The Only Karen

White Plains | 50-64 | Female
About:  I'm a music teacher, small business owner, mother, inwardly-shy extrovert, urban-wannabe stuck in the practical suburbs, I love to go to innovative musicals before they become overrun with hype.
Reviews (88)
82
During previews
Beautiful but not as good as the public version.

See it if you want beautiful singing, masterful performances, and gorgeous arrangements. Everyone is at the top of their game.

Don't see it if you want a typical jukebox musical. This is a serious play with music used to evoke emotion.

Also While this production still features amazing arrangements and performa... Read more Read less

78
A fun evening out!, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you want to see great performers up close sing pleasant songs with interesting staging. Suzanne Vega alone is worth the price of admission.

Don't see it if you truly want a "musical". This is more a play with music, and it got slow during some of the heavy dialogue scenes.

Also I liked the way they had audience participation. That was very well do... Read more Read less

72
During previews
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Disappointing, Cliched, Great acting

See it if you want to see a great cast. Priscilla Lopez in particular was great. Her scene with Jane Alexander was the highlight of the show for me.

Don't see it if you dislike stereotyped characters and a clichéd storyline. Honestly, I was often bored, especially during the first act.

78
Sing Street
East Village
Disappointing book, Uneven performances, Fun, Full of energy, Entertaining

See it if Wanted to love this show. Lead actor is a star in the making. Raw passionate energy flows through the show. But some parts aren’t well cast.

Don't see it if The book is awkward. Not nearly as smooth and cohesive as the film. Too many speeches and not enough music.

83
During previews
Soft Power
East Village
Relevant, Dizzying, Entertaining, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if want to hear a beautiful score, be entertained, and be provoked into thought.

Don't see it if you have conservative political views.

Also While many on Show-Score obviously don't like this show, I truly enjoy... Read more Read less

90
Resonant, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if a beautiful and gripping adaptation of a classic novel. Amazing performances by all.

Don't see it if you want a light evening.

80
During previews
Fun, campy, like a high school musical on steroids

See it if See it for Groff and Borle and puppetry magic. Nothing revolutionary here... classic show where you know the actors are having fun.

Don't see it if you want perfection. 1st night of previews and there were some moments of off-pitch singing. Also sound mix not great for ensemble singing

79
Refreshing, Funny, Original, Clever

See it if you like completely original musicals set in high school. Clever and catchy score. Unexpected plot twists. Great staging.

Don't see it if if you already saw it off Broadway. This show, while great on first viewing, is not a show to see twice. Still fun, though!

85
Original, Beautiful score, Great singing

See it if you want to experience the new hot show of NYC.

Don't see it if I preferred the NYTW staging -- more immersive and intimate. I also don't like the added "workers" -- too much choreography distracts.

77
Fluffy, Dated, Great staging, Great singing

See it if See it for Kelli O'Hara and the number Too Darn Hot. Both were amazing.

Don't see it if you don't like dated and clichéd old time musicals. Also, I didn't feel the spark btw Kelli O'Hara and Will Chase.

75
Clever, Entertaining, Dizzying, Epic, Overrated

See it if you want to see the continuation of the Harry Potter universe. Fabulous stage effects. Interesting and thought-provoking storyline.

Don't see it if you have a hard time understanding garbled speech -- I couldn't understand some of the dialogue.

79
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if I saw this when it was at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. I enjoyed it but didn't love it the way most others did.

Don't see it if You want the same caliber of singing that was in the Broadway revival a few years ago.

72
During previews
Entertaining, Fun, Unoriginal

See it if you loved the movie and want to see a replica of it in theatre version. Also if you love 90's pop music.

Don't see it if you want original music. All songs are new lyrics to 90's songs.

Also This show follows on the heels of Legally Blonde, Bring It On, Heather... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Relevant, Innovative, Creative, Great staging

See it if you want a completely modern and original take on a classic. Also if you like chili and cornbread!

Don't see it if you want to hear the classic songs sung in the classic manner. Also, the interesting staging makes it hard to hear some of the characters.

82
Funny, Clever, Cliched, Exciting, Energetic

See it if you want to know what all the hype is about. I loved the first half of the show and really liked the second half.

Don't see it if you don't like teenage fangirls yelling in your ear.

Also I was so curious to finally see the show, and I honestly enjoyed it mo... Read more Read less

84
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want to hear a beautiful score, see beautiful sets, and appreciate the beauty of My Fair Lady.

