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New York City
About:  I caught the Broadway "bug" in 1996 when a friend took me to Phantom of the Opera. I've lost count of how many shows I've seen in the past 20+ years. (Though I could count all the Playbills I save from each show!) Some productions I'll see more than once if I want to share the experience with a fell... Read more Read less
Reviews (45)
89
Profound, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You want to be moved by phenomenal performances that speak to current times regardless of the 1943 setting.

Don't see it if Don’t want to experience the raw emotion of a topical issue.

82
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Great writing, Great acting, Funny

See it if You like family-focused dramas. Dialogue was sharp and very funny, Great casting,

Don't see it if You don’t find humor in watching families fight.

100
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Profound, Must see

See it if You want to experience a musical that defies description. Supreme cast. Incredible staging. You'll be talking about the show for days after.

Don't see it if You don't want to experience one of the most profoundly unique shows to ever hit a Broadway stage.

92
Quirky, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You want a good laugh with Jonathan Groff and Christian Borle in an intimate theater. (I can't speak about Tammy, had an understudy.)

Don't see it if You don't like whimsical. quirky musicals. It's Little Shop of Horrors - not going to be normal by any means! Just fun with a great cast.

79
Slow, Intense, Great acting

See it if for Audra and Michael who give incredible performances that make up for a show that at times just drags.

Don't see it if You are offended by intimate portrayals. Don't like slow shows.

88
Great staging, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You liked the movie and enjoy anything Disney.

Don't see it if You don't like family friendly musicals.

90
Ink
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting

See it if For great acting and staging. Absolutely relevant subject. Can't believe Jonny Lee Miller wasn't nominated for a Tony. Dominates the stage.

Don't see it if You don't like thought-provoking shows.

82
Great staging, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You want a light, feel-good musical. Nothing to overthink here. Just have fun.

Don't see it if You don't like quirky or playful musicals.

Also Movies to musicals can be polarizing for diehard Broadway fans. If you... Read more Read less

79
During previews
All My Sons
Midtown W
Disappointing, Slow, Great acting

See it if You want to see two powerful actors - Annette Bening and Tracy Letts.

Don't see it if You want a play that is quick-paced and keeps your attention.

Also The powerful acting of this show merits a good rating. The last scene ... Read more Read less

90
Mother of the Maid
East Village
Great acting, Intense, Intelligent

See it if You want to witness up close a tour de force performance by Glenn Close.

Don't see it if You don't like historical drama.

100
Enchanting, Epic, Masterful, Must see, Entertaining

See it if A dream come true for Harry Potter fans. Incredible to watch Rowling's magical world come to life. Phenomenal acting & staging. Must see.

Don't see it if Show will be better understood if you've read the Potter books or seen the movies. Can still enjoy a unique show but a lot will be missed.

Also I saw the show w/my mom who had only seen the movies. She was able to ... Read more Read less

95
Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see three actresses own the stage. Amazing performances. Laurie Metcalf is a Broadway gem.

Don't see it if You don’t like reflective plays that make you think about past/future.

Also An empowering show for women. Relatable and profound. All with humor l... Read more Read less

85
Great singing, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you want to try a different theatrical experience (sand, water, a goat comprise the stage...) and witness a breakout star in Hailey Kilgore.

Don't see it if You don't like immersive, "thinking outside the box" shows.

85
Great acting, Masterful, Great staging

See it if You want to witness masterful actors. I saw Linney as Regina. She, Nixon, McKean, Thomas - all bring their best to the material.

Don't see it if You don't like traditional plays.

70
Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You get asked by a bunch of friends to join them for a "let's just unwind" fun girls night.

Don't see it if If you only do high-brow entertainment.

Also Nothing to overthink. Naked men singing. Silly night. This isn't Shake... Read more Read less

70
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Edgy, Disappointing

See it if You saw the movie and will understand the plot. Great dancing.

Don't see it if You didn't like the movie.

Also This review is not for the current cast. I saw the Broadway production... Read more Read less

100
Entertaining, Must see, Great staging, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if You want to experience a show like none other on Broadway. Immersive and mesmerizing. Must-see!

Don't see it if If you don't like to have a good time!

Also I strongly recommend buying rear mezz first row. You see everything; t... Read more Read less

100
Sweet Charity
Midtown W
Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Catch this gem soon to see why Sutton Foster is a Broadway queen. She's funny, dazzling & endearing. Bonus is an intimate theater setting.

Don't see it if You want a traditional Broadway experience.

89
Great singing, Romantic, Enchanting

See it if You want to see a classic Broadway show. I've seen it twice. The show has sustained itself over a long-run production.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of Andrew Lloyd Webber's music.

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if You want to experience a timeless Broadway show. I saw it in 1997 and again in Sept. 2018. Show has held up and still a delight.

Don't see it if Hard pressed to find a reason not to see this show. Perhaps if you really dislike anything Disney?!

100
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Profound, Masterful, Must see

See it if You want to see a show that redefines Broadway.

Don't see it if Just go see it!

100
Refreshing, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if I've seen it twice. Found it uplifting and funny both times. Lola steals the show. One of the best finales.

