointed.

Also I was tempted to recommend this to Jake Gyllenhaal fans since he is bo... Read more Read less

70
Nuanced, Dull, Great music, Overrated

See it if you’re looking for a sophisticated & nuanced musical. This is the antithesis of Disneyfied Broadway. It’s a very well-crafted show...

Don't see it if ...but it's also a little dull. I have to admit, I nodded off a couple of times. Sometimes I just want a little more theatrical candy.

Also Didn't help that Katrina Lenk was out of the performance I saw. From w... Read more Read less

72
Admirable, Clunky, Heartfelt, Whimsical, Cute

See it if you're looking for a queer-friendly show for all ages. The show's message is warm & heartfelt, if a little obvious. And the music is fun.

Don't see it if you're looking for a flawless show with powerhouse performances. The show is silly & a little clunky but it still works (barely).

Also I loved the queer storylines & the message of self-love & acceptance. ... Read more Read less

76
Absorbing, Problematic, Edgy, Laudable, Unique

See it if you know the source material well & are open to creative interpretations. Some things worked & some didn't but I'm really glad I saw this.

Don't see it if you're an Oklahoma! purist & can't take radical takes on the original. The staging has a lot of blocking issues. And the ending was tough.

Also I enjoyed myself & thought this was a fun, unique production, but the ... Read more Read less

41
During previews
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Banal, Disappointing, Ambitious, Pointless, Great puppetry

See it if you're looking for a spectacle b/c the Kong puppet is spectacular. This show is a real technical achievement. (The rest? Not so much.)

Don't see it if you're expecting the rest of the show to be as strong. The music is terrible. The characters are two-dimensional. The dialogue is laughable.

Also This was a real wasted opportunity. The puppetry, staging & even proje... Read more Read less

80
Dated, Funny, Great acting, Problematic

See it if you have a vested interest in LGBT-themed shows b/c this one is noteworthy & landmark, if (extremely) dated & at times tough to watch.

Don't see it if you're only there to see Matt Bomer or the Big Bang Theory guy b/c you're going to spend a lot of money to watch a show about shitty people.

Also I'd only ever seen the movie prior to this but I've always admired it ... Read more Read less

76
Entertaining, Crowd-pleasing, Conscientious, Hilarious, Expensive

See it if you're a big fan of the movie & would like to see it performed live with a handful of updated jokes. Tina Fey made it very 2018.

Don't see it if you're looking for a show that reinvents the wheel. Mean Girls is definitely a crowd-pleaser but it's not a particularly innovative show.

Also I saw this in DC then again on Broadway. I have to admit, maybe it was... Read more Read less

45
During previews
Great cast, Unfocused, Ambitious, Clichéd, Disappointing

See it if you have a morbid curiosity about the world of Studio 54 & want to see an ambitious, albeit clichéd & unfocused show set in that era.

Don't see it if you're expecting a tight show with a fresh take on the Studio 54 era. We've seen a lot of this before. The rest is dull. All in all, a mess.

Also It's a shame this didn't work. The cast & creative team are all very t... Read more Read less

68
Inconsistent, Crowd-pleasing, Banal, Cute, Uninspired

See it if you are either a giant fan of the movie or you have kiddies in tow & money is no object. This is essentially a glorified theme park show.

Don't see it if you can't stand talkative children in the theater, or if you have an aversion to digital projections. The show relies on them a bit too much

Also The whole thing felt like a total cash-grab. It's a by-the-numbers ada... Read more Read less

87
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Slow, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you're an Edward Albee fan or if you want to see a master class in acting. (Glenda Jackson is revelatory.) This is a deeply profound show.

Don't see it if you have trouble with the subject of aging & death. There are humorous moments but the show gets a little bleak. Not exactly light fare.

Also This show is slow but ultimately rewarding. This is a theater fan's sh... Read more Read less

52
Lobby Hero
Midtown W
Dull, Good cast, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you're a huge fan of Kenneth Lonergan. Or Chris Evans. According to most of the people sitting by me they were there to see Captain America.