Don't see it if you want the traditional sexist ending.

82
During previews
Ambitious, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you love Hedwig. There are some bumpy parts, but this show has the potential to be really great.

Don't see it if you don't like booty shaking.

Also This show, on this first night of previews, shows such potential. A gr... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Romantic, Riveting, Masterful

See it if you enjoy gorgeous choreography, staging, and production design. It was an exquisite feast for the eyes and ears.

Don't see it if if you don't like ballet/contemporary dance.

75
Miss You Like Hell
East Village
Ambitious, Relevant

See it if you want to support new musicals and want a topical show with good performances.

Don't see it if you want a tight book. The show tries to accomplish too much -- it's all over the place.

Also A good but not great show. Yellowstone was a memorable song, though.

83
During previews
The Lucky Ones
East Village
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Intense

See it if you like the Bengsons, you want a surprising storyline, and you enjoy beautiful choral arrangements.

Don't see it if you are annoyed by shows that are trying too hard to be "profound".

Also This is a very good show that requires the small theatre that is in (P... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Raunchy, Masterful, Great singing, Clever

See it if you want to hear masterful singing and gorgeous harmonies. Each performer has an incredible voice both for solos and choral singing.

Don't see it if you are offended by crude language, fat jokes, and satire of non-politically-correct material.

Also I felt torn about the show. On one hand, the performances are amazing,... Read more Read less

85
Intense, Masterful, Slow

See it if you can get tickets. Everyone at the show knows how lucky they are to be there. Such a personal intimate evening with the Boss.

Don't see it if you aren't familiar with Bruce's music -- the show can be slow at times given how parsed down some of his arrangements are.

75
Hundred Days
East Village
Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you like to hear live music with interesting arrangements and harmonies.

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional show. This is more of a concert with talking.

85
Intense, Great acting, Relevant, Slow

See it if you want to see some masterful monologues. Andrew Garfield left me crying. Audra McDonald made me smile.

Don't see it if you don't want to hear about rape, incest, gang violence, HIV, and even murder.

85
Brigadoon
Midtown W
Great staging, Enchanting, Great singing, Beautiful choreography

See it if A beautiful production that is more elaborate than Encores productions. Gorgeous singing and dancing.

Don't see it if You want a modern sophisticated story. This is a 70 year old show.

87
Masterful, Great singing, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if you want to experience gorgeous singing and harmonies that wash all over you. I don't even like Dylan that much, but I loved this show!

Don't see it if you want something happy and peppy. This is a sad play with music.

75
During previews
Dated, Great singing

See it if to see Beth Malone in a masterful performance. She makes the show. Great performances all around. Ingenious set design. A tight production.

Don't see it if you don't like old-fashioned style musicals and if you want to hear an interesting score.

Also Yes, this show has been updated, but it's still dated. Everyone is wor... Read more Read less

45
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Disappointing, Unoriginal, Uninspired, Boring

See it if You want to see something brand new. Otherwise stay away. How did this make a NYTimes critic pick?!

Don't see it if Just don’t see it. Boring book. Overacted. Music is not memorable. Cliched .

85
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Relevant, Great staging, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if you like original musicals with innovative scores and masterful performances. It's much better than how Brantley reviewed it in NYTimes.

Don't see it if want dialogue. The entire show is sung-through (and it works very well that way).

65
Amazing singing by caissie levy, Slow, Boring

See it if you get free tickets (like I did). Otherwise, save your money.

Don't see it if you thought-provoking or even entertaining show. It is rare that I'm actively bored during a musical, but this was one of those times.

82
Dazzling, Dizzying, Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you want spectacle and to be reminded of songs from your youth. Tremendous staging. Great performances.

Don't see it if you want original music. Another jukebox musical (although this is a fun and clever one).

79
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want to hear some beautiful singers singing some beautiful songs and see the onstage musicians rocking up a storm.

Don't see it if you want a seamless experience. It's a choppy show -- the music and the book don't flow well together.

85
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you want to see how masterful an actor Santino Fontana is. A delightful and charming show. Clever, decent score, great performances.

Don't see it if you didn't like the original film Tootsie. If you are looking for something deep, serious, and meaningful. This is classic musical comedy.

60
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Insipid, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if The only reason to see this is for the amazing puppetry of King Kong. Truly spectacular.

