Shari L

New York City | 50-64 | Female
About:  I have loved theatre since I was a kid and grew up with parents who took me to see everything from Annie to Chorus Line to Evita. I have passed that love on to my children and even brushed some of it off onto my husband. While I have a preference for musicals, I also enjoy plays. I am lucky enough t... Read more Read less
Reviews (70)
80
During previews
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Great staging, Great acting, Slow

See it if You love Marisa Tomei. Her acting is phenomenal. Serafina is both grieving and angry. She is scared & angry but her comedic timing flawless’

Don't see it if You don’t like Tennessee Williams. He can be slow and boring. I don’t get the flamingos...they aren’t suppose to be there!

100
Masterful, Intelligent, Great singing, Great acting, Clever

See it if You appreciate shows that are different and outside the box! Amazing cast, music and writing! It’s a winner!

Don't see it if You like classical theatre and don’t appreciate musical interpretations of mythological stories and characters.

90
Refreshing, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if You are looking for something different but smart and entertaining! Great music, great story and amazing talent!

Don't see it if You like classical musicals or don’t like anything “young”.

95
Dated, Intense, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you like great acting both vocally and through sign language. Enjoy multiethnic casting, enjoy a dialogue heavy, intense storyline.

Don't see it if you don’t want to watch one lead character sign the whole show & the other interpret while speaking & signing his own.

95
During previews
Entertaining, Great singing, Visually stimulating

See it if you love musicals, great singing, wonderful visual effects, a talented ensemble, love Frozen the Disney movie.

Don't see it if You don’t like Frozen, are a purist and don’t want to see some slight changes from the movie, don’t like kids in the theater.

95
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Unexpected

See it if You like unique theater. If you enjoy plays and operatic music. Mark Rylance is wonderful along w/the rest of the cast.

Don't see it if You like traditional theater, don’t like period pieces, opera or stories about mental illness.

95
Clever, Funny, Great staging, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if you love the tv show, big musical numbers, current and relevant topics, great singing, actors who are dead ringers for the tv characters.

Don't see it if you don’t like the show, quirky characters, storylines that are relevant to current topics, actors as characters w/no character costumes.

75
Great singing, Great staging, Banal

See it if You like amazing singing/singers, Caribbean flavored show tunes, unique and amazing staging.

Don't see it if you are hoping to see Lea Salonga in a bigger role b/c her role is supporting. If you are hoping for a good storyline or a happy ending.

80
M. Butterfly
Midtown W
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You like the show. The acting was great and the theme of the show has not outdated itself.

Don't see it if You don’t like shows regarding homosexuality, slow moving stories, nudity, uncomfortable situations.

100
Absorbing, Riveting, Must see, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You love a small intimate setting for a huge and amazing show. Norm was a surprisingly amazing/scary Todd & Carolee the perfect Lovett!

Don't see it if You don't like the show, closed small spaces, moving around in your seat to see well and are scared by the show in a normal setting.

75
Bandstand
Midtown W
Cliched, Great singing, Entertaining, Great dancing

See it if you like time period shows with a WWII America feel, good singing & dancing, the topic of a vet's life after returning from war, swing music

Don't see it if you don't like time period shows, shows that feel formulaic, swing music, big band era, WWII stories or stories about vets lives after war.

Also The show was good and there were certain things I liked a lot about it... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Funny, Entertaining, Great staging, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if you like the movie but are okay w/ some changes, appreciate new & ambitious technology, like Andy Karl's ability to make the role his own.

Don't see it if you either don't liee the movie or like it so much you don't want to see changes, want memorable music, don't like too much going on at once

Also The show was cute. Andy Karl does a fantastic job at making the role o... Read more Read less

90
Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you have kids who you want to introduce to a theater experience, like bubbles.

Don't see it if you don't like being in a theatre with kids, don't like bubbles everywhere, want to see a traditional show.

