Bulldozer: The Ballad of Robert Moses
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Bulldozer: The Ballad of Robert Moses
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Bulldozer: The Ballad of Robert Moses NYC Reviews and Tickets

77%
(59 Reviews)
Positive
85%
Mixed
8%
Negative
7%
Members say
Great singing, Entertaining, Clever, Great staging, Great acting

About the Show

This new rock musical dramatizes master builder Robert Moses’s evolution from a young idealist to a power-insulated enemy of the people. Starring Constantine Maroulis ('Rock of Ages') as Robert Moses.

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928 Reviews | 379 Followers
54
Disappointing, Slow, Ambitious, Dull, Uneven

See it if You want to learn about some of the impact that Robert Moses had on NYC and the politics surrounding his rise and fall.

Don't see it if You hope for a show with a heart. Most songs sound the same and are just biographies. Choreography is a mismatch too. Not much set.

597 Reviews | 121 Followers
76
Great singing, Great staging, Music good, Clever

See it if This is musical has alot of great singing voices with alot of ranges, with good music. The singing is excellent! as for the story so so.

Don't see it if If you want a talking not alot in this. You don't like musical. like musical. Read more

628 Reviews | 93 Followers
81
Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you like a well staged and well sung show about Robert Moses. The songs are good and the performances excellent.

Don't see it if you like Robert Moses. This show concentrates more on the latter part of his life where he was criticized than his earlier successes. Read more

470 Reviews | 112 Followers
98
Entertaining, Absorbing, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You love rock/folk musicals, you love Constantine & strong Broadway voices, you'd be intrigued by a true Robert Moses vs Jane Jacobs story.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals.

Nic
386 Reviews | 84 Followers
80
Great singing, Great staging, Uneven, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you enjoy Constantine Maroulis, Kacie Sheik, city planning, and/or shows w/unsympathetic protagonists. The performers exceed the material.

Don't see it if you want to like the lead character.

374 Reviews | 69 Followers
79
Great singing, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if If you enjoy rock music, are a fan of Robert Moses or are ready to enjoy an interesting little musical with some NYC historical content.

Don't see it if you prefer elaborate staging, are not a fan of rock music or want more of a detailed Robert Moses biography.

361 Reviews | 80 Followers
50
Ambitious, Disappointing, Fluffy, Insipid, Indulgent

See it if For NY this was a deaster, reaked of country twang.In depth research needed for a more accurate story.A musical ok,but drop the rock!

Don't see it if Don’t see if you do not like loud music and a thin inaccurate storyline.

330 Reviews | 69 Followers
95
Fair and balanced, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Timely, Intense

See it if you want to see one of the few--if only--discussion of Robert Moses that honestly portrays who this powerful yet flawed visionary was.

Don't see it if like most New Yorkers,you've become accustomed to understanding Moses as being tantamount to the devil or don't want to shake those beliefs. Read more

Critic Reviews (12)

The New York Times
December 17th, 2017

"A pared-to-the-bone show with an undistinguished score, no pulsing human vitality, and no dramatic tension...Its inertness is not the fault of the five-person cast...A large problem is that Galperin and Kadin, who collaborated on the book, haven’t given the actors fully drawn characters or relationships to play...The draw of a musical about him is not so much what he did but who he was — a complex, enduringly controversial character...Put that onstage and you’d have yourself a show."
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Time Out New York
December 12th, 2017

"A factually vague journey through the urban planner’s controversial career. This earnest and disappointing musical biography flattens its fascinating subject. Constantine Maroulis wails impressively through Peter Galperin’s musically interchangeable and lyrically repetitive rock songs, but his performance in the title role is otherwise one-note...Moses’s career lends itself well to a satirical approach...But 'Bulldozer’s' portrait of the ruthless roadmaker is stubbornly pedestrian."
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TheaterScene.net
December 20th, 2017

“Unfortunately, the new rock musical, ‘Bulldozer: The Ballad of Robert Moses,’ isn't the answer. The book by Peter Galperin and Daniel Scot Kadin only superficially covers the subject and the rock score with music and lyrics by Galperin is inappropriate for a story that covers the period 1921 to 1968. Tony nominee and ‘American Idol’ finalist Constantine Maroulis is too bland as Moses to convey the force and drive he had in converting New York into a modern metropolis.”
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CurtainUp
December 12th, 2017

“You really don't have to know much about Robert Moses to enjoy isolated aspects of this rock musical...Plot progression is fast and furious as is the cascade of songs...But the book fails to provide the main character with the kind of motivation that will define Moses as a remarkable man with a complex, but definitely not conflicted, personality...What we do see is the outline of an essentially unlikable but obsessed with power man."
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Stage Buddy
December 18th, 2017

"The cast delivers virtuosic vocal performances that are perfectly in keeping with the virtuosic abilities of Moses himself. Even director Carpenter seems to channel the efficiency of the man himself as she streamlines the drama and deftly utilizes every inch of stage space. The simplicity of the staging allows the cast, the music, and the story to shine while providing space for the audience to draw connections between the political dictators of the past and present."
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New York Theater
December 12th, 2017

“'Bulldozer,' which is decently directed and professionally performed by a hardworking five-member cast, does turn out to be ludicrous in several of its choices...It attempts something of a more balanced portrait, at least initially, although it does so awkwardly...Galperin deserves kudos for attempting something so ambitious as a musical biography of such a complex man. But ‘Bulldozer’ needs work.”
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Broadway Blog
December 19th, 2017

“An imperfect, but generally enjoyable and informative view into the turbulent career of Moses...Galperin and Kadin whiz through his story and one wishes that there was even more substance here...Still, they’ve packed quite a bit of good stuff...Don’t expect a definitive account of Moses’ historical significance, but do expect to walk away with a thirst for more knowledge about the man...You’ll have this remarkable cast, directed by Carpenter to thank for your piqued curiosity.”
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Times Square Chronicles
December 13th, 2017

“A mess from start to finish...The performances are so cookie cutter, that it is hard to care...The direction is all over the map...The script is a mess and we never really get to know the inner workings of this complex and complicated man. The music all sounds the same and maybe if the singers were not trying to out sing the band and each other, it would be easier to judge...It needs so much work, I think the whole thing should be bulldozed and put out of it’s misery.”
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