Ninwall

New York City | 50-64 | Female
About:  Broadway musical junkie and passionate theater goer, I live in New York City and see on average 1-3 shows a week.
Reviews (197)
90
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Fun

See it if Great show! A cross btw. Mean Girls & Dear Evan Hansen, every performer was outstanding. Fun, funny, energetic, great music.

Don't see it if You mind tons of enthusiastic audience fandom on display; this show has already found a following & there was much cheering & hooting.

Also George Salazar singing "Michael in the Bathroom" was a highlight & jus... Read more Read less

78
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Top notch singing & dancing, great energy, great set; as long as you know this is just a concert of songs with no story, it was enjoyable.

Don't see it if While there were definitely hit songs, about half felt like lesser-quality filler. While enjoyable, it was nothing more than that.

68
During previews
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Interesting concept that ultimately fails, Disjointed, Funny or sad?

See it if Interesting premise but unsuccessful exploration of father/3 sons & their career, mental & life issues thru the lens of white male privilege

Don't see it if Using 2 transgender actors as occasional narrators feels tacked on, odd, & cheesy. Loud punk music at beginning serves no obvious purpose.

Also This isn't PC but I think that the author is an Asian female is part o... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Relevant

See it if A birthday party reveals the closeted lives & self loathing of gay men in the early 60s; amazingly much of it holds up after 50 years.

Don't see it if Some themes were dated yet thanks to superb acting the play is fresh & riveting. Parsons and Quinto were especially stellar.

88
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Powerful, Emotional

See it if Powerful, raw, real exploration of the end-of-life of a 90-yr old woman & the complicated, sad & messy dynamics of her caretaking children.

Don't see it if Saw 1st preview; needs trimming. If you have experienced aging parent/hospice issues, you will find it real & very emotional to watch.

Also This play packs an emotional wallop to anyone who has been through thi... Read more Read less

60
Dated, Disappointing, Dull, Terrible set design

See it if Despite good acting, esp. by Ridloff, the show felt flat & lifeless, with a set so bare there was nothing to hold your interest.

Don't see it if Play doesn't hold up today. In light of #metoo movement, the teacher/student romance & sexist relationship dynamics were cringeworthy.

88
During previews
Funny, Entertaining, Fluffy, Fun, Delightful

See it if Fun show! Full of energy & snarky humor, w/mostly catchy, sometimes show stopping songs. Lead actors were all great, esp. loved Ashley Park.

Don't see it if Music was so loud it often swallowed up the lyrics. Audience were clearly fans of the movie & tended to hoot & holler.

90
Calamity Jane
Midtown W
Delightful, Great singing, Funny, Dated, Fluffy

See it if Musicals Tonight! goes out with a bang - this is the best one yet. Funny, peppy, silly, great songs, great performers, just a fun time.

Don't see it if The costumes & wigs are cheap, the sets are almost nonexistent, but when you go to Musicals Tonight you know that going in & look past it.

Also These performers were the strongest I've ever seen at Musicals Tonight... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Great acting, Intense, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if A rumination on life & aging, this is all about the acting - stellar, masterful, riveting performances, esp. by Jackson & Metcalf.

Don't see it if Not for everyone - talky, no real action, very cerebral & intense. Comment overheard after from neighbor: "what the hell was that about?"

Also If I could score the acting separately, I would give it a 100. As a 60... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Ambitious, Intense, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if A riveting masterpiece. At 7.5 hours over 2 nights it's a commitment but oh so worth it. I was blown away by the writing, acting, EVERYTHING

Don't see it if The length would be hard for some, and perhaps the themes of AIDS and death. But there was much humor too, and tour de force acting.

Also Nathan Lane was superb, but I expected him to be. The real revelation ... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Delightful, Great staging, Entertaining, Great for kids, Enchanting

See it if Better than I expected - full of charm, humor, warmth, great sets. New songs sprinkled w/the old. Great choice for kids.

Don't see it if Not as innovative as other Disney fare, but still quite good. Starts a bit slow, but picks up & gets better & better. Audience loved it.

85
Good for Otto
Midtown W
Great acting, Ambitious, Intense, Moving, Thought-provoking

See it if I was deeply moved by this depiction of a small town mental health clinic, it's 2 psychiatrists, and the patients they treat. Superb acting.

Don't see it if Play is LONG - over 3 hrs. Subject matter is mostly dark, disturbing, sad. Various short musical moments were strange, confusing.

