Between The Lines
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Between The Lines
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Between The Lines NYC Reviews and Tickets

87%
(479 Reviews)
Positive
97%
Mixed
3%
Negative
0%
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Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Clever

A new musical based on the young adult novel by bestselling author Jodi Picoult and her daughter.

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546 Reviews | 1879 Followers
84
Cute, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if Into the Woods meets Dear Evan Hansen meets Mean Girls/ It was fun and cute. I had fun.

Don't see it if You can't tolerate light and fluffy.

716 Reviews | 157 Followers
79
Romantic, Slow, Great singing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if You like new musicals, esp. ones with princesses, mix of contemporary & royal costumes, romantic comedies, unexpected plot twists

Don't see it if not fond of rom-coms, have seen too many princess musicals, don't like fantasy, wish for more dancing, unrealistic plot developments

505 Reviews | 729 Followers
84
Quirky, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever, Enchanting

See it if you enjoy fairy tales, like happy endings, or are just looking to escape into something light and sweet, but with meaning.

Don't see it if you prefer darker material. Read more

543 Reviews | 133 Followers
79
Clever, Slow, Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if Book fantasy helps a teen deal with difficult family & school situations; some beautiful singing, talented cast and a great human dog.

Don't see it if Story is a good one but needs some editing; set is lovely but distracting when there is visible movement behind the set of the back curtain Read more

418 Reviews | 256 Followers
84
Needs trimming, Clever, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if an inventive new musical that skillfully blends reality & fantasy & tells a meaningful story. Great cast & staging.

Don't see it if Could benefit from some judicious editing.

Nic
470 Reviews | 91 Followers
84
Fluffy, Fun, Cliched, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you’d enjoy a fairytale story for young adults and the young at heart.

Don't see it if you don’t understand the pleasures of having your head in the clouds.

469 Reviews | 54 Followers
72
Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if a family friendly show - not quite sure who it's for - but well sung and staged on this space. could have a life in regional theater

Don't see it if want one tone - this is neither for adults nor teens - don't know what audience they'll find.

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411 Reviews | 75 Followers
78
Cute and teen-focused, Amazing projections, A few very talented vocalists/actors, Enjoyable but not stunning or gripping, Cliched

See it if Like Romcom or Teen Romance storylines. Appreciate creative staging, set design, and projections.

Don't see it if Expect to be blown away or think this is THE next big musical. Several cuts are needed!!

Critic Reviews (12)

The New York Times
July 17th, 2022

"A musical based on a novel can never be the same as its source material, and it isn’t meant to be. But throw out too many of the original elements and you leave an audience wondering how you lost your way."
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Time Out New York
July 19th, 2022

"3/5 Stars. If you don't think about it too hard, the show is good-natured, escapist fun...But for a musical about finding a way to write your own unique narrative, 'Between the Lines' is filled with a lot of clichés and stock characters...And although it touches on dark subjects like depression and suicide, it is too lighthearted to explore such cutting questions...This musical is just good enough to leave you wanting more from it."
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New Yorker
August 22nd, 2022

"The supporting characters tend to land the best tunes...while the leads are saddled with bland ballads."
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New York Theatre Guide
July 11th, 2022

"Beyond the derivative echoes, the production shines. ... Likely to appeal to young audiences, 'Between the Lines' ultimately is a celebration of the surprising and even game-changing payoffs of reading. That’s a message that hits the right note."
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Theatermania
July 11th, 2022

"Like most new musicals, 'Between the Lines' is a bit overstuffed."
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Lighting & Sound America
July 12th, 2022

The new show at the Kiser is by no means terrible -- it has flashes of wit, some catchy songs, nifty design touches, and one of the most appealing casts in town -- but it is also hugely derivative, seemingly assembled from a teen musical kit of parts. Its fanciful story is built on a shaky foundation, making it difficult to go along with its imaginative premise; it practically invites you to pick it apart.
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Talkin' Broadway
July 12th, 2022

"As a genre musical, 'Between the Lines' does not break new ground, nor does it invigorate the formula. The performances are quite good and, visually, it's quite impressive, but the show overstays its welcome at nearly two-and-one-half hours long."
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New York Stage Review
July 11th, 2022

"Belying its title, 'Between the Lines' doesn’t exactly contain much in the way of subtext. But there’s plenty enough surface charm to please its target audience."
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