Sing out Louise

New York City | 35-49

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80
Seasons may change, winter to spring; but i love you until the end of time / come what may, come what may; i will love you until my dying day

See it if A fun, fabulous, splashy, commercial hit, but needs some substance. Great staging!

Don't see it if great playlist of songs which have been updated since the movie; I enjoyed it more than ...

Also ... most other jukebox musicals... It was exactly what I expected, min... Read more Read less

70
Working: A Musical
Midtown W
I hear america singing! hey somebody don’t ya wanna hear, the story of my life?

See it if based on the Studs Terkel book, with updated interviews including the City Center employees. great songs, loved the cast!

Don't see it if a wonderful production of a mediocre musical, with songs from Stephen Schwartz, James Taylor, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Craig Carnelia, etc.

Also Andréa Burns, It’s an Art ... Read more Read less

75
“you can’t keep running from things that scare you”

See it if for creatives Nottage, Sheik, Birkenhead and amazing cast including LaChanze and Saycon Sengbloh.

Don't see it if I’ve only seen the movie and love how they have shifted the focus of the story...

Also ... but I feel like Lily has lost her spirit in this version. ... Read more Read less

75
Octet
Midtown W
Eight is enough!

See it if What’s your relationship with the internet? Do you think you need a 12 step a cappella program to reconnect you to the world?

Don't see it if Malloy’s story telling through harmony, pitch and unique ideas take time to process... it’s a treat for your artistic soul

Also the score would be higher but I just lost interest in the internet the... Read more Read less

85
To the world we dream about, and the one we live in now.

See it if Crazy talent from the creative team, cast and crew! Especially loved André De Shields as Hermes and...

Don't see it if ... Amber Gray as Persephone. Bold on stage orchestra adds to the New Orleans flair

Also “How does the wall keep us free? The wall keeps out the enemy; And we ... Read more Read less

45
During previews
“i saw myself infected with it. that’s how. i saw me carrying it around. his poison in my body.”

See it if Great staging of Shepard’s Pulitzer winning play. can you escape the starving class by starting over in Europe or Mexico?

Don't see it if dark lives of a dysfunctional American family... including many conversations around an empty fridge ;)

Also “Signature Theatre celebrates playwrights and gives them an artistic h... Read more Read less

40
Another musical based on an 80s movie... “this is a show about death”

See it if you believe Broadway doesn’t have a soul!

Don't see it if I think I’m personally running out of patience for musicals based on movies! Audience had fun...

Also ... Despite some funny lines, I didn’t have fun. Loved a couple of Sop... Read more Read less

80
Examines the constitution and the redesigning process

See it if you will leave the theater with a better understanding of what the constitution means to YOU!

Don't see it if Congrats on bway transfer. Schreck shares personal stories of four generations of women in her family...

Also ... immigration, reproductive rights and what women had to do to risk ... Read more Read less

70
During previews
How do you process complicated feelings, warts and all?

See it if an empathy coach is brought in to adjust the misogynistic ways in a debt collecting office.

Don't see it if if absurdist comedy leaves you scratching your head.

Also #metoo, this absurdist approach to inappropriate behavior in this offi... Read more Read less

70
During previews
The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
Dreaming and scheming in steeltown, usa

See it if themes of corruption, greed, murder, censorship, conspiracy were controversial when this show originally opened in the late 30s

Don't see it if billed as a “play with music”, it’s mostly sung through; don’t expect memorable melodies. I always appreciate the shows CSC produces ...

Also ... I liked that the actors performed without 🎤 , my hearing is great ... Read more Read less

70
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
“how do you leave childhood behind... love and loss and how to get by in a crazy world...”

See it if Through the looking glass and down the rabbit hole... find out what’s at stake when you run out of time in wonderland

Don't see it if starts to sound repetitious, but there are some great songs; go for great voices, choreography, sets. Bring us more queen, less puss

Also Alice tries to buy her dying friend more time between the fantasy worl... Read more Read less

80
Daidle deedle daidle daidle daidle deedle daidle dumb ... the story of tevye the dairyman in yiddish

See it if a golden musical classic, from the original creative team Bock, Harnick, Stein and Robbins. Timeless! Authentic!

Don't see it if there’s no good reason not to see it, even if you’ve seen other productions and feel like you’ve had your fill of this MUSICAL TRADITION

Also ... Tradition, If I were a Rich Man, Sunrise Sunset, Matchmaker and ma... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Is hollywood glamour worth the stereotypes you have to play to pave the way?

