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Curvy Widow
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Curvy Widow NYC Reviews and Tickets

70%
(166 Reviews)
Positive
62%
Mixed
31%
Negative
7%
Members say
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Disappointing, Cliched

About the Show

Based on a true story, this sassy musical follows the exploits of a feisty fifty-something whose adventures inspire laughs and reveal truths about life, love, and sex. Starring Tony Award nominee Nancy Opel.

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85
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Quirky, Funny

See it if you like well done shows that deal with life for those of us of a certain age.Takes an honest but funny look at life for a dating widow.

Don't see it if you are looking for Chekovian drama.This is a light show that has something important to say, but says it in an accessible way.

78
Funny, Entertaining, Edgy

See it if you like true stories or are a fan of James Goldman and/or Bobby Goldman, his widow.

Don't see it if frank talk about sex and dating at a mature age offends you, or older women's sexual experiences & enjoyment doesn't interest you.

Critic Reviews (36)

August 3rd, 2017

"The story, directed by Peter Flynn, seems headed for a classic happy ending or an updated version of 'An Unmarried Woman' (victory in self-actualization), and neither promises much satisfaction. Mr. Brody’s music and lyrics are pleasant but insight-free. Ms. Goldman’s book is often witty but decidedly self-congratulatory...Things go annoyingly well for Bobby...The three actors (Land, Muraoka and Shyer) who play all the male characters deliver some entertaining group numbers."
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August 3rd, 2017

"'Curvy Widow' has a dispiritingly embalmed feel...A musical that would be D.O.A. if not for its star, Nancy Opel. Opel is so appealing and funny as the musical’s fiftysomething title character, who learns to let go and lust again thanks to online dating, that you can almost forgive the linen-thin narrative and cavalcade of hoary humor, caricatures and mis-rhymed lyrics...Like a misleading Match.com profile, 'Curvy Widow's' promise yields a disappointing date."
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August 4th, 2017

"Uneven and not entirely original, it still provides a witty riff on a vital subject...Opel plays the titular curvy widow with a certain seasoned charm that goes with her pleasant vocal range like tea and honey...Occasionally amusing but mostly undistinguished songs that sound more provocative than they really are...Goldman's book towers above the follow-the-dots direction of Peter Flynn and the perfunctory score by Drew Brody."
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August 3rd, 2017

"None of the characters are worrying much about money, making the stakes feel awfully low...As vanity projects go, 'Curvy Widow' is better than most. Some of Goldman's jokes are actually funny, and when they're not, the naturally comedic Opel usually carries them across the finish line...It is made more pleasant by Drew Brody's listenable score of ersatz Sondheim tunes...It's impossible to hate 'Curvy Widow,' especially in light of the profound indifference it engenders."
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August 22nd, 2017

"It doesn't take long before Opel starts tearing your heart out...'Curvy Widow' transforms into a fun and frisky showcase for its star...Opel is the focal point of nearly every scene and song, and the authors offer several spot-on moments for her to shine...While 'Curvy Widow' may not seem innovative on the surface, an entertainment that respectfully presents the adventures of a woman in her 50s seeking sex and romance with men in her age range can, unfortunately, be considered a novelty."
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August 4th, 2017

"If Opel makes the most of such opportunities, too much of 'Curvy Widow' resists even her well-honed comic skills...The book consists of crashingly obvious gags seemingly cribbed from somebody's opening act in Vegas...The songs restate the main situation without adding anything in the way of melody or humor...Flynn's direction mostly involves moving the cast around Opel, which he does handily enough."
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August 6th, 2017

“The always-reliable Nancy Opel has what should have been the role of a lifetime in ‘Curvy Widow,’ a new, autobiographical musical by Bobby Goldman, about coping with the death of her husband, the playwright James, when she was 55 years old. But not even Opel can lift the show that contains her from the generic doldrums that keep it down. Nor can the six other players rise above director Peter Flynn's pedestrian staging...to turn ‘Curvy Widow’ into something worthwhile.”
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August 11th, 2017

"It's refreshing that 'Curvy Widow' openly discusses the fact that a 55-year-old woman wants and enjoys sex. It also has the advantage of Nancy Opel in the lead role. Unfortunately, she can't make up for the often superficial writing...Scenes go from therapy sessions to dates to hanging out with friends without much in the way of transitions or character development...Some of Drew Brody's lyrics are risqué, and offer a glimpse of a subversive, entertaining musical buried beneath stale jokes."
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August 3rd, 2017

“A raunchy, occasionally funny, but clichéd, 85-minute musical…The show takes a precipitous dive into incongruous dopiness during a pharmacy scene when Bobby and a friend…go shopping for condoms. Also not particularly helpful is the tired conceit of having the ghost of Bobby's husband wandering in and out...Much of 'Curvy Widow''s appeal comes from the doll-faced Opel…Opel has a big voice that can belt a song as well as finesse it for pathos.”
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August 4th, 2017

