Ricky 6102

Greenwich | 50-64 | Male
About:  I have directed and musical directed many, many musicals for schools and community theatres. Also a singer/actor, I have done two USO tours, back in the day, and was nominated as best actor in a musical by CT Critics Circle, doing a show at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven. I also compose songs for y... Read more Read less
Reviews (56)
83
Fascinating, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You like small cast, interesting character study piece dealing with adoption identity, sexual orientation, the military and family.

Don't see it if You want a straightforward storyline where actors don’t play multiple characters.

92
Riveting, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy topical subjects, a one-man, multiple character piece that moves, educates and entertains.

Don't see it if You want to see a large, extensively produced theatre piece and don’t like to deal with difficult medical issues.

Also Nick Koesters is a charming, funny, masterful actor, going nonstop fro... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Must see, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Gay themed emotional plays are of interest to you. One act rather draining piece that is wonderfully performed, designed and presented.

Don't see it if You are looking for an uplifting or comedic theatre piece. Or if gay romance is not your thing.

Also I’ve seen some reviews calling the characters cliched and insulting, b... Read more Read less

65
Disappointing, Relevant, Indulgent

See it if You are interested by mental health/addiction issues and want support sort of experimental theatre.

Don't see it if You are expected a cohesive, well written and well directed piece. If explosive lines scare you, this is not for you.

Also I firstly have to applaud and appreciate the intention behind this pie... Read more Read less

95
Strange story, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You enjoy wonderful singing and a musical with a few classic songs. You like seeing a small downsized adaptation of the original.

Don't see it if You prefer a clear plot and don’t like downsized productions

Also The show was beautifully adapted and outstandingly sung!

80
Over written, Great singing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like musical spectaculars, appreciate outstanding singing and you are familiar with contemporary pop music.

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

Also The visual aspects of this show, costumes, sets and lighting are unbel... Read more Read less

30
Predictable, Unevenly performed, Needs work, Disappointing

See it if You want to support first time writers and young performing talent. Interesting idea for a show.

Don't see it if You want to see a refined or refreshing new musical or if you want to hear a consistently good singing cast.

Also I was disappointed in the predictable music and lyrics that often foug... Read more Read less

93
Light-hearted, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You are up for a silly, fun, burlesquish, Western-themed musical with six talented comedic musical actors! The small pit is masterful.

Don't see it if You want something deep and thought provoking. Don’t see if you don’t like broad, mugging, (but totally committed) acting!

83
Talented, Beautiful orchestrations, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you like small stage productions that pack a lot in! Some talented young actors, and wonderful music! Nothing profound, but enjoyable.

Don't see it if you don't like a basically simple production that does not break new writing ground.

Also Although it sometimes over-powered the singers, the six musicians were... Read more Read less

88
Charming, Refreshing, Absorbing

See it if You are up for a slice-of-life theatre piece that is touching rather than spectacular. Outstanding onstage musicians!

Don't see it if You like plot driven theatre, splashy musical numbers or don’t like heavy accented speech.

93
During previews
Intense, Great writing, Relevant, Riveting, Great acting

See it if the 70's gay world is of interest. The acting is superb, the insight into the early out gay experience both wonderful and terrifying.

Don't see it if The gay experience is of no interest to you. There is rather politically incorrect language that serves the show but may be abit offensive

80
Relevant, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if the political subject is of some interest. I greatly enjoyed the first preview night!

Don't see it if gay subject material does not interest you.

90
Classic, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you appreciate classic, Fosse choreography in a classic old-time musical. Women shine!

Don't see it if you are looking for a contemporary theatre piece.

99
Refreshing, Must see, Riveting, Exquisite

See it if you have any connection to 9-11 and you love musicals, interesting characters and wonderful staging.

Don't see it if you have no need or desire to view or partake in any more 9-11 subject material.

70
Flawed, Great singing, Gorgeous visually, Overrated

See it if You love awesome, Russian opulence! Thrilling set, but Les Miz wannabe, but without one melody worth trying to remember. Josh actor? Singer!

Don't see it if You want a easily focused musical with characters you care about, though most were very entertaining, showy. A little Apple Circus.

95
Must see, Intense, Absorbing, Beautiful

See it if you like Sondheim, Jake Gyllenhaal, George Serrat; if you have never seen this show on stage; if you are a good listener.

Don't see it if you want a light, showy musical. This piece takes the audience's full concentration. But it's worth it!

