Randi Kira

New York City | 18-24 | Female
About:  Law student by day, theatre-goer by night. I love all kinds of theatre, but admit a slight preference for bigger productions and musicals more generally. In the end though, I never turn down a chance to see any kind of show. My goal as of right now is to see all the new and revival musicals eligible... Read more Read less
Reviews (100)
92
During previews
Ride the Cyclone
West Village
Absorbing, Clever, Refreshing, Quirky, Enchanting

See it if you're open minded. I admit not everyone will love this but I found it to be utterly delightful. Interesting characters, great music!

Don't see it if You don't like shows about young people. Feels like a far more morbid (and more fun) spelling bee or spring awakening. Just...try it!

95
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Resonant

See it if You like the stories from In The Heights, this show really captures the spirit of the original in a fresh way.

Don't see it if You're looking for Hamilton. Lin's pre-Hamilton work is very different...still brilliant, but different.

Also A few sound issues came in, but other than that this was a really well... Read more Read less

67
Cats
Midtown W
Dated, Fluffy, Great dancing, Fun

See it if You like the music, you've never seen it, you want a fun mindless show that Tyler Hanes is awesome in.

Don't see it if You dislike the music, you find the whole thing ridiculous (it is), you want a serious or interesting story.

78
Matilda
Midtown W
Ambitious, Disappointing, Dizzying, Quirky

See it if you like the original story/work (or the film), you like the music, you want to see a not-so-child-friendly children's musical.

Don't see it if you don't like the source material, you don't enjoy the quirkiness or creepiness of it all.

Also Honestly, not a favorite, but worth seeing before it closes. It's well... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Ambitious, Intelligent, Masterful, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you care about issues like racial justice, education, policing, the school to prison pipeline, etc. or you want to learn about them.

Don't see it if you want to see a highly optimistic or uplifting show, you want to see a play (this is more vignettes but with a coherent structure).

85
Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You like/love Carole King music, you want a fun show

Don't see it if You dislike Carole King, you want a big production type of show

100
During previews
Falsettos
Midtown W
Enchanting, Funny, Great singing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you like William Finn musicals, sung through shows, or the cast. You relate to gay/jewish life in the 80s. Packs an emotional punch!!

Don't see it if you don't like William Finn's music, you want big production value/sets/dancing/etc.

Also Edit: Saw once during previews, a second time 11/6: phenomenal show. T... Read more Read less

82
During previews
The Front Page
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Slow

See it if you want a star studded cast (Nathan Lane and Jefferson Mays are standouts), you like classic comedies, you're prepared for a long show.

Don't see it if you're expecting a "rapid-fire comedy"--they're speaking too slowly and that can make things drag, you prefer serious/dark plays.

74
Rent Control
Queens
Quirky, Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you're looking for a good laugh, an "only in New York" story.

Don't see it if you don't like one-person shows, you want a high-minded story.

72
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Funny, Dated, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if you never have, you like puppets, you want an adult comedy.

Don't see it if you want big production value, you want very fresh or clever comedy.

75
Ambitious, Great singing

See it if you want to see a theatre classic. You love great dancing or stories about the making of theatre.

Don't see it if you want big sets/production value.

79
Hairspray
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you like the music or time period, you want a story that touches on important themes while remaining optimistic.

Don't see it if you want a serious show.

74
Ambitious, Great singing, Indulgent, Overrated, Must see

See it if you've never seen it or you have and you love it.

Don't see it if you want a happy/uplifting experience.

86
Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Great singing, Intense

See it if you like edgy music and psychological storylines, you want a cerebral storytelling experience.

Don't see it if you are looking for diversity in casting or a fun song and dance show.

90
Clever, Edgy, Original, Profound, Refreshing

See it if you're interested in the Deaf West interpretation, you loved the original.

Don't see it if you disliked the story content or musical of the original, you aren't okay with the use of captioning at points to add accessibility.

75
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Intense, Refreshing

See it if you like the idea of Chicago but not the show itself, you like shows that are raw like Rent and Spring Awakening, the Jazz Age/Vaudeville

Don't see it if you want big production numbers, you don't like George C. Wolfe, you're not interested in shows about sex/drugs/jazz, etc.

