Michael42

New York City | 25-34 | Male
About:  My name is Michael Ghysels. I have lived in NYC for almost two years and loving it. I am an aspiring stage manager in hopes of being calling stage manager one day. I live and breathe theatre and see as many Broadway shows as possible. ... Read more Read less
Reviews (65)
95
Clever, Must see, Great singing, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a truly beautiful, innovative show. Visually stunning, amazing vocals and the score is powerful. Must see.

Don't see it if You don’t like Greek mythology or want to see an original piece. Innovative, but far from an original story.

Also I admit I loved it a lot more than I thought. It was way too overhyped... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Romantic, Great singing, Great acting, Delightful

See it if You have never seen this show or just want to be entertained. Kelli and Will are outstanding. Wonderful choreography and score.

Don't see it if Probably don’t want to see it if you’ve seen previous productions. Hear they updated the book. Some of the material feels outdated.

95
Relevant, Refreshing, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if You are looking for a smaller, heartfelt, original show. It makes you forget all about your troubles. Most fun on broadway in a while.

Don't see it if You are homophobic or intolerant to people who are different. Some might find the book problematic and predictable.

86
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Funny

See it if Want a feel good musical or see a modern spin on the movie. The book is different, but funnier than the movie. Santino is phenomenal.

Don't see it if You are homophobic or attached to the movie. Doesn’t really follow it well. Score is horrible. Only two memorable numbers.

74
The Front Page
Midtown W
Relevant, Quirky, Dated, Disappointing, Great writing

See it if You want to see A-list actors in the same show. Great writing with a timely theme.

Don't see it if You expect everyone to be superb. Nathan Lane was the strongest. Everyone else was sub-par at best.

Also I was really disappointed with the quality of this show given the amaz... Read more Read less

87
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Funny, Great writing

See it if You love the movie or looking for a good time. It’s a party. The production value is top notch. So much fun. Taylor is awesome as Regina.

Don't see it if You hate the movie or expect a completely memorable score. It’s catchy, but some numbers aren’t that great. Skip if expect original idea.

Also I really wasn’t expected to like it as much as I did. I love the movie... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Epic, Must see

See it if You’ve never seen this masterpiece. Andrew Garfield steals the show as Prior. Surprisingly funny at times. Drop dead gorgeous production.

Don't see it if You have no patience for sitting through an 8 hour show - most likely coming back another day for part two. It does drag a bit.

Also Seeing both parts in one day is ambitious. It was a long day, but so w... Read more Read less

80
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great staging, Raunchy, Overrated

See it if You have never seen it or looking for an entertaining night at the theatre. The score is decent and the two female leads I saw were great

Don't see it if You feel uncomfortable with exotic dancing or expect to be impressed by “spectacle.” Don’t go with too high expectations.

Also I saw this show several years ago and although I enjoyed the productio... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Ambitious, Great staging, Refreshing, Overstuffed

See it if You want to see a very fun and entertaining show. It’s a great escape from the crazy world we live in. Amazing set and great cast.

Don't see it if You expect an original idea with original music. The score isn’t that memorable. As fun as it is the show does feel overstuffed at times.

Also I was very hesitant to see this show. Grew up on the TV show and was a... Read more Read less

68
Prince of Broadway
Midtown W
Great acting, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if You are a huge Harold Prince fan and want to see 16 of his finest in one production. Nice set and the performances are strong.

Don't see it if You are looking for an original or fascinating story. Indulgent and some songs were poorly chosen.

Also I'm really glad I didn't pay full price. In fact it was free cuz I ush... Read more Read less

75
During previews
M. Butterfly
Midtown W
Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Cliched, Raunchy

See it if You want to see great acting with a decent storyline. Slow at first but picks up in act two. Says a lot of about society in unexpected ways.

Don't see it if You love Miss Saigon or the opera Madame Butterfly. Get these two out of your mind if you go. They're nothing alike. The set is horrendous.

