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A Taste of Things to Come

From 15 critic and 118 member reviews
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.


"Documenting the influential and crucial decade between the '50's and '60's, Debra Barsha and Hollye Levin's new musical 'A Taste of Things to Come' is a very pointed yet enjoyable exploration of these transformative years for the housewife, told through the eyes of four women who have a common interest in cooking." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"'A Taste of Things to Come' is a wonderful new musical that has a lot to say about how the times influence our lives, and how slowly progress comes about...The original score by Barsha and Levin is quite exceptional and reflects the tone and popular songs of both decades. The show is thoroughly enjoyable and the cast couldn’t be any more perfect as these four talented performers all shine, and their brilliant performances help us to understand their individual journeys." Full Review

Theatre's Leiter Side

“These nostalgic reminders of the days some deluded people think was when America was ‘greater’ than now are embedded in fast-paced, quip-packed dialogue and high-fructose pastiche songs written in various pop genres of the 50s...There's really nothing here we haven't seen before...The inventively bouncy and comic staging and choreography of Lorin Latarro takes familiar material and makes it enjoyably fresh, the way a good cook does in creating a flavorsome new recipe.” Full Review

Times Square Chronicles

"The music by Debra Barsha and Hollye Levin is catchy and fun. The tale simplistic, but gets its point across. Right now any shows about empowering women will hit the audience like a bull's-eye...This is a piece of nostalgia...The cast is superb and they all make the most of their material. I just want to know the vocal range of Allison Guinn because this girl seems to have no bottom or top...These girls represent the best of New York." Full Review

Says Me Says Mom

"It is the story of friendship. It is the story of secrets. It is the story of bonds that can never be broken. Any woman that has ever had lifelong friends can relate to it. However, it is not only a show for women, the story is very entertaining and there is a lot of humor in it. The songs are fun although I wouldn't say any of them stuck in my mind after the show...It is just a fabulous fun time from beginning to end." Full Review


"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 friendships...May not be the most sophisticated entertainment in town, but with its modest production requirements and lively spirit, it should wind up becoming a popular choice for regional theatre." Full Review


"The plot is predictable as pumpkin pie at a Thanksgiving meal…The show's strength comes from the performers, all of whom have impressive voices and acting know-how…The show is at its best when it sings and dances, since Barsha and Levin have created types rather than fully fleshed-out characters. That said, as helmed and choreographed by Lorin Latarro and performed by the sparkling talent, it offers an enjoyable holiday diversion." Full Review


"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 style with the times...Under the direction of veteran Broadway choreographer Lorin Latarro, the four-member cast perform their roles with zest." Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

"Toward the end of the first act, despite all the talent, the sameness in tone can get a bit cloying...What I hoped would happen in the second act does…Four delightful actresses give spirited performances in both acts…The book wraps up quite a bit in too-pat a fashion...But interjected are terrific performance turns...One comes away admiring how well the cast can act and sing, and how much the music and lyrics succeed in typifying two different eras for women." Full Review

The New York Times

"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 what’s here seems tired and perfunctory. But the energetic performances, directed and choreographed by Lorin Latarro, are something to savor, and so are the harmonies." Full Review

Front Row Center

"It asks the musical question, can four powerhouse actors with Broadway-caliber voices rise above their one-dimensional characters and just mildly funny book to bring home a satisfying production? Yes, they manage to deliver the goods, but the goods are less than great...Ms. Dacal and Ms. Faure both ignite the stage with their showcase numbers…Ms. Guinn’s Dottie is a more problematic and hard-to-believe character...Still, she manages to shine in her Act II paean to motherhood." Full Review

Lighting & Sound America

"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 ladies themselves are all winners, giving everything they have to material that doesn't always return the favor…There's no getting around the fact that the taste it offers is remarkably bland." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"A show that contains a lot less nourishment than it does empty calories…Although there's technically a through line, it's not much more than a flimsy excuse for dispensing watery period-styled songs…It's all peppy, but rather unavoidably pointless…The most successful songs are the two that are more about introspection than pastiche…There's heart in these numbers that's attractive, even moving...The rest of this well-intentioned musical, though, is overbaked." Full Review