65
During previews
Amelie
Midtown W
Disappointing, Quirky, Slow, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you like the movie, good singing, long drawn out plots, a few quirky cute moments, you identify w/shy, scared introverts, Phillipa Soo,

Don't see it if you're easily bored, like a faster paced show, didn't like the movie, prefer an intermission, like unmemorable music, can see another show

Also While the acting and singing were good and the sets nice, the story it... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Church & State
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you like current events, political banter, excellent acting & writing, personal reflection & dealing w/ crisis of consciousness. Excellent

Don't see it if you don't like non-musicals, politics, talk of school shootings, questioning of God or religion, plays with small casts, minimalist staging.

Also I didn't know what to expect and I was wonderfully surprised. I loved ... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Funny, Entertaining, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy Arthur Miller plays, enjoy family drama, want to see the chemistry of Ruffalo, DeVito, Shalhoup & Hecht & like fast paced dialogue

Don't see it if you don't like plays,Arthur Miller,family drama,all-star casts, bad Yiddish accent by DeVito & sometimes Ruffalo mumbles or slurs dialogue.

Also I found Ruffalo hard to understand at the beginning of the show but th... Read more Read less

95
Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Great acting, Exquisite, Dated, Intense, Absorbing

See it if you are a fan of the movie/show, love Glenn Close as Norma Desmond and appreciate her intensity w/this character. She was truly spectacular.

Don't see it if you don't like unhappy endings,mental breakdowns, awkward moments, ensemble numbers that don't drive the plot and don't like the movie/story

90
The Front Page
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Hilarious, Dizzying

See it if you like the leads, straight plays. An ensemble cast and quick pacing.

Don't see it if you are confused by too many people on stage at once,, you want a musical, don't like time period pieces, done like the actors. ,

90
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Dated, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like the movie, the style of Bob Fosse, smart staging and good singing!

Don't see it if you like classic musicals, don't like style of Fosse, raunchy behavior, skimpy clothes, time period shows and a fast paced show.

90
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing, Confusing

See it if you like beatiful sets or want to get a chance to sit on the stage where the action is. Don't mind a lot of actors on stage at one time.

Don't see it if you get confused by too many people on stage at once, are expecting a lot of Josh Grobin. If you don't like opera in a Greek chorus style

90
Spamilton
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if If you have seen Hamilton and if you are also a fan of musical theater in general. Fun parodies and really talented ensemble.

Don't see it if Have not seen Hamilton or if you have but are not familiar with other musical shows and if you don't like to pay a 2 drink minimum.

Also The venue is also upstairs from a restaurant so if you can't climb sta... Read more Read less

100
The Humans
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy character driven plays w/ family drama & lots of dialogue. It has a great ensemble & the staging works well. The show moves well.

Don't see it if you don't like character driven plays that include awkward family drama including a family member w/ dimentia & coping w/ 9/11 aftermath

85
During previews
Tuck Everlasting
Midtown W
Great staging, Amazing cast, Entertaining, Awkward story, Unmemorable music

See it if you want to see well crafted, beautiful sets and an extremely talented cast w:Sarah Charles Lewis & Carolee Carmello as standouts.

Don't see it if you don't like fantasy storylines that feel awkward & musicals w/music that is mostly unmemorable w/an unsatisfyjng ending in my opinion.

92
During previews
American Psycho
Midtown W
Quirky, Intense, Great staging, Edgy, Great acting

See it if you like edgy shows that aren't afraid to go places that make you uncomfortable and if you like dark humor. Benjamin Walker is amazing.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable w/ profanity, sex, drugs, gory violence, homosexuality or ambiguous endings. This is not a classic Broadway show.

86
Matilda
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Sad, Dark

See it if you liked the movie, enjoy great acting & singing & beautiful staging, are okay with sad storylines and odd, creepy characters.

