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A Letter to Harvey Milk

From 337 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

About the show

Set in San Francisco in 1986, this musical deals with issues of friendship and loss, the grip of the past, and the hard-won acceptance set in motion by the most unexpected people.  More…

What could Harry, an amiable but lonely retired kosher butcher have in common with Barbara, his young lesbian writing teacher at the senior center? Is it enough to bridge the divide?  When Harry fulfills a writing assignment to compose a letter to someone from his past who’s dead, he writes not to his late wife Frannie, but to Harvey Milk, the first openly gay political leader in California. Barbara is stunned. Harry's letter evokes life-changing revelations that neither could have foreseen. 

Member Reviews (337)


Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

Dated, Disappointing, Aimless

See it if you're comfortable with a mix of disparate ideas and elements (Jewish ethnicity, gay bias, and other unrelated stuff), set to music.

Don't see it if you want to learn something about Harvey Milk or the political and social issues of the day.

Banal, Cliched, Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if You like horrendous musicals that are trite & borderline offensive. You don't care about losing 2 hours of your life to cringe-worthy crap.

Don't see it if You value your time & money. You're a Jewish person with any shred of self-respect. You prefer entertainment that isn't cringe-worthy crap.

Also This was one of the worst plays I've ever seen in my life. My playwrig... Read more Read less

Excruciating, Disappointing, Insipid, Dated, Slow

See it if You like schmaltzy musicals

Don't see it if You were hoping to see a show about Harvey Milk.

Disappointing, Cliched, Overrated

See it if Stresses challenges of gays and lesbians with their families and society.

Don't see it if it if have issues wit gays and WWII death camps.

During previews
Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if This is musical to entice Jews and gays with a bait-and-switch scenario. The story and characters are too simple with a forgettable score.

Don't see it if There is drama, humor, a dead wife, a butcher, Nazi camp, Harvey Milk and a lesbian, aka, everything but Marlene Dietrich singing her songs.

March 6th, 2018
"Surprisingly fierce little musical...Ginsburg's lush orchestrations for piano, cello, and woodwinds give the music a sentimental air ideal for a story about the dredging of feelings long thought drowned. At the same time, the lyrics are honest and playful...Pappas juggles the overlapping plot li...
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March 8th, 2018
"There's a lot to like about this show, but it isn't wholly successful for a variety of reasons. First of all, in my opinion, 90-minute musicals rarely work. It's a tall order to develop characters, as well as relationships...While partially due to the short duration of the show, part of that is ...
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March 7th, 2018
"This is an old-fashioned laughter-and-tears exercise that combines wheezy gags with weepy revelations and the tasteless exploitation of certain world-historical events...The dialogue sounds like something thrown together in the writers' room of a mediocre television sitcom...Under Pappas' direct...
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March 6th, 2018
"Mixed-bag of a musical...The plot and characters are potentially quite moving. Unfortunately, the material is undercut by a bland and generic score...The performances are better than the material...Some of the early scenes move along a bit sluggishly, but director Pappas creates some effective s...
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