Already closed | 2h 10m | Midtown W

Baghdaddy

From 229 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant

About the show

Baghdaddy begins in a support group for the disgraced spies who helped start the Iraq War, and quickly escalates into a manic musical comedy where the characters tell their stories and search for redemption.  More…

The show begins in a church basement, where disgraced spies gather for a support group meeting. The action soon shifts to Frankfurt Airport, where a mysterious Iraqi defector claims he built secret bio-weapons labs. At CIA headquarters, our other characters are contending with their own ambitions, rash decisions, inflexible bosses, unrequited affections, and unremitting boredom, when a fax arrives from Germany with a golden opportunity. If the defector's story holds up, it will be the ticket out of the basement and into a corner office. It's all fun and games until the looming cataclysm changes everything. 'Baghdaddy' was previously produced in New York in 2015 under the title 'Who’s Your Baghdaddy?' at the Actors Temple Theatre.

2h 10m | Already closed | St Luke's Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (229)

MEMBERS SAY:

Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant
83
Avg Score

75
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Well performed, Clever

See it if you enjoy musicals based on current events. This has energy and insight, although I'm not sure that it needed to be a musical.

Don't see it if you're unwilling to face the horrible mistakes made in the lead-up to the Iraq War. Or if you hate musicals.

Also I'm catching up on reviews of shows I've seen. I enjoyed this low-key ... Read more Read less

78
Clever, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Ambitious, Erratic

See it if you can get past the title & enjoy a sharp, clever, jaunty (& scattered) new musical/sketch show about gov't intrigue & the Iraqi War.

Don't see it if you don't have at least a basic knowledge of the timeline, events & characters involved in the Iraqi War.

79
Entertaining, Solid score and good performances, Clever staging, Interesting premise.

See it if You can accept musical sketches about the run-up to the Iraq War with odd characters and loopy dancing. It's very good, not must-see,however

Don't see it if Uninterested in the human quirks that may have been the impetus for waging war. Odd changes of tone & some unneeded characters may bug you.

Also The cast is pretty solid, but two characters are cartoons and the acto... Read more Read less

86
Relevant, Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if Seems like a report of a Congressional investigation put into songs. Timely in that mistakes at the top could lead to war.

Don't see it if You don't want to revisit the Iraq war.

Also Surprisingly good for shows in this venue.

96
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Profound

See it if want your thoughts provoked in a tremendously entertaining way.

Don't see it if don't to have to think about the world.

79
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in a contemporary musical based in fact; are willing to find humor in war

Don't see it if You want to avoid any topic of politics or the Iraq War, are looking for a splashy production

Also Free wine was a great start to the evening!

91
Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging

See it if you like theater can both entertain and challenge your thinking. I will be thinking about this one long after, but it was also a lot of fun!

Don't see it if you are simply looking for a fluff piece and don't like theater that is topical or political

Also I did not know a lot about this show going into it, so I was pleasantl... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if great acting and staging, a musical with depth,

Don't see it if small intimate theaters

72
Clever, Great writing, Relevant, Uneven, Quirky

See it if you like crazy stories and theories about real life events; like rock type musicals; like a really well put together off-broadway musical

Don't see it if you don't like stories about 9/11 or war; don't like fake stories about same; don't enjoy a good laugh over the roots of the iraq war

Also It was a bit uneven - act one was over-the-top funny/silly/physical co... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Edgy, Funny, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if interesting and very entertaining portrayal of historical events.

Don't see it if you are completely unaware of the Iraq was

87
Clever, Hilarious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to laugh so hard you cry while being made to think deeply about the repercussions of your actions.

Don't see it if you're sensitive to discussion of 9/11 and/or Iraq.

80
Clever, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you like clever stuff and great performances from the cast but perhaps a bit longer than it needs to be with a rather anti-climactic ending

Don't see it if you don't want to see past events related in song and dance and you dont like shows with a 'message'

92
Ambitious, Clever, Funny, Spirited, Relevant

See it if Terrific talent, from writing to acting. About who caused Iraq War (and the moral is: everybody). Fresh, funny and wonderfully staged.

