smileyman

New York City | 13-17 | Male
About:  I try to acknowledge the good and bad in everything.
Reviews (46)
85
Hilarious, Great staging, Delightful, Refreshing

See it if You want to have a fun time. The show was hilarious and surprisingly moving.

Don't see it if You want it to be as fast-paced as the movie. It's inevitable since it's a musical adaptation.

Also I guess don't see if you don't like repitition, but it's kinda the poi... Read more Read less

55
Entertaining, Funny, Disappointing, Lame

See it if You love Christian Borle in shows you can take your kids to. The actors are good, and the factory is well-done.

Don't see it if You want an inventive adaption and a non-clichéd set of characters.

Also My biggest problem is the amount of pop-culture references. Charlie an... Read more Read less

84
Ambitious, Clever, Enchanting, Intense, Immersive

See it if You like immersive puzzles with a chilling storyline and a few intense but not necessarily scary thrills.

Don't see it if You want a stress free show that doesn't force you to solve puzzles. Also you have to interact with things.

Also I was the most terrified of the group lol.

100
Falsettos
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny, Great writing, Clever

See it if you want to both laugh and cry, as well as relate if you're going through the same thing as some of these good, quirky characters.

Don't see it if You want an entirely feel-good musical.

90
Great writing, Hilarious, Clever, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if You want to laugh incredibly hard. In the format of an old-fashioned play, the seemingly-dark story turns into a fun night at the theatre!

Don't see it if You want a very sophisticated show. Other than a few songs, it's not that emotional.

Also The idea of one man playing an entire line of succession is genius. Al... Read more Read less

90
Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You love deep, inspiring storylines with great performances and a touching score.

Don't see it if You want to have a fun night at the theater. Despite the name, it's pretty serious.

Also It's like a play with music.

80
Matilda
Midtown W
Enchanting, Great staging, Riveting, Entertaining, Over the top

See it if You appreciate child actors, with great characters and a story that holds up.

Don't see it if You want to see a relaxing, simple show, which it starts off as but takes a dark turn. Some parts are weird and corny, too.

Also The comedy in this show is very over-the-top, and it works about 60% o... Read more Read less

65
Dames at Sea
Midtown W
Cliched, Dated, Great staging, Entertaining, Bland

See it if You like great tap-dancing. The choreography was tremendous.

Don't see it if You care about all the other stuff, like plot and characters.

Also I don't mean to bash the show because I get what it tried to do. It wa... Read more Read less

80
Fully Committed
Midtown W
Impressive, Hilarious, Clever, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if You love one-man shows (& Jesse Tyler Ferguson). The show is hilarious, and brilliantly acted, with a touch of emotion balanced well.

Don't see it if You want to see a big theatrical piece that will make you cry.. Also don't see it if you want a big cast (duh).

Also The plot is simple, but it won't bore you.

85
Bright Star
Midtown W
Delightful, Refreshing, Funny, Slow, Happy

See it if You like bluegrass music, a hilarious main character, and a plot that will make you smile.

Don't see it if You want a show to be fast-paced with its side plots being just as interesting as the main one.

Also The music is great, but the lyrics could be improved. It takes a while... Read more Read less

78
Riveting, Funny, Absorbing, Cliched, Corny

See it if You love great dancing, and funny jokes.

Don't see it if You want to see a show that is less dated with songs you haven't heard a thousand times from other sources.

77
Cagney
Midtown W
Fun, Intense, Entertaining, Long, Flat

See it if You like tap-dancing and the actor, James Cagney. The score is classic Cohan, and the cast holds up well.

Don't see it if You want an excellent story and spectacular choreography. They're decent, just not that memorable.

Also It's hard to point out the faults of this show. I just think it's a li... Read more Read less

76
Cats
Midtown W
Slow, Touristy, Entertaining, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if You haven't seen theatre before. You like good dancing, catchy music, and a unique style of storytelling.

Don't see it if You want an engaging plot that makes sense. It's very slow with a lot of unnecessary moments, think of it as a musical revue, just with cats

Also The score is good, but the lyrics are taken from a TS Elliot kids book... Read more Read less

90
Great singing, Absorbing, Resonant, Empowering, Nostalgic

See it if You love the classic 60s music and a main character that you root for and hope to get stronger.

Don't see it if You want new, contemporary music.

