Muppetina

New York City | Female
About:  Happiness coach, musical theater lover, aspiring Tony voter
Reviews (83)
83
Manilow Broadway
Midtown W
Dated, Cliched, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if you're a FANILOW! He takes you through almost all the hits as well as a few deeper cuts. Cheesy and charming all at once!

Don't see it if Barry gives you hives!

98
Haunting, Riveting, Electric, Heartbreaking, Breathtaking

See it if Show based on a Greek myth with a sensational original score, excellent storytelling, creative staging, superb acting, enchanting direction.

Don't see it if you don't like sung-through shows or if you're looking for something fluffy or traditional.

95
Ink
Midtown W
Riveting, Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Great staging

See it if A clever telling of Rupert Murdoch's rise. Well-acted, well-directed, energetic and topical with superb lighting and staging.

Don't see it if you're looking for a musical, have no interest in Rupert Murdoch or the genesis of tabloid news, or aren't into something so fast-paced.

78
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you like great acting and a quick, witty script. Laurie Metcalf is brilliant in this dramedy. While it's about politics, it's not partisan.

Don't see it if you don't have interest in politics, don't like character studies or are tired of the Clintons

84
Great singing, Funny, Delightful, Hilarious, Clever

See it if you want to see talented actor/musicians tell an entertaining, light-hearted story and you love to laugh.

Don't see it if you're looking for something deep and profound or you don't like delightful romantic comedies.

72
Preachy, Overwritten, Disappointing

See it if you are a fan of Aaron Sorkin and Jeff Daniels, or you feel you must see every production of TKAM.

Don't see it if you are a purist of the book. You will be disappointed. In addition, pieces of the book are distorted with a heavy hand.

80
Indulgent, Energetic, Great singing

See it if you love all things Cher or you want to see a glitzy, brash musical with fabulous costumes and great singing. Stephanie J. Block is superb.

Don't see it if you're looking for an honest, emotional look at Cher's life or you don't like her music. Also skip it if you prefer smaller, nuanced shows.

98
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Masterful, Intense, Powerful, Ambitious

See it if you like an absorbing, well-written, masterfully acted intense drama. Brilliant writing, acting, staging.

Don't see it if 3 hours and 15 minutes is too long for you, if you want a fluffy show, or if you have difficulty with Irish accents.

80
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Great singing, Fluffy, Predictable, Overrated, Entertaining

See it if you want a cute night at theatre with a decent pop score.

Don't see it if you're looking for something substantial or that will stay with you.

96
Great acting, Exquisite, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you want to see a master class in acting and directing. Brilliant performances, clever set design. It's profound, dark and witty.

Don't see it if you don't like dramatic plays and prefer light, fluffy musicals.

78
Fun, Colorful, Energetic, Fluffy

See it if you like big, colorful, splashy, silly shows filled with fun and enthusiasm. Don't need to be a SpongeBob fan to appreciate the production.

Don't see it if you're looking for something intellectual, sophisticated or serious. Skip it if you aren't willing to let your hair down and just enjoy.

22
During previews
Disappointing, Insipid, Excruciating

See it if you don't mind insipid theatre that ruins the memory of a very funny classic film. Trying way too hard to make fetch happen.

Don't see it if you loved the movie and have high expectations for the same cleverness on stage. Music/lyrics are unmemorable and the script is not funny.

80
Fluffy, Silly, Entertaining

See it if you're a Friends fan who appreciates poking fun at the show and its cast, and will pick up the many show references.

Don't see it if you're not terribly familiar with Friends or if you don't like parodies.

98
Enchanting, Romantic, Exquisite

See it if you enjoy a show that's quietly beautiful and poignantly romantic. Gorgeous score and fantastic performances. Katrina Lenk is mesmerizing!

Don't see it if you like big, over-the-top musicals with lots of belting and dancing.

92
Uplifting, Heartwarming, Enchanting

See it if enjoy creative storytelling with a wonderful ensemble. Creative staging, uplifting and hopeful, with an excellent score.

