Black No More
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Black No More
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Black No More NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(92 Reviews)
Positive
88%
Mixed
10%
Negative
2%
Members say
Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Clever

About the Show

One Black man’s magical, time-bending journey colliding with truths of race and identity.



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Member Reviews (92)

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504 Reviews | 56 Followers
68
Good music. good staging. preachy muddled story.

See it if You want to hear some good music and see some good staging and are willing to sit through a muddled preach story.

Don't see it if You want good music. Good staging and a good story.

399 Reviews | 202 Followers
85
Profound, Great singing, Original, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Tells the story of a black doctor who invents a machine to turn black people white. Profound. Great performances. Riveting.

Don't see it if If you prefer your musicals on the lighter side, this is not the show for you. This show has an important message about race relations.

418 Reviews | 46 Followers
74
Great singing, Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if enjoy contemporary issues told through history.

Don't see it if want a big full blow musical. the narrator was totally underwritten and not necessary after setting up the show.

313 Reviews | 155 Followers
78
Interesting subject matter, but needs work, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see an incredible cast perform a show that has some great music. The performances were excellent

Don't see it if you want to see a polished production. This show tries to tackle a lot and could use some editing/focus/trimming. Clever concept though.

242 Reviews | 38 Followers
84
Edgy, Great singing, Bold, Clever

See it if You like thoughtful and bold rhetoric blended with lively music.

Don't see it if You’re sensitive to racial epithets.

205 Reviews | 43 Followers
86
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you like thought provoking productions, you want to hear some great singing, you like being challenged in your thinking

Don't see it if you want to be just entertained, you don't like shows with a message, you like more traditional musicals Read more

186 Reviews | 25 Followers
42
Why?

See it if I can't think of any reason.

Don't see it if There are better shows to see.

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176 Reviews | 23 Followers
72
Confusing, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Uneven, Ambitious

See it if you want to see the (mostly) fantastic first act of an innovative new musical and don't mind a second act that goes off-the-rails a fair bit

Don't see it if you dislike seeing shows before they've ironed out their kinks or expect a faithful book adaptation (it diverges significantly in Act II)

Critic Reviews (13)

The New York Times
February 15th, 2022

"Makes the smart decision to borrow only the novel’s rudiments. It dumps most of the silly names (Ezekiel Whooper, Rufus Kretin), thin caricatures (of W.E.B. Du Bois and Marcus Garvey, among others) and weirdly jovial tone in favor of a more serious look at internalized racism and the conundrums of assimilation. The result, directed by Scott Elliott, is a gorgeous mess...its tone is jumpy and its storytelling lumpy...But oh, what music and dance!"
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New York Post
February 15th, 2022

"1.5/4 stars...Funnyish in parts, the humor is not deftly enough handled onstage. And lyrics sung by racist white Southerners...are disturbing and upsetting without being profound...Then comes the overwrought drama portion, in which you can sense lyricist and co-composer Trotter compromising to not stray too far from what we expect of a traditional musical...The tunes are lifted up by one of the best casts in New York — every single person is a glorious singer and actor. The musical is a colossal waste of talent."
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Theatermania
February 15th, 2022

"The first act keeps us on edge with its dramatic twists, eyebrow-raising language, and terrific performances...Despite the brilliant cast and the show's thematic daring, there is a palpable falloff in action during the second act as Ridley's book loses its satirical edge and humor, and slides into the melodramatic and preachy...It's enough if 'Black No More' gets us thinking about ourselves and talking about what we might need to do to dismantle hate; it doesn't have to offer the solution."
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Lighting & Sound America
February 17th, 2022

Black No More is certainly a daring attempt at something different, but it has structural issues -- it has at least three endings -- and it suffers from an excess of good intentions. In trying to spin a mordant social statement from its science-fiction premise, and in its insistence on thinking virtuous thoughts, it ends up with being perilously close to a sermon. It may be good for you. But it's not all that much fun.
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New York Stage Review
February 15th, 2022

"4/5 stars...'Black No More' is somewhat short of perfect, but during the first half-hour or so gives the impression it will be. As the storytelling dips and revives during the rest of the two acts, the result is still far from a letdown...The 'Black No More' strengths are so numerous it’s difficult deciding where to start. All right, with the score, conducted with taste and tang by Zane Mark at the keyboards and seven others."
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New York Stage Review
February 15th, 2022

"3/5 stars...If artistic ambition was all that counted in a new musical, 'Black No More' would be an unalloyed triumph...Never achieving a consistent tone and lacking the satirical comic bite that would have made its anti-racist messaging seem less heavy-handed, the show needs a lot of tweaking if it hopes to fulfill its obvious Broadway ambitions...The show proves more impressive in its theatricality than substance. Elliott delivers a propulsive staging, helped mightily by Jones’ strikingly innovative choreography."
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TheaterScene.net
February 19th, 2022

Black No More, the new musical inspired by George S. Schuyler’s 1931 Afrofuturist novel, is the most exciting and inventive new show to be seen so far this season in New York though it is still in need of work. With a book by Academy Award-winning screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years a Slave), the stage version drops Schuyler’s scathing satire of Harlem Renaissance and Depression figures as well as its political election hijinks for telling a more direct story about race and racism in the United States. As brilliantly staged by Scott Elliott for The New Group, Black No More is also a play of ideas and will keep you thinking and debating long after the final curtain in this story of the sacrifices people have to make to change the world.
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New York Theater
February 15th, 2022

Everything about "Black No More" sounded promising… The production I saw…was undeniably entertaining; it was at moments thought-provoking. But it was mostly still just promising…. little of this plot makes any sense. I suppose such a mess of preposterous and murky motives is more forgivable in a show labeled a satire. But the satirical aspects are often themselves fairly muddled
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