93
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Resonant, Romantic, Intense, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You love Sara Bareilis, with a great set of characters and a show that will leave an impression.

Don't see it if You hate the Sara Bareilis style of music, and you feel uncomfortable seeing broken or abusive marriages.

95
Riveting, Great writing, Clever, Hilarious, Absorbing

See it if You love musicals, there are a ton of references. Also see it if you want to laugh incredibly hard, as well as be touched. Great music.

Don't see it if You want to see serious, powerful shows that will make you think about life.

85
Riveting, Great singing, Cliched, Delightful, Exquisite

See it if You like excellent dancing and the classic Gershwin score.

Don't see it if You want fresh, new stories that don't have as many musical clichés.

Also Continuing from that above comment, this show was made more contempora... Read more Read less

80
Refreshing, Great staging, Delightful, Entertaining, Riveting

See it if You love tapping, old musicals, and jazz. Bonus points if you like Gregory Hines.

Don't see it if You want an actual story with a plot and characters. This is more of a showcase.

100
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Must see, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You love innovative concepts, music, and staging. Also see if you don't wanna be "that" guy who didn't see it, just good luck getting tix.

Don't see it if You hate rap music.

Also Even though I said don't see it if you hate rap music, but I personall... Read more Read less

78
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Funny, Delightful, Overrated, Dizzying, Cliched

See it if You love Disney magic with dazzling numbers, as well as Alan Menken's classic score.

Don't see it if You want a more genuine plot, and care more about the heart of the original movie.

100
Must see, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You want relatable characters with a compelling plot and an incredible cast. Especially if you feel alone.

Don't see it if You want to see a huge cast, and you don't want to cry.

90
Edgy, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Funny, Clever

See it if You like comedy that makes fun of humanity, but also has good characters and a good message.

Don't see it if You get offended at jokes and points about religion and racism. Don't bring your kids, unless they're very mature.

Also I recommend not listening to the entire cast album, since you expect m... Read more Read less

85
Quirky, Great staging, Cliched, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You like innovative, new, dazzling ways of storytelling, as well as diverse styles of music.

Don't see it if You want a very unpredictable plot and melodic and easy-to-follow music.

Also It's better the second time. You get to understand the story a bit mor... Read more Read less

95
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting, Delightful, Powerful

See it if You want a powerful experience with a great cast. It took chances, and it all paid off.

Don't see it if You want two acts, big sets, and songs that will constantly be stuck in your head.

Also I'm a huge fan. Enough said. Even though it's about 9/11, it's a reall... Read more Read less

80
For a previous production
Hilarious, Refreshing, Long, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You want to laugh super hard. It is brilliantly done with amazing actors and good slapstick (and good slapstick is rare).

Don't see it if You want a story that has different levels of emotion. The play is basically one long scene.

Also I stopped laughing towards the end because I was burnt out on laughter... Read more Read less

100
Clever, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Creative, Inspiring

See it if You want to be blown away by a touching story presented in such a creative way.

Don't see it if You want a laid back show without cursing or yelling.

Also It's genius how you get to see what's happening in Christopher's chall... Read more Read less

70
Anything Goes
Midtown W
Cliched, Dated, Entertaining, Great staging, Fun

See it if You like old musical storylines and choreography. There's also decent comedic relief.

Don't see it if You want new, clever material that is more contemporary.

Also It's an old sailor musical. Not much to add. It's some people's appeal... Read more Read less

74
Entertaining, Refreshing, Corny, Pop, For kids

See it if You want to bring your kids to a fun show with a good story and a moral.

Don't see it if You want subtlety and no cheese. Also, the music is much like pop music, which might not be your thing.

Also It's a fine show. It's not enough of some things, and too much of othe... Read more Read less

75
On The Town
Midtown W
Decent, Great dancing, Classic, Cliched, Long

See it if You appreciate great dancing and Leonard Bernstein's music.

Don't see it if You want a fresh story with plot twists. Appreciate it for what it is - a very old musical.

Also One part of me appreciates that they didn't take the liberty of forcin... Read more Read less

80
Pippin
Midtown W
Great staging, Entertaining, Clever, Weird, All over the place

See it if You love seeing cool tricks, as well as a good message. The storytelling is very unique.

Don't see it if You want a show that flows very well and makes sense, with character consistency and family-friendly material.

