Mrs. Harpstar

Manhattan | 25-34 | Female
About:  Comp ticket connoisseur with Playbill binders full of musicals, comedies, and memories for a lifetime. In search of brilliant comedic writing paired with a consistently brilliant score with that perfect sweet-spot pacing.
Reviews (30)
70
Entertaining, Great singing, Poor staging, Resonant, Profound

See it if You will see any Sondheim/Into the Woods, like me. You can get swept away by the music without worrying about poor staging/production value.

Don't see it if You haven't seen Into the Woods before. You value staging/sets/costumes that serve the story.

Also This is a masterwork of Sondheim's. It's always a shame when productio... Read more Read less

90
Jersey Boys (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Delightful, Fluffy, Indulgent, Great singing

See it if You love Frankie Valli's music and are interested to see the journey of how he & the 4 Seasons "made it". You love flashy costumes & sets.

Don't see it if You're expecting to see a masterfully penned biography

Also Take your mom & dad. They'll love it. It's reliably entertaining no ma... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing, Wild

See it if You can keep up with a crazy-fast plot, love operatic singing, can laugh at the absurd

Don't see it if You are easily offended by language or crass humor

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Great writing, Riveting

See it if You want to be on the edge of your seat as these master storytellers unfold a NOLA House of Bernarda Alba

Don't see it if You're sexist, racist, etc...there's really no other reason on earth someone shouldn't want to see this

70
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Disappointing, Self-indulgent, Entertaining, Confusing, Great singing

See it if you love projections. You don't care what they did to the movie or to the history. You can turn your brain off.

Don't see it if You want to see your childhood fave in tact. You enjoy sets that aren't just screens. You expect Anastasia to include Rasputin.

Also The story is very heavy-handed and slow. The new musical numbers by no... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Great singing, Great staging, Refreshing, Clever, Funny

See it if You like intimate settings and few characters. You enjoy watching an actor rule his stage. You enjoy actors switching roles onstage.

Don't see it if You need a million characters and giant spectacles. Don't see it if you hate being close to the actors.

Also Sort of a watered-down Company. Great draft but it needs more musical ... Read more Read less

10
During previews
Cliched, Confusing, Fluffy, Indulgent, Unfunny

See it if You are a straight white man in your 40s who can't get over high school. See if you want to laugh at the same jokes you've already heard.

Don't see it if You like anything original, want to understand the lyrics, like plots you can't predict within 5 minutes, aren't pining for high school.

Also Have to give props to the ensemble actors, who get every single one of... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Great writing, Funny, Hilarious, Must see

See it if You enjoy brilliant writing, laughing til it hurts, fierce performances, and a catchy score.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy that signature Tina Fey humor.

Also Anyone who has ever been to high school will relate to this show. It's... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to enter a whole different world that changes how you view ours. You love laughing, vocal pyrotechnics, and masterful storytelling.

Don't see it if You don't like being made to feel things or think about things.

Also Standing room was our favorite! View of the whole stage, right by the ... Read more Read less

76
20th Century Blues
Midtown W
Relevant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Witty

See it if You're interested in how friendships evolve over time in the context of the eventful 20th century and the history we're living today.

Don't see it if You're looking for a fluff piece that insults the intelligence of its audience.

Also The cast truly works as an ensemble.

95
Who's Holiday!
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious, Must see

See it if You love getting sucked into a story in clever couplets that will have you laughing 'til it hurts. Lesli's charisma is unbeatable.

Don't see it if You're turned off by vulgarity or find the Fran Fine brand of comedy to be annoying

Also The set took my breath away- amazing what they did with the space!

90
Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Great acting, Epic

See it if You like fast-paced shows that completely take you inside the head of a fascinating character

Don't see it if You are disinterested in the psychology of others

70
Entertaining, Great singing, Must see, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if You enjoy watching quadruple-threat artists tell a true, fascinating story

Don't see it if You don't like women dominating the stage with their talents

Also Could do without the queer-baiting, thanks. Lyrics & book are bad but ... Read more Read less

99
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Absorbing, Great singing, Must see, Refreshing

See it if You need a pick-me-up that also makes you confront your ideas of what strength is when also feeling the reality of obligation to the past

Don't see it if You don't have a tolerance for magic or abstraction

90
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Romantic

See it if You love classic musicals performed by true stars and appreciate spectacular, clever designs. See this if you believe in love.

Don't see it if You're an irreversible cynic. If you have a short attention span. If you only like pop/rock musicals.

