Clueless, The Musical
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Clueless, The Musical
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Clueless, The Musical NYC Reviews and Tickets

71%
(124 Reviews)
Positive
64%
Mixed
26%
Negative
10%
Members say
Entertaining, Fluffy, Disappointing, Funny, Delightful

About the Show

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​."

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Member Reviews (124)

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962 Reviews | 339 Followers
75
Dated, Fluffy, Energetic, Well staged/choreographed, Weak lyrics

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.

826 Reviews | 1004 Followers
84
Entertaining, Fun, Great cast, Light, Energetic

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.

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506 Reviews | 1002 Followers
83
Entertaining, Dated, Overrated, Refreshing

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 Read more

593 Reviews | 221 Followers
40
Great singing, Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if You want to see a star-on-the-rise talent in Dove Cameron.

Don't see it if You’re sick of materialistic high schooler stories & would hate a score of 90s pop music with new, but incredibly bad, parody-style lyrics.

493 Reviews | 56 Followers
79
If you liked the movie you'll love this show.

See it if You like shows about teens in high school with a 90's soundtrack.

Don't see it if You don't like teen musicals with 90's music as a soundtrack.

454 Reviews | 70 Followers
78
Entertaining, Disappointing, Disappointing choreo, Bargain basement mean girls, Very bad sight lines

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.

406 Reviews | 188 Followers
80
Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Great singing, Suitable for teens

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. Read more

407 Reviews | 67 Followers
60
Banal, Excruciating, Fluffy, Indulgent, Insipid

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Critic Reviews (27)

The New York Times
December 11th, 2018

“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.”
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The Hollywood Reporter
December 11th, 2018

“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."
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Variety
December 11th, 2018

“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’s.”
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The Observer
December 11th, 2018

“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.”
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AM New York
December 11th, 2018

“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.”
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Lighting & Sound America
December 12th, 2018

“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.”
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New York Stage Review
December 11th, 2018

“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.”
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New York Stage Review
December 11th, 2018

“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."
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