Ends Mar 15 | 1h 45m | Midtown W

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

From 141 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Dated, Disappointing, Funny, Slow

About the show

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

From the show:

A bittersweet comic take on the sexual revolution in which the suavely conventional lives of two successful young couples, all friends, are both stirred and shaken when they open their minds to the changing attitudes around them. Jonathan Marc Sherman (Book), Duncan Sheik (Music, Lyrics) and Amanda Green (Lyrics) evoke both the confusions of the time, and the hard timeless lessons of marriage and emotional commitment, inspired by the brilliant and irreverent Oscar-nominated film. Scott Elliott directs this world premiere musical of Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice featuring choreography by Kelly Devine.

Based on the Columbia Pictures motion picture directed by Paul Mazursky and written by Mazursky and Larry Tucker.


Member Reviews (141)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Dated, Disappointing, Funny, Slow
69
Avg Score

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.

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.

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.

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Don't see it if to avoid a tiresome, outdated, awkward, tedious, sexless remake of the 60's film that should be renamed "Rhyming Dictionary: The Musical".

Also I have nothing more to say about this pointless, unimaginative adaptat... Read more Read less

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

85
Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Great staging, Edgy, Enchanting

See it if The thrust stage is our favorite. The cast is prefect.There is music.Those who recall THOSE DAYS of yore realize how thankful . see more

Don't see it if It may be fluff to some and perhaps the younger theatergoers may not be able to recall the days of yore.

Also …...……...they are.... Read more Read less

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

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

81
Hamstrung, Ambitious, Great staging, Great singing, Clever

See it if Hand-helds, Suzanne Vega & Sheik accent this expansion of the zeitgeist film of taboo. "Inside you, what's going on?/Where are you AT?"

Don't see it if A platitude musical about sexual freedom is hamstrung being faithful to a weak touchstone film. Poly-love, a digestible for today's palate.

Also "In the now/Journey to us/Don't think, feel/Shed your skin/Don't contr... Read more Read less

84
Disappointing lyrics, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if you like terrific actors making the most of a small space.Staging was fun.Delightful.Has a point to make, but not too heavy handed

Don't see it if you want serious drama or don't like reliving your misspent youth.

50
Dated, Coy, Redundant music, Boring, redundant, Meandersing, pointless

See it if My audience liked it. My date loved the wind player. I enjoyed Vega. If you like a puerile approach to sex as titillation.

Don't see it if You want interesting music. Interesting lyrics . You dont like listening to players looking/acting like their movie counterparts.

Also Had a terrible seat in balcony. Partial view if we hung over the obstr... Read more Read less

49
Dull dull, Disappointing

See it if You saw the movie and are curious. Acting good

Don't see it if You want good lyrics. Amanda Green ruins Duncan Sheik’s music. The show would be better as a straight play no music no singing.

Also The actors don’t sing as well as they act.

80
Thought-provoking, Romantic, Quirky, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You are fan of original movie and enjoy Duncan Sheik music, talented cast

Don't see it if You are expecting large scale musical, this is mainly low key but entertaining.

68
Slow, Disappointing, Dated

See it if like small intimate shows. felt more like a play with music.

Don't see it if want songs instead of background music with words. felt more like a play with songs to evoke a feeling. if you hate audience particpation

44
Banal, Cliched, Raunchy, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if Never seen the movie, but maybe if you're a fan of that or the actors. The acting is the highlight of this humdrum musical.

Don't see it if Well, despite bland songs, ridiculous plot, poor sound design / vocal opportunities, and a meandering story... I had a lot fun!

82
Witty, Sophisticated, Funny, Clever

See it if Glossy and clever this silly riff on the sixties and the “me movement” is witty and fun to watch. Great costumes and acting.

Don't see it if Tiny stage with a lot of costume changes and set interaction might drive you nuts. Ensemble and band very good. Suzanne Vega shines!

Also Very soft voices. Quite gentle. Silly and fun and actually raucously f... Read more Read less

73
Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Indulgent, Absorbing

See it if you like musical versions of movies you may have seen before.

Don't see it if depictions and conversations about sex are not your thing.

79
Suzanne vega!, Intimate, Great staging, Clever, Quirky

See it if a chance to see & hear Suzanne Vega! A whimsical, intimate piece w/ committed, appealing cast; inventive music interludes; great costumes!

Don't see it if you want a meaty, intellectual play. It's a window on a '60s setting but w/ timeless themes (love, sense of self, marital angst) heightened.

Also Be brave if you're beckoned on stage—makes for a priceless memory!

82
Refreshing, Quirky, Entertaining, Nostalgic, Experimental

See it if You like Duncan Sheik, any of the performers, shows that take risks, don’t need big spectacles to enjoy a show, and like shows that surprise

Don't see it if You want a full musical—this was a play with music. This had echoes of Spring Awakening, more than Secret Life of Bees, or Alice By Heart.

Also This will be a divisive show. Our audience loved it, as did we. But, i... Read more Read less

70
Fluffy, Entertaining, Dated, Cliched, Banal

See it if You love 70s retro and to revisit the movie. Entertaining fluff. Missed opportunity to develop serious themes

Don't see it if Boring music superficial dialogue silly and Thought provoking in What & Why they produced it Pointless

75
Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if for a peak back into the late 60s and early 70s examination of moral values. Interesting staging and good acting.

Don't see it if you don't want to explore alternative marital relations.

85
Raunchy, Entertaining, Edgy, Dated, Cliched

See it if You liked the movie (or even remembered the movie). It seemed pretty faithful. It is a good show to see if you want to see how far we have

Don't see it if come since 1969. Don't see it if you don't want to see a show about sexual mores and through the eyes of the 60's.

Also I saw a version of this some years ago with Jackie Hoffman that was gr... Read more Read less

68
Quirky, Dated, Cliched, Banal

See it if You liked the movie. The musicians are excellent and the score is nice to listen to.

Don't see it if A show about extra marital sex offends you.

87
Entertaining, Dated, Ambitious

See it if A bright cast with Suzanne Vega added to the mix fills the bill. Held my interest and appreciated the effort that went into this show.

Don't see it if Subject matter may not appeal to you because things are looked at differently than in 1969.

50
This sexual revolution isn’t “naughty” or nice ...

See it if a 60s free-love retreat liberates Bob & Carol to stray outside of their marriage... it takes time for Ted/Alice to catch up.

Don't see it if this just didn’t work for me, I like Duncan’s work, but I just didn’t connect to the music at all; neither did the direction...

Also ... the hand microphones didn’t work with the staging, it felt clumsy ... Read more Read less


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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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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February 5th, 2020
"'Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice' Is Odd & Sexless & Long & Tired"
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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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