See it if 40 years after her break out role, a black actress feels trapped by the character she portrayed on screen... fabulous cast!

Don't see it if time jumps 40 years ahead in 2nd act and gives an interesting point of view; in previews 2nd act doesn’t feel polished (stumble with lines)

75
These drag queen boots are made for walking... and that’s just what they’ll do ... and maybe save a shoe factory too!

See it if A great vehicle for Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein ‘s first musical theater collaboration; Billy Porter was electric as my Lola!

Don't see it if I’m so happy for this show’s success, but not one of my personal favorites. I’m still glad I saw it.

45
Maybe we should take a break from high school musicals... “as if” ... that’s “way harsh”

See it if the movie was adorable... the musical needs a “makeover”.

Don't see it if 90s soundtrack with new lyrics that are forced in to fit the characters and storyline; many of the well known movie lines fell flat...

Also ... the movie lines in Mean Girls worked, it didn’t in Clueless. It wa... Read more Read less

85
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
“you want to be a part of my life... i’m not editing out the parts you don’t like!”

See it if there have been several wonderful LGBTQ revivals lately, this is no exception; loved Urie and Ruehl.

Don't see it if I loved Urie, but wish I also saw Fierstein in the original! 1970s drag queen mirrors parts of Fierstein’s life, it does feel a little dated

55
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
There’s no business, like show business, unless it’s monkey business

See it if there’s a 2000 pound gorilla in the room that will no doubt impress you, but did it need to be a musical?

Don't see it if music and book should be scrapped; they should just focus on the puppetry, animatronics and video projections...

Also The Broadway Theater is a perfect venue for spectacles that have a hel... Read more Read less

55
A story told in four part harmony...

See it if barbershop quartet enters an amateur contest after they fall short trying to raise money on the Coney Island boardwalk, turn of 20th century

Don't see it if you think barbershop inspired harmonies are old fashioned;the cast of four play multiple characters, many work, but several could be trimmed

60
Downstairs
West Village
Find out what lurks “downstairs “...

See it if I went to watch Tyne and Tim Daly on stage!

Don't see it if emotional abuse, loneliness, mental illness, odd family history, unemployment... it’s also about the true bond between siblings.

75
For a previous production
This is literally about a play that goes wrong (sets, props, actors, lines, sound cues, etc.)

See it if a funny British farce filled with a lot of perfectly timed, spoken and physical slapstick; Duran Duran fans will appreciate it!

Don't see it if a bit repetitive, but you won’t be able to stop smiling (or laughing)

84
American son = same for every race?

See it if A mother, father and two cops (two are black, two are white)... all referencing the same 18 year old black boy we never see.

Don't see it if some writing/ acting/ directing flaws; focus on the importance of the discussion (and changes) it can lead to...

Also how would you process being the face of a race in mostly white school?... Read more Read less

85
“step, kick, kick, leap, kick, touch…again!”...

See it if “I hope I get it”... a grueling audition; dancers are slowly eliminated until the perfect combination forms that glorious kick line

Don't see it if if you are allergic to Gold Lamé? But seriously, Encores annual gala is always a highlight for me each season.

Also A Chorus Line opened in 1975 and was once the longest running show on ... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Political satire from the past still feels pertinent today...

See it if Esparza and entire cast thrill in Brecht’s political satire. CSC continues to challenge their audience.

Don't see it if Although the subject didn’t appeal to me, the delivery and Doyle’s direction definitely kept me engaged.

Also Written in the 40s and still relevant today... Read more Read less

80
Ordinary Days
Midtown W
What’s your big picture, in a life of ordinary days...

See it if Life in NYC is fast paced, but four New Yorkers experience unexpected connections that make a big impact in their lives.

Don't see it if I enjoy supporting off broadway musicals some need a lot more development, but this one is in great shape already; go and enjoy.

Also How does something small make a big impact in someone else’s life?... Read more Read less

65
“let your love shape the world...” / shares a perspective of gay life and homophobia in the mid/late 1960s nyc

See it if Heart broken by ghosts of his past, Trevor tells his version of this love story; most of the story takes place before Stonewall riots

Don't see it if Music is pleasant but sleepy... needs more variety

Also It’s an enjoyable evening but I’m surprised by how many reviewers have... Read more Read less

70
Road Show
Midtown W
Face it, brother, we're joined at the hip; and that is our curse, and that is the miracle; you don't want me to go

See it if Even a mediocre Sondheim show is brilliant! Go to see Esparza and Uranowitz, always gems to watch.