Also I thought Mark Linn Baker gave a particularly moving performance as a ... Read more Read less

60
Great acting, Slow, Cliched, True story, Interesting

See it if True story of Negro League player Josh Gibson in the 1940s & his quest for the major leagues. Enhanced w/historical photo projections.

Don't see it if Fine, strong acting is undermined by a weak script. A shame because this is a true and fascinating story, but here it isn't told coherently.

65
The Parisian Woman
Midtown W
Banal, Disappointing, Poorly acted, Cliched

See it if Clair Underwood lite, w/bad acting. A wan attempt at political machinations in Trump's Washington. Clichéd, stilted, lacked spark.

Don't see it if I'm puzzled how so many good actors - Uma Thurman, Josh Lucas, Phillipa Soo - were so bad in this. Only bright spot was Blair Brown.

69
20th Century Blues
Midtown W
Shallow, Cliched, Indulgent, Banal, Talky

See it if Glut of female baby boomer topics (aging parents/menopause/forced retirement/loss of youth & looks) covered w/o any depth. Talky, cliched.

Don't see it if I'm the target demographic & wanted to identify, but found it shallow & disappointing. I didn't feel any connection between the women.

80
Who's Holiday!
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Raunchy, Not for kids, Entertaining

See it if Adults-only, 1-woman holiday parody of Dr. Seuss. Clever, funny, touching. Lesli Margherita is wonderful as a middle aged Cindy Lou Who.

Don't see it if This is a short, 1-hour show. Rhyming could wear thin but Lesli's perfect, funny, nuanced performance elevates it & makes it fresh.

92
Enchanting, Touching, Great music, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if Small, quiet story that weaves a mighty spell. Totally enchanting. Music is breathtaking, enhanced by actors playing their own instruments.

Don't see it if You want a big Broadway spectacle; this isn't that. It doesn't need bells & whistles - the magic is in the simple humanity & glorious music.

92
During previews
Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Fantastic sets, Creative

See it if Bravo! Wonderful job of recreating the humor, heart & fun of the TV show. Actors really channel their characters & fantastic sets, costumes.

Don't see it if You want a substantial, meaty play. This is pure silliness but beautifully done. Perfect for kids. Music is forgettable but the rest shines.

Also I was completely captivated. A huge shout-out to Ethan Slater as Spong... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Meteor Shower
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Absurdist, Quirky, Different

See it if Enjoyable comedy that feels more like an extended sketch than a play. Plot is completely absurdist; to enjoy it, you just have go with it.

Don't see it if Material is a bit thin. Cast is good, but as a big fan of Amy Schumer, I felt her part didn't allow her comedic talents to really shine.

Also The cast has great chemistry, and in the production I saw, Keegan-Mich... Read more Read less

84
Bells are Ringing
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Delightful, Great singing, Fun!

See it if Funny, fizzy, classic musical w/outstanding music & lyrics by Comden & Green. Oakley Boycott is a standout in a terrific cast. So much fun!

Don't see it if Musicals Tonight productions are bare bones - minimal scenery & orchestration. But great singing & dancing & costumes & energy. Just go!

Also Jonathan Hoover as Dr. Kitchell steals the show - a Broadway star in t... Read more Read less

90
During previews
M. Butterfly
Midtown W
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Moving

See it if Moving, true, tragic story w/multiple themes: romantic love, our ability to deceive ourselves, Asian vs. Western cultures. Beautifully acted

Don't see it if You would be uncomfortable with nudity or graphic sexual themes. Staging was done entirely with moving, changing panels: spare yet clever.

Also I was very moved by this play; I have never seen the original so canno... Read more Read less

69
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Banal, Generic, Entertaining, Fluffy, Disappointing

See it if You loved the Disney movie & absolutely must see this version - bland cliche music & lyrics, it lacks charm & life & personality.

Don't see it if You don't mind generic, cruise-ship quality entertainment at Broadway prices. Sets were all projections, which felt downright lazy.

Also Shout out to the only standout performer: Caroline O'Connor as Countes... Read more Read less

80
Marvin's Room
Midtown W
Great acting, Resonant, Poignant, Humor, Pathos

See it if Well acted, poignant story of family illness & caregiving. That caregiving can be a chance for love & connection. Elements of dark humor.

Don't see it if If stories about illness & dysfunctional families is not your cup of tea. The humor helps alleviate the dark subject matter.

80
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Intelligent, Political

See it if You're liberal. Mostly funny, Moore is warm and engaging, but show needs trimming; it was a bit all over the place and some bits don't work

Don't see it if Moore was best when he shared personal stories about his past, and less when he resorted to shtick-y bits. Show needs more focus.