Also Really loved the use of lighting and staging in this production. Defin... Read more Read less

60
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

See it if you like the Daily Show/Last Week Tonight, enjoy current events and the comedy surrounding them. You want a laugh!

Don't see it if you have strong political ideals, you're looking for superior singing/acting, you want a serious show.

Also NEWSical was definitely very funny at parts, a bit dragging at others,... Read more Read less

92
A New Brain
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You like William Finn musicals, you don't have any issues with the storyline.

Don't see it if You are turned off by quirky and different musicals.

81
Delightful, Enchanting, Dated, Quirky, Romantic

See it if you enjoy older style musicals, you want to be charmed more than wowed.

Don't see it if you're not interested in a very white, very old fashioned style show.

90
Entertaining, Refreshing, Fun

See it if You want a light show with enough story depth to make it worthwhile, you like seeing kids doing amazing stuff! You like rock musicals.

Don't see it if You don't like rock music or loudness in the theater, you're looking for a big emotional punch.

38
Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Intense

See it if You really love the music (not for me) or you want a story that hinges on its own sense of profundity.

Don't see it if You prefer melodic music, you don't want to hear all of the actors straining to hit notes, you don't like abuse apologists.

Also Honestly, as a member of the LGBT community, at times I found this off... Read more Read less

92
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great singing

See it if You want to hear Cynthia Erivo sing--her voice is absolutely the highlight of this show. You like the original story and/or production.

Don't see it if You're uninterested in relationships of all kinds between women/are uncomfortable with men taking a backseat.

Also Edited after seeing the production for a second time. While Jennifer H... Read more Read less

80
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Enchanting, Overrated, Original, Must see, Great singing

See it if You never have, you like the music, you like fantasy as a genre

Don't see it if You already have more than once, you have the chance to see something more current/innovative

95
Delightful, Hilarious, Original, Quirky, Sweet

See it if You like references to other theater shows, you're prepared to laugh your face off, you want to leave the theater having a fun time.

Don't see it if You want a deeply meaningful or intense show, you don't like caricatures of Shakespeare

100
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Epic

See it if You want to have your mind blown, you're ready to experience the next great thing on Broadway.

Don't see it if you hate smart things and talented people

82
During previews
Cliched, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy, Refreshing

See it if You want a fun night with a fun story that is basically mindless entertainment. Loved the dancing, singing, and set. Worth seeing!

Don't see it if Could honestly be a 90 minute one act show, so if the unnecessary length bothers you, skip. Not slow though! If you hated West Side story..

79
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, A little long, Quirky

See it if you like Nick Kroll of John Mulaney's humor, you want a laugh and are okay with it being more like a comedy schtick show than a play.

Don't see it if you want to see a play with a typical format. You want a relatable theatre experience.

Also Note, the quality of this show will definitely vary based on a few thi... Read more Read less

45
During previews
Innovative, Banal, Dated

See it if you are open minded about musicals or have a particular interest in what's new and different on Broadway. Very much form over content.

Don't see it if you have a strong need for fully fleshed out characters or a plot that feels high-stakes in a modern framework.

Also Edited after second trip...story still feels incredibly hollow and unr... Read more Read less

86
Entertaining, Fluffy, Cliched, Fun, Great dancing

See it if You like Gloria Estefan's music, you want a mindlessly entertaining show.

Don't see it if You want great storytelling, you don't find jukebox musicals fun.

84
Spamilton
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Fluffy, Funny

See it if You like musical theatre and will get the references! You want a laugh.

Don't see it if You won't get the references.

86
Refreshing, Great singing, Unique, Great storytelling

See it if you like singer-songwriter type folk music (this is not twangy or bluegrass-y). You like stories that take you away.

Don't see it if You want very realistic stories (this feels like a folk tale in a really great way).

Also The music of this show is far stronger than I expected it to be. In sp... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Great singing, Funny

See it if you like Jonathan Larson and want to see a masterful portrayal of his autobiographical work.

Don't see it if you want a large production, you want particularly innovative sets/lighting/sound design.

