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Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Clever

About the show

'Cagney' follows the actor from his humble beginnings through his rise as a vaudeville song-and-dance man, to his superstardom in Hollywood. More…

James Cagney could do it all – a dramatic new musical that follows the life of the legendary James Cagney from the streets of New York to his rise as one of the brightest stars of Hollywood, from a vaudeville song-and-dance man to the cinema's original tough guy. Broadway's Robert Creighton, in the role he was born to play, leads a cast of six who tap dance through a score that blends original music with classic George M. Cohan favorites, including "Give My Regards To Broadway," "Grand Old Flag," and "Yankee Doodle Dandy."

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Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Clever
Avg Score

Entertaining, Energetic, Uneven, Polished, Long

See it if you love Cagney or tap. Bio is well told; you'll come out respecting JC. Best songs are Cohan's. A hard-working cast in a hard-working show.

Don't see it if you dislike bio-based shows. Fairly fluffy, but strong voices and lots of costume/wig changes. Well-intentioned crowd-pleaser. Over-mic'ed.

Fun, Entertaining, Classic, Nostalgic, Endearing

See it if You like delightful old-fashion musicals. Beautiful music. Skillful staging/acting/singing/dancing. Informative, absorbing & interesting.

Don't see it if Act 2 spends a lot of time with dancing (great dancing for sure)But it distracts from the flow of the story. Some of that could go to act 1

Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Interesting

See it if you have an interest in old hollywood or enjoy bio-musicals. The small cast is excellent and juggles multiple roles effortlessly.

Don't see it if You want to see something with more of an edge, aren't interested in true Hollywood stories.

Absorbing, Exquisite, Great staging, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if you like the actor. You learn a lot about him in the play.

Don't see it if you don't like his genre of movies.

Entertaining, Slow, Tap-aroo!

See it if Weak first act, strong second act. Great dancing. Decent show, worth a view for the right price.

Don't see it if You have no reference point for who James Cagney was.

Entertaining, Delightful, Intelligent, Romantic, Fun

See it if You would like a cheerful evening of song and dance, with some insight into the ups and downs of Cagney's life.

Don't see it if You want to be blown away by something more dramatic or a larger production.

Entertaining, Great dancing, Refreshing, Cliched, Delightful

See it if you like your musicals old-fashioned, uplifting & patriotic w/o much depth; you want to see Robert Creighton in a role he was born to play.

Don't see it if you have no interest in one of Hollywood's great leading men; you expect to learn more about Cagney than you can from his Wikipedia page.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Robert C cab do it all dance, sing etc

Don't see it if unless you just want to see what the old days were all about

Ambitious, Disappointing, Great acting, Indulgent, Banal

See it if you want to see stellar performance by a leading man, curious about Cagney's story, enjoy small scale musicals

Don't see it if you're expecting a large musical, want to find out more detailed info about Cagney's life, don't enjoy superficial treatment of story

Conventional, Great acting, Great tapping, Uninspired, Entertaining

See it if you want to see some exciting tapping and another great performance from Robert Creighton.

Don't see it if you're sick of conventional musicals that make sure to hit all the right story points but don't seem to have much to say along the way.

Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky, Great tap dancing, Great singing

See it if You have some familiarity w/Cagney's films. You enjoy vaudeville. You like tap dancing. You want to be entertained by a fun cast.

Don't see it if You don't know anything about Cagney. You don't like vaudeville. You don't like tap dancing. You want a more serious musical.

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great tap dancing

See it if Alot of tap dancing, Early age in Hollywood, everyone, have to sing, dance. Tells his story to Hollywood.

Don't see it if You did not like the early age Hollywood.

Entertaining, Great dancing, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if you're a fan of James Cagney's, Old Hollywood, biopics, and/or tap dancing.

Don't see it if you'd rather not sit in an audience surrounded by senior citizens or if you're just not a fan of song-and-dance men.

Slow, Disappointing, Good tap dancing, Second act was better than the first, Too loud

See it if You are a big Cagney fan.

Don't see it if Even if you ARE a big Cagney fan I'd recommend not seeing it -- see his movies instead. He was great. This feels amateurish.

Also First act was long and slow and didn't have enough dancing. Second act... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining

See it if Enjoyed James Cagney as performer. Tells about his life and his career.

Don't see it if Like serious shows

Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Riveting

See it if You love great acting by a talented cast, the story of how Cagney became big, and tons of singing and tap dancing

Don't see it if You only prefer modern musicals. But this is seriously great and belongs on Broadway.

Entertaining, Good dancing good performances

See it if You like shows about Hollywood

Don't see it if If don't like bio shows

Entertaining, Great singing, Cute dancing, Interesting bio

See it if you are interested in the life of Cagney; you enjoy tap dancing and pleasant musical numbers; you enjoy a smaller venue than Big Broadway

Don't see it if You don't like old fashioned musicals about well known entertainers; you hate tap dancing; you prefer big budget Broadway style musicals

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if want to see a great talent in an entertaining role

Don't see it if you're dead


See it if You have fond memories of the Cagney tough guy movies and want to learn the back story, or you saw it at the York.

Don't see it if You want a big musical

Entertaining, Great dancing, Funny, Cliched

See it if you're interested in Old Hollywood, like small charming musicals, are looking for light entertainment and great tap dancing

Don't see it if you want to wait for a Broadway transfer with a full scale production and cast. The set looks cheap and actors play multiple roles.

Entertaining, Great dancing, Fluffy, Refreshing, Romantic

See it if Terrific tap dancing, the kind you rarely see in shows anymore. Entertaining,, with a lot of stuff I never knew about Cagney.

Don't see it if The story didn't go into things too deeply, and got some things wrong. I didn't love the score.

Delightful, Great dancing, Entertaining

See it if you like tap dancing and true stories about legendary hollywood actors which started on te streets.

Don't see it if you do not like tap dancing or are interested in more dramatic stories.

Delightful, Entertaining, Fun

See it if you want fun entertainment and to learn more about how impressive Cagney really was.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or think they should have a grander setting.

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Dizzying, Terrific

See it if you enjoy old-school musicals with dance numbers that will leave you catching your breath. The entire cast is phenomenal.

Don't see it if you hate America.

April 14th, 2016
"It doesn’t come close to telling the whole story, but an amazing star turn by Robert Creighton brings pieces of it to life with so much vibrancy and excitement...Full of vitality, swirling feet, crowd-pleasing songs and dances...There isn’t much breadth in the score or the staging of the numbers...
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April 18th, 2016
"While the show itself is entertaining in an uninspired way, Creighton as Cagney is stupendous. He sings sublimely and, with the help of Joshua Bergasse’s savvy choreography, he brilliantly summons Cagney’s light-on–his-feet dance style...The five member supporting cast forms a fine ensemble...Th...
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April 3rd, 2016
"'Cagney's' return to Off-Broadway, with the same cast, director and choreographer, is a slicker, fuller production that should send audiences out with big smiles...'Cagney' isn't crowded with plot, but it doesn't tell you much about the man either. Think of it as more of an entertaining salute.....
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April 3rd, 2016
"Creighton is a constant source of energy and joy, plowing his way through scenes and songs that are corny but that demonstrate his triple-threat-plus skills to unbeatable advantage...When a performer is this good, you want everything around him to be, too. No dice...It's as cliché, lazy, and cyn...
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