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. More…
Looking at the adult world, Eliot Green doubts if he can cope with being a part of it, and runs away from the event into which his parents have poured their efforts and money. This story of a family’s anxious build up to their only son’s Bar Mitzvah will resonate with many Jewish families, but this tale aims to speak loudly for any important family occasion—whatever the religion.
The Musicals in Mufti Series presents three to five concert revival readings of underappreciated Broadway musicals for 10 performances each. "Mufti" means "in everyday clothes, without all the trappings of a large production," and each show is presented script-in-hand, with minimal staging.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
See it if you're interested in Jule Styne's lesser known work and/or an enjoyable, if not dazzling show.
Don't see it if you're not interested in a story about a Bar Mitzvah gone awry.
See it if you can appreciate the pressures on a family in preparing for a catered event with more than 100 guests.
Don't see it if fail to see the universality of the situation, which in this case pertains to a Jewish family.
See it if you are Jewish or have experienced a bar mitzvah. See it to understand more about what a 13-year old goes through on his special day.
Don't see it if Jewish themes do not interest you. Don't see it if you are expecting a full-blown musical.
See it if U are friends/family/associates of this work. U are okay with mediocre script, forgettable music, stereotype roles & senseless racial slurs.
Don't see it if U value respect for people of all backgrounds. U believe God is about love & theater & artists should promote tolerance & healing NOT hate.
See it if you like a story about family and tradition with a wonderful cast in addition to music by Jule Styne and Don Black.
Don't see it if you don't like hand-in-script performances although they can offer wonderful experiences with "old" musicals.
See it if You like Jewish culture; if you liked Fiddler and Falsettos; if you want to discover a cute gem of a musical.
Don't see it if You don't like the Mufti's style of simple productions; if you don't like "undeveloped" projects; if you don't like cute/fun stories.