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A Taste of Things to Come

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Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Clever

About the show

The York Theatre Company presents the New York premiere of this musical that starts off in 1957 Illinois as four female friends enter a Betty Crocker cooking contest with life-altering results. More…

Little do these women know that the contest is a recipe for disaster, one that will set off a chain reaction that will change their lives forever. When they reunite ten years later, they are very different people in a very different world—but can they still be as close as they once were? In an age when the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, they'll discover that the way to a woman's heart is through her best friends.


Member Reviews (118)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Clever
80
Avg Score

80
Great staging, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Fun

See it if you like polished productions. Strong voices, well-staged numbers, great all-female band. Moving reminders of: you've come a long way, baby.

Don't see it if you require a strong book; it's more a concert show. Still, its message is moving. In a decade (1957-67) women's lives changed radically.

Also The second act is not as strong as the first. A song or two could easi... Read more Read less

89
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you like shows that are topical yet light and fun at the same time. This is one of those rare shows that is fluffy yet has a good message.

Don't see it if you don't care about women's issues or politics in general. This is very light but it's still got a meaty (almost SPAM-like) core.

69
Entertaining, Dated, Cliched, Good acting & singing

See it if Pedestrian staging & choreography fail to dim 4 zesty leading ladies and their quest for fufilling destinies in turbulent 1950's - 60's

Don't see it if Nothing new in material but done with panache & verve by entertaining B'way musical vets Usually capable choreographer Latarro missteps here

72
Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious, Indulgent

See it if you like to see women learning empowerment, a 50's & 60's inspired original score, strong cast with great dancing & all-female band

Don't see it if 50's and 60's set shows don't inspire you, you don't like simplistic approaches to women's issues, dated humor or exaggerated performances

93
Clever, Delightful, Great singing, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy a good time based on great singing and sharply observed details. All the performers including the band are marvelous.

Don't see it if hearing words coming too quickly is difficult. Some of the lyrics are sung at rapid speeds . You will still understand the subjects.

86
Nostalgic, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great singing

See it if A picture postcard of women's lives in the 1950's and the late 1960's. Wonderful costumes, hairdos and set design !

Don't see it if You are looking for a deep and or serious show. This is most definitely NOT that ! If you don't enjoy sashaying down memory lane !

79
Clever, Great staging, Fun songs and dancing in intimate setting, Cliched

See it if 4 strong singers / actors in a light fun depiction of women in the 50s and 60s. Great set, costumes and music. Characters and situations a

Don't see it if bit cookie-cutter / caricatured and lacked real depth, but overall most enjoyable.

77
Delightful, Great singing, Great staging, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy an all female cast discussing the state of the world through their own lenses, with song, sass, and heart. Great voices. Funny.

Don't see it if You don't like your plays a little raunchy. Or a little cliche- but the entertainment value nullifies my feelings about the story.

75
Entertaining

See it if You like musicals with good singing for a light evening this is a perfect musical for you.

Don't see it if If you do not like mindless musicals.

75
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Cliched, For those who lived thru 50's & 60's

See it if you enjoy clever pastiches of the 50's. Details are very well done. Four very talented performers.

Don't see it if musical cliches are not your thing.

90
Clever, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if you enjoy a fun, lighthearted musical filled with talented performers.

Don't see it if you only like serious dramas.

Also This show is non-stop, high energy and filled with clever lyrics and e... Read more Read less

85
Chic show, Happy, Great staging, Historically interesting, Estrogen heavy

See it if you want to see something about the early days of feminism that's not preachy or boring.

Don't see it if Too much estrogen on stage makes you itch.

Also This modest, yet potent musical, never bored me, and had my attention ... Read more Read less

86
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great singing

See it if 4 talented women whose friendship centers around the weekly cooking club, who find their strengths and growth during a 10-yr. separation.

Don't see it if Do not like dated shows centering upon women's friendships, separations from each other and their growth.

Also Very well executed!

82
Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing

See it if You like clever, funny musicals with characters who charm, a story that resonates, and songs that bring smiles and wistful recognition.

