Already closed | 1h 35m | East Village

Carmen Jones

From 226 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting, Must see

About the show

Using the score from Bizet’s opera 'Carmen,' this adaptation by Oscar Hammerstein II resets the story with an all African-American cast. CSC's presents the first major New York revival since its Broadway debut. More…

As the Second World War rages, parachute maker Carmen Jones wages her own quarrel involving an airman and a boxer. Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose ('Caroline, or Change'; 'A Raisin in the Sun') will play the title role in this production directed by CSC Artistic Director John Doyle ('The Color Purple') and choreographed by Bill T. Jones ('Fela!').

1h 35m | Already closed | Classic Stage Company (East Village)

Member Reviews (226)


Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting, Must see
Avg Score

Delightful, Great singing, Must see, Romantic

See it if You appreciate beautiful singing or you'd like a light-weight introduction to opera.

Don't see it if You are a grump.

Also An amazing experience. The audience gave a well-deserved standing ovat... Read more Read less

Cliched, Dated, Dated script and lyrics, great singers and score

See it if you love classic melodies

Don't see it if If you are annoyed by black people taw kin' like white people thought they talked in 1950

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Must see, Refreshing

See it if You love hearing dynamic operatic voices. The entire cast is amazing. This is a delightful production not to be missed and the orchestration

Don't see it if You don't like Opera and a bit of a surprise ending if you don't already know the story.

Dazzling, Evocative, Great singing

See it if You're ready to re-discover Anika Noni Rose's talents on-stage - it has been far too long and the experience is richly rewarding.

Don't see it if you would be uninterested in an operetta - this pacy 90-minute show is a terrific interpretation of Bizet's Carmen.

Absorbing, Great acting, Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if If you like beautiful music and great singing. The show was well directed and staged. Great intimate space.

Don't see it if If you don't like beautiful music stay away.

Disappointing, Slow, Great singing

See it if you are a fan of the opera Carmen. You appreciate the classics and great singing.

Don't see it if dislike slow mundane operatic music.

Absorbing, Exquisite, Great singing, Masterful, Must see

See it if You adore singing and masterful theater in the round. No weak links in this cast! Simply sublime.

Don't see it if Opera isnt your thing or you cant get past the southern dialect.

Delightful, Great singing, Must see

See it if Love great operatic singing and soaring sopranos and tenors Love Anika Noni Rose Love a talented ensemble cast Love an intimate setting

Don't see it if Don’t like opera Don’t want chills and goosebumps from the power of stellar voices

Absorbing, Exquisite, Great singing, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if You love Carmen or just any form of a love story with an INCREDIBLE cast.

Don't see it if You don’t like opera.

Great singing, Great acting, Masterful, Intense, Riveting

See it if Literate script with GREAT music, brilliantly performed....minimal staging at its best

Don't see it if if you don't like musical theater

Ambitious, Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging, Riveting

See it if Phenomenal singing! The score was excellent and the cast extremely talented. One of the best shows of 2018!

Don't see it if I can't think of any reason not to see it if it is brought back next year.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Masterful, Great acting

See it if you like great music, great voices, great acting, a great story.

Don't see it if you get bored with an operatic story line. But still you will enjoy this classic. And the music is great. You'll know so many of the numbers

Absorbing, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Masterful

See it if you love to hear great voices sing. If you're familiar with the original opera, show, or movie musical. If you like revivals of classics.

Don't see it if you don't like theatre in the round or small venues. If you don't like musicals that don't have original scores.

Also They don't give out any programs, which pissed off the collector in me... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you have never seen Anika Noni Rose on stage - she's a marvel. It's the 1st revival of this show in 75 years and it is wondrous.

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason, really. If you don't like old musicals? Honestly, it's spectacular.

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great singing, Emotional

See it if you love operettas with amazing singing. Also if you like intense emotional stories about relationships performed by a small, talented group

Don't see it if you don't enjoy legit singing or are triggered by domestic abuse

Also Anika Noni Rose is not to be missed. In fact all of the women are stan... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great singing, Must see

See it if Love Carmen, love great singing

Don't see it if Have issues with theater in the round (why did they do that!?)

Great singing, Great staging, Must see

See it if You enjoy the intense melodrama of opera transposed to a WWII ammunition factory with an astoundingly great cast starring Anika Noni Rose!

Don't see it if You don't like operatic singing, you aren't interested in a WWII era retelling of CARMEN, and you need a lot of scenery to enjoy a show.

Must see, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like a modernized retelling of the opera Carmen with new lyrics. You want to see an incredible cast and like theater in the round.

Don't see it if just see it!

Great singing, Tedious, Excellent production of meh material

See it if you love excellent singing, with the added benefit of an intimate setting. The performers are wonderful, especially Clifton Duncan.

Don't see it if you don’t get to see a lot of theater & therefore need to be selective. It’s simply not great material, surprising bc Carmen is awesome.

Also An enjoyable evening. Crudos to the cast and the musicians. But the pl... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Delightful, Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You want to see a wonderful show!

Don't see it if You don’t like great singing and acting.

Great singing, Intense, Riveting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy twists on classic opera

Don't see it if you do not enjoy opera

Great singing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Resonant

See it if You like Carmen the opera and are open to the English interpretation of the songs.

Don't see it if You are not into operatic styles of music.

Great acting, Great singing, Riveting, Intense, Must see

See it if You like period musicals in an intimate theater. The all black cast is extremely talented in this sultry tale.

Don't see it if If you hate musicals.

Delightful, Romantic, Must see, Enchanting

See it if This was one of the place musicals that I have ever witness. Every seat is great view because the theater is so small. Please see it.

Don't see it if There is no reason why you should not see this show before the last performance on August 19, 2018.

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You have a good imagination and are ok with simple sets. If you love quality singing.

Don't see it if If you don’t like long songs, if you’re triggered by physical violence, sharp movements by men or fighting.

June 27th, 2018
"Sublime. There’s no point trying to resist such sheer, distilled beauty...In its own way, this production is as primal and breathlessly seductive as the great director Peter Brook’s 'La Tragédie de Carmen'...Electrically choreographed by Bill T. Jones; the audience feels what the characters feel...
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July 12th, 2018
"Offers a physically spare but musically rich account of a historically significant curio. Hammerstein’s attempts at African-American vernacular are often clunky, and the staging fumbles a few key moments of violence. But the score is sung thrillingly...It’s hard not to be seduced."
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July 9th, 2018
“In Doyle, Rose may have found her ideal director, someone who lets her play to her strengths...It’s Rose’s investment in the character that illuminates the production from moment to moment...It’s a relief to see actors of color being allowed to concentrate on acting...Doyle doesn’t let us get se...
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June 27th, 2018
"It's rendered especially captivating by the long overdue return to musical theater of Rose in a sizzling take on the title role... Doyle has made the right choice in treating it as a history piece. He has also cast gifted singers...The production doesn't quite make a case for 'Carmen Jones' as a...
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