Shane H

Chicopee | 35-49 | Male

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Reviews (61)
82
Relevant, Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you enjoy DEH or Next to Normal. You couldn't ask for a stronger team of actors. A really moving story on reconciling fantasy with reality.

Don't see it if you're cynical. A certain amount of suspension of disbelief is required to invest in the story.

Also The book needs a little tweaking, along with a song or two. But there ... Read more Read less

80
Enchanting, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Funny

See it if you love Disney on Broadway productions. Fun and whimsical, featuring catchy new songs by the Lopezes. Amazing and diverse cast!

Don't see it if you can't embrace the joy of a Disney production.

74
Ambitious, Confusing, Intense, Relevant, Profound

See it if experimental theater or social commentary interest you. Both a political indictment of class warfare & entertaining vocal gymnastics!

Don't see it if you want a typical theater experience. Wild mix of spoken word & avant garde operatics. Much of production occurs in the dark with strobes.

84
Great singing, Entertaining, Indulgent, Cliched, Delightful

See it if you enjoy the Broadway greatest hits! Hal Prince has had a storied career & this outstanding cast captures each moment perfectly.

Don't see it if your looking for original material. This is a Broadway retrostpective; nothing new except great performers taking on classics.

87
Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if current gay social topics interest you. Particularly relevant to addressing social expectations of marriage & kids vs open relationships.

Don't see it if you can't handle nudity. The piece does not shy away from the importance of the role of sexuality in a gay relationship.

80
During previews
Great singing, Hilarious, Great staging, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you want a humorous adult musical. Biting jokes and creative staging. Second half gives you the powerhouse numbers you need and want!

Don't see it if can't sit through a mediocre first half to get to the meaty material in the second. First half is cute and funny but the good stuff is later

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you want a play with depth & surprises. The actors are amazing, the stage is intricate, and the material is breath-taking. Don't miss out!

Don't see it if you're looking for simply fluff. The material is related, but serious subject matter.

87
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want a truly original musical. Unique in it's songs, book, and performances. Relevant in it's timeliness of community. A must see 4 NYC

Don't see it if you're looking for standard musical fare. The songs and dialogue are intertwined into something new. The accents take some getting use to.

90
During previews
Enchanting, Great acting, Must see, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you want to catch Glenn Close in the role she was born to play! Heart-breaking. Music better than expected. Great cast, amazing orchestra.

Don't see it if you don't have an appreciation for the tone of classic film or musicals.

87
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if you love the Batman films, enjoy humorous impersonations, 1-person shows examining their life thru the filter of his love for a character.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy 1-person shows or haven't seen at least one of the Batman films.

85
During previews
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Relevant

See it if you like a capella and shows with interwoven stories. Stunningly-talented cast brings home the importance of connecting, especially now.

Don't see it if you don't like a capella or ensemble musicals.

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if you like plays that make you think about your perspectives on life. A moving exploration of love, age, and how we use each other to satisfy.

Don't see it if you don't like theater that requires thought. It's not so obtuse that you can't understand it, but there are deeper meanings at work here.

89
During previews
Absorbing, Great singing, Intelligent, Dated, Riveting

See it if you're interested in stories about family dynamics. Stellar cast! Stephanie J Block has a true show-stopping number. Unique song structure.

Don't see it if you mind slightly dated material. This is clearly an '80s era AIDS crisis story. Still relevant, but feels like we've seen it before.

71
Great staging, Enchanting, Cliched, Riveting, Slow

See it if you love dancing in your Broadway shows! The choreography is amazing. Costumes and set design are intricate and vivid.

Don't see it if you're looking for an in-depth story. Music has not been updated, so maintains a distinct 1980's vibe.

82
Absorbing, Great staging, Great singing, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you love Fiddler. One of the best productions of this Broadway classic ever! Danny Burstein was born for this role. Amazing choreography.

Don't see it if your not a big fan of Fiddler. It is what it is, so the basics don't change...

65
Entertaining, Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Edgy

See it if you're looking for something edgy and relevant. Hits on the resonant reasons behind runaway youth. Some catchy songs; some not so much.

Don't see it if you're looking for a polished production. This production is very loose form and the notebooks give the impression lines aren't memorized...