Don't see it if You want something big and splashy; this is a musical with heart - where the music and the characters touch you, but without spectacle.

80
Resonant, Relevant, Must see, Intelligent, Delightful

See it if You want to see a snapshot of women's life in the '50s, in a show with delightful music that is both funny and thought-provoking.

Don't see it if You're a misogynist, or want more out of shows than four women chatting in a kitchen.

Also The first act is a masterpiece, and would get 100. The second act, whi... Read more Read less

79
Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy fun, nostalgic musicals that take place in the 50's/60's. Awesome cast who performed well together.

Don't see it if If you are looking for a large scale musical or you do not care to period pieces.

90
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

See it if You want to see a delicious show that serves up saucy tunes, tasteful subjects and shows you what's cooking in the minds of women. (LOL)

Don't see it if You are misogynistic, don't like perky tunes or don't like shows set between 1950s-1960s.

87
Funny, Entertaining, Charming, Terrific performers, Relevant

See it if you lived through the 50s-60s, and/or have an interest in the birth of feminism; enjoy a terrific all-female production from "soup to nuts"

Don't see it if you have zero interest in women's issues, can't appreciate fun, lightweight but engaging musical theater with a live band & great singers

91
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if One of my favorite off-Broadway shows in a while. Stage and choreography is better than Hamilton. Fun Show. Recommend. Ready for Broadway!

Don't see it if not looking for a good fun show.

Also Walked into the show blind, and it was an unexpected surprise. I enjoy... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Campy

See it if you like a perky musical. Talented cast performs original music with verve. The show moves along well and is easy to watch.

Don't see it if are not interested 50s and 60s women's issues. First act is fun. Second act gets slightly cliched and preachy, but doesn't spoil the fun .

98
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if You enjoy superb talent, good music, and a look at what life was in the 50s for women and what it could become.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy shows that have a women only cast and band. You don't like shows that deal with woman's issues even if funny.

95
Entertaining, Hilarious, Must see, Clever, Refreshing

See it if You like musicals, or a interested in the evolution of women's rolls in the 50's and 60's. This show was fabulous!!

Don't see it if You don't like all woman shows or musicals.

80
Nostalgic and fun

See it if Story centers around 4 friends in a midwestern chapter of a Betty Crocker cooking club in the 1950's-all with their own challenges & secrets

Don't see it if If you are not up for a bit of nostalgia or light feminist commentary, wrapped in bouncy musical numbers.

Also Act 2 opens with a reunion of the cooking club 10 years later in the h... Read more Read less

78
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you like shows about the deep bonds of female friendship and/or what life was like for women in the 50's and 60's

Don't see it if you'd like shows about women or shows that are set in the past.

80
Great singing, Delightful, Entertaining, Fluffy, Funny

See it if you are a child of the 50's or 60's... It's like a trip down memory lane...

Don't see it if you don't like "chic" shows...

Also It was fun seeing the furnishings and clothes and hearing music of the... Read more Read less


November 18th, 2016
"The show enters that familiar theatrical territory of change among friends over time, and you can just sit back and wait for the inevitable revelations and confessionals. None are especially profound, and nostalgia trips to the 1950s and ’60s have been so numerous in recent years that a lot of w...
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November 17th, 2016
"An empowering tale receiving its premiere at the perfect time in our nation's history...Though the script is thin, the secrets not so surprising, and the central conflict too easily resolved, the writers have supplemented their dialogue with a flavorsome score of tunes that expertly shift in sty...
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November 25th, 2016
"York's fun and frothy new entry features a dynamite cast and enough tuneful cleverness for a brightly entertaining evening...The thin plot has the quartet whipping up recipes in hopes to grab the $50,000 grand prize in a cooking contest, but it's just an excuse to explore the dynamics of their f...
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November 29th, 2016
"This gals'-night-out entertainment woos its target audience with easy, familiar gags about eras past and peppy musical numbers -- never mind that it's all been said before, with far more wit and invention…The songs tend to sheathe rudimentary lyrics in uptempo melodies that go down easy…The ladi...
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