Don't see it if you're looking for something really resonant or meaningful. I have to say, I found this show to be dull & totally forgettable.

Also I don't know if this is my fault or the show's but I had trouble stayi... Read more Read less

82
Great staging, Romantic, Heartbreaking, Great cast, Immersive

See it if you've only seen community or regional theater productions b/c this is the real deal. The staging was phenomenal. And the cast is excellent.

Don't see it if if you're a Trumpster & would prefer musicals about people in Norway. (Although if that's you maybe you SHOULD see Once On This Island.)

82
Entertaining, Intelligent, Crowd-pleasing, Hilarious

See it if you want to see a decent example of a movie adaptation: the familiar material is all here but Tina Fey added new jokes to update the show.

Don't see it if you're not interested in a show about teenagers, or you didn’t care for the film—it’s still Mean Girls, after all.

Also Fans of Mean Girls should eat this up. Casual fans will probably enjoy... Read more Read less

90
For a previous production
Great writing, Profound, Resonant, Absorbing, Essential

See it if you've only ever read the play or seen the movie. It's lovely seeing it on stage, as intended. The stagecraft is magnificent. First rate.

Don't see it if you have *really* fond memories of the original Broadway or London shows. This was a great production but I didn't love every performance.

Also UPDATE: I saw Part One (Millennium Approaches) in London during the su... Read more Read less

74
Melodramatic, Great acting, Epic, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if you've never seen a production before. This is a big show full of spectacle. Definitely honors its status as one of Broadway's mega-hits.

Don't see it if you're looking for something upbeat & fun. The show is very melodramatic. And the ending was a huge downer-- I was not prepared for it!

Also I actually never saw Miss Saigon before & wasn't familiar with the plo... Read more Read less

90
For a previous production
Hilarious, Over the top, Entertaining, Lowbrow, Farcical

See it if you want to turn your brain off after a long day at work & laugh your ass off. This is the mother of all farces. My face hurt from laughing.

Don't see it if you prefer highbrow plays that make profound statements, or if you loathe farces....b/c this one will drive you crazy.

Also I love a farce & this is one hell of a farce. It's madcap & crazy funn... Read more Read less

50
Dated, Dull, Disappointing

See it if you missed the original production, or if you enjoy plays with stylized dialogue & plenty of asides to the audience.

Don't see it if you're bothered by the unnatural approach to dialogue mentioned above. It seemed very dated, pretentious & hokey to me.

Also I found the story to be quite dull. I know it's based on an actual exp... Read more Read less

93
Clever, Thought-provoking, Funny, Ambitious, Polemical

See it if you want a thought-provoking acerbic take on the institution of marriage (led by a stellar cast). It's an ambitious experiment but succeeds.

Don't see it if you're an Ibsen purist & not open to a new chapter of a landmark play. (Though you should be. It's an interesting gamble that pays off.)

Also People seem to be going back & forth on this but A Doll's House Part 2... Read more Read less

96
During previews
Clever, Funny, Resonant, Impressive, Charming

See it if you like a well-crafted musical, from top to bottom. You don't even have to love the (timeless) film b/c they really make this their own.

Don't see it if ..I'm having a hard time thinking of someone who wouldn't like this show. Maybe if you absolutely hated the movie? If so what's wrong w/you!

Also I enjoyed this far more than I thought I would. This really works well... Read more Read less

67
During previews
Gently Down the Stream
East Village
Resonant, Slow, Disappointing, Muddled

See it if you have an uncompromised passion for LGBT love stories, or if you're a big Harvey Fierstein fan-- it's always a treat seeing him on stage.

Don't see it if you're looking for something really moving & impactful. There were some nice monologues but the show never really came together for me.

Also I wanted to love this but I found it very slow & un-engaging. There's ... Read more Read less