Don't see it if Yes, it's political, and you'll think of America's current political mess. So if you're looking for a brainless romp, keep looking.

85
Intense, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if u want to see a totally original, tightly performed, intelligent, disturbing, funny musical about political f*&# ups. Superb talent & music

Don't see it if you are not in the mood for an intense, political, edgy, thoughtful performance. Wait until you are. And then go see it! It's entertaining!

80
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Interesting, Fun

See it if Mix the Jr FBI /NS Staff of House of Cards with Hamiltonish music this mash up is a great 1st effort for all concerned

Don't see it if If the Iraq war and 9/ 11 subject matter is sensitivetive to you

70
Clever, Intelligent, Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if Good idea and in quirky theatre in basement of church. Well performed, well written.

Don't see it if Too long by a half hour.....should be 90 minutes. Didn't love rap music in first act as they seemed to be knocking off Hamilton

90
Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Ambitious, Entertaining & fun

See it if you like shows on important topics, or campy musicals, or just want to be entertained. This is a crowd pleaser on all fronts!

Don't see it if you want a high-budget production. (FYI: They do a great job on a limited, off-Broadway budget & the cast really gives it their all!)

Also Go see it! You may consider leaving early on (as we did), but do NOT l... Read more Read less

79
Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if Fun show, actors work the show well, singing is good, overall an enjoyable show

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason not to see Baghdaddy

78
Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if An excellent cast,interestingly staged,a little to long. Worth the trip.

Don't see it if A funky theater,kind of like off broadway used to be.

93
Ambitious, Intense, Riveting

See it if you want a mix of deep and quirky, singing and intensity

Don't see it if you have zero knowledge of the Iraq war, it will go over your head

88
Must see, Clever, Refreshing

See it if ..you are not opposed to the idea of the comedy musical about painful political topic. The humor hits all the right notes.

Don't see it if ..you are in the mood for serious political drama. Go see Oslo instead.

92
Delightful, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see, Entertaining

See it if you like smart, well-written, AND fun musicals!

Don't see it if you don't think you could find real-life farce related to Iraq funny in any way

85
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious, Musically strong

See it if You like new musicals with fine songs and orchestration, strong acting and exceptional singing. It's funny with serious message.

Don't see it if You like "safe bets." This is a sprawling musical about the Iraq War's background. It's political and campy. But it works.

Also This is my first review on Show Score. I did not review this for Broad... Read more Read less

90
Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Hilarious

See it if if you like the Daily Show, Avenue Q, or The Onion. It's the lovechild of those three things.

Don't see it if you want to turn off your brain. It's a really, really smart show, and will make you feel smart after watching it.

Also More timely now than ever. Really incredible production.

77
Clever, Funny, Great singing

See it if you enjoy contemporary musicals that touch on a contemporary topic.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy contemp musicals. Somewhat kitschy in style.


May 3rd, 2017
"One of the crucial issues with 'Baghdaddy' is the tone...It is nearly impossible to address the darkness and gravity of the Iraq War when your actors are bouncing off the ceilings...The actors all give committed performances, but there is very little space for complex characters...I kept searchi...
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May 2nd, 2017
“A great musical trapped inside of a good musical…The production is sometimes at battle with itself. At its best, it is a touching look at how small, human flaws can escalate toward catastrophe. At its worst, it is sketch comedy, albeit with free donuts and coffee for the audience…Trimming the ti...
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May 4th, 2017
"I implore you to grab tickets for 'Baghdaddy,' the slick and clever roller-coaster musical...It’s even more potent now than it originally was...The creators handle the difficult aspects of the show with a great deal of respect and dignity...As smart satire often does, it makes the most unbearabl...
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May 1st, 2017
“The talented cast perform with gusto. The music by Marshall Pailet (who also directs) is eclectic, the lyrics by A.D. Penedo are often clever, and the book by both of them is almost consistently lively. The choreography by Misha Shields adds fun…My only quibble is that it could benefit from a sl...
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