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Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

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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. 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 (181)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Dated, Disappointing, Slow, Funny
70
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.

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.

Also I liked this much more than I expected to. Much more than the critics ... Read more Read less

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 perfect.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

57
Slow, Dated, Cliched, Banal

See it if You want to relive the Mod Period.

Don't see it if You bore easily.

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

64
Slow, Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You enjoy attractive white people testing their sexual freedom

Don't see it if You enjoy a well crafted musical with consistently good voices. Music sounds like one long song broken into segments. Too long 145 no break

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.

78
Enjoyable, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Dated, Funny

See it if a peek into the past "sexual revolution." Interesting to watch how time has changed our views on monogamy. Nice music, pleasant show.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that are based on old movies.

55
Good acting, Great costumes, Not humorous enough, Bland music, Dated

See it if you like silly comedies about the mores and morals of life during the 1960's, good acting and creative production values and costume changes

Don't see it if you expect light hearted satire that is insightful and witty and music that is interesting and "catchy."

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

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.

33
Thin, unmemorable, unspecial, Ambitious

See it if you think the idea of making a PLAY WITH MUSIC of this 1969 NON-MUSICAL movie sounds interesting to you.

Don't see it if you din;t like the 1969 movie because you really are going to hate this monstrosity.

Also I arrived at the theater expecting to see a straight play, buy instead... Read more Read less

78
Dated, Entertaining, Great costumes, Music fun, but not necessary, Well performed

See it if you want an entertaining, nostalgic show performed by a very talented cast

Don't see it if you want a fully developed musical where the songs contribute to the plot. While the songs added to the 60's vibe, they weren't necessary

Also I went into this show with no expectation and no knowledge of the movi... Read more Read less

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

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!

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!


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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