Bar Mitzvah Boy
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Bar Mitzvah Boy NYC Reviews and Tickets

70%
(19 Reviews)
Positive
68%
Mixed
21%
Negative
11%
Members say
Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great singing

About the Show

The bittersweet 1978 musical comedy about a young Jewish Londoner who runs away from his Bar Mitzvah comes to the York Theatre. The New York premiere of a new version first presented in London in 2016.

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Member Reviews (19)

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593 Reviews | 264 Followers
65
Stripped down musical about uk boy's bar mitzvah journey worth seeing primarily for jule styne's music

See it if Jule Styne could not write a bad melody; lyrics clever in a few songs; over course of performance show grows on you; professional cast

Don't see it if this is hokey, cliche-laden musical; performances somewhat rough/cast uses scripts; singing no more than passable; thin piano backup

483 Reviews | 54 Followers
51
Very minor jules styne show.

See it if You are a big Jule Styne Fan.

Don't see it if You want to see a first rate musical.

423 Reviews | 112 Followers
73
Styne's music lifts british teen angst

See it if primarily of interest to Styne completists. Ben Fankhauser shines as the older sister's bf. Peyton Lusk is terrific in the title role.

Don't see it if British accents annoy you. Jewish family troubles are the same in London as in Brooklyn. Breezy -- well done. Piano only.

372 Reviews | 70 Followers
49
Amateurish dull slow

See it if You like Tim Jerome who is excellent as the grandfather.

Don't see it if You want an interesting intelligent story about a bar mitzvah. This s not it. Story inane. Stock characters. Rhyming lyrics simple Read more

372 Reviews | 43 Followers
65
Disappointing, Slow

See it if Want to see the full canon of Jule Styne shows.

Don't see it if Tired of cliched shows - dated and not very interesting characters

289 Reviews | 60 Followers
86
Great singing, Charming, sweet,, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a rare Jule styne performed originally in London's West End in 1976 about a 13 yo boy trying to understand what makes a man

Don't see it if you don't enjoy scaled down versions of big musicals that eliminate dancing and production numbers.

245 Reviews | 27 Followers
90
Entertaining, Intelligent, Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if you like a good story with an incredibly talented cast, so typical of the York Theatre productions

Don't see it if you need full, splashy productions

202 Reviews | 24 Followers
71
Great acting, Funny, Great singing, Entertaining, Great cast

See it if you enjoy seeing well acted rarely produced shows with good songs by famous composers.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy Jule Styne's music, older shows and/or shows dealing with religious rites of passage.

Critic Reviews (6)

Talkin' Broadway
February 12th, 2018

"A slight but tuneful musical...Regrettably, even in a stripped-down production with an excellent cast and wall-to-wall Jule Styne melodies, 'Bar Mitzvah Boy' is paper-thin material and peopled with stock Jewish characters...This is not top-drawer Styne by any means, but there are some lovely musical moments in the show and make it well worth the visit...Unfortunately, Black's lyrics are not generally up to Styne's melodies...To a person the cast is completely winning."
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TheaterScene.net
February 15th, 2018

“‘Bar Mitzvah Boy’ may not be a top-drawer Jule Styne musical, but Jack Rosenthal's original story and David Thompson's new book are well enough observed to have the ring of truth. The family chaos in planning the affair and problems precipitated by the son's behavior are sharply and shrewdly detailed enough to be absorbing in a way that all can relate to. Annette Jolles' production for The York Theatre Company gets a great deal out of the material without the trappings of a full production.”
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Upstage-Downstage
February 12th, 2018

"Reveals no rediscovered gem...But if the company has not managed to pull the rabbi out of the hat with this one, 'Bar Mitzvah Boy’s' place in the composer’s canon, along with a book that does a fine job of capturing all of the mishigas surrounding that mix of religious rite-of-passage and social event in the life of pretty much every 13-year-old Jewish boy, makes it a must-see for Styne fans or for seekers after elusive musicals."
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Z
February 15th, 2018

"This is exactly the kind of show that the York should be doing as part of its Musicals in Mufti series. It’s also pretty darned awful...It’s pretty clear that the authors were aiming for a show that was funny and heartwarming, and now and then we see faint glimmers of success in this regard...But the show gets weighed down in irritating family quirks and stock Jewish characterizations that feel like a Central Casting sampler."
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TheaterScene.com
February 18th, 2018

"A light coming of age comedy...The cast here was on the whole...outstanding...Although the draw for this show is the score written by Styne...Don't expect to hear any songs that have survived on their own...The lyrics are largely unmemorable. That said, the show is heartwarming and incisive as a story of adolescence, Jewish or non, perhaps due to its pedigree as a play, rather than as a musical, and due to the talents of the cast in putting meat on the bones of their characters."
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CurtainUp
February 10th, 2018

"This small cast and the newly scripted version for the most part effectively tell a very simple story that follows a classic dramatic arc...'Bar Mitzvah Boy' is still familiar stuff and would benefit from losing at least ten minutes. It's still most appealing to Jewish theater goers and also Styne fans. But here's where I had my biggest problem with this Mufti take...With this production's overture and songs orchestrated by Loud for a single piano, this made judging this score even more difficult."
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