Don't see it if you're a cynical, heartless theatre-goer, don't like ensemble pieces, want something big and flashy or like deep conflict.

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91
Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a master class in acting, directing and playwriting. The performances are truly riveting and exquisite.

Don't see it if you aren't up for a 3-act emotional family drama or you're looking for something modern and edgy.

76
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Great staging, Slow, Great singing, Fluffy, Delightful

See it if you loved the movie. The staging is gorgeous and the score is nice.

Don't see it if this kind of story is not up your alley or you didn't like the movie.

54
Slow, Dated, Disappointing

See it if you like Kristen Chenoweth, sort of boring shows, and a slow plot.

Don't see it if you are looking for something modern and quick with an interesting story. Really unmemorable.

92
The Audience
Midtown W
Great acting, Masterful, Absorbing

See it if you want the privilege of seeing Helen Mirren in first-class form. Witty, fascinating, and the rest of the cast is equally masterful.

Don't see it if you don't care for British political history.

88
The Elephant Man
Midtown W
Great acting, Absorbing, Intense

See it if you want to see an exceptional master class in acting. Truly breathtaking performance.

Don't see it if you want something fast-paced, energetic and light.

72
Masterful, Dated, Great staging

See it if you want to see a wonderful performance of an old-fashioned show with a marvelous cast.

Don't see it if you want something fresh, contemporary or fast-paced.

78
Raunchy, Edgy, Dizzying

See it if you like glam rock musicals, an incredibly talented cast, high energy and drag culture. Great job on a cult classic.

Don't see it if you are put off by drag and loud rock music.

70
Mamma Mia!
Midtown W
Fun, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if you like Abba music and a jukebox musical.

Don't see it if you dislike Abba or jukebox musicals. As this show evolved, it became very diluted talent-wise and was essentially a tourist show.

82
Entertaining, Cute, Funny

See it if you like a fun, quirky show with a great ensemble cast and clever songs.

Don't see it if you're looking for a profound show or don't like shows with adults playing teenage characters.

92
Rent
Midtown W
Riveting, Masterful, Great singing

See it if you haven't! A true seminal work of musical theatre.

Don't see it if you don't want commentary on contemporary social issues.

98
Epic, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if A risqué spectacle with familiar pop/rock score. Opening # is phenomenal. Olivo, Tveit and Burstein are sensational. Scenic/costumes ROCK!

Don't see it if you want a replica of the film, want an original score or you get sensory overload,

66
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Unfunny, Slow, Banal, Disappointing

See it if you've never seen the movie. This should never have been made into a musical. Cast is talented; book/score are neither funny nor memorable

Don't see it if you loved the movie. Heartbreaking to see such an iconic movie turned into such a bland, dull, cliched musical.

72
Indulgent, Formulaic, Derivative, Overrated, Great singing

See it if you love The Temps and want to hear to their music sung well. Or if you're looking for a mediocre jukebox musical with a snooze of a book

Don't see it if you want a show with a plot. It's derivative of Jersey Boys almost to a word, and the really dull book feels like The Temps' Wikipedia page.

52
Fluffy, Contrived, Cliched, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you're curious about the buzz about it within the LGBTQ community or you're a fan of the performers, who are actually doing great work

Don't see it if you don't like a contrived story, stereotyped characters, a forgettable score or if you are annoyed by the cliched bashing of midwesterners

65
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Overrated, Slow, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you are a Harvey Fierstein fan and are interested in a long play

Don't see it if you are not interested in LGBTQ themes or can't sit through a long play

85
Intelligent, Great direction, Great acting

See it if you like a well-written, well-acted, well-directed play. It's smart, funny and charming.

Don't see it if you prefer big musicals, don't like shows about teen issues or are expecting a full-on comedy.

78
Lackluster, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you like old-fashioned musicals, want to see great dancing or you can't bear to miss Kelli O'Hara (even though she's miscast here)

Don't see it if you have high expectations for the production. It's lackluster, charmless and largely miscast. The leads are not in the 2 best scenes.

