Amy Heckerling takes us back to 90s Beverly Hills with this musical version of her beloved film "Clueless," a modern spin on Jane Austen’s "Emma." More…
With her singular voice, she gives us a score that reimagines 90s hits into parodies and yearning monologues for her lovesick characters. Director Kristin Hanggi ("Rock of Ages") and choreographer Kelly Devine ("Come from Away") drive this fresh take on the story of Cher, a girl so psychotically optimistic she can’t see that her bungling attempts at playing Cupid disguise her own fashion-plated isolation.
“It's really good...Heckerling made a series of smart decisions in bringing her funny-yet-heartfelt movie to the stage. The first was using well-known 90's songs, to which she added sharp, funny lyrics. The familiar melodies establish the time period perfectly...The second...was to be true to the original movie...Hanggi's direction is well-paced and -focused. She balances the silliness and meaning perfectly. Hanggi's choreography is energetic, playful, and great fun...Cameron is perfect as Ch... Full Review
“A youthful revel, smartly and lovingly put together with a satiric edge, one that should satisfy the film’s legion of fans...With a jukebox of tunes, the music has a bouncy pop sound...Heckerling’s tangy writing...never dissolves into saccharine...The physical production is first-rate...’Clueless, the Musical’ may indeed be helpless when it comes to avoiding that sight feeling of redundancy. Still, it infatuates as a bright, expansive bubble of a musical.” Full Review
“Heckerling manages to perfectly capture the spirit, camp, humor, and vibe of the original. In an age of jukeboxes and adaptations, ‘Clueless’ stands out as expertly written, performed, designed, and executed...‘Clueless’ thrives on its camp, cult status, and nostalgia...Heckerling adapted the songs and wrote new lyrics...so they actually advance the plot and make sense for the characters...The musical is consistently hilarious in ways that both mimic the film and somehow feel fresh.” Full Review
“’Clueless’ includes a nod to today’s activist sentiments, without political overtones...The element that hasn’t strayed too much, if at all, from the movie is the dialog. A lot of it is identical...What saves, and makes, ‘Clueless’ the musical from being a rehash of a who cares teenage privilege movie, into a fun nostalgic evening, is what they’ve done with the music. It took me a couple of songs to catch on, but the music is all iconic songs from the 90’s with rewritten lyrics." Full Review
“'A Star is Born' is hitting cineplexes everywhere, but it’s really happening in the totally charming lead performance by the totally charming Dove Cameron in The New Group’s totally charming musical adaptation...The cleverest innovation of pop music to create a full musical score in memory...Heckerling’s real ingenuity...is eschewing yet another, original, anonymous pop-rock-Broadway score...The songs actually inform character or move plot...Cameron is the perfect Cher.” Full Review
"Daffy but doggedly entertaining stage adaptation...And it’s actually a lot of fun...Much of ‘Clueless, the Musical’ is ‘Clueless, the Movie’, but...Heckerling hasn’t been afraid to replace and refresh much of the dialogue...And Heckerling’s lyrics, which ought to feel tacky...tend to work as silly satire...This musical gets the satire exactly right...The musical pulls 90s teens’ music under that wide net and it’s just enough new bite to make the enterprise worthwhile.” Full Review
"While Heckerling has rejiggered some of the lyrics to make them fit in better with what's happening on stage, her add-ons are awkwardly rhymed and tend to be more witless than witty. But enough complaining. The show does have enough assets to entertainingly distract us from these worst of times that nowadays affect teens everywhere...This is what it is— a fiuffy entertainment with a clever literary link." Full Review
“The stage version of this ‘90s teen flick remains a light delight. But a great musical? As if...This playful, upbeat show should be an easy sell...But its lightweight narrative keeps it at the enjoyable-fluff level...Whatever. The look, tone and ’tude of the show is spot-on. Its fantasy life of ultra-rich teens is here further enlivened with songs of the era, cleverly recrafted lyrically for the show by Heckerling...The cast strikes the same happy balance of satire and sincerity as the film’... Full Review
"Director Kristin Hanggi and choreographer Kelly Devine match the ‘90s pop energy with every staging trick in the book and the effect is undeniably exhilarating...Heckerling’s collaborators ultimately bring a fresher energy to the table than she does, slotting in little touches when they can...For the most part, this is the movie on stage, presented in a truly enjoyable package. That’s more than enough in the moment, but it leaves a poor aftertaste." Full Review
"While 'Clueless, The Musical' is never less than slick and professional in the best possible way, for those who know the iconic film it offers no surprises so slavishly does it follow the original storyline. What was charming in the 1995 movie about Cher's sense of superiority and wishing to help others less fortunate is no longer as acceptable. What was amusing in the era of excess now seems selfish, elitist, and an example of extravagant wastefulness." Full Review
“Heckerling has tinkered around the edges of her screenplay...The actors themselves seem to be mimicking their on-screen counterparts. Even many of the musical numbers, come straight from the film’s soundtrack...‘Clueless’ is just as enjoyable as the film. Cameron lights up the stage as Cher...But the lack of new musical or dramatic material makes that achievement seem like an exercise in painting by numbers." Full Review
“Heckerling revels unabashedly in nostalgia, even forgoing an original score to insert winkingly reworked versions of ’90s pop hits made temporarily ubiquitous...Where Silverstone brought a sort of knowing dizziness to the spoiled teenager’s mix of narcissism and genuine good intentions, Cameron is more conventionally ingenuous...Heckerling and Hanggi milk the material...for laughs and general merriment, abetted by Devine’s kinetic, jubilant choreography.” Full Review
