Playwrights Horizons presents the New York premiere of this musical adventure about a wanted woman of mythic proportions who looks to begin life anew in the Wild West. More…
Bella takes us on the trip of a lifetime to escape her scandalous past and bounce into the arms of her awaiting Buffalo Soldier. Rowdy, wild, and hilarious, writer-composer Kirsten Childs infuses this tall tale with soulful tunes and madcap antics aplenty. Giddy-up to our get-down!
See it if Great singing/music/acting. Great staging and an interesting story overall. Enjoyable.
Don't see it if Should have been trimmed. Some scenes loll and confuse. Sometimes more vignettes strung together than a story thread.
See it if Probably the most ambitious or elaborate show I've seen at Playwrights Horizons. Great staging. Fun story w/ a great cast.
Don't see it if It's way too long. The first act is lots of vignettes w/ minor characters. Many could be cut to streamline & focus show.
See it if Fun song and dance. Insight into minority and ethnic contribution to the post civil war western era.
Don't see it if The theme of the magic booty was taken too far. It went from funny to banal. The second act dragged compared to the first.
See it if you want to discover some really fine singers whose careers you can follow as they find some more worthy shows for their talents.
Don't see it if you like depth, meaning, coherence, concision, maturity from your musicals. This show is a mess of mixed messages & erratic musical styles.
See it if Good attempt to capture the gap after the Civil War re: Blacks in the US. Some good singing talent. Nice sets.
Don't see it if Attempt to say too much in less than 3 hours.. Divergent tales and back and forth time capsules break the story line.
See it if you enjoy musicals, linear plots, stock characters used for satiric purposes, powerful singing, learning about neglected part of US history
Don't see it if you don't like fanciful, exaggerated musicals, straightforward plots that just progress ahead, resent having history thrust at you
See it if a combination of fun and history set to music is your idea of a good time. Outrageous premise - great production with fantastic costumes
Don't see it if you think history can only be learned from text books -- maybe that's a reason you should see this show?
See it if you enjoy tall tales, quirky narratives and characters, or big voices. This show is wildly imaginative with a ton of heart.
Don't see it if you prefer realism or serious dramas. This ain't that.
See it if you enjoy a talented lead, a likeable, energetic cast, shananiganns, visions of "Venus" but more fun, hardships, family and love.
Don't see it if you are looking for a tight script and memorable songs. Both serious and fun topics, but the play needs massive editing and song cuts.
See it if you enjoy musical fables about the Wild West. Bella,a black woman with a famous booty, becomes an entertainer with many adventures.
Don't see it if you expect a conventional musical and reality; are offended by off-color remarks; are under the age of 14;dislike the circus
See it if You enjoy watching talented performers sing and dance in a fantasy world that draws you in and keeps you interested.
Don't see it if You need a play that takes itself seriously. The songs weren't always great and sometimes the jokes were corny. But just go with it.
See it if Amazing music and great voices. Very lively and entertaining, if taken as a concert.
Don't see it if A preposterous book. And here's something I never thought I'd say about a show: too much ass. For real.
See it if You are interested in black and other cultures and enjoy good singing and unusual quirky stories.
Don't see it if You need a well developed solid story line and are bothered by apparently irrelevant tangent deviations.
See it if you want to sit back and be entertained by talented, powerful voices, good acting and a new take on the south.
Don't see it if you don't like musicals that are fluffy and slightly silly.
See it if you understand/feel African American female motifs/themes/humor/music/anger/low self-esteem/revenge vs. whites. 4 good numbers. Cute scenes.
Don't see it if you haven't and won't watch Beyonce, find jokes about overweight/large buttocks women/objectivism/rape vulgar or dislike musicals/long shows
See it if Would like to have a fun filled night with wonderful characters and an unusual story ...Belle is bigger than life!!!! No buts about it!!!
Don't see it if If you don't enjoy over-the-top musicals that aren't run of the mill. It's a bit raunchy so if you're uncomfortable with that...well..
See it if You like whimsical musicals with fun costumes, set, and energetic (if not terrific) performances. Are a fan of the old wild West.
Don't see it if You need your theatre to be fully baked and sharp.
See it if you've got time on your hands, like smaller musicals, and dislike the whitewashing of American history. Nice critique of the Wild West myth.
Don't see it if You don't like bad endings, works in progress, musicals, strong(ish) black women, or potty humor.
See it if You love musicals, any musical. It's packed with tepid songs and dancing with some good singing, but the first act was just busy.
Don't see it if Like me, you need more (and to be fair, I really am not a fan of musicals). We hurried away at intermission.
See it if You want an entertaining fable about the Wild West, which includes lots of diversity and features great music.
Don't see it if You haven't the patience for entire songs trying to teach you a lesson about racism. The musical overshot a bit in attempting profundity.
See it if You want a rowdy, funny, entertaining show, the things that make a musical -a musical. Great singing & staging. I had a blast!
Don't see it if You want drama, a serious show or a thought provoking-question the meaning of life show. There is too much fun here to find that.
See it if you like superficial characterizations with entertaining songs and dances. The singers were all wonderful, with powerful, rich voices
Don't see it if you like perceptive characterizations with a subtle humor.