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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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. 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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Newsday
December 12th, 2017

“A complex story, one that this 95-minute musical can’t begin to tell...Multiple rock numbers that ultimately sound pretty much the same...What we have here, of course, is a history lesson, but one that’s too complicated for this format. It will take more than 95 minutes to read the Pulitzer-winning biography ‘The Power Broker’ by Robert Caro, but it will give you a far better understanding of Robert Moses. Better leave historical musicals to that guy named Hamilton.”
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Off Off Online
December 19th, 2017

“Galperin and Kadin’s book lacks the depth and subtlety to portray Moses’s combative career thoughtfully...Maroulis does a serviceable job as Moses, though he, too, lacks the nuance to overcome the book’s flaws...Although audiences may be entertained...they probably won’t walk out with any more clarity on Moses’s complicated tenure—but at least they may be inspired to seek out a copy of Jacobs’ ‘The Death and Life of Great American Cities’ instead.”
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Let's Go to the Theater
December 20th, 2017

“This show brings a unique approach to what could be a humdrum subject: history. Instead, it has an interesting story line about the legendary Robert Moses, all new songs, and a cast who work the layers and levels of the show with passion and intensity that delivers a satisfying performance theater goers will appreciate…Writer/composer Peter Galperin brings a fresh energy to the music by using a variety of styles…This is a very enjoyable show to see."
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Tablet Magazine
December 13th, 2017

“A turgid work that does little to educate or excite, despite its misguided attempts to do both...The musical mentions many relevant projects but it never explores them in real detail, or even successfully communicates their impact. Instead, it falls into an amateurish pattern of scenes of spoken exposition grinding to a halt in favor of musical numbers that communicate little at all despite the best efforts of an earnest cast...A short work, but manages to feel more like a slog.”
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