Don't see it if you didn't like the movie, don't enjoy dark storylines with odd, creepy characters and some gross occurrences, British accents and children

85
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Overrated, Fluffy, Great singing

See it if You like great performances and Sarah B’s musical style and sound which sounds very prominent in the show and if you like the movie

Don't see it if You don’t like Sarah B’s musical style or the “cliched” humor and “convenient” rushed ending to the story. Don’t like raunchy humor.

95
Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You like the movie or even if you haven’t seen the movie. I had never seen it but loved this anyway and decided to finally see it!

Don't see it if You don’t like the movie, jokes about death or musicals that are different and not classical.

68
Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Great staging

See it if You like cheesy, jukebox musicals that want to imitate Jersey Boys but in a bad way.

Don't see it if If you love the Temptations and their music and don’t care about show content or originality.

75
During previews
Great staging, Great singing, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you like Donna Summer’s music, disco, are nostalgic for the 70’s and early 80’s, like La Chanz, like biopics.

Don't see it if you don’t like her music, disco, biopics, uncomfort situations w/ mild depictions of domestic violence & a nod toward sexual abuse of child

85
During previews
Lobby Hero
Midtown W
Great staging, Funny

See it if You like plays that are dialogue and monologue driven. The material feels dated even though I think it was present time.

Don't see it if You are expecting hilarity or for Chris Evans or Michael Vera to be in characters that they are in on film.

45
During previews
Dated, Indulgent, Excruciating, Slow, Great acting

See it if you like slow, character induced stories that are basically one long monologue, appreciate Lithgow’s poignant memories of his dad/childhood

Don't see it if are easily bored and hoping to see something more engaging & less pretentious & indulgent. I only liked the 1st few mins about his family.

Also The only show I disliked more than this one was Hughey with Forrest Wh... Read more Read less

95
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you like shows that are dialogue driven, middle eastern music, great acting, intimate feel, ensemble driven and similar in style to Once.

Don't see it if You like classic, grand and epic shows. Don’t like dialogue driven, slower paced shows. Don’t like middle eastern music or culture,

86
Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you enjoy history, Latin culture, John Leguizamo, one man shows, Spanish references and jokes.

Don't see it if You have no interest in Spanish culture, history and humor. Don’t like John Leguizamo, one man shows or unconventional shows.

85
During previews
Relevant, Delightful, Funny

See it if You like Michael Moore and dislike what is going on in politics today. Want to find out more about his very interesting past.

Don't see it if You don't like Moore, don't like liberal humor, like the Trump admin, aren't interested in one man shows, expect a typical Broadway show

Also I enjoyed the format, Moore's stories of his life, the energy in the c... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Classic

See it if you like The Glass Menagerie in general, straight plays w/no music, great acting, very simplistic staging, a compelling ensemble.

Don't see it if you like fancy sets, musicals, don't like to see people w/challenges acting in a show, don't like The Glass Menagerie or no intermission.

Also I don't usually like The Glass Menagerie but I went with a friend who ... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Great singing, Great staging, Enchanting, Must see, Exquisite

See it if you love the movie & don't mind some changes, amazing performances all around, great staging & costumes, excellent music both old & new,

Don't see it if you dislike the movie or like it & don't want some changes, don't like historical fiction that alters true history,

80
During previews
War Paint
Midtown W
Great singing, Great staging, Great costumes, Interesting story, Slow

See it if you want to see the masterful Patti Lupone & Christine Ebersole on the same stage in an interesting time period piece w/fun music & costumes

Don't see it if you don't like Patti or Christine,time period stories, costumes and musical sounds, stories about strong women & women being judged by looks

Also As masterful as Patti and Christine and the rest of this cast was, and... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Great singing, Great staging, Overrated, Raunchy

See it if you like the show. Eva as Kim and Jon Jon as the Engineer are both amazing! The set is well done but not much different from last production

Don't see it if you have a problem with seeing the pain of the Vietnam war, the fall of Saigon, raunchy behavior & war, unhappy endings.

