Melissa 7313

Hartford | 35-49 | Female
About:  I am a photographer for Theater Pizzazz, a website all about Broadway and Cabaret. I really enjoy seeing shows with my daughter Rachel. We go to the theatre frequently and see as many shows as we can. I photograph press events for Broadway shows and Feinstein’s/54 Below. I attend BroadwayCon every y... Read more Read less
Reviews (45)
89
During previews
Extravagant, Amazing stage/set, Fun, Exquisite, Delightful

See it if Wonderfully fun and entertaining. Gorgeous set and transformed theater. Beautiful, big dance numbers. Better than the movies. Updated songs

Don't see it if If you disliked the movie or if don’t like Jukebox musicals.

90
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Really enjoyed it with Bernadette Peters. She was delightful. The whole cast was great and the big numbers did not disappoint. Excellent.

Don't see it if No reason not to see it unless you are not a fan of revivals.

95
Cabaret (Broadway)
Midtown W
Great dancing, Surprising, Great makeup, Great music, Wonderful

See it if Amazing show. Alan Cummings is AMAZING. Music is fabulous. Great dancing and staging. Very moving ending. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Don't see it if Not for children. Sexual content and grown-up subject matter.

45
Banal, Insipid, Overrated, Dated, Cliched

See it if This is a classic show but I hated it. The famous chorus line finale was great. The rest of it was annoying, damaged dancers complaining.

Don't see it if Hated hearing one person after another talk about their horrible lives and how abused they were and how they really need this part. Ugh.

75
Good costuming, Fun, Delightful

See it if Very enjoyable but definitely not a muse-see. Christian Borle was fabulous, as usual. Nice show for kids.

Don't see it if I liked it but didn’t think it was anything fabulous so don’t see if your show budget is limited.

100
Rent
Midtown W
Resonant, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if One of my all-time favorites. Have seen it 4 times. I love all of interactions between the characters and the music is wonderful. Great show

Don't see it if Don’t see it if you would be offended watching a show about the LGBTQ community or don’t want to see a show involving AIDS.

80
Great singing, Classic broadway, Overrated, Great staging

See it if Sort of a a must-see in a way due to its popularity and longevity. Beautiful staging, costuming, and music. Saw it twice but not a fave.

Don't see it if Saw it twenty years ago and thought it was romantic. Saw it two years ago and thought that the Phantom was a creepy, murderous stalker.

85
Interesting dance scenes, Funny, Different, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Fun, enjoyable show. Likeable characters. Humor. Good dancing. Overall good show.

Don't see it if Don’t see if you have issues with LGBTQ themes or cross-dressing.

90
Entertaining, Interesting staging and theatre, Fun night out, Unique experience, Delightful

See it if Sweeney Todd at the Barrow Street Theatre was a unique experience. It was transformed into a pie shop serving meat pies. So much fun!

Don't see it if If you have a weak stomach for stories involving cannibalism.

75
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Good music, Disturbing at times, Resonant

See it if I enjoyed the show for the most part. I liked the cast, the music, the staging, the humor. Didn’t love all the negative male characters.

Don't see it if Don’t see if you don’t want to see a show with spousal abuse, adultry, very flawed characters, and poor male role models.

95
Great costuming, Exquisite, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if Wonderful show. Great for kids and adults alike. Beautiful music and esquisite costuming. A classic and the whole family should go.

Don't see it if Don’t go only if you really hate Disney or the Lion King movie.

90
Stomp
East Village
Different, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if Really enjoyable and absorbing. Very different type of show. Great for music lovers.

Don't see it if Don’t see if you are looking for a real broadway show or want a storyline. It is an entertaining musical experience but not for everyone.

50
Just ok, Disappointing, Somewhat funny, Dated, Cliched

See it if Some funny bits. Some of the material was a bit dated even though it is all supposed to be current and edgy.

Don't see it if Don’t see if you are not a fan of comedy related to current events and news

85
Quirky, Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Really fun! Enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Updated from the movie. Some really great scenes. Not one of my favorites, but enjoyable

Don't see it if Don’t see if you really hated the movie or only have the time/budget to see a spectacular show. It was good, but there are better shows

40
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Overrated, Insipid, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if Hated it. Yes, the King Kong itself was fantastic to see and they did a great job on that. But that’s good for about 5 min.