Don't see it if you care about seeing a good piece of musical theatre. This is about spectacle, nothing more. The music is horrendous.

85
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Great writing, Great staging, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if you want an epic play acted by a huge and talented cast. Those children actors were amazing!

Don't see it if you get bored by long pieces of theatre. I usually prefer musicals, but this was great.

75
Superhero
Midtown W
Great production design (especially the video projections), Original but derivative of evan hansen, Entertaining

See it if You want to hear Bryce Pinkham's exquisite singing. Kate Baldwin is also great. Great sets. Interesting storyline. Witty.

Don't see it if you don't want to see an obvious copycat (but not as good) of Dear Evan Hansen. Also, the final two songs are boring, clichéd, and preachy.

78
During previews
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Clever, Confusing, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you want to hear some haunting songs reminiscent of Spring Awakening. Also fabulous and innovative choreography and staging.

Don't see it if you don't want to be confused. I've never read or seen Alice in Wonderland, so I couldn't understand many references.

Also I can't decide exactly how I feel about this show which I saw it in th... Read more Read less

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Gorgeous dancing, A blast from the past

See it if Relive the magic. Same beautiful choreography. Same costumes. Masterful performers.

Don't see it if you want an updated revised show. Even the references are from the 1970's (Jill St. John?!)

70
Entertaining, Great acting, Unmemorable music, Cliched song lyrics

See it if you want to relive the film. It is basically the same book verbatim.

Don't see it if if you care about music. The score and lyrics are incredibly disappointing.

Also Although this show is not very good, it still left a smile on my face ... Read more Read less

79
Incredible choreography, Entertaining

See it if to see Joshua Henry perform masterfully.

Don't see it if you can't handle the inherent sexism of the show.

82
Carmen Jones
East Village
Great singing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to enjoy beautiful singing and powerful staging in an intimate setting. Anika Noni Rose in particular is fabulous.

Don't see it if you don't like opera. I enjoyed the show and appreciated the wonderful performances but prefer musical theatre over opera.

80
Great singing, Great staging, Resonant

See it if you want to see the roots of Jason Robert Brown's work and if you want to see masterful singing.

Don't see it if you want a storyline. This is a "song cycle" and it's hard to see a theme between the songs.

45
For a previous production
Overrated, Cliched, Slapstick

See it if if you are a fan of British slapstick humor.

Don't see it if if you want intelligent theatre that makes you think.

Also Maybe I'm alone in this world, but I did not laugh at all during this ... Read more Read less

45
Disappointing, Insipid, Overrated, Banal

See it if You are so obsessed with Harry Potter that you are willing to overlook bad acting and a not very clever script.

Don't see it if you want a clever take on HP. I had heard good things about Puffs,but I was bored & disappointed. Very amateurish acting.

69
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Good for teens, Uninspired music, Cliched

See it if you like to laugh and you have teenage daughters like I do. This is the FROZEN for the teen crowd.

Don't see it if you want an original and interesting score. A fun but mediocre show.

Also This show will be extremely popular with the tourists... every girl be... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Must see, Masterful, Gorgeous score

See it if you appreciate beautiful and original musicals full of intimate and interesting music and performances.

Don't see it if you want a big splashy dance-heavy show.

80
Entertaining, Dated, Funny

See it if you like period pieces with fantastic costumes and elaborate set pieces. And definitely see it for Bette's performance -- she won me over!

Don't see it if you want something contemporary and edgy. This is old school Broadway performed old-school style.

95
During previews
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you want to see an intimate show with fabulous singing and incredibly inventive staging. Make sure you arrive a good 20 minutes early.

Don't see it if you are offended by a somewhat dated scenario. The book is the only weak link in the show. The production is amazing.

70
During previews
Good for 11 year old boys, Great costumes, Interesting sound effects, Great scenery, Okay music

See it if you have children who like Spongebob. The audience was full of kids and their parents. Perfect for my 11 year-old non-musical loving son.

Don't see it if you don't have kids... not worth it. The storyline is too ridiculous/boring if you aren't bringing a wide-eyed child with.

Also I had heard great things about the show and was mildly disappointed. S... Read more Read less

90
KPOP
Midtown W
Innovative, Refreshing, Great staging, Unique, Fabulous experience

See it if You want to experience an amazing immersive show. Phenomenal staging and logistics. Fabulous choreography. Great performances.

Don't see it if You want traditional theatre. If you get tired standing a lot.