90
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you want to hear gorgeous music and see a subtle, bittersweet, timeless story told by two powerful women actors.

Don't see it if you have a strong distaste for gospel, don't like female-driven stories.

66
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Drags

See it if you don't want to see an actual musical with a plot but instead what's more of a quirky revue of craigslist ads set to music.

Don't see it if you want an actual story or emotional experience.

94
For a previous production
We Live by the Sea
Midtown E
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Resonant

See it if You want a life affirming theatrical experience. This show is innovative and brilliant and beautiful and so so real. Very emotional.

Don't see it if You aren't able to handle shows which treat autism with honesty. You want a show that doesn't make you think or reflect.

68
Original, Refreshing, Overrated, Quirky

See it if you want a very unique/different theatrical experience. Very funny and great acting!

Don't see it if you want gorgeous music or relatability.

76
Enchanting, Entertaining, Romantic

See it if you like the disney movie and the music from it, you have kids.

Don't see it if you dislike fairytales/disney.

92
Rent
Midtown W
Edgy, Exquisite, Profound, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you haven't. Just see it. In any form. It's essential theatre history at this point, the music is incredible and the story still matters.

Don't see it if you dislike the music, you don't like stories about realistic struggling people.

75
Delightful, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you like adult comedy about adolescence, you like the composers.

Don't see it if you want a serious or life altering theatre experience.

97
Entertaining, Edgy, Great singing, Great acting, Raunchy

See it if you love the story, the film, John Cameron Mitchell, or the principal actors involved. Darren Criss and Rebecca Naomi Jones: A+

Don't see it if You dislike raunchy musicals or rock music, you are easily offended.

Also This is definitely a belated review but I know the show is about to hi... Read more Read less

45
Great singing, Dated, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if You really love the 4 tunes they use repeatedly in the show, you want a dark, disturbing, and unrealistic musical to escape your daily life.

Don't see it if You prefer innovative musicals with interesting characters and storytelling content.

Also Honestly, it's pretty shocking to me that this show is still on Broadw... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Great dancing, Romantic, Funny, Delightful

See it if You enjoyed shows like She Loves Me or other revivals which stay true to the time period. You love big song and dance numbers or the movie!

Don't see it if You're looking for a deep and meaningful theatrical experience. You have a distaste for nostalgia (no matter how false) and cliche.

50
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Dated, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if You don't mind waiting until the second act to be entertained!

Don't see it if You don't like the story/music or you love the movie so much that this could never compare.

70
Ambitious, Entertaining, Overrated

See it if You love the music from the film, you're interested in seeing the costumes.

Don't see it if You're looking for the fun-ness of the original movie--the musical is far more ambitious which is great in some ways but can be too much.

73
Funny, Clever, Hilarious, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if You like Sean Hayes, you want a good laugh, you like religious-related humor and clever writing!

Don't see it if You have to spend a lot for the tickets--this show would probably be better suited for off broadway with a newcomer at the helm.

72
Clever, Funny, Original, Disappointing

See it if You like the music and want a laugh. Like south park type humor.

Don't see it if You don't like laughing at others' expense/crass humor. Be forewarned at the minimization of sexual assault.

95
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Funny, Resonant, Refreshing, Must see

See it if You like life affirming movies or shows, dramedies, etc. You like watching characters grow. You like Sara Bareilles' music!

Don't see it if You don't like women-centric stories or female plot lines, you dislike pie.

82
Great acting, Slow, Great staging, Ambitious, Great singing

See it if You want to see epic staging (WOW!), you love the story line, you love the score.

Don't see it if You want something particularly life-affirming or clever/innovative, you don't like the story line.

85
Clever, Dizzying, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if You are prepared to have your heart wrenched, you want to see amazing set and lighting design innovation

Don't see it if You are sensitive to strobe lighting/intense lighting effects, you want a large ensemble story rather than a focus on one character.

88
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Refreshing, Original, Enchanting

See it if You like Disney, you're interested in innovative sets/props, you're looking for a show that will make you smile!

Don't see it if You want a show with great depth of meaning