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Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
Midtown W
70

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice NYC Reviews and Tickets

70%
(182 Reviews)
Positive
56%
Mixed
36%
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 (182)

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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.

Critic Reviews (18)

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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February 13th, 2020

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

1/5 Stars. "In the fevered race to turn every movie ever made into a musical, the authors have now pillaged and metaphorically burned 'Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice.'"
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February 4th, 2020

1/5 Stars. "The less said the better about this new musical about a not-so-fab foursome of the Swinging '60s"
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February 4th, 2020

"BED-HOPPING RETREAT: It's unclear why this carbon copy of the 1969 film has been transferred to the stage."
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February 12th, 2020

"FOUR ON THE FLOOR: This musical retelling isn't exactly intellectually stimulating, but it might resonate with anyone in the audience with FOMO."
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February 11th, 2020

"While the new musical 'Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice' is an accomplished piece of musical theater, it adds little to the form or the film plot to make it necessary. Without some great songs and any new plot developments, it neither supersedes the film version nor makes you forget."
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February 5th, 2020

"Unfortunately, the songs are mostly expository, seldom moving the story forward or offering insight into the characters, which should be the point of having music in musicals...For a show that's mostly about sex, it's dull and completely unsexy."
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February 4th, 2020

"Each of these performers displays real commitment both by fully tapping into their characters' minds and by revealing as much of their physical bodies as their parts require. (If it's a contest, Perez wins, pants and hands down)."
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February 6th, 2020

Score: 79%. "It's not that the musical is bad, although the first few scenes are lackluster, but I'm just wondering why anybody felt the burning need to revive this particular piece of work at this particular point in time."
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February 7th, 2020

"To be blunt the subject matter is no longer relevant in the present socio-political atmosphere and might have been shocking during that time but seems ridiculous and silly in this current environment...It lacks the usual polish audiences have come to expect from Mr. Elliot's work."
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February 8th, 2020

"Sluggish, uninspired, unevenly cast, insufficiently funny…Despite the show's occasional pluses, it fails to sustain interest, to convincingly convey its period, or to justify its existence. As years go, 1969 was a great one. It's too bad 'Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice' didn't stay there."
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