85
Clever, Great acting, Surprisingly funny, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if Unexpectedly funny, this imagined sequel to A Doll's House is superbly acted, breezy (90 min/no intermission), relevant & touching.

Don't see it if You don't like the idea of messing with a classic. It's tone is completely different from Ibsen's original, but it's so refreshing!

69
During previews
Mediocre, Romantic, Dated, Lacks chemistry, Forgettable music

See it if Tepid replica of movie, w/forgettable songs, no real chemistry. A stellar group of talented actors are saddled w/mediocre material.

Don't see it if In this day and age, the "hooker w/a heart of gold" redemption story is an awful message & bad idea to celebrate.

Also I felt particularly bad watching Andy Karl, who was so fantastic in Gr... Read more Read less

79
Skintight
Midtown W
Funny, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Fluffy, Raunchy

See it if Funny, raunchy, fast-paced exploration of holding onto youth, lust vs. love, & what makes a family. Entertaining but shallow.

Don't see it if I felt like I was watching the Kardashians; the average person can't relate to their level of wealth & indulgence or their problems.

79
During previews
Mary Page Marlowe
Midtown W
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Sad, Confusing, Resonant

See it if Examination of one woman's life & addictions, depicted by multiple actors in non-linear scenes, from childhood thru her 70s. Poignant & sad.

Don't see it if The ending was a puzzling letdown - it actually ruined the play for me. I don't know what it was supposed to mean & it just didn't work.

89
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Epic, Ambitious

See it if A must see for Potter fans. The special effects are off the charts! Convoluted plot but magic, humor & whimsy make for a fun experience.

Don't see it if I did not read the series & had trouble following all the plot lines & characters, but still found this an immensely enjoyable experience.

72
Travesties
Midtown W
Great acting, Dizzying, Confusing, Intelligent, Over my head

See it if Great acting, esp. Hollander & Numrich. My score reflects the fact that the show went over my head, despite my reading up on it beforehand.

Don't see it if Very fast paced, absurdist, tons of literary & historical references. If you're not familiar with them, you will be lost, as I was.

88
Lobby Hero
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Funny

See it if Poignant examination of truth telling, making ethical choices & the consequences. Serious subject told w/much humor & superb acting.

Don't see it if Very talky with no action, yet completely engaging due to great writing & acting. Thanks to humor it never feels too heavy handed or preachy

49
During previews
Rocktopia
Midtown W
Broadway, seriously???

See it if Rock&Roll hits w/a few classical ones thrown in, sung by good performers & live orchestra w/mediocre background projections. Not a play.

Don't see it if NOT Broadway material, more like cruise ship entertainment. Premise of melding rock & classical is just a pretense. Don't pay full price!

Also My husband liked it. I'm in the "what were they thinking?" camp.

89
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Solid revival. Outstanding sets, great singing & acting. Harry H-P was a fantastic Henry Higgins. Norbert Leo Butz brought the house down.

Don't see it if Lauren Ambrose as Eliza needs to PROJECT; I could hardly hear her & this was immensely frustrating. Hopefully this will improve.

Also Saw it 2nd night of previews so there were some kinks, such as a malfu... Read more Read less

84
Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Moving, Interesting, Humorous

See it if Guilt-ridden siblings on a road trip w/their Down syndrome sister & her nurse after their fathers death. Told with warmth & lots of humor.

Don't see it if Addresses issues of institutionalization & guilt. I found the Willowbrook reveal hard to believe; how little anyone knew about their sister

Also It was wonderful to see an actress with Down syndrome playing the sist... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Dated, Entertaining, Great singing, Great dancing, Uncomfortable themes

See it if Beautiful singing & staging, superb dancing, this is a fine take on the classic R&H musical. My enjoyment was dampened by the dated themes.

Don't see it if The theme of excusing domestic violence doesn't fly today - it made me squirm. Jessie Mueller's talents are wasted in a bland role.

55
Koalas are Dicks
East Village
Raunchy, Silly, Farce, Overwrought, Tasteless

See it if Novel idea involving a koala (played by a human) TV star & his spoiled celebrity antics. Raunchy, silly & yet the laughs weren't there.

Don't see it if The acting wasn't bad, & yet the story was repetitive, characters clichè, & it didn't really go anywhere until the very end.

70
Great acting, Slow, Indulgent, Touching, Dull

See it if Similar to NPR's Selected Shorts, John Lithgow reads 2 short stories out loud. Best parts were the personal, heartfelt intros about his dad.

Don't see it if This wasn't my cup of tea; I was bored. Lithgow does an amazing job acting out the stories, but I found them dull, dated, not engaging.