DC Metro Theater Arts

for a previous production "While it’s a mostly enjoyable show, it’s too lighthearted for its own good; it would be more satisfying if the characters and their conflicts had more depth…Most of the songs aren’t especially distinctive in their own right, but they’re pleasant pastiches that will keep audience members tapping their feet…They’re helped by a winning cast…Lorin Latarro has provided a swift, elegant production that is entertaining from start to finish. Her choreography is consistently creative." Full Review

Central Jersey

for a previous production "Cheers to the writers for making these characters a bit complicated, but it’s too bad they shy away from those complexities. Tension is built, then tossed aside. The show is directed and choreographed by Lorin Latarro with lots of energy, and some clever touches…There are some nice moments here: wonderful performances, fantastic singing, and laughs…The show flew by, and is entertaining while making some insightful observations...But I wish it did more than skim the surface." Full Review

Funny, Delightful, Must see, Entertaining

See it if You are ready for a fun, entertaining time. This show is pure delight. Great show to see with your girlfriends.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy a fun, entertaining time with your girlfriends.

Funny, Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining


Don't see it if DONT LIKE MUSICALS

Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You want to see a great show with great actors who happen to be all female. Great story. Great staging. Great singing. See it now!

Don't see it if You don't like shows with music, humor, heart or intelligence. Don't see it if you don't like female lead stories or chick flicks.

Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love wonderfully catchy pop songs you could swear were written in the '50s and '60s, and you're looking for a "Gals' Night Out."

Don't see it if You are looking for dark, "meaningful" pretentious musical theater.

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, 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.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy original musicals

Don't see it if You don't like feminist themes

Clever, Must see, Refreshing, Hilarious, Entertaining

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.

Funny, Clever, Relevant, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if it's a charming, catchy, and thoroughly entertaining musical

Don't see it if you prefer grittier shows

Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Intelligent, Great singing

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.

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

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

Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You like a good show tune. The songs in this show were very well done - both in the writing and the execution.

Don't see it if You like a strong story line. There was a definite meaning to the show but the story could have been stronger.

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Very entertaining, all the characters were very talented. The show has a good script, story & music.

Don't see it if If you have small children with you.

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if If I love Lucy and designing woman had a cooking show. This would be the love child . Lovley all around. this 57 baby was in TVDinner Bliss!

Don't see it if If musicals set in the 1950-1960s and woman issues are not important to you

Also So nice I saw it Twice!

Funny, Clever, Great writing, Entertaining, Great singing

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

Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if enjoy light hearted, lively spoofs of the 50s and 60s, with a cast of 4 animated, talented actors. Great sets and costumes.

Don't see it if prefer serious and intellectual theatre.

Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You want to see a light and funny show with a beautiful set/ you want to see a accomplished cast in a intimate theater

Don't see it if You don't like to see a quirky show about women's ideas and cliques in the 50s and 60s

Funny, Great writing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if like seeing shows the show small town life of a womens group in the 1950 and how the wind up later in life. great staging at the york.

Don't see it if don't like small musicals in a intimate theater.

Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Refreshing, Entertaining

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.

Delightful, Must see, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Entertaining with great original music and lyrics. Cast has slot of Broadway experience and it shows in the singing and dancing

Don't see it if Don't like musicals

Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if want something entertaining and fun. Food for thought. Women's rights.

Don't see it if you aren't for equal rights.

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

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.

Funny, Great acting, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if beautiful singing and acting...lovely decor. Highly recommended.

Don't see it if have no clue why not to see it...maybe if you are anti-feminist??? :))

Clever, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Fun, Great staging

See it if You want an unexpectedly upbeat and terrific couple of hours at the theater in the company of a very talented quartet of women.

Don't see it if Can't think of any reason not to. It was a delight.

Also Two acts - one set in 1957 with a quartet of best friends who meet eve... Read more Read less

Funny, Relevant, Charming, Entertaining, Terrific performers

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

Funny, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, 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!

Cast & Creatives (18)