Also It's hard to score this show, because what you can consider a flaw can... Read more Read less

85
Great writing, Great acting, Romantic, Intense, Slow

See it if You love catchy, Eastern Europe-style music, and a charming main character.

Don't see it if You want a fast-paced musical with a happy ending.

Also The plot may seem pretty simple, but under the surface, it's pretty po... Read more Read less

85
Intense, Romantic, Clever, Epic, Slow

See it if You like developed characters, stories with war, poverty, and romance, and you want a intense show.

Don't see it if You want a story with less plots going on, as there is too much to focus on in this show. Some parts could easily be cut out.

Also I really accept its flaws and get why people don't like it. And I was ... Read more Read less

84
For a previous production
Jersey Boys (NYC)
Midtown W
Great singing, Entertaining, Intense, Edgy, Nostalgic

See it if You love the Four Seasons music, and you like stories about tough guys. It's a good story and the main character is likable.

Don't see it if You want to have a relaxing time. The show is also pretty long.

90
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Confusing

See it if You want a powerful storyline that is representation on so many levels. See it if you want to get emotional.

Don't see it if You want a very easy-to-follow show.

Also I will use a metaphor to explain the reason the show didn't have the s... Read more Read less

57
Cliched, Hilariously bad, Dated, Refreshing, Holiday spirit

See it if If you're a tourist who wants a show with dancing and a big budget. If your kids haven't seen theatre before, this can do the trick.

Don't see it if You want clever stories that aren't cheesy, with good characters and subtlety. If you appreciate theatre, spend money on better shows.

Also Something that does give it value is that it's fun to rip on, soooo...

88
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Resonant, Rock on

See it if You love great child actors, rock music, a great message, and character growth. Bring your kids.

Don't see it if You want a more subtle moral, you want more edgy content, and if you hate rock music.

75
Refreshing, Great staging, Entertaining, Bland, Fine

See it if You love Gloria Estefan's music, with a nice, simple plot that you can bring your kids to. The choreography is also good.

Don't see it if You have the money to see a show with a more powerful message and a bigger shock value.

90
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You like great messages and characters, with a hilarious score and book.

Don't see it if You want to see a show that is fast-paced with a lot of dancing.

95
Resonant, Masterful, Great staging, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if You love the movie, and want a super creative spin. This show is stagecraft at its best, as well as inspiring.

Don't see it if You don't like Disney, as there are a lot of jokes for the kids. It won't cut from the experience, though.

90
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Riveting, Clever, Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You like the classic songs, with a clever spin on a well-known story with a message. (Good characters.)

Don't see it if You want to see a realistic show, and you only want to see the less gritty version of Oz.

Also Luckily, this is a show for all ages.

65
Tuck Everlasting
Midtown W
Cliched, Funny, Predictable, Great singing, Fine

See it if You love the actors in it, and you want to see a show that you can bring your kids to. Like it for what it is, a decent show.

Don't see it if You want an unpredictable plot with a good main character. It's very corny and doesn't have a lot of depth.

72
Overrated, Clever, Entertaining, Dated, Romantic

See it if You want to see the longest running Broadway show, with good music and stunning visual storytelling.

Don't see it if You don't like dated, slow musicals that is necessarily a relevant story.

95
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Confusing, Clever

See it if You love complicated music and a story with depth. Bonus points if you create/love art.

Don't see it if You want easy-to-follow metaphors and big dance numbers.

87
During previews
Refreshing, Great acting, Funny, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You love old musicals with good messages, writing, songs, and characters. Extra points if you're a fan of Bette Midler.

Don't see it if You want a complex storyline with great choreography. If u don't like Bette Midler, you will probably be annoyed by how much they rub it in.

Also I think the marketing is a little silly. Bette Midler was great, but a... Read more Read less

75
Great singing, Entertaining, Romantic, Intense, Cliched

See it if You like 60s showtunes, great actors, and you like anti-heroes.

Don't see it if You're tired of the tough Italian jokes and the "forbidden romance" plot.

Also The music will be stuck in your head, but for only about a week. I nev... Read more Read less

65
Slow, Overrated, Dated, Cliched, Great acting

See it if You like good sets and cute kids.

Don't see it if You're expecting to see representation, as well as a compelling love story.

Also It feels like it's trying too hard. None of the songs or characters ar... Read more Read less