86
Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if You're a fan of Carole King and want to see a fun jukebox musical. Chilina is phenomenal as Carole with a strong supporting cast behind her

Don't see it if You are not a fan of Carole King's music. The book is problematic in some ways cuz it doesn't always streamline her life smoothly

Also I've never seen this show here (saw it in SF before Broadway) and I on... Read more Read less

82
For a previous production
Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if You don't want to think a lot and just be entertained for a few hours. If you're in technical theatre like I am you'll appreciate it.

Don't see it if You don't appreciate everything that can go wrong during a show. Fans of Noises off might feel it's a rip off of that show too cuz it is.

79
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Funny, Quirky

See it if You love the movie or want to see Andy Karl at his best. He really is a joy to watch and looks like he's having a lot of fun doing it.

Don't see it if You don't like the movie or want an inspirational story with a good score. The score is pretty weak with the exception of two numbers.

79
Present Laughter
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Fluffy, Great writing, Insipid

See it if You want to see Kevin Kline in a role he was born to play. It's worth seeing if you enjoy dry humor and enjoy Noel Cowards work.

Don't see it if Dry humor isn't your thing or you don't care for Cowards style. The plot is just as dry. Colbie Smulders is a disappointment as Joanna.

Also I wanted to enjoy this more cuz I do like Cowards work. Just think he ... Read more Read less

97
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if You love the original Doll's House. Fantastic acting led by Laurie Metcalf. Small show, but briliantly directed. The writing is very clever

Don't see it if You don't like the original or if you don't like simple staging. The set is only four chairs. Nothing exciting really happens.

Also I saw this show on a friends recommendation and so glad I did. I never... Read more Read less

70
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Overrated, Excruciating, Great acting, Great singing, Slow

See it if You want to see a visually stunning show with good singers. Christy and Derek have great chemistry. The costumes are spectacular.

Don't see it if You love the animated movie or looking for a remarkable score. This show is very much focused towards teenage girls.

Also I wanted to like this show more than I did, but it's a mess. The new s... Read more Read less

87
Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Great singing, Overrated

See it if You want to see an original, inspiring musical with beautiful music and powerful performances. Small show but effective.

Don't see it if You don't want to re-live the morning of 9/11. Don't expect to be moved. Doesn't fail in that department, but needed to be better.

Also Everyone I know loves this show so much. I can see why they feel that,... Read more Read less

88
Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Great singing, Romantic

See it if You are a huge Gloria Estefan fan or enjoy wonderful choreography. Ana is the spitting image of Gloria and plays her to the tee

Don't see it if You are not a fan of Gloria's style. If you hate love stories this isn't for you. Their love story pretty much overshadows the show

Also This is a perfect example of why we go the theatre - to be entertained... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Bandstand
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Clever, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if You want to see an original musical with a descent score and powerful performances. This could very well be the surprise hit of the season

Don't see it if You hate swing/jazz music. If you are looking for an upbeat, happy show you won't find it here. At times it can be very slow and very sad

87
Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Edgy, Great staging

See it if You want to see Glenn Close and all her glory in the role she was born to play. Great production if you've never seen it.

Don't see it if Loved the original. Don't expect to be blown away. I'm sure there are a lot of good elements missing. It's not Webber's best work.

89
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if You are a Miller fan and want to see Mark Ruffalo at his prime. The whole cast is outstanding with Devito adding some comic relief.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of Miller. Very heavy. If you're expecting a lot going on you'll find it boring. Lots of talking and no doings.

94
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Must see

See it if You are an August Wilson fan and enjoy a strong play with powerful performances. The material is profound and is effective in its theme.

Don't see it if You want a fast paced show with a lot going on. Not much happens. Some people also might find it slow and resembles Fences too much.

88
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Great staging

See it if You love the movie and want to see a show with strong female performances. Jessie Mueller hits it out of the park.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of Sarah Barellis. The performances make up some of the flaws of the score. Skip if you have a problem with domestic abuse.