Also This has become one of the classic shows and while I like most of the ... Read more Read less

95
For a previous production
Entertaining, Hilarious, Refreshing, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you like British humor, slap stick comedy, a laugh a minute!

Don't see it if you don't appreciate British humor, slapstick comedy, plays with no music, non traditional shows.

Also Honestly I am not a huge fan of British comedy and I was afraid I woul... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Riveting, Must see, Masterful

See it if you love great music, an amazing uplifting true story, a fantastic ensemble, creative minimalist staging, and leaving the theatre happy.

Don't see it if despite the uplifting true story, you have a hard time seeing anything that has to do with 9/11 in anyway. Other than that it's a must see.

Also While this story takes place during the aftermath of 9/11 and there ar... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Significant Other
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Quirky, Funny, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy small, intimate feeling shows with ensemble characters, simple yet smart sets, character driven stories that hit home about life.

Don't see it if you like musicals, classic theater, don't like gay relationships, relationship drama, actor's in multiple roles, cursing or vulgarities.

70
Overrated, Great singing, Disappointing, Slow, Great staging

See it if you like Carol King's music, enjoy jukebox musicals, like nostalgia and time period shows.

Don't see it if you don't like jukebox musicals, Carol King's music, time period shows, all the songs sung in their entirety and not including a medley.

Also Honestly this show is, in my opinion, highly overrated. I found it ins... Read more Read less

90
Refreshing, Hilarious, Edgy, Raunchy

See it if you like comedy and stand up comedy, if you like the 2 comics, if you know old theater and old theater actors.

Don't see it if you want to see a musical or straight play,don't like old borscht belt comedians, are offended by political or social statements.

100
Profound, Relevant, Intense, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you are okay with sad stories that deal with the aftermath of suicide, grief, deception and social awkwardness. Ben Platt is amazing!

Don't see it if you are not okay with the topic of suicide or social awkwardness. If you don't like modern musicals in the vain of Next to Normal.

90
The Encounter
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you are okay with something completely different and unlike any dramatic or comedic or musical show ever before.

Don't see it if you don't want to wear headphones the entire time,don't like intense and out of the usual storylines or long monologue or narrative stories.

Also This acting was amazing and if you can stick with it, it was fantastic... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Enchanting, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you love old time musicals w/classic songs. The leads Bryce Pinkham & Cordon Bleu were talented & able to help give it a more updated feel.

Don't see it if you hate classic old timey musicals, old classic songs and formulaic plot twists w/ traditional romance, triangles & wrapped up endings.

80
Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting, Great for.children, Interactive

See it if You want to bring young kids to a musical specifically for them & if they've never been before. The ensemble was excellent & 1 hour long.

Don't see it if You don't like kids or a kids show. It did have some darker scarier parts but they are related to children's fears like fear of the dark.

91
During previews
Great acting, Intense, Great staging, Slow, Indulgent

See it if you appreciate an amazing ensemble of actors who came ready for this show and if you can handle nearly 4 hours of Eugene O'Neill's dialogue

Don't see it if you don't like a slow, heavy show with lots of innuendo & depressing & argumentative dialogue that lasts nearly 4 hours.

90
During previews
Cagney
Midtown W
Entertaining, Original, Great writing, Great acting, Great dancing

See it if You like classic Broadway shows, great music & lyrics, time period shows, great dancing & wardrobe & an informative show about James Cagney.

Don't see it if You don't like classic Broadway show tunes and dancing, time period pieces, James Cagney or biographies, cast members playing multiple parts

90
Something Rotten!
Midtown W
Hilarious, Original, Entertaining, Quirky, Great acting

See it if you like to see a show that is at times silly and makes you laugh, still has the feeling of a traditional type musical, is original and fun!

Don't see it if you don't know a lot about musicals to enjoy the musical references, don't appreciate storylines & situations or traditional musical feel.