Rick C.

Manhattan | Male
About:  Theater writer/composer, physician, photographer, mask collector, tap dancer... ... Read more Read less
Reviews (45)
92
Great acting, Resonant, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You are stimulated by naturalistic storytelling and issues of personal conflict and priorities.

Don't see it if You prefer escapist fluff with sequins.

70
Great staging, Disappointing

See it if The stagecraft and puppetry are wonderful, and the cinematic music creates momentum. But the writing and leading characters are below par.

Don't see it if You are looking for more than a huge puppet being expertly maneuvered.

94
During previews
Refreshing, Great writing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You appreciate tuneful songs, funny book, terrific direction and performances

Don't see it if You can't stand musicals

90
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You enjoy nuanced topics. The true reality of this story is eye-opening. Recognizing how easy it is to be trapped by stereotypes.

Don't see it if You are looking for dancing.

84
Refreshing, Relevant, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like big Broadway musicals with terrific dancing and choreography. Casey Nicholaw does it again!

Don't see it if You are homophobic

74
Ambitious, Entertaining, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You like seeing how producers attempt to transfer a movie to a big stage musical

Don't see it if you are looking for provocative or innovative theatre...or if you want to see impressive theatre writing

95
Great writing, Intelligent, Great staging, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you appreciate seeing life through a cosmic lens, if you are open-minded, if you enjoy masterful theatre craft on display.

Don't see it if you have a short attention span, if you are unable to sit for lengthy events, if you are looking for lighter fare.

78
Great acting, Refreshing, Intelligent, Delightful

See it if You know the great range and talent of Lithgow's work. Or if you appreciate the personal craft of story-telling.

Don't see it if You are looking for song, dance, large cast, or intense drama.

Also Lithgow is very personable and charms us as he speaks about his family... Read more Read less

82
Entertaining, Great acting, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if You appreciate new musicals, very well performed and directed

Don't see it if You expect to hum the tunes

94
During previews
Clever, Intelligent

See it if You like intelligent outrageous touching story telling.

Don't see it if You are looking for heavy drama with large cast.

81
Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You appreciate intelligently examining both sides of a cultural issue.

Don't see it if You prefer active plot action over intellectual discussion.

91
Great singing, Great writing, Masterful, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You want to see masterful writing for interesting characters and two great diva performances

Don't see it if You want to come in humming the tunes

97
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing

See it if If you have never seen a professional production of this classic, you will be enchanted to see it with Bette Midler who was born to do this.

Don't see it if You don't like traditional Broadway musical style.

78
Great staging, Ambitious, If act i were as good as act ii, this unususal musical would be satisfying. some terrific performances and energized cast, but no musical moments to cherish.

See it if You want to see an innovative approach to a new musical.

Don't see it if You want to hum the score.

93
Delightful, Refreshing, This show is surprisingly smart, clever, and deceptively wise!

See it if you want to open your mind, or want to enjoy new viewpoints, if you like discovering new talents

Don't see it if you are suspicious of words like "schaudenfreude"...if you are a bit paranoid around puppets.

85
Delightful, Funny, Ambitious, This is surely a boldly funny, most enjoyable piece of theatre, with songs. but i do not considerate it musical theatre and therefore take issue with all the hype.

See it if you like to laugh about subjects you were afraid to laugh about, you enjoy adventurous theatre

Don't see it if you reave sensitive tastes, if your sense of humor is fussy, if you prefer classical theatre

80
Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever, The opening 20 minutes has extensive exposition that slows the takeoff of the show, but then it is clear sailing!

See it if you like joining the forces behind a massive hit, if you like story book fantasy

Don't see it if you resist hype, if you prefer serious drama

98
Masterful, Must see, Epic, Lin-manuel miranda is the mozart of musical theatre.

See it if You want to experience the full package of sizzling great theatre.

Don't see it if You only like standard shows....or if you have any trouble adjusting to complex or innovative techniques.

Also I will return to see this show again and again.

62
Edgy, Intense, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if The intensity and volume of the show overwhelms the small space and annoys. Ambitious in its rap intentions, it is dwarfed by HAMILTON.

Don't see it if You would like something more classy and lower volume.

50
Cliched, Disappointing, Quirky

See it if You believe there is something valuable in any experience. The 4 lady performers give their all to material that limits them.

Don't see it if You are expecting more than deja vu.

96
Delightful, Hilarious, Entertaining, Clever, Must see

See it if You enjoy spoof, very talented theater professionals, and terrific direction and choreography.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals making fun of musicals....