85
Great writing, Hilarious, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you're a fan of Mike Birbiglia and you appreciate fantastic funny storytelling, writing and delivery

Don't see it if you dislike Mike Birbiglia, don't like one-man shows, have no attention span for a long story.

86
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you want to see masterful performances, excellent direction and a touching balance of biting wit, emotional challenge and brutal honesty.

Don't see it if you are looking for a true comedy or don't like shows that deal with gay issues.

58
Disappointing, Miscast, Poor direction, Great singing

See it if you want to hear the score sung live. Otherwise, save your $ and buy the cast recording. The singing is the only redeeming part of the show.

Don't see it if you want a well directed, well cast version of this show. The leads have no chemistry, the sets are amateur, and the production is flat.

93
Enchanting, Delightful, Lavish, Great staging

See it if you love a glorious revival of a classic. Beautifully sung, acted, staged. Gorgeous, costumes and lush orchestrations. Loved the ending!

Don't see it if you are not a fan of classic musicals or are expecting to see something completely reimagined.

93
During previews
Enchanting, Riveting, Ambitious, Epic, Great staging

See it if you're ready for a spectacular magical experience in a theatre! My only previous HP knowledge was the first movie, and I adored every minute

Don't see it if you don't like Harry Potter, fantasy genre or committing to two long plays.

78
Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy folk fables, a creative set and excellent singing.

Don't see it if you are looking for a fabulous score or something transformative and memorable.

87
Entertaining, Clever, Great staging

See it if you like creative staging with great energy, are a fan of the film or want to see an outstanding performance by Andy Karl.

Don't see it if you want a serious drama, are looking for something deeply thought-provoking or don't like musicals adapted from films.

48
Present Laughter
Midtown W
Dated, Disappointing

See it if you're a fan of Noël Coward plays or you don't want to miss anything that Kevin Kline is in.

Don't see it if you want to stay awake. Couldn't find a hook to stay interested.

93
Delightful, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you love Bette, you enjoy joyful classic musicals, you like fantastic dancing and excellent voices. The crowd truly goes wild with delight!

Don't see it if you can't stand Bette, you're looking for something edgy or deep, classic musical theatre shows aren't your thing.

85
Romantic, Riveting, Epic, Great singing

See it if you want to be swept up in an epic love story with an achingly beautiful, lush score. It's a huge, emotional musical.

Don't see it if you don't like sung-through musicals or if you're looking for something scaled-down and intimate.

16
Excruciating, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you need an expensive nap.

Don't see it if you want to see good musical theatre. A painfully horrible show.

24
Excruciating, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you are a musical theatre beginner with low expectations as far as book, direction and acting.

Don't see it if there's anything else in the world you can do. Lisa Howard is the only redeeming actor, which is sad for an otherwise very talented cast.

84
On The Town
Midtown W
Enchanting, Charming, Great dancing

See it if love a grand and gorgeous revival of a classic. Dazzling dancing, beautiful singing, charming acting. A helluva show!

Don't see it if you want something modern, edgy or contemporary. Or if you don't like dancing.

77
It's Only a Play
Midtown W
Funny, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you want to see a first-rate ensemble cast, a thin but fun story and a sense of humor about the theatre industry.

Don't see it if you don't like silly plots or are looking for something deep and profound.

81
Pippin
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you like a colorful, energetic reimagined revival with a lovely score. Visually beautiful, very well directed.

Don't see it if you don't like circus acrobatics or if you are looking for a solid sequential story.

90
Hair
Midtown W
Entertaining, Energetic, Edgy

See it if you love the music from the show, hippie culture and a really well-directed, energetic piece of theatre.

Don't see it if you can't let yourself go and appreciate the hippie culture or if you're offended by nudity.

90
Masterful, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see one of the most beloved timeless musicals with outstanding singing and dancing. A quintessential modern classic.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals.

88
Enchanting, Absorbing, Great singing

See it if you like musical theatre! It's an epic story with a magnificent score. A true classic.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of musicals.