"The production sinks or swims on the capabilities of the actor portraying Bobby. Fortunately that actor is the clear-voiced powerhouse Nancy Opel...Brody’s score is uncomplicated but Opel finds the tenderness in ballads...However, there are some corny and/or tacky moments that even Opel cannot mug her way out of...Goldman, in writing about herself, offers a fully fleshed-out Bobby...The supporting characters could only be so lucky; little writerly attention has been paid to them at all."
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August 3rd, 2017

"The show is lightweight and escapist stuff, but it has moments of thoughtfulness as well as fun. It’s a fine part for Opel, who brings to this star turn all of the comic talents she’s sharpened...It’s a pleasure to see a cast of mature performers carrying a show so adeptly, and it’s refreshing that Goldman didn’t feel the need to write in any sweet young things...The score, by Drew Brody, has some run-of-the-mill, generic-sounding songs. But it has a few dandy ones too."
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August 4th, 2017

"Simplistic fun and mildly diverting...Not shiny or new, but an enjoyable enough romp...Without Opel’s stage presence though, I have a good feeling this show might not be able to sell itself so easily. She owns the stage and garners our good wishes...It’s silly and predictable, funny and enjoyable, with obvious jokes...This is standard 'Widow' fare humor, if there is such a thing, balancing the mourning and dating world in laughter and pathos."
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August 10th, 2017

"Goldman’s book could easily be fortified with deeper levels of exposition...More about the fictional Bobby and what moves her from grieving to living would be welcomed. Brody’s music and lyrics are pleasing...Flynn keeps the musical moving at the proper pace and his staging is visually delightful...'Curvy Widow' is a charming and engaging exploration of the balancing act performed when navigating bereavement and discovering one’s 'groove.'"
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August 3rd, 2017

"Goldman’s book is smart and savvy, punched with one-liners that Opel delivers in spades...And while this works for the majority of 'Curvy Widow’s' fast-paced 90 minutes, it’s occasionally too slick and calculated, and one wishes that cast and audience alike could pause and take a deep breath...Wayne Barker’s orchestrations and arrangements elevate Brody’s score to maximize the ensemble’s talents."
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August 4th, 2017

"Opel pulls off a tour de force...Vocally she soars with emotional pathos that makes us laugh, cry, and relate...The rest of the cast all sings, dances, and plays a multitude of roles with panache...The direction is seamless allowing for flow, while the choreography is delightfully simplistic...The songs are fleshed out, lush and take us on this musical roller coaster called life...The book is intelligent, witty, and smart...Relatable, funny, and enjoyable."
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August 3rd, 2017

"Goldman’s is a noble gesture, and, with Drew Brody’s songs, she’s produced a mildly amusing entertainment that, for obvious reasons, will likely find its most appreciative audiences among other widows looking for hope...Speaking of tunes, Opel powerfully sings almost every one of Brody’s...Flynn is the director and Santana the choreography, and they’ve certainly gotten everything out of the cast—especially Opel—and the material as they possibly can."
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August 4th, 2017

"Opel deserves to be up for this new season’s awards for her dynamic, captivating performance in 'Curvy Widow,' with a clever book and lively music and lyrics...The various encounters are hilarious, whether in dialogue or songs expressing her dismay...One ploy annoys me. In the midst of her adventures her dead husband materializes a few times...It’s an old idea, and it becomes gimmicky...The high spirits of the production and the energetic delivery of the songs combine to be entertaining."
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August 12th, 2017

“Basically a vanity project…And yet, the show's strong sense of the you-go-older-girl message it wants to deliver and the forthright amiability with which it delivers it won me over...The production has an amateurish feel…What saved the evening for me was the game performance by stage vet Nancy Opel…If you're looking for an intellectually stimulating evening, then ‘Curvy Widow’ won't be for you. But...it could be a fun evening to share with a group of longtime gal friends."
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August 9th, 2017

“Sometimes engaging, sometimes irritating…Some of it is funny, some of it simply tries too hard to be candid…The piece gives Nancy Opel the chance to show off her formidable talents as a mature leading lady. She makes a lot of the more questionable episodes palatable…You can admire ‘Curvy Widow’ for tackling the curves life can throw a woman as she moves through middle age…You can also wish that it had done so with a little more grace and perhaps even a bit more reticence.”
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August 6th, 2017