99
Clever, Delightful, Original, Must see, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy theatrical comedy, innovative approaches, theatrical surprise, and intelligent commentary

Don't see it if You are not open-minded

92
Clever

See it if You can appreciate a spoof of 1930's movie musicals, like those with Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell, you love tap dancing and ensemble work

Don't see it if You don't like musicals

86
Ambitious, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy amazing costumes, lighting, singing, erotic dancing, and this particular cultural icon.

Don't see it if You are seeking profound theatre writing.

95
Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Masterful, Great writing

See it if A classic, expertly directed by Bret Sher, terrific cast. Disappointed by the token alteration to the last beat of the show.

Don't see it if You cannot appreciate the classics of the past.

89
Resonant, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if Interesting concept with intelligent observations of how our expectations in life change as we weather the years.

Don't see it if You expect the usual Broadway formulas.

93
Profound, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like challenging ideas. The 1976 film is my favorite. Seeing how it has been adapted for stage was fascinating.

Don't see it if You have trouble following multiple story lines.

91
Refreshing, Masterful, Must see, Great acting

See it if You could enjoy the Yiddish language like a musical instrument giving new flavor to a familiar meal. A very touching experience.

Don't see it if You think you know everything and cannot revisit the story

73
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Intelligent

See it if you like to sample new works for musical theater.

Don't see it if you expect great music, book, and lyrics....or if you have trouble understanding actors trying to talk English as foreigners.

87
Entertaining, Intelligent, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to experience an intelligent heart-warming work.

Don't see it if you are expecting hummable tunes or familiar story line.

Also Unique theatre because the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.... Read more Read less

79
Intelligent, Ambitious, Overrated, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You like exploring new types of theatre.

Don't see it if You are looking for lots of dancing, songs you can hum, or ensemble singing.

Also Very talented actors, writers, director. At times difficult to hear th... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Great singing, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You like having new theatre experiences

Don't see it if You like standard entertainment

59
Banal, Disappointing, Very talented performers doing corny material in a jukebox musical

See it if You want to hear old pop songs.

Don't see it if You are looking for original material.

82
Great staging, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy seeing writers tell a good story and create memorable characters through song and dance.

Don't see it if You dislike very long or standard musicals.

87
Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy the theatre craft of music, lyrics, book and a lush on-stage orchestra.

Don't see it if You are looking for comedy and fluff.

86
During previews
Clever, Intelligent

See it if You like a musical that dares to be different....and if you want to see a funny, touching story.

Don't see it if You are looking for toe-tapping melodies.

Also This show is fun with an inspiring message, clever direction, and an e... Read more Read less

78
Entertaining, Delightful, Act one is a bit formulaic deja vu, but act two surprises and delights with great tap routines and tour-de-force performance by robert creighton (also one of the co-writers).

See it if you like biographical theatre, if you enjoy excellent tap dancing, smaller intimate theatre spaces

Don't see it if you are in search of the avant garde, if you find singing and dancing annoying

88
Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, This is a show for all to see, long a classic, but with a very uneven score, written by committee. the primal source material is most appealing.

See it if you want to take the whole family, if you love experiencing theatre magic

Don't see it if you are looking for Greek tragedy or Arthur Miller serious

79
A well-done, straightforward, sincere telling of the development of a terrific pop songwriter's career.

See it if you have been singing pop songs of the past 40 years you like traditional musical theatre chronological story telling

Don't see it if you are looking for more iconoclastic theatre, or more challenging mind-benders

85
Great acting, Great writing, Excellent lyrics by glenn slater, excellent performances, very entertaining

See it if you enjoy observing fine theatre craftsmanship and story-telling, coming of age

Don't see it if you are looking for out of the box, whacky

75
Entertaining, Refreshing, Nicely directed, totally vocally made

See it if You recognize the challenges of well-told a capella, if you're up for light and breezy

Don't see it if You prefer more plot and character development

97
Entertaining, Great staging, Delightful

See it if The Latin band is right on stage and the music is so good, it's hard to be still in your seat. The story is universal, well-told, and moving

Don't see it if I cannot imagine anyone not enjoying this musical.

91
Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are able to appreciate the relativity of our changing identities in a changing culture

Don't see it if You need a toe-tapping score to be entertained

100
Great writing, Great singing, Intelligent, Masterful, Great acting

See it if You appreciate the dramatic craft of telling a good story through music and lyrics

Don't see it if You only like old-fashioned, middle of the road shows

95
During previews
Entertaining, Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You want to experience a great revival of classic American musical theater....or if you want to understand the reality of Russian pogroms

Don't see it if You don't like musical theater