"Cameron's…well-honed perfection as a looker, singer, dancer, and actress lacks Silverstone's spontaneous believability…There's simply too much nonstop, high-energy going on in the music and the acrobatic…choreography…Comic subtlety is abandoned in favor of a relentlessly insistent drive for mile-a-minute entertainment. Heckerling's…filmscript structure makes it difficult to sustain interest in the…shenanigans for the full two and a quarter hours." Full Review
“Directed with frenetic energy...Cher would fit better over at North Shore High hanging out with the ‘Mean girls’. She wouldn’t be as charming and funny...But as played by...Cameron, she’s basically just a spoiled brat who really isn’t all that likable or kind. She’s definitely not rad enough to drag this cringe-worthy musical out of its messy by the books wordplay of nonsense...Forcing some pretty ridiculous lyrics to be sandwiched into the classic sounds.” Full Review
“A peppy but disappointing stage musical...Another jukebox musical, using approximately 20 ‘90s pop-rock hits...Heckerling awkwardly tinkers with the lyrics in a clunky attempt to make them more applicable to the storyline and characters...Her book closely follows her original screenplay but relies heavily on nostalgia for easy laughs...Hanggi’s production is aggressively silly and self-aware, so much so that it often resembles an affectionate parody.” Full Review
"The show may turn out to be the launching pad for the next great musical theater star: Disney Channel favorite Dove Cameron (who first made an impression on me as Amber von Tussle in NBC's 'Hairspray Live!') is everything you'd want and more as spoiled yet sweet rich kid Cher Horowitz. She's got amazing pipes, superb comic chops and looks fabulous in every one of Amy Clark's dazzling designer-inspired costumes. She's definitely got the Gucci game going on." Full Review
"The show’s big plus is the performance by Dove Cameron in the lead...The various plot threads are too thin to care much about, including the assorted relationships between Cher and friends and also with Josh,...The rest of the cast members fit neatly into the overall busy entourage. But despite all the show biz know-how and the especially entertaining Cameron, an avalanche of teenage vacuity may be more than some can take.” Full Review
“The flame of originality barely flickers, leaving a show that feels only intermittently fresh, despite the commitment of a perky young cast...How much you get out of the show will depend on your appetite for '90s nostalgia...Some of this is genuinely witty, even if Heckerling's new lyrics are groaning with false rhymes and at times sit awkwardly on the melodies. But I found it all hit-or-miss...A roughly stitched patchwork of second-hand elements." Full Review
“The verdict is: Whatever...The project certainly seemed like a good idea...What’s on stage...Is a pretty good argument for why not. Heckerling seems far too close to her original material, and far too unfamiliar with what makes a ’90s spoof work in 2018...That’s not to say it’s all bad...Cameron’s dynamite...The script...never achieves any lift...Worse are the songs...The lyrics are awful...Ultimately, 'Clueless'...can’t help feeling like a let’s-put-on-a-show college pageant." Full Review
“Cameron is just about perfect as Cher...The people behind ‘Clueless’ should be grateful to Cameron for providing it fizz, for it never reaches a comic detonation point and it suffers from a lack of urgency...‘Clueless’ comes across as a series of disconnected episodes...The narrative line wanders, the laughs are only occasional and fall well short and the songs, with their familiar melodies and new lyrics, fail at the all-important task of making us fall in love with the characters.” Full Review
“Affable but limp...The perverse flattening process that too often occurs when two-dimensional films are translated into the three dimensions of live theater has befallen ‘Clueless’...The whole production suffers from a heightened twinkliness...’Clueless’ cultists will find many of their favorite lines have made it to the stage intact...But the witticisms scarcely register amid the steady trickle of repurposed pop hits.” Full Review
“The musical banks foremost on audience affection for the film, which withstands the test of time as most era-defining classics do. But unlike other popular teen movies recently adapted for the stage, ‘Clueless’ hasn’t undergone one of Cher’s transformative makeovers...Heckerling’s adaptation includes rewritten lyrics to a dozen-plus ‘90s hits that accommodate the story without feeling essential to it...Most unfortunately, the satire Heckerling so perfected in the movie has evaporated.” Full Review
“The best thing about ‘Clueless’ is that it sometimes reminds you what a fresh, flip delight the movie was and is...The road to dull is paved with Heckerling’s good intentions and her iffy follow through...Attempts to situate the action in the music are miss and hit...Most songs have nothing to do...Another show that seems diminished without its original star. Cameron is charming, but she lacks that ridiculous magnetism, which makes her smarts an open question and her stakes awfully low.” Full Review
“Beverly Hills teen princess Cher Horowitz and her friends sing familiar melodies with dummy lyrics that are truly dumb...Like karaoke night attended by lame improv comics...It’s a pity, because the core material of ‘Clueless’ could have made a perfectly charming musical...’Clueless’ requires a subtler, more intelligent touch. In the end, the creative team is both too faithful to the screenplay and too irreverent with the pop spirit of the period.” Full Review
“Though the familiar characters and central romance remain in Amy Heckerling’s musical adaptation of her hit 1995 film, ‘Clueless’, the nostalgia factor is undermined by contrived lyrics, heavy-handed direction, and some very odd design choices. It feels more like a parody rather than a homage. The production has a winking self-awareness that eats away at the original’s warm heart...A capable cast can’t save a tonally mismatched and awkwardly staged musical production." Full Review
See it if You love everything about 90s pop culture! The show embodies the movie and the time period like a nostalgic flashback. A very fun time!