65
Then She Fell
Brooklyn
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Self-indulgent, Disappointing

See it if You love immersive elements. You're super basic for Alice in Wonderland.

Don't see it if You're tired of Alice in Wonderland adaptions. You're tired of "what if she was just crazy" adaptions. You're creeped out easily.

Also There's such a thing as TOO immersive. Immersive elements shouldn't be... Read more Read less

35
Log Cabin
Midtown W
Disappointing, Dizzying, Excruciating, Overrated, Edgy

See it if You don't actually care about LGBT (especially T!) people or how they're represented

Don't see it if You want art to start treating people as people and not as props, no matter their identity.

95
The Sardi's Tour
Midtown W
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Informative, Fun

See it if You know literally anything about the history of Broadway. Your tour guide can fill in gaps & tell you stories you never would have imagined

Don't see it if You have a short attention span, know literally nothing about Broadway, don't care to know anything about Broadway

Also This is a wonderful tour to take your parents on or a wonderful date!

90
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Fluffy, Ambitious

See it if You want to walk out wondering how they did those effects. You enjoy the movie and want to see the magic in person. You love spectacles.

Don't see it if You're really attached to the monkey character. You're expecting to see the next Angels in America.

100
During previews
Hilarious, Great writing, Great singing, Refreshing, Must see

See it if You want to find yourself with cheeks hurting from laughing & hands sore from clapping at this phenomenal night at the theatre

Don't see it if You're homophobic, you need a serious drama, you hate energetic choreo, you can't get swept up

Also The best-written musical to come to Broadway to ages paired with some ... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Great acting, Hilarious, Great writing, Must see, Quirky

See it if You're into smart yet ridiculous humor, you enjoy hilarious women who just happen to be playing lesbians, you're totally down for a ride.

Don't see it if You hate Ionesco, you're homophobic or misogynist, you get confused easily, you need a simple, linear plot.

Also Even the projections are laugh out loud- production value was super hi... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Great singing, Funny, Raunchy, Ambitious

See it if You like spunky shows featuring a cast committed to fun for the audience. The lead has amazing belt technique that you cannot miss!!

Don't see it if You're looking for something to deeply contemplate or something with a billion dollar budget

Also An ambitious first musical by this young, talented theatre company. Th... Read more Read less

30
The Parisian Woman
Midtown W
Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Aesthetically pleasing, Self-indulgent

See it if You can retain your sanity long enough to wait for Blair Brown's scenes. If you just want to say that you've been in a room with Uma Thurman

Don't see it if Your FB newsfeed has complaints about Trump for free & you don't want to pay to see them onstage. If you like good storytelling.

Also Phillipa did as well as she could with what she was given and is not t... Read more Read less

90
Delightful, Enchanting, Must see, Entertaining, Masterful

See it if You're ready to laugh, for your jaw to hit the ground, and to fall in love with musicals all over again. Bernadette is a lifetime MUST SEE.

Don't see it if You need shows to have deep profound meaning or can't tolerate extended dance numbers. You look for "message" more than "joy".

80
Amelie
Midtown W
Ambitious, Fluffy, Quirky, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if You enjoy the movie and don't mind a broad adaptation of it. You can suspend disbelief and enjoy individual performances.

Don't see it if You're expecting to see a direct translation of the film or something that isn't fluff.

95
Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Great singing

See it if You enjoy clever, witty writing paired with masterful character work and solid singing

Don't see it if You can't stand vibrato or have no sense of humor

40
Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Epic, Overrated

See it if You can laugh at the poor storytelling & hilarious tourist pandering, have the patience to wait for the 5 minutes of helicoptor

Don't see it if You appreciate plots with intelligence & intrigue, you can't be in the same room as maddening racism, you like character development

Also All the songs sound very similar to each other. Some small, simple plo... Read more Read less

80
Candide
Upper W Side
Clever, Intelligent, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Raunchy

See it if You are interested in some of Bernstein's best legit work...you're a fan of Voltaire's acerbic wit

Don't see it if You're easily bored by highbrow humor...you prefer a pop sound

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Riveting, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a master performance from every single member of the cast...you like to watch absolute brilliance in action

Don't see it if You absolutely hated the original...you get bored without spectacle

90
Refreshing, Relevant, Resonant, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy unbelievable dancing, spectacular visuals, and a poignant true story that showcases Cuban-Americans and their culture.

Don't see it if You're racist? That's the only reason not to go, really.