40
Some awesome singing, Musical potential unrealized, Poorly written, Unbalanced, Confusing

See it if experimental musical theatre is for you. You like some good singing despite cloudy story, and awkwardly staged. Some acting okay, some not.

Don't see it if Musical #1: balance singers - piano! Left after Act One - no underscored dialogue was audible and at least 50% of singing undistinguishable.

75
Great singing, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if you like talented, working crazy-hard musical performers! The songs were catchy, but nothing new, though vocal arrangements were great.

Don't see it if you want to learn anything deep about James Joyce. (Googleing required!) Bogart is talented but terrible accent.

90
Great singing, Romantic, Must see, Epic

See it if you like romance, soaring music, and a classic old-fashioned story. It's a classic of musical theater.

Don't see it if you're looking for something new and innovative. If you don't like romance, lush orchestrations, sometimes repetitive melodies, skip this.

95
Thought-provoking, Hilarious, Original, Relevant, Clever

See it if you like puppetry, contemporary characters, fun songs, touching truths.

Don't see it if you don't like puppetry and don't like swearing or sexual material. It's not raunchy, but it puts it right out there for all to hear!

100
Great singing, Profound, Masterful, Ambitious

See it if epic theater interests you. This is historical musical theater magnificently crafted. Completely through-sung.

Don't see it if long shows tire you. It's long and you have to focus. If you like dialogue breaks between songs, skip this. It doesn't happen.

90
Exquisite, Entertaining, Original

See it if you want to see a visually historic show. The adaptation to stage is brilliant and enchanting. Costuming and staging, outstanding!

Don't see it if you don't like the style of music from the film and want a more literal visual production.

95
Great writing, Must see, Masterful, Dizzying, Absorbing

See it if you like the Broadway musical genre! It's a must. Brilliant writing top to bottom, soaring music, amazing production values! And talent!

Don't see it if The Wizard of Oz story is a turn-off. Skip if you want to sit back and watch fluff; this takes some concentration.

86
Boy
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense

See it if You enjoy deep, topical material relating to transsexuals. The acting is awesome.

Don't see it if You find sexual material, especially transsexualism, disturbing.

86
During previews
Ambitious, Original, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You are willing to view combined story, music and physical circus. The story is dumb, but the singing and the use of acrobatics is superb

Don't see it if If you want a captivating story; not here.

78
Raunchy, Edgy, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if Immersive, gay sex themed theatre is of interest to you. The small audience is in the locale and sokllpoken to and touched by the actor.

Don't see it if Male nudity and gay sexual situations are presented or described. If you want to get lost in the darkness of the audience, skip this.

Also I agree with some other reviews that the solo actor (I saw Brendan Geo... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Great singing, Absorbing, Delightful

See it if You enjoy one-performer cabaret with a story and a famous subject whose music prevails: Cole Porter

Don't see it if You want high production musicals and you can’t abide a single performer show with piano, bass and drums.

Also Having performed a British import revue of Cole Porter and played not ... Read more Read less

88
Delightful, Great staging, Raunchy, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy nudity and dance, pretty boys and quirky fun burlesque! Great variety of music, fabulous costumes and visuals and fun atmosphere!

Don't see it if scantily clad ballerina/dance boys are a turn off for you. Or is you don't like story-telling dance with strong sexual over and undertones!

Also An immersive experience, I loved the theatre, the decor, and the wonde... Read more Read less

78
Overrated, Good familyfare, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you have young family that loved the movie and want to see a mindless musical that is easy to watch. The singing and snowman are the best.

Don't see it if you are looking for outstanding writing. and character development, or if you expect movie magic made real on stage. It is still movie magic

60
Needs work, Well-meaning, Disappointing

See it if you like new musical theatre in its early stages, expecially supporting the trans community.

Don't see it if you want to see a completed, fresh musical. If you don't like to view sexual references and inuendos, skip this.

Also As a song writer myself, I completely support all of us working on our... Read more Read less

95
Enchanting, Clever, Must see, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You love Harry Potter books/movies or love the magic of live theatre. Masterful staging and technical wizardry! Fabulous sound and score!

Don't see it if You want a small, intimate play. This is huge. You must catch both parts.

Also I must confess at times I couldn’t understand the rapid-fire British a... Read more Read less

80
Fascinating, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You like magic and family friendly 80-minute shows.

Don't see it if You like plot driven theatre.

85
During previews
Profound, Great acting, Humorous, Relevant

See it if Jewish and/or gay subject material is of interest. An overall fun and also moving play.