75
Delightful, Great staging, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy '60's-era music & social commentary. Lots of fun staging & music. Bright, psychedelic colors & great dance numbers.

Don't see it if you're looking for more than a generic plot about beach parties, drugs and kids returning from the Vietnam war.

67
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Indulgent, Thought-provoking

See it if slow-burning plot appeals to you. Amazing job by the actors, switching characters at the drop of a hat, but clearly defining their roles.

Don't see it if you want to immediately know where you're going; true nature of the story doesn't unfold until about30 mins in. Also, interpretive breaks...

88
Relevant, Original, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if for an original musical theater experience. Show-stopping numbers by each of the headline cast, amazing choreography & Broadway history!

Don't see it if you don't like drama or musicals. Why are you even going to the theatre if you don't?!

85
Epic, Great staging, Profound, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you love Les Mis. One of the best productions ever of this stage classic! Don't miss out while it's still playing!

Don't see it if you don't like depressing musicals. How you can't like this show is beyond me, but don't go if you're looking for fun.

71
Funny, Original, Overrated, Raunchy, Hilarious

See it if you want to laugh. Lots of great, dirty humor. A must-see for fans of South Park.

Don't see it if you're going based on the hype. It's funny, but overrated, especially on the music side.

90
Enchanting, Entertaining, Epic, Romantic, Great staging

See it if you love epic productions. The staging is amazing. Kelli O'Hara was absolutely stunning. A wonderful reimagining of this classic!

Don't see it if you dislike romance.

97
Entertaining, Great acting, Dizzying, Must see, Raunchy

See it if you love rock 'n' roll! The most kinetic, heart-breaking show out there. Go see the upcoming tour of this amazing, glitterbomb revival!

Don't see it if you're not comfortable with sexuality and loud music, you prude ;)

78
Delightful, Romantic, Dated, Funny, Great staging

See it if you love a stunning stage! The production is big, bright, and colorful. Funny, cute writing and good variety of stage time among the actors.

Don't see it if you don't like dated material. The show was clearly written for a specific period, so not much of an opportunity to update the script.

73
Funny, Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want a show the entire family can enjoy. Some great powerhouse numbers, fun staging, and feel-good story.

Don't see it if big-budget musicals don't appeal you. Enjoyed it more the second time. Felt it was over-hyped.

90
During previews
Hilarious, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you like original musicals with topical humor and messaging. If you love to laugh, this one's for you!

Don't see it if I can't imagine anyone NOT enjoying this show. Maybe if you're a homophobe, you wouldn't like it...

Also I honestly can't remember the last time I had this much fun at a Broad... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Dated, Disappointing, Great acting, Slow, Insipid

See it if you're a fan of Joshua Jackson or want a strong performance by actress Lauren Ridloff. Early exploration of deaf culture intriguing.

Don't see it if you don't like long, wordy plays without much emotional connection. It's age is definitely showing

Also There are definitely some powerful moments of connection between Jacks... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Dated

See it if you're interested in stories of the gay community told with both humor and drama. Strong performances with a clever set.

Don't see it if looking for a fresh take on the AIDS crisis. More history lesson, with an allegorical link to today

70
Disappointing, Great acting, Entertaining, Overrated, Hilarious

See it if you're looking for a family show. Christian Borle, Jackie Hoffman, Emily Padgett are particular standouts. The show is cute but lackluster.

Don't see it if you're looking for a big Broadway musical. Much of the show relies on imagination, not set. Songs are not bad, but not memorable either.

85
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Clever, Refreshing

See it if you love great actors bringing sharp wit and focus to material that builds a bridge between classic and modern theater. Spot on staging.

Don't see it if you prefer ornate sets or adherence to period drama. This is not your father's Doll's House...

Also Sam Gold succeeds here where he faltered with his recent production of... Read more Read less

90
Ambitious, Great singing, Edgy, Great staging, Must see

See it if you love Sweeney Todd. This is how the show was meant to be seen. Simple staging set in the pie shop draws you right in. Intense and fun!

Don't see it if dark material isn't to your liking. You'll be transported right to the heart of the story.

80
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Great staging, Masterful

See it if you want an original, stripped down staging of an intense play. Sally Field & Joe Mantello own the stage. Madison Ferris is a revelation.

