New York | 1h 15m | Already closed

Backbeard: The New Musical (NYMF)

From 5 critic and 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.

Times Square Chronicles

"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 excite. The language is relatable and kept a theater full of kids entertained and tuned in for over 70 minutes. The music is tuneful, touching and uplifting." Full Review


"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 euphorically tuneful music completes the marvelous score...This sparkling presentation could transfer intact anywhere and enchant audiences of all ages." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"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 witty, they earned more laughs than the spoken script...More notable was the performance of the cast...Kiefer was perfect as the hairy sailor Backbeard." Full Review

Nitelife Exchange

"A kid-friendly, rollicking musical...The 70-minute romp is spirited and wacky. It also revels in its kid-targeted gross humor factor...It’s all in good fun, and much fun was had by the quite full crowd...The tirelessly peppy cast, very well-drilled-in-movement/choreography (Michael Whitney) jumped, danced, strutted, trotted, marched, and grinned...Cheery, lively, appropriate yet varied music." Full Review


"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 assortment of sea shanties and surprisingly lovely ballads, while the lyrics are simple and rhyming...The company is a bit of a mixed bag, but Kieffer is faultless in the title role." Full Review

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!