86
Great acting, Ambitious, Edgy, Great writing, Intense

See it if You've never seen this masterpiece. The performances are nothing short of phenomenal. Really nailed the intense moments. Very powerful play.

Don't see it if You don't have the patience to sit through a 3 hr 45 min play. Very wordy with not much going on. You don't walk away feeling enlightened.

92
Ink
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Edgy, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want to see a fascinating and riveting story. Both Jonny and Bertie are amazing. Lighting is phenomenal. No wonder it won the Tony.

Don't see it if You can’t handle loud sound. Sound design was way too loud for this show. Don’t see it if you don’t like what white men will do for power.

Also I’m in the minority this was a much better play than The Ferryman. Muc... Read more Read less

84
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Relevant, Disappointing, Excruciating, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You want to see a visually stunning play with strong performances and a incredible set. Edgy and 3 hours go by fast.

Don't see it if You are impatient to sit through a 3 hour play or want something exciting to happen. Nothing eventful happens until the last moments.

Also I tried to like this show more than I did, but I just couldn’t get int... Read more Read less

78
Slow, Romantic, Great acting, Confusing, Dated

See it if You want to see two terrific actors in the same show. They have great chemistry, but Audra as always steals the show. She also saves it.

Don't see it if You want to see every play ever written or want some action. Nothing eventful happens. It’s all just talk. The material is outdated.

93
All My Sons
Midtown W
Edgy, Absorbing, Intense, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You are a fan of Miller or Annette Bening. The whole cast is phenomenal, but she’s the stand out. Last 5 minutes will stick with you.

Don't see it if You’re not a fan of Miller or his style of work. Typical, predictable Miller. First act drags. Takes a while to get the ball rolling.

Also I had a list of shows to see. All My Sons was on there, then I took it... Read more Read less

82
Great acting, Refreshing, Overrated, Great staging, Funny

See it if You have never seen this show or want to forget your worries for 2 and a half hours. Hilarious with an original story and decent score.

Don't see it if You are easily offended by people mocking religion. There is a song that literally translates to " F you God." This show isn't mind-blowing

Also I wanted to love this show more than I did. For me, it was WAY too ove... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging, Dated, Entertaining

See it if If you want to see a tone down, but stunning production of this classic musical. Great chemistry between Joshua and Jessie.

Don't see it if You expect it to be exactly like the original. I hear they cut a lot of the themes of domestic abuse. The set is also pretty minimalistic.

96
Great writing, Great acting, Great staging, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are looking for a strong, riveting straight play. Glenda Jackson is incredible. Her final monologue sticks with you for a long time.

Don't see it if You feel uncomfortable thinking about the inevitable- death, old age. This play is very talkative and nothing eventful really happens.

95
Absorbing, Delightful, Great staging, Great singing, Must see

See it if You have never seen it or want to see a beautiful production with a heartwarming score. Brilliantly staged and the acting is incredible.

Don't see it if You expect an original story. It’s predictable and very sad. FYI don’t sit in the front if you don’t want sand on your shoes.

Also There are no words to describe this show. It’s something quite differe... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Great acting, Great singing, Must see, Masterful, Refreshing

See it if You want to see a moving, beautiful new musical. The acting is superb. Katrina Lenk is a star and the score is wonderful. Very touching.

Don't see it if You hate slow plots. Not much going on. This is not everyone's cup of tea. Just one of those musicals. Some might find the score repetitive.

85
During previews
Fire
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You don't know a lot about the 1911 NY fire this play is based on. Very fascinating to watch these stories unfold leading up to the fire.

Don't see it if You want a lot of action, don't care about the backstory of the factory workers leading up to the event, or the trial that followed.

91
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Enchanting, Great staging, Great singing, Must see

See it if You've never seen this juggernut of a musical or just want to be entertained. It's a beautiful show with very empowering lyrics.

Don't see it if You hate over the top productions. This show is very tech heavy and some might find that redundant. The story is also not very original.

