Ricky 6102

Greenwich | 65+ | 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 (79)
During previews
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy classic musicals reimagined, and if you appreciate strong, energy-packed star power!

Don't see it if You don’t like musicals or prefer musicals big and highly produced. If you don’t like the music in “The Music Man,” Skip this one.

During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Refreshing, Intense, Ambitious, Innovative

See it if You are open to a reworked, updated musical theatre classic. It is quite an amalgam of live theatre, live TV and film.

Don't see it if You are married to the Jerome Robbins staging and/or the original film.

Also Though I was distracted by the fact that due to casting and costume de... Read more Read less

American Fables
Resonant, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like short scenes/acts that tell it all beautifully in a short time. If current American mood is of interest.

Don't see it if If you are looking for light entertainment, and you prefer a full length production with full sets and lighting and costumes.

Also I have caught a fair amount of the smaller downtown productions and th... Read more Read less

Fascinating, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in insight to the gay experience in the early/mid part of the last century. Well acted and well written.

Don't see it if You don’t like minimally staged readings with no set and only three actors.

During previews
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
In preview, still needs refining, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You enjoy nostalgic 70’s rock, some wonderful voices in a well produced, smallish musical. Well staged!

Don't see it if You are looking for a big musical and lots of show dancing.

Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like musicals with some very witty lyrics and some fun, outstanding acting and singing; timely subject.

Don't see it if You don’t like face paced musicals with a contemporary musical style.

Aunt Jack
East Village
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in sexual identity plays.

Don't see it if You want to see something light-hearted

Great fun, Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You appreciate improv comedy and the brilliant actors and musician who make it happen!

Don't see it if You like a plot or character driven show that is perfected and set.

Also I can not wait to return to this show with many friends! Have been spr... Read more Read less

During previews
Midtown W
Inspired, Riveting, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you enjoy, study or appreciate fine singing and amazing acapella vocals. If you use a cell phone, have interest in addiction...see this!

Don't see it if you like plot driven theatre pieces, non musicals, and prefer to avoid controversy and swear words.

Also The music, arrangements and execution of these vocals were so beyond o... Read more Read less

Touching, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You love Fiddler and Jewish theatre.

Don't see it if You don’t like to read subtitles or watch musicals.

Sincerely, Oscar
Midtown W
Awful, Slow, Excruciating

See it if You MUST get out of your home or apartment.

Don't see it if You admire Oscar Hammerstein, his lyrics and/or you admire the integrity of musical theatre, as this piece cheapens and manipulates classic

Also I am sorry to say that 24 hours before its opening, when I saw this sh... Read more Read less

Colorful, Sophomoric, Energetic, Disappointing

See it if You are young, into loud music and like your theatre experience not to be too deep.

Don't see it if You are looking for substance, good music and good choreography.

Also I have to admit that the two leads were charming and hugely talented. ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Absorbing, Edgy, Raunchy

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

During previews
Delightful, Absorbing, Great singing

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

Ambitious, Entertaining, Raunchy, Great staging, Delightful

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

Entertaining, Cliched, Good familyfare, Overrated

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

WYSIWYG The Musical
East Village
Disappointing, Well-meaning, Needs work

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

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

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

Delightful, Entertaining, Fascinating

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

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

During previews
Midtown W
Relevant, Humorous, Great acting, Profound

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

Midtown W
Dizzying, Complicated, Energetic, Great staging

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.

The Gentleman Caller
West Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Clever

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.

Midtown W
Disappointing, Interesting, Not very intellegent

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.

Entertaining, Touching

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.

Delightful, Relevant, Entertaining

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!

Fun, Quirky, Delightful

See it if You are a Coke Porter and/or Harry Connick fan; lover of classic Porter music but able to take a large dose of jazz interpretation.

Don't see it if You don’t like concert stage shows, or a lot of jazz!

Also Connick is a brilliant, smart and gifted musician. Writer, director, s... Read more Read less

The Inheritance
Midtown W
Great staging, Relevant, Intense, Great acting

See it if You are interested in LGBT history and current issues. If you are fascinated by wonderful acting and direction.

Don't see it if LGBT subject, males kissing, simulated sex and nudity makes you uncomfortable.

Also I was transported, moved, shaken and touched by this theatre piece, Pa... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in an interesting juxtaposition of characters from different historic eras that are also linked.

Don't see it if You are distracted by an untraditional stage space and religious and gay themes.

Uneven, Disappointing

See it if You really are a Cole Porter fan and interested to see a pretty much never performed piece with some wonderful songs. A few talented singers

Don't see it if You are looking for a musically balanced show with talented performers and full production values.

Also I was so looking forward to this show, but I can’t believe two outstan... Read more Read less

During previews
Interesting, Great acting, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if Monologue driven theatrical experience on your feet, following actors from space to space in search of the play.

Don't see it if You are a theatre traditionalist who wants to sit and be entertained. You are looking for a plot driven story that has a decisive ending.

Also Seen in preview, there is time for the production to find its volume l... Read more Read less

Road Show
Midtown W
Enlightening, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You like Sondheim music and theatre with historical characters.

Don't see it if If Sondheim music confuses you.

Also The performers were outstanding and I found this to be the easiest Son... Read more Read less

Self-indulgent, Quirky, Confusing

See it if you enjoy/appreciate 60's era style performance art, strangely linked together but with earnest, mostly talented performers

Don't see it if you are into story, characters, and sensibility. This is quite "out there" and you need to be up for that.

Also Firstly, I greatly appreciated the talent of many of the performers, a... Read more Read less

Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy folk/rock musicals a la Spring Awakening, with Greek story basis but modern, energetically talented performances.

Don't see it if You prefer classic musical theatre or plays.

Also This show caught my attention, and pretty well held it! I think some t... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Fun, Delightful

See it if You enjoy a fun, current, touch-of-drag cabaret show that has some heart and great fun!

Don't see it if You like fully realized productions with scenery, dance and some distance between stage and audience.

During previews
Midtown W
Beautifully produced, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if BSDM culture is of interest, as well as character and relationship study.

Don't see it if BSDM culture is a turnoff or offensive top you.

Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Great singing, Intense, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you like contemporary musicals with depth and complexities. If you like the Alice in Wonderland story that is the framework of this piece.

Don't see it if you like old-fashioned musicals that are light and uplifting. If wartime theatre turns you off.

Also The visual aspects of this show were awesome, both staging, set, props... Read more Read less

The Glen
Midtown W
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Fascinating

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting

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

During previews
Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Must see

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

The Rounds
East Village
Indulgent, Relevant, Disappointing

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

Great singing, Entertaining, Strange story

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!

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

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

Birthday Boy
East Village
Disappointing, Needs work, Unevenly performed, Predictable

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

Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Light-hearted

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!

Single Rider
Greenwich V
Delightful, Entertaining, Beautiful orchestrations, Talented

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

Absorbing, Refreshing, Charming

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.

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

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

Absorbing, Entertaining, Relevant

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.

Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great staging, Classic

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.

Exquisite, Riveting, Must see, Refreshing

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.