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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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

74
Fun, Derivative, Fluffy

See it if you love the film and 90's music. Light silly energetic fun.

Don't see it if you're looking for anything original, including music. The "score" is re-purposed pop songs with updated lyrics - a bit awkward and cheesy.

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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TheaterScene.net
January 2nd, 2019

"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."
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Theatre is Easy
December 11th, 2018

"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.”
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CurtainUp
December 13th, 2018

"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."
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Front Row Center
December 12th, 2018

“’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."
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Front Mezz Junkies
December 24th, 2018

“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.”
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Exeunt Magazine
December 13th, 2018

"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."
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C
December 11th, 2018

"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."
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T
December 17th, 2018

"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."
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The Guardian (UK)
December 11th, 2018

“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.”
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Wolf Entertainment Guide
December 24th, 2018

"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.”
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Towleroad
December 11th, 2018

“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.”
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Financial Times (UK)
December 12th, 2018

“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."
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M
December 15th, 2018

“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.”
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The Stage (UK)
December 11th, 2018

“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."
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Off Script with Dan Dwyer
December 12th, 2018

“'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.”
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Show Showdown
December 11th, 2018

“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 Cher.”
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The Wrap
December 11th, 2018

“This musical version of...’Clueless’ is mostly just whack...Heckerling goes the jukebox musical route...While some of the tunes are played pretty much straight, most have had their lyrics radically reworked to fit into Heckerling’s storyline...The best of the new songs are cute, if random...But others come off as embarrassingly amateurish...All the elements that made Heckerling’s movie groundbreaking...here is watered down into the most generic of musical theater adaptations.”
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Medium
December 12th, 2018

“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.”
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Off Off Online
December 20th, 2018

"A musical adaptation so insipid it makes one long for the good old days of 1642, when the Puritans shut down all the theaters...Heckerling’s film is capital-g Great, if not particularly good. Yet the musical adaptation wants to be something more; it wants to be topical and, even worse, important, climaxing in an environmental protest that feels neither earned nor particularly genuine."
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