Don't see it if There have been a few other NYC productions. I was happy to see a Sondheim show that I haven’t seen before :)

55
In the Green
Upper W Side
How do you become whole, if you are broken

See it if You love Grace McLean, her voice and incredible vocal style! Interesting choral arrangements.

Don't see it if Bizarre and obscure, sometimes in a good way. I’m curious to see the next chapter for this musical.

80
During previews
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
White girls can do anything, black boys obey their mothers

See it if “looking at one’s self through the eyes of others”, Jackson’s Usher grapples with many things including doubt, fear, pain, sexuality...

Don't see it if ... boundaries, faith, family, facing rejection , being fat, black, gay... and his inner white girl.

Also Jackson’s voice is refreshing and relevant and wonderful for musical t... Read more Read less

80
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Puppets always tell the truth, look around and you will find no one's really color blind

See it if hysterical, raunchy, clever, smart puppets and the magic of the humans attached to them.

Don't see it if Its had a brilliant run on Broadway and Off Broadway, all good things come to an end.

Also ... and if you’ve ever had a chance to see their BCEFA skits, they are... Read more Read less

60
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Being a woman, is no job for a man!!!

See it if great cast including Santino Fontana, Sarah Stiles!!!

Don't see it if I always expect a lot from David Yazbek, lyrics are funny but music isn’t memorable. It’s interesting to hear a man described as difficult..

Also ... “difficult” which some men used to describe women.... Read more Read less

78
Even though bill gets the best version of hillary, why is it so important that she be less guarded? people just need to “grow the f*ck up”

See it if Could Hillary’s Presidency “eclipse” Bill’s?

Don't see it if Hnath’s lines keep you interested, especially when they are delivered by Metcalf and Lithgow, but it falls short...

Also ... compared to A Doll’s House, Part 2. Even still, it’s a good 90 min... Read more Read less

89
“you've got to be taught to hate and fear/ you've got to be taught from year to year/ it's got to be drummed in your dear little ear/ you've got to be carefully taught”

See it if All Broadway plays should live up to this example!!! A beloved classic perfectly adapted for the stage.

Don't see it if I read the book so long ago, so I cannot debate how I would feel if the story was fresher in my memory. Just go!!

Also ... segregated Deep South with racism and racial slurs, abuse. ... Read more Read less

80
“another op’nin’, another show” of this cole porter revival, which tries to be “too darn hot”

See it if you’re “So in Love” with every performance by Kelli O’Hara; and if you love Cole Porter revivals.

Don't see it if you need revivals to alter their original message.

Also shining moment for Corbin Bleu's tap-dancing

30
During previews
Sincerely, Oscar
Midtown W
This is supposed to celebrate oscar hammerstein, sadly, not sincerely! :(

See it if this feels like it belongs in Oscar Hammerstein theme park or cruise ship celebration; go for the songs!

Don't see it if strange key changes, unnecessary (and odd)) musical arrangements, over sung...

Also ... over belted, over amplified... odd musical phrasing.... Read more Read less

75
80’s sci-fi high school musical tugs at the need to belong ... c-c-c-c’mon

See it if Congrats on a Broadway transfer from last season; Sci-fi quirky nerdy musical

Don't see it if High voltage sound to keep up with the “enthusiasm “ of it’s teen fan base. I’m all for loyal Fan’s, but not when it distracts from the...

Also ... experience. This may be a huge reason why it’s repelling some audi... Read more Read less

45
During previews
Debate over the notebook or love actually as the best all time chick flicks... real life is not a romcom

See it if four girlfriends support each other with a little help from their favorite chick flicks (and wine). Pleasant, lighthearted...

Don't see it if needs to turn the dial up a bit on the lyrics and book!

79
During previews
Superhero
Midtown W
Do you ever really know who your neighbors are? would you recognize them as superheroes? could they save you if needed?

See it if teenage boy and his mom are trying to find their way after their father/husband dies; superheroes appear in different ways. Original musical

Don't see it if still in previews, book needs to be tightened up, but it’s worth checking out; two “11 o’clock numbers” at end need reworking

Also ... I’m very curious to see if Tom Kitt and John Logan make any change... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Something is stirring... not a day goes by, old friends ;-)

See it if Go if you love Sondheim, even when it’s not his best show, the score is still classic.