Don't see it if Don’t see unless you absolutely must see the puppetry or really love the King Kong movie and feel compelled.

85
Jersey Boys (NYC)
Midtown W
Historical, Fun, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if It was excellent. Best Jukebox musical I have seen. Thoroughly enjoyable. Great music abd dancing. Enjoyed learning the history of the band.

Don't see it if Don’t see it only if you really hate Jukebox musicals or don’t like this music in particular.

90
Intelligent, Great writing, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Wonderful. Much more uplifting than expected based on the topic. Beautiful music. Great acting. Important theme. Relevant and current.

Don't see it if Don’t see it if you are triggered by people discussing suicide. There is nothing graphic though. They do not show the act.

78
Blue Man Group
East Village
Refreshing, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if Fun show. Great for kids.

Don't see it if If you are looking to see a “Broadway show.@

15
Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if Don’t see it. Hated it.

Don't see it if It was long and boring. Denzel Washington could not save this. It is a bunch of drunk men muttering on stage for hours on end. Awful.

78
Good for teens, Enjoyable, Current, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Liked it more than I thought I would. It was actually really funny and uplifting and fun. Good for teens, especially LGBTQ teens.

Don't see it if If you are a Trump-loving religious conservative. You will hate it. Very liberal script and they make fun of the aforementioned groups.

90
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Intense, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Great play. Well-acted. Took me a little while to get into it and then started to really enjoy it. Cast was wonderful. Good storyline.

Don't see it if Don’t see it if you a not a “play” person. It is very long and somewhat confusing here and there, and everyone has accents.

100
Epic, Refreshing, Great staging, Great singing, Exquisite

See it if LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this show. Saw it twice. Great staging, lighting, cast, story, music, dancing. Loved every single thing. GO SEE IT!

Don't see it if Everyone should see this show.

75
Light-hearted, Better than expected, Good for teens, Quirky, Funny

See it if You are a teenager or accompanying one. Want some light-hearted fun. Want to see George Salazar sing “Michael in the Bathroom” We enjoyed it

Don't see it if If you don’t want to see teenage angst comedy. If you are looking for catchy songs you will want to hear over and over. Ending was a bi weak

75
M. Butterfly
Midtown W
Edgy, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if A little long in the tooth to get to the point. Confusing at times. Also, some good scenes. Cast was good and costuming was good.

Don't see it if There is full-frontal male nudity and some very adult material. Not good for young kids.

90
Great writing, Intelligent, Hilarious, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if So funny! If you love musicals and Shakespeare, you will be hysterical. So many funny jokes & nods to different shows and riffs on the Bard.

Don't see it if If you do not know a lot about different musicals or Shakespeare, you will miss some of the jokes and the show will be less entertaining.

75
Good music, Good sets, Resonant

See it if I like this show, but not one of my favorites. Interesting subject matter. Some good songs. Enjoyable show. Serious issues.

Don't see it if Not good for kids.

10
Cats
Midtown W
Annoying, Awful, Overrated, Insipid, Disappointing

See it if See it only if you feel you really must because it is such a well-known musical. Saw when I was 10 and when I was 45. Hated it both times!

Don't see it if Gave some points for the song Memory and costuming. There is no storyline; just a bunch of annoying cats introducing themselves. 1 good song

88
Good costuming, Long, Intelligent, Great acting, Epic

See it if Wonderful, engaging play with great acting and beautiful costuming and puppetry for the angels and wings, but REALLY LONG. N Lane was great

Don't see it if Don’t see if you can’t sit through 7 and a half hours of one show. It is in two parts with each part having two intermissions.

100
Enchanting, Absorbing, Riveting, Masterful, Must see

See it if LOVE this show! I have seen it five times and would see it again and again. Absorbing storyline, great set, amazing music. Perfect.

Don't see it if Must see it!

