Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
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Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
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Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice NYC Reviews and Tickets

69%
(183 Reviews)
Positive
55%
Mixed
37%
Negative
8%
Members say
Entertaining, Dated, Disappointing, Slow, Funny

About the Show

Based on the 1969 film, this new musical for The New Group offers a bittersweet comic take on the sexual revolution.

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Member Reviews (183)

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876 Reviews | 903 Followers
69
Distracting music, Disappointing, Great acting, Entertaining, Slow

See it if It's entertaining and has a nice flow and story.

Don't see it if Unfortunately the music (not really a musical) is very distracting/detracting from what could have been a deeper more painful exploration.

851 Reviews | 1006 Followers
69
Disappointing, Uneven, Great cast, Amusing

See it if You're a fan of any of the cast members, they are all talented. The story is fairly entertaining but songs derail momentum.

Don't see it if I enjoyed the story but found the music unnecessary. Would have enjoyed it more if it were a comedy w/ no songs.

945 Reviews | 387 Followers
86
Great staging, Refreshing, Intelligent, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a show that looks and sounds stylistically like it stepped out of the 60’s. Perfect snapshot of the swinging times/people.

Don't see it if You don’t like shows that step a outside the box as far as traditional storytelling. This is more like a play with music than a musical. Read more

968 Reviews | 226 Followers
72
Great acting, Fluffy, Dated, Entertaining

See it if If you liked the movie. Very good acting and directing. Show had good flow too it.

Don't see it if Music was not necessary was very disruptive in this show.

795 Reviews | 216 Followers
79
Resonant, Quirky, Clever, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you would like to return to 1969 sexual issues on a good set with great costumes & an interesting cast who deal well in presenting all sides

Don't see it if alternating use of microphones for both talk and singing with different range voices leave you missing parts especially due to music style

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
45
Banal, Unnecessary, Dated, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if ur a Shiek or Green completist [prepare for a letdown], a New Group sub [u already know disappointment] or a Vega fan [still sounds great].

Don't see it if to avoid a tiresome, outdated, awkward, tedious, sexless remake of the 60's film that should be renamed "Rhyming Dictionary: The Musical". Read more

677 Reviews | 152 Followers
63
Dated, Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if curious how film transforms into a musical, fan of Duncan Sheik's music, want to see Suzanne Vega sing and perform, fan of 1-act musicals

Don't see it if you want a memorable score or a stunning, meaningful book, need interesting characters, dance numbers, etc., expect another Spring Awakening

687 Reviews | 114 Followers
75
Resonant, Dated, Well acted, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if Clever, amusing, retro look at birth of sexual liberation Nifty pop/rock score led by stellar Vega Hip, funny ensemble w/Nogueira a standout

Don't see it if A little too safe & laid-back for its own good (& the era's as well) Larger sense of risk/danger needed esp in Sheik & Green's lyrics

Critic Reviews (18)

The New York Times
February 4th, 2020

"Four on a Mattress, With Songs: The New Group’s musical adaptation of Paul Mazursky’s 1969 movie, featuring Suzanne Vega, doesn’t smirk but it doesn’t soar, either."
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Time Out New York
February 4th, 2020

2/5 Stars "Like an evening of awkward sex, this stilted show isn’t nearly as stimulating as it promises to be...Scenes that are dryly humorous in the movie fall flat under Scott Elliott’s tonally murky direction...Only in the show’s final 20 minutes do you get a sense of what might have been."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
February 5th, 2020

"'Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice' Is Odd & Sexless & Long & Tired"
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The Hollywood Reporter
February 4th, 2020

"Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega appears in the world premiere of this musical adaptation of the 1969 Paul Mazursky film, featuring songs by Duncan Sheik."
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The Wall Street Journal
February 13th, 2020

"Tame Titillation: The swinging screen comedy gets an off-Broadway stage adaptation."
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Theatermania
February 4th, 2020

"'Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice' Are Trapped in a Boring Musical: Jonathan Marc Sherman, Duncan Sheik, and Amanda Green bring a seminal '60s film to the stage."
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Lighting & Sound America
February 5th, 2020

"The book scenes play like leftovers from a 1960s Broadway sex comedy -- and not one of the better ones -- frequently interrupted by random songs seemingly transmitted from a radio mysteriously connected to the Summer of Love."
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Talkin' Broadway
February 4th, 2020

"The distancing effect of the music tends to dilute the book's satirical aim...The show does not have the lacerating precision of a play like Donald Margulies' 'Dinner with Friends,' for example. It is a pity because there are so many good things about 'Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice.'"
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