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Backbeard: The New Musical (NYMF)

From 8 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Funny, Great singing

About the show

Part of the New York Musical Festival: This rollicking musical tells the tale of Backbeard, the hairiest pirate who ever lived, and his quest to answer the question, "How should a pirate look?"  More…

When a rowdy birthday party ruins his clothes, a pair of persuasive tailors convince him to try a vibrant new outfit of patterned trousers, a colorful coat, and a pig. Now the fearsome pirate must face his greatest challenges—winning the acceptance of the Pirate Council, the townspeople, and even his own crew—in a high-spirited story of courage, acceptance, and standing up for who you are. An official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival Next Link Project. Recommended for ages 3 and up.

Member Reviews (8)


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

Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see an amusing children's show with good songs that is entertaining enough for adults too.

Don't see it if don't like shows based on children's books.

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if You love roaring pirates with a lot of passion!

Don't see it if You have a heart that's cold and black

Clever, Delightful, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You have kids or a sense of humor!

Don't see it if You Don't like humor that's accessible to all ages

Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Must see, Ambitious

See it if You like funny, thoughtful productions with color, inventive staging, and great talent

Don't see it if You don't like musicals

Delightful, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You are seeking charming, family-friendly fun.

Don't see it if A dark night of philosophical torture.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Quirky

See it if You love both classical and contemporary musical theater! The score is a beautiful blend of the old and new sound.

Don't see it if Hate pirates.

Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You are embracing differences , and open to the different perceptions of "reality". I enjoyed every second of the play.

Don't see it if If you are conservative and no willingness to accept that norms are created with and expiration date.

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like musicals.

Don't see it if Don't like musicals

Also Fun family show!

August 4th, 2017
"This one is strictly for kids, with eye-popping sight gags and exaggerated winks to charm the youngest theatergoers...It's pretty enjoyable and thoroughly harmless, appropriately lacking in foul language and coarse innuendo that parents will have to explain later. The music is a rollicking assor...
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August 5th, 2017
"A children’s show that adults will also enjoy. It’s delightful on every level...The book is a witty, smart and sharp take on pirate lore laced with a child’s sense of individuality, tolerance and inclusivity...The lyrics are quite accomplished and chock-full of crafty rhymes...Musial’s euphorica...
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August 4th, 2017
"The entire audience wanted to be a pirates after seeing this boisterous production, pulling out all the stops by conjuring up all sorts of pirate lore with a terrific score supporting quite a sweet story...The show’s pace and theme are enhanced by swashbuckling songs with lyrics so incredibly wi...
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August 6th, 2017
"This seriously adorable and well-staged musical captivated the children and the adults in the audience...Kieffer is heartwarming as the oversize pirate whose feelings he wears on his sleeve...The book incorporates things kids love such as fighting and all those bodily functions that thrill and e...
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