Don't see it if You're expecting original music.
See it if You liked mean girls, like a more intimate performance, enjoy great dancing and good singing. You enjoy a fun night out remembering classics
Don't see it if You only enjoy big productions and meticulous theater. This isn't for the perfectionist.
See it if You just want to have fun. Everyone on stage is and so is the very young audience made up of preteens through Millennials.
Don't see it if You dislike 90s music, which I didn't know from boo. The lyrics are original to the show and very funny.
See it if you’re a fan of the movie, grew up in the ‘90s or love ‘90s music, and want to escape with something bubbly and frivolous for a night
Don't see it if you plan on taking it seriously as a great musical.
See it if you love the movie. I found it very entertaining with the interesting twist of using new lyrics for songs that everyone will recognize.
Don't see it if you are expecting something new. Or you don't like musicals. I usually don't but I enjoyed the energy and creativity of this show.
See it if You aren't looking for a huge production with glitz and glamour. You like a fun, light-hearted topic.
Don't see it if You want a full on spectacle. You are looking for a serious story.
See it if You are a fan of the movie; enjoy stories set in High School; like music from the 90's. I thought this was a lot of fun! Great dancing too!
Don't see it if If you want challenging theater or want something more than just entertainment. It's a fun time.
See it if you’d enjoy a nostalgic trip to the 1990’s, or are a fan of one or more of the many popular musical theater actors in this cast.
Don't see it if you have high expectations for the score. They literally just added cheesy lyrics to 90s tunes.
See it if *Dancing *Costumes *Nostalgia *Small theater. Not a Sound of Music or My Fair lady but our expectations were met.Swing Katie Goffman ALSO
Don't see it if Many youngsters in the audiences were quite upset re;. No Dove Cameron. New group must find a way to notify ticket holders early. ALSO
See it if You want a fun show that doesn't take itself seriously and doesn't insult the audience either. You appreciate good choreography.
Don't see it if You want it to be as rich and moving as the film. You don't like song parodies.
See it if You are a fan or have never seen the movie.New lyrics are added to well known songs. The cast is energetic,with great singing and dancing.
Don't see it if This type of musical doesn't appeal to you. Prior experience with the movie may enhance your enjoyment of the musical components.
See it if You enjoyed the movie, and just want a fun night out with silly songs and enthusiastic singers & dancers. Take yourself back to high school.
Don't see it if You expect elaborate sets, melodrama, Evan Hansen, and a full scale musical.
See it if you know who Dove Cameron is and you want to see her on stage; great dance numbers are enough for you; you are a teenager
Don't see it if you want something profound; you don't like exaggerated high school characters
See it if you like exuberant musicals. Cast is young and fresh.Very talented and enthusiast.Choreo is terrific but it is all the same dance.No variety
Don't see it if you want something new. It's basically Mean Girls, but without Tina Fey's wit or the brilliant staging and choreo of that show.
See it if you like Dove Cameron (although we saw the understudy, who was very good.) Also if you love the movie and can relate to that time period.
Don't see it if if you expect something original beyond the film. The music is fun, but mostly new lyrics to old songs.
See it if you loved the movie. Incorporates virtually intact all the humor of the film plus dance numbers / song. Teens, especially girls, love it.
Don't see it if you did not care for the movie. This does not break new ground.
See it if You loved the film, you love the 90's,you like energetic fluff and talented actors being very entertaining.
Don't see it if It's a musical about entitled kids in Southern California. All the pluses could also be seen as minuses. It's escapism, but in a nice way.
See it if you're a fan of the movie, or of 90s music.
Don't see it if you're neither of the above/if you were born in the 00's. Odds are most of the jokes within the show will fly right over your head.
See it if you can't get enough of the movie, but it's no longer fresh & charming. Fast paced, well executed, fun dancing. Strong cast (saw understudy)
Don't see it if you want good lyrics; these are embarrassing. Still, gd voices/band. Will be gd for high sch/college prodns. Disappting, but entertaining.
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