Don't see it if While Sondheim prefers actors who can sing, this just feels like bad dinner theater... Better singers please!!

Also ... I will always love the music to this show ... and maybe, just mayb... Read more Read less

70
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Is this considered fake news?! they’re mad as hell and not going to take it any more!

See it if Yes, it’s true, Bryan Cranston is captivating on stage! Let’s see who else is “mad as hell”

Don't see it if bold, brash, explosive, edgy, dizzying, in your face

90
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
... come on babe, why don’t we paint the town... and all that jazz!!

See it if over 20 years ago, this revival opened with perfect casting... one of my favorite Broadway experiences.

Don't see it if thank you to the original creatives Kander, Ebb & Fosse; OBRC: Bebe Neuwirth, Ann Reinking, Joel Grey, James Naughton!

Also I would love to travel back in time to see Gwen Verdon and Chita River... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Coming of age story in a boy’s prep school

See it if a cappella prep school choir falls out of harmony amidst homophobia and racism; talented ensemble lead by Jeremy Pope

Don't see it if homophobia, racial slurs, tasteful nudity, friendship, leadership...

Also ... normally I wouldn’t mention the tasteful nudity (of gorgeous bodie... Read more Read less

87
“two people swaying slowly, nothing more and nothing less, why anybody fears that is anyone’s guess ...”

See it if the thought of an inclusive prom in small town Indiana has the PTA revolting against a girl who wants to dance with her girlfriend

Don't see it if Just GO!! it’s zany, campy, energetic, fabulous fun... reminds us there is room for everyone!

Also Boy were they having fun on that stage!! Clever lyrics, good book, enj... Read more Read less

50
It’s truly a great depression...

See it if a man owns a boarding house on the verge of bankruptcy and makes some desperate choices for his family...

Don't see it if tone is unnecessarily depressing; the book doesn’t allow you to care for the characters; songs don’t compliment the storyline. Disappointed

70
Gloria: A Life
Gramercy
Gloria’s story will teach you some history about the women’s movement

See it if the importance of looking back in order to move forward... you will decide how far we’ve come, how much work is left;theatrical biography

Don't see it if touches on: controversies and painful personal attacks (assuming she slept her way to top, ruined family values); bra burnings...

Also .... safe abortions, equal pay, sexual harassment.... Read more Read less

70
Mother of the Maid
East Village
A mother supports her daughter who believes she is having holy visions ...

See it if what a treat to watch Glenn Close perform in that small space; study and enjoy every emotion gesture thought reaction she delivers!

Don't see it if Glenn Close makes this script much more engaging than it actually is...

65
Days of Rage
Midtown W
1969, war-time... only scratches the surface of activism ... what are they trying to fight for...

See it if a revolutionary “collective” is formed with 5 young adults trying to end the Vietnam War...

Don't see it if ...but somehow I quickly lost interest in their “Days of Rage” demonstration. The RAGE feels forced, needs more urgency or something...

80
During previews
About a man who has “lost a lot of friends to kids”

See it if Mike’s personal journey with his couch, wife, doctor and his unborn child. Mike is a funny, low key storyteller.

Don't see it if It’s not a play, but I needed a laugh, and got many! Seriously funny moments describing his sleep contraption and unnecessary ball surgery

Also Often when a Broadway theater has a lull before loading in their next ... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Bashert = a yiddish word that means "destiny"... do nice guys finish last... or finish first?

See it if In a case of mistaken identity, what would you do if you received a mysterious check for $56K with your name on it? Cash it?!!

Don't see it if It’s charming and funny... lots a stereotypical characters that might easily remind you of someone you know, but felt one note ...

80
During previews
What happens when a part of you smashes into a bunch of pieces

See it if Elaine May will shatter your heart with her honest, vulnerable and brave performance of aging with Alzheimer’s

Don't see it if without having first hand experience, you might not truly understand; emotions of frustration, fear, sadness and laughter are common

Also How does your personal life impact your appreciation of this play?!... Read more Read less

72
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Don’t take a nap, it’s funny

See it if go for the sharp banter between characters and ridiculous one-liners; grifters target a talented man’s pride and integrity.

Don't see it if admit it, if you had problems with the British accents, this probably isn’t the first time you’ve had this problem?!

Also Although it’s by the same playwright who wrote One Man Two Guvnors whi... Read more Read less