Also I've seen Wicked a few times and have to say the tour is slightly bett... Read more Read less

99
Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Epic

See it if You want to see Bette Milder and all her glory in a show that should be outdated, but isn't. Very entertaining and a cute story.

Don't see it if You hate old fashioned musicals

Also I was very surprised how much I loved this show. I had doubts about Be... Read more Read less

87
Great acting, Profound, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You want a relevant play with strong performances. Their chemistry is amazing and really is a powerful story. I left the theatre moved.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with race or homophobic. Hawkins works his way into a rich white couples lives and shows a few homosexual scenes.

Also Shame this play closed a month early. Not surprised, but it deserved t... Read more Read less

72
War Paint
Midtown W
Great acting, Great singing, Disappointing, Insipid, Cliched

See it if You want to see two Broadway legends on the same stage. They, along with beautiful costumes and sets save this show.

Don't see it if You expect a strong book/score. The story is flawed in so many ways. The intentions are there, but the execution is very weak.

Also War Paint is exactly the type of show that proves my biggest pet peeve... Read more Read less

89
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Intense, Slow

See it if You want to see a historical piece brilliantly told or don't know much about the peace accords of '93. Gripping story, strong performances.

Don't see it if You want to see men argue with no result for almost two and a half hours. It does get quite boring especially in act two.

95
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if You want to see two incredible actresses in the same show or looking for strong material. The set is gorgeous and the writing is superb.

Don't see it if You don't like plays that seem outdated. This play can be very disagreeable and might make you leave upset.

83
Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Confusing, Great staging

See it if You are a Tolstoy fan or just looking for a good time at the theatre. This show is very entertaining with a brilliant set and great singers.

Don't see it if You have never read War and Peace - like me. You will be confused. It's very fast paced and the music isn't as memorable as it is fun.

90
Indecent
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant, Profound

See it if You want to see an innovative new play. This show is for everyone that appreciates theatre as an art. Wonderfully staged and deeply moving.

Don't see it if You are homophobic as two women kiss onstage often throughout. Don't go if you want a lot of excitement. This play can be boring at times.

85
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great singing, Overrated

See it if You are a huge Sondheim fan or want to see two fine actors in the same show. Both Jake and Annaleigh are strong with great chemistry.

Don't see it if You want a fascinating story. The story is the weak link here. It's the concept between act one and act two that makes this show work.

94
During previews
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Relevant, Romantic

See it if You love the original and want to be reminded how great this show is. Eva Noblezada is perfect as Kim. Her voice is superior to Lea Salonga.

Don't see it if You hate sappy, cliche love stories or hate the original. Some might find the plot indulgent. Def not for someone who can't stand musicals.

83
During previews
Significant Other
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Romantic, Quirky

See it if You have nothing better to do and want to see a new original play that's a cute, sad love story with strong performances

Don't see it if You expect to be inspired and walk away happy. This show tackles the harsh reality of how relationships can end up.

94
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if You have ever felt alone or invisible. This show is quite healing. Original with a beautiful score. The performances are superb. Must see.

Don't see it if No reason not to, except if you hate musicals. If you have the means and can score a ticket - go.

85
Cats
Midtown W
Entertaining, Absorbing, Epic, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if You love the original or have never seen it. The score is beautiful yet simple and the staging is excellent. Tech wise this show is flawless

Don't see it if Looking for a good storyline. It's god awful and the least interesting thing about the show. It also can be hard to keep track who's who.

90
Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Relevant, Hilarious

See it if You want to have a good time. Improving on the movie, this show does a great job depicting the themes. Most fun you'll have at a show.

Don't see it if You hate campy shows. Its very campy and the music is repetitive. If you didn't care for Rock of Ages or Matilda you won't care for this.

90
Great acting, Must see, Riveting, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if You've never seen a production of this show. See it if you want to see the winner in a few Tony categories including Cynthia Erivo.

Don't see it if You hated the original or don't like minimalisitc set pieces. This show takes a while to get going, The first 45 mins is slow.