Already closed | 1h 40m | Midtown W

Bulldozer: The Ballad of Robert Moses

From 58 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Clever, Great staging, Relevant

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. More…

Seemingly impervious, Moses bulldozes without consequence on the road to complete his vision for the city. A staggering story of fantastic accomplishment and personal defeat intertwining intimate themes of love and loss with the great social issues that gripped the 20th century urban environment, 'Bulldozer' charts the rise and fall of one man, the young woman who loved him, and the great human toll that was paid to build the city we live in today.

1h 40m | Already closed | Theatre at St. Clement's (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (58)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Entertaining, Clever, Great staging, Relevant
76
Avg Score

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.

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.

Also I really enjoyed going to see this.

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.

Also This show has the potential to go to a larger theater. It really is a ... Read more Read less

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Also Moses was a visionary, which even his most ardent detractors must admi... Read more Read less

75
Entertaining, Great staging, Fluffy, Relevant

See it if you want an entertaining, if light, bio-musical story of a major NYC influencer - Robert Moses. Staging was story appropriate.

Don't see it if you want a strong plot or lyrics. The music and lyrics were pretty forgettable, but the cast was good.

66
Banal, Boring, uninteresting,

See it if you want to see a poorly written book with some great songs telling the rise and fall of Robert Moses in a show that is nicely acted & sung.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of stories that are bland and don't build up the characters through dialog and songs.

70
Ambitious, Uneven, Slow, Works hard, Worthwhile tale

See it if you want good story about corrupted power, urban planning, and community organizing. Creative team worked hard to convey interesting tale.

Don't see it if you want perfectly assembled work. This is clearly a good story - albeit clumsily told with hit or miss folk-rock score. Good singing.

75
Entertaining, Ambitious, Great singing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You are interested in an intimate, new musical about Robert Moses.The cast of 5 all have great voices and do justice to the rock score.

Don't see it if Biographical musicals are not of interest to you. The characters and story line could have been better developed. The score has a mix of

Also hard rock and tuneful melodies.The performances and great singing over... Read more Read less

77
Funny, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you want to hear some really great singing by entire cast, especially Constantine Maroulis. Overall production is not so good

Don't see it if singing and some fun scenes are not enough for you.

86
Refreshing, Great singing, Great acting, Edgy, Clever

See it if great musical talent..musicians and singers--interesting- a concert - not truly " muscial" theater..

Don't see it if want a concrete easy to follow story line..don't like great music of mixed genres.Know or care nothing about Robert Moses-

68
Clever, Dated, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Jeremy Kushner was in this show for a week. He was the understudy and kicked ass. The music and story was not strong. The vocals: STRONG

Don't see it if You want a story told well and historically correct from all sides.

79
Great singing, Great staging, History

See it if Like new musicals with a history lesson. Small theatre that showcases GREAT talent. See it for the gem that is Molly Pope.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or don't like to support new musicals.

75
Clever, Great singing, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You like rock musicals, history of NYC and want to be entertained

Don't see it if You already know the story of Robert Moses and dont like musicals

84
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Delightful

See it if You like to see talented people in a show with a terrific storyline.

Don't see it if You do not like small theatres.

95
Entertaining, Great singing, Must see

See it if It returns at another venue. The Rock score is wonderful; the actors/singing exceptional.

Don't see it if You don't like Rock or Operettas.

75
Entertaining, Great singing, Cliched

See it if You're a fan of Constantine's or are interested in Robert Moses. Singing was fantastic, albeit a little too loud for such a small venue.

Don't see it if you're not interested in learning about Robert Moses or if you don't like musicals.

76
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky

See it if Robert Moses has some interest to you in the history of NYC

Don't see it if you expect a first rate musical. The music and story are both interesting but not exceptional.

Also The romantic part of the story is more fiction than fact. This casts a... Read more Read less

78
Great singing, Delightful, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if Enjoy a fresh play, great songs & voices, short history on Moses, entertaining.

Don't see it if big music production, historical depth, mostly musical dialogue, minimal set

48
Stay away if you have breathing problems...(in fact, just stay away anyway).

See it if You like great lighting, this is the shows best feature...Talent is good, but what they have to say and sing isn't.

Don't see it if Over amplification bothers you, stage fog (very light but still there) on from the minute you walk in till you run out at the end).

Also I don't understand why we in the audience and those performing on stag... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Challenging

See it if you like rock concert-type shows, you are interested in Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs, you like the actors.

Don't see it if You dislike musicals, you want a plot, you want more insight into the history.

Also A hard subject to put into play or musical form. Too many songs and no... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Relevant, Entertaining, Inconsistent, Great singing

See it if you are interested in Robert Moses and/or city planning - the cast is also great (especially Molly Pope as Jane Jacobs)

Don't see it if you are not interested in NYC history/planning


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 relat...
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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 p...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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