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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking
79
Avg Score

During previews
79
Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like a jewish and gay storyline that is very ethnic.

Don't see it if you are offended by many yiddish references

During previews
85
Entertaining, Great singing, Funny

See it if you would enjoy watching the development of friendship between two people with little in common, set to music.

Don't see it if sensitive topics bother you.

Also For me this show was like a good mean, i.e., as time went on, y satisf... Read more Read less

During previews
71
Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in issues not often discussed

Don't see it if if ¥ou are not interested in the above

During previews
92
Great acting, Great singing, Moving

See it if you enjoy emotionally moving musicals with a strong story and cast.

Don't see it if you arrive without Kleenex.

During previews
90
Entertaining, Great singing, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy clever lyrics and singing, thoughtful subject matter concerning the lesbian and gay community going back to Harvey Milk.

Don't see it if You don't like plays about being different and the price people pay for trying to be themselves

During previews
90
Delightful, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Must see

See it if you enjoy a well acted, funny, great story

Don't see it if you're narrow minded

During previews
85
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a really good inexpensive show. You can place yourself in 1986.

Don't see it if You are prejudice. You dont want to cry.

During previews
100
Absorbing, Profound, Resonant, Exquisite, Masterful

See it if You love intimate musicals, with talented casts telling an absorbing, original story. You like to cry at shows. You love someone gay.

Don't see it if You don't like small shows w/deep heart, you have no heart, you aren't interested in smart, careful stories that illumine how we all are one

During previews
79
Clever, entertaining, musical, unique

See it if You're open to accepting the LGBTQ population, Jewish, want insight into Harvey Milk the 1st openly gay elected official in San Francisco

Don't see it if You are homophobic

Also It starts out as a simplistic casual 1986 somewhat funny story and win... Read more Read less

During previews
54
Disappointing, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if You are open to history

Don't see it if You are looking for deeper meaning

During previews
79
Ambitious, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if You want to see a new musical that a times seems dated but could also be relevant with recent school shootings. hold hands not guns!

Don't see it if You need a flashy musical, an intermission or an interpreter.

Also Honestly I didn’t realize this was a musical until I was in the theatr... Read more Read less

During previews
100
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intelligent, Refreshing, Funny

See it if You are a young Jewish person or a member of the LGBTQ community and want to learn about your history. This is an important story to learn.

Don't see it if You are looking for a big spectacle of a musical. This show is much more character focused.


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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