Don't see it if your not a fan of the original material. Tennessee Williams isn't for everyone. Only minor props, so don't expect an extravagant stage.

78
Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging, Slow, Overrated

See it if you want great acting & singing from Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford; both are incredible. Delightful and intriguing. Exquisite light.

Don't see it if you're not a Sondheim fan. Also, the supporting cast was completely underutilitzed. A bit boring at times.

80
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if you like plays that create discussion. Birney is great as always, O'Toole is explosive. Interesting scene changes and direction.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that make you think or long tension-building pauses.

95
Great singing, Great acting, Refreshing, Profound, Relevant

See it if you're looking for the most relevant, well-written musical currently playing! Ben Platt is a revelation. You will not leave without tears...

Don't see it if you're heartless.

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Masterful

See it if you love theater that pushes the boundaries of what it can be! Amazing staging & interaction to draw in the audience. The best of B'way!

Don't see it if you simply want a delightful musical or just to see Josh Groban. This is an intricate musical with a lot happening in the script & staging.

79
During previews
Great staging, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if you love great actors being witty. You won't find a larger cast of well-known thespians treading the boards right now. Amazing set!

Don't see it if you don't like gumshoe-era humor and rapid-fire dialogue. It's a long show, almost 3 hours, with 2 intermissions.

60
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if innovative theater experiences. The auditory journey was new, with individual headset pulling you into the action. Interesting backdrop too.

Don't see it if you don't like audio books, because that is very much what this is like. Not much action occurring on stage. Subject was middling to me...

74
During previews
Great acting, Resonant, Great writing, Absorbing, Confusing

See it if you enjoy great acting and script. Harold Perrineau makes an incredible Bway debut. Stephen Karam's script brings a modern flair.

Don't see it if you don't like plays with minimalist sets and wordy dialogue. Complex relationships are left vague.

90
During previews
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Must see

See it if you already miss the amazing dance numbers from Shuffle Along. This is the next great song-and-dance show. Wonderful choreography-chemistry

Don't see it if classic Broadway doesn't appeal to you.

82
Funny, Clever, Hilarious, Resonant

See it if you love to laugh! Lots of topical humor that makes you think about your own beliefs and our society in general.

Don't see it if you can't take a joke!

30
During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if must see a Cirque show. The acts are serviceable; the main stars have decent voices. Not much to blow you away.

Don't see it if you're looking for a unique experience. Unsuccessfully attempts to combine Cirque & Broadway, failing miserably at both. Weak and boring.

90
Funny, Delightful, Refreshing, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you want original modern musical. Jessie Mueller is amazing; unparalleled cast including a show-stopper hilarious turn by Chris Fitzgerald.

Don't see it if you don't like laughing and crying. Or pie.

83
Ambitious, Great staging, Edgy, Hilarious, Intense

See it if you can appreciate the irony, callousness, and fun of the 1980's. Unique staging, songs, and dancing. Both moving and horrifying!

Don't see it if you can't handle copious amounts of sex and violence. Not for the faint-hearted!

82
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if you love to laugh and are a fan of other Broadway shows. A clever mix of humor, showtunes, and theatre reference.

Don't see it if you don't like humor or fun in your Broadway shows.

75
Delightful, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you love Carole King songs. A great jukebox musical that tells her life story!

Don't see it if you're not a fan of jukebox musicals.

82
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Masterful, Riveting, Profound

See it if you want to view a master class in acting. Jessica Lange is a tour-de-force in Act IV. Every one of the actor's has standout performances.

Don't see it if long plays are not your thing. Running time is nearly 4 hours, with only 1 intermission.

78
During previews
Enchanting, Slow, Quirky, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you're looking for a new musical that's a little bit different. Some unique choreography and music. Fantastic actors, stage and costumes.

Don't see it if you're looking for a commercially appealing musical; it's fun, but different. A 105 year old chasing after a 14 year old is creepy too...

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy plays that examine complicated relationships. Straight is particularly relevant in today's society of sexual & gender fluidity.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with the subject of straight, bi, and gay sex.

78
Original, Riveting, Intense, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy an original script with ground-breaking staging. At times funny and heart-breaking. Must see for addressing autism head on.

Don't see it if flashing/strobing lights bother you or if the subject of autism makes you uncomfortable.