Don't see it if you don’t wish to see gay affection and a bare male butt. If fast paced dialogue is a turnoff.

Also This piece was perfect for Idina Menzel. Her cast is wonderful (bravo ... Read more Read less

80
Great staging, Energetic, Complicated, Dizzying

See it if you appreciate complicated Stoppard dialogue and awesome physicality on stage. Very quick to follow, it is a tour de force for the actors.

Don't see it if clear dialogue, both as written and delivered is a must. Accents, absurdity of phrase and fast tempo made it difficult to follow.

90
Clever, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A small cast, character study piece is of interest and fine acting is appreciated.

Don't see it if Intimate gay action is uncomfortable. And if you are looking for a more story driven play.

70
Not very intellegent, Interesting, Disappointing

See it if you want to see naked men in a shower live on stage, along with an innovative set. The actors did their best with the material given.

Don't see it if you don't want to see nakedness or anything that deals with gay men.

85
Touching, Entertaining

See it if you liked the movie it's based on or enjoy NYC, gangster plots. Good music and emotional at times.

Don't see it if gangsters and musicals turn you off.

85
Entertaining, Relevant, Delightful

See it if you enjoy coming-of-age, macho vs. gay issues presented in a fun entertaining musical. Super costumes and wigs.

Don't see it if you don't want to see men in drag with fabulous legs!

40
Egotistical, Insulting, Indulgent, Excruciating

See it if You can't find ANTHING on TV - you like to watch grass grow, hear a pointless story, offer a mic to a lady to identify all in her purse.

Don't see it if You want a story, a one man show that has good timing, cleverness or a point of view.

Also This was a fabulous set with a fabulous potential to say something int... Read more Read less

100
Great writing, Masterful, Intense, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you wish to see a great, contemporary musical whose story is "now" and whose music and lyrics are top-notch! Pasek and Paul are on their way

Don't see it if you prefer more classic musical stories and style of music; if you are uncomfortable with teen-angst and family issues.

82
Thought-provoking, Delightful, Clever, Entertaining

See it if The Sound of Music is a fav; open to a clever, humorous, yet moving piece, with fun lyric references. A few wonderful acting performances.

Don't see it if Gay relationships/action is a turn off. You're a TSOM purist. Are done with Nazi topics, even as referred to in a musical story.

60
For a previous production
Energetic, Great staging, Indulgent, Ambitious

See it if you appreciate a female view of the world, which, though revealing, bordered on silly. Some stage fighting well done. Intense leading lady.

Don't see it if you want an ending. This slipped into awkward sentimentality after what was a fairly serious, dramatic piece. You should like Shakespeare.

26
Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You enjoy strange, disconnected, trying-to-be-innovative theatre. Fantasy, point of view, none even made sense. Actors worked, show didn't.

Don't see it if You want a clear message or experience.

70
Great staging, Entertaining, Confusing

See it if you know the story! I didn't and found myself quite lost at times. Great energetic performances and enjoyable music. Kids are fabulous.

Don't see it if you don't know the story and/or don't like seeing kids on stage.

82
Great singing, Fluffy, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you like traditional musical theater with lovely songs and sets. Sweet story, some outstanding performances.

Don't see it if a fluffy love story is not for you. I didn't care for some of the casting, but the talent was still impressive.

92
Entertaining, Clever, Great acting, Funny

See it if clever writing a la musical theater interests you, especially playing with Shakespeare, which is not my thing, but I loved this! Wild!

Don't see it if crass humor is not your thing, and silliness turns you off.

90
Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you like Carole King music, are interested in pop music history, want to see amazing lead actress performance. Great fun.

Don't see it if this music is not your thing, and you don't like biographical theatre pieces.

70
Silly, sometimes moving, Some beautiful songs, Entertaining

See it if you don't mind raucous theatre audiences, naked bodies, sometimes silly, cliched skits, sometimes moving, touching skits. Cliched, but fun.

Don't see it if you dislike nakedness, gayness, silliness, skit-format and loud audiences.

95
Original, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You appreciate a brilliant story, acting, design and direction. The innovativeness is spectacular!

Don't see it if You don't like character delving stories or non traditional set and direction. If you're looking for light fluffy entertainment.

87
Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy classic theatre; if you are riveted by complex, often disfunctional family relationships. Enjoy and appreciate Jessica Lange!

Don't see it if If you have difficulty sitting through 3 hours and 45 minutes (including intermission) of intense, concentration-required theatre.