69
During previews
Funny, Dated, Confusing, Not rogers & hart's best

See it if you want to see a seldom-produced, obscure musical (which is Musicals Tonight's forte). Actors try gamely but not Rogers & Hart's finest.

Don't see it if you mind bare bones staging, costumes. 1 or 2 memorable songs but otherwise dated, confusing. Based on Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors.

92
During previews
Riveting, Raunchy, Funny, Great singing, Tour de force

See it if Funny, raunchy, energetic opera uses Jerry Springer Show as device to examine our fascination w/ tawdry spectacle, need for love&attention.

Don't see it if You are easily offended. Think Jerry Springer Show on steroids - profanity, scatological references, etc. are over the top. I loved it!

Also I must give a shout-out to the performers, who were amazing. This is a... Read more Read less

89
Clever, Enchanting, Great staging, Great singing, Unique

See it if A romantic fable, it is cleverly & colorfully staged, with a joyous, Caribbean-inflected score. Wonderful cast exudes energy & talent.

Don't see it if I was deeply moved by Ti Moune's love & heartbreak, but angered that the object of her affection was a spoiled, entitled, callous rich boy.

80
During previews
Absorbing, Great staging, Beautiful music, Unique, Historical

See it if Unique, true story of mad King Philippe V & the power of music to heal. Beautiful staging & music, unexpected touches of humor & silliness.

Don't see it if 2nd act felt disjointed & ending was abrupt, ambiguous & therefore unsatisfying. I wish Farinelli character was as fleshed out as the King.

49
Downtown Race Riot
Midtown W
Confusing, Excruciating, Dull, Indulgent, Pointless

See it if If there is a point or plot to this, I couldn't figure it out. Indulgent, dreary scenes of sex, drug taking & violence. Tepid acting.

Don't see it if You care about a cohesive plot. The play does nothing to illuminate the title - what race riot?

90
Brigadoon
Midtown W
Enchanting, Great singing, Great dancing, Romantic, Exquisite

See it if You want to be swept away by enchantment in this staged version of the classic play. Singing & dancing are flawless, achingly beautiful

Don't see it if I've always loved this play, but the plot is simple, a bit strange & hokey - it's all about the songs, dancing & the magical, lyrical mood.

79
The Last Match
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Interesting premise, Intense

See it if Psychological exploration of 2 tennis champs & rivals; what drives them & how they maintain motivation. Interesting premise, well acted.

Don't see it if You want a lot of action - this is mostly talk. Choreographed tennis moves, plus use of scoreboard, are effective & clever.

82
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great acting, Melancholy

See it if Moving portrait of the lives, ambitions, & giddy promise of a British family just after WWI, & 19 yrs. later how their lives have ended up.

Don't see it if You mind a slow-paced drama. It is lyrical, sad & beautifully acted, w/superb staging. Gets a bit metaphysical about life thru time & space.

79
The Apple Tree
Midtown W
Dated, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Great singing

See it if You want to see a seldom-produced musical by Harnick & Bock. Material a bit dated, but performances were delightful, sparkling & energetic.

Don't see it if You require a full blown production; sets, costumes are minimal. I adore Musicals Tonight & its mission to revive little-known musicals.

79
During previews
Prince of Broadway
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Musical revue, Ambitious, Lacks context

See it if A greatest hits compilation of Harold Prince musicals; great talent w/some real showstoppers but lacks context & coherent narrative.

Don't see it if The spotty, irregular moments of narrative are more confusing than enlightening & weakens what otherwise is a highly entertaining show.

85
During previews
Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if A fun, spirited version of this classic play. Delightfully funny performances, esp. Ashford & Burstein. A very entertaining evening.

Don't see it if you mind exaggerated mugging, broad physical humor. I thought this really worked to enhance the show but others may prefer it toned down.

82
Napoli, Brooklyn
Midtown W
Great acting, Absorbing, Cliched, Intense, Slow

See it if Solid acting in story of an Italian-American immigrant family in Brooklyn & their dynamics in 1960, & an event that changes everything.

Don't see it if There are clichés - abusive father, subservient mother. I didn't buy the mother's complete acceptance of her daughter's lesbianism in 1960.

Also Spoiler alert: there is an event that produces a very loud, startling ... Read more Read less

88
During previews
1984 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Disturbing, Profound

See it if Intense, disturbing, powerful production - the special effects were amazing & really enhanced the story. Strong acting, terrifying story.

Don't see it if There were parts that were very hard to watch - torture, blood. This is a dark & intense show, you will not walk away unaffected.