75
Burn This
Midtown W
Relevant, Resonant, Slow, Great acting

See it if See it if you are a big fan of Keri Russell, Adam Driver, or Brandon Uranowitz. They were all great. I went mostly to see Keri Russel live.

Don't see it if Adam’s character was funny but very unlikable. I had a hard time understanding why Keri’s character would fall for him.

65
1984 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Intense, Startling, Well-acted, Disturbing

See it if It was a little slow and confusing beginning. Parts were good. Parts were very disturbing. Very mixed feelings about the show.

Don't see it if Don’t go if you have epilepsy (strobes), or do not want to hear loud noises, see gore, or have lights go on and off.

90
Hilarious, Great writing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if I absolutely love this! I have always loved the movie. This was such an amazing adaption. Andy Karl was supreme. Funny special effects.

Don't see it if Don’t see if you are not a fan of the movie or don’t like silly humor.

90
Great staging, Great cast, Well-acted, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if Very good stage adaption of the play. The cast were all very good. Having musicians on stage playing here and there was a nice addition.

Don't see it if Don’t see it if you are really only a musical person. Probably better also if you have read the book at some point in your life.

98
Great writing, Hilarious, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if Love this show!! So funny. Saw it twice and laughed just as hard the second time. Absolutely hysterical and clever. A must-see show.

Don't see it if Don’t see if you get offended easily or do not want to hear vulgar language or raunchy jokes.

90
Refreshing, Hilarious, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if Absolutely hysterical for any Harry Potter fans. So funny. Excellent show. My daughter and I loved it. Go see if you are a Potterhead.

Don't see it if Don’t see if you are not well-versed in all things Harry Potter because you will not understand all of the jokes and probably hate it.

95
Unique, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Excellent show. Very different than a lot of shows in terms of characters playing several roles in a unique fashion, and use of props

Don't see it if I guess I would only recommend not seeing if seeing a show about 911 would be too difficult for you to watch.

90
Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if Loved it. Saw original cast. Really funny show. Updated from the movie. Thoroughly enjoyable. Go see it!

Don't see it if Don’t see if you are don’t want to see teenage-angst.

95
Fantastic, Great staging, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever

See it if Loved it. Saw it with original cast. They were amazing. Delightful show. Great special effects. Entire theatre was transformed.

Don't see it if Don’t see if you hate Harry Potter.

100
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Riveting, Masterful, Must see, Amazing

See it if Absolutely one of the best shows ever in the history of musicals. I have seen it three times and would see it again and again. See it!

Don't see it if It is an absolute must-see show.

95
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Wonderful, Classic, Great dancing, Must see, Delightful

See it if I have seen this show 5 times. Love it. Dancing is superb. Great songs you will want to listen to again and again. A Broadway must-see show.

Don't see it if Occasionally they have a “celebrity” play the role of Billy Flynn. Watch out for that. The non-Broadway people they have gotten are awful.

75
Entertaining, Absorbing, Enjoyable, Good for carole king fans, Great singing

See it if Definitely see it if you are a Carole King fan. I was not but still enjoyed the show. Not one of my favorite shows but thought it was good.

Don't see it if If you don’t like Jukebox musicals or musicals about real-life singers.

88
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if So much fun! Wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did. Great cast. Script was updated and really funny. Some of the songs were hilarious

Don't see it if If you want a really serious or epic show. This is light-hearted and fun.

95
Updated, Great dancing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if Loved it. Entire cast was great. Corbin Bleu danced up a storm. Funny, engaging, delightful. Thoroughly enjoyable show. Go see it!

Don't see it if No reason not to see it.

2
Awful, Disgusting, Gory, Excruciating, Raunchy

See it if See it only if you must see everything Nathan Lane is in or you really enjoy jokes about farts, erections on dead people, and bodily fluids.

Don't see it if Worst show I have ever seen. Nathan Lane couldn’t save it. HATED it. Boring, insipid, disgusting, not funny, gross, painstaking, horrible.

85
Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if Very funny show! Light-hearted and entertaining. Great set, costuming, puppetry, special effects. We laughed the whole time.

Don't see it if Is it one of my all-time favorite shows? Do I remember any songs from it? No. But it is a fun show and cast was great.