Don't see it if You don't like dancing in your seat!

100
Profound, Must see, Great singing

See it if You want to be uplifted.

Don't see it if You don't want to shed a tear or two!

90
Delightful, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You want to laugh for two plus hours.

Don't see it if You're easily offended.

85
Delightful, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You're a fan of A Christmas Carol and love the holiday season. Incredible staging and good energy that's perfect for Christmastime.

Don't see it if You're more "bah humbug" than "god bless us everyone."

100
Great singing, Must see, Entertaining, Riveting

See it if For Adrienne Warren. She owns the stage and masters the ups and downs of Tina's life with performances that give chills and tears. Powerful.

Don't see it if I guess the only reasons would be if you really don't like Tina (how?!) and don't like stories of survivors who thrived beyond their dreams.

100
Epic, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You're ready for brilliant, unconventional theater. The cast had the audience riveted, moved and absolutely entertained from start to finish

Don't see it if You like conventional musicals. Don't like pop music. Don't want to have fun!

95
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Relevant, Profound

See it if You are a fan of the book and movie. You won't be disappointed. Jeff Daniels and the cast are masterful.

Don't see it if Shows that tackle sensitive subjects. But if you've read the book then you know what to expect.

89
Great choreography, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You like a fun show with timeless musical hits. Great singing and great dancing.

Don't see it if You don't like jukebox musicals.

Also Took my parents who are the biggest Temptations fans. They would give ... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You want to see Laurie and John - two phenomenal actors who always bring their A game.

Don't see it if You don't like political shows.

100
Must see, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if (I've seen the show twice.) You love Cher and want to see a show that captures her talent, perseverance and strength.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of Cher (how?!).

Also I was admittedly skeptical going into this show. I'm a HUGE Cher fan a... Read more Read less

96
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You want to see Bryan Cranston own the stage. Absolutely powerful performance by an actor who is a master at his craft.

Don't see it if You don't like plays that resonate with today's times.

90
The True
Midtown W
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Edie Falco and supporting cast have great chemistry and deliver a fascinating look at politics in the late 1970s.

Don't see it if Politcal topics don't interest you.

Also Fun fact - Edie's role is based on Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's grandmoth... Read more Read less

68
Disappointing, Banal, Slow

See it if You want a slow-paced musical.

Don't see it if You expect a rousing show filled w/delightful Israeli music. The Israeli music fills interludes and is best featured after the curtain bow.

Also A musical with more dialogue than music. A show that's supposed to be ... Read more Read less

85
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound

See it if You want to see a master storyteller who captivates and conjures vivid imagery.

Don't see it if You can't handle very heavy material, especially about violence against women.

95
Riveting, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a unique show that manages to navigate the sensitivity of a 9-11 storyline w/humor & compassion. Both emotional & uplifting.

Don't see it if Many, like me, are sensitive to 9-11 storylines in shows/movies/TV/books. CFA is tastefully done & inspires by showing humanity at its best.

100
Entertaining, Must see, Masterful, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You want to see the Divine Miss M in all her glory. She as well as entire cast exude so much energy & joy. Audience was out of their seats.

Don't see it if I can't imagine not wanting to see this show - it's Broadway at its finest.

80
Blue Man Group
East Village
Entertaining, Quirky, Funny

See it if Because it's one of those shows you have to see at least once. Worth the trip if you can get a discount.

Don't see it if If you don't like interactive theatre.

75
During previews
Amelie
Midtown W
Quirky, Funny, Fluffy

See it if You like Phillipa Soo. This isn't a role like Eliza but she does her best w/Amelie, making her a likable, endearing character.

Don't see it if You don't like whimsical. As in, there's a scene with a singing, dancing, "loves the ladies" gnome.

Also I didn't see the movie so I'm not sure how the Broadway show compares.

96
Profound, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Resonant

See it if If you want to see a masterful performance by Ben Platt. (Rachel Bay Jones also delivers w/a powerful #.) Unique show - poignant & resonant.

Don't see it if You like classic musicals. You don't like timely subject matters. You don't like being moved by emotional performances.

Also This is a small theatre. It's OK to buy mezz. Because of the theatre s... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Great staging, Delightful

See it if You love a traditional musical. I'd never seen Fiddler before and I'm not sure why I waited so long. Amazing production!

Don't see it if You're not into traditional musicals. (Though take a chance w/this one!)

100
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Funny, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if If you want to laugh and laugh and laugh. One of the funniest shows I've ever seen.

Don't see it if If you don't have a sense of humor!

95
Great singing, Entertaining, Must see, Funny, Delightful

See it if If you want to travel back in time and enjoy some of the most popular music of the 60s and 70s.

Don't see it if If you don't like that music. But who doesn't love Carole King?!

100
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if I've seen it three times including w/original cast. Holds up w/each new casting. "Defying Gravity" remains a must-see live on Broadway.

Don't see it if If you don't like flying monkeys!

89
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Hilarious

See it if You want a great night out with your mom or your best friends.

Don't see it if You don't like pie!