“Goldman has wisely put her play in the resourceful hands of director Peter Flynn, who extracts from it all the humor, some of it bringing belly laughs. He also manages to keep the non-linear story afloat by inventive staging…Opel’s voice is firm and appealing...The musical material by Drew Brody is serviceable, with dexterity particularly in many of his lyrics. Marcos Santana has choreographed these eighteen numbers nimbly...I would have liked to know more about Bobby Goldman.”
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Z
August 14th, 2017

"There’s liberating, and then there’s crude. And 'Curvy Widow' is far more of the latter than the former...Goldman’s humor is decidedly of the Borscht Belt variety, although I do have to admit I laughed a few times...The songs feel shapeless, flavorless, and feature bland, repetitive lyrics...'Curvy Widow' is the kind of show where you sit and pity the poor performers for the varied indignities forced upon them. One of the production’s few saving graces is its star, the herculean Opel."
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August 4th, 2017

"For almost 80 minutes, the audience is laughing and smiling...The audience loved 'Curvy Widow,' and it’s understandable, given the presence and the talents of the vivacious Nancy Opel...Opel connects immediately. She looks real, and it’s easy to identify with her. Opel is dynamic and has a strong voice. Her Bobby is strong, sarcastic, and sexual."
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August 15th, 2017

“The fast-moving show zips through about a dozen dating experiences – most of them misfires, a few promising, and all amusing. Brody’s plentiful score is serviceable. You don’t leave humming the tunes, but Brody’s lyrics are clever and character-enhancing…Ms. Opel is up to the heavy lifting. There’s precious little subtlety in the script, but the crafty performer keeps the heaviest gags from landing with too much of a thud...Flynn’s spirited direction makes the 90 minutes fly by.”
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August 5th, 2017

"A delightful cast and story aimed right at the heart of our readers...Songs that are witty, current, and pure Broadway-lite...Opel...has a wonderful voice and plays a mostly smart woman...Opel may be a tad miscast in terms of age (with her silvery bob she seemed older than mid-50s) and build (more rectangular than curvy), but her heart and game sense of humor are winning...A summertime confection, it’s a little raunchy and a little silly but above all it’s relatable."
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October 5th, 2017

"Opel...brings her estimable talents to the title role. The versatile ensemble cast energetically populates Bobby’s orbit of friends, dates, and gynecologists. Brody’s music and lyrics are pleasant, if a little generic...But it’s the darkest, non-musical moments that are most compelling...Moments of vulnerability, though, are too often hastily glossed over in favor of yet another tune...I suspect that Bobby’s genuinely interesting life story could be more richly rendered in another medium."
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May 9th, 2017
For a previous production

“There are so many reasons why you will enjoy this show. It tells a heartfelt story with all the pizzazz that you love in a musical...A vibrant score that is wonderfully performed...Each and every song is well placed to develop the story...'Curvy Widow' does a great job of addressing the sensitive subject of dating and sexual relations for a mature woman after the loss of her mate. It is a meaningful, yet wholly entertaining production that you will long remember.”
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May 5th, 2017
For a previous production

"I am surrounded by people laughing their heads off while I sit and wonder why...A lively mainly autobiographical musical comedy...All the participants are kept actively engaged, if not necessarily engaging...The very talented Opel portrays a woman with boundless vim and vigor...Brody's lilting tunes range from clever to crass...This is a show that doesn't pretend to be more than a shallow diversion for those who fantasize about the sexual possibilities and proclivities of middle-aged women."
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May 10th, 2017
For a previous production

"A 90-minute musical bore...The result is a muddy and uneven script, paired with trite, forgettable songs that makes for a show that can never manage to shed any fresh light on its subject...Opel comports herself well in a character that is asked to carry the entire show...But Goldman and Brody do not give Opel much to work with...This is a show dedicated almost entirely to the gag of Bobby's dating gaffes, but as that grows quickly thin, we are not left with much to which we might connect."
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May 10th, 2017
For a previous production

"A humorous musical...Brody’s numbers easily move the story with humor and emotion through Bobby’s creation of her new life...Opel inhabits Bobby, bringing her to full, emotionally messy life as though the part was written specifically for her...'Curvy Widow,' with its solid story, firm direction, and excellent performances—especially that of lead Nancy Opel—makes for an entertaining evening in the theatre. It is upbeat, it is hopeful, and it is funny."
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May 9th, 2017
For a previous production

"A mildly diverting albeit poignant production that manages to be both entertaining and enlightening...Director Flynn keeps the action moving for a brisk 90 minutes...Opel is terrific as Bobby...The seven-member cast works as a tight ensemble...I confess that I wasn’t blown away by 'Curvy Widow' at first, but in retrospect I have concluded that such life-changing events as middle-aged widowhood...don’t really need a 76-trombone band and lots of jokes."
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May 15th, 2017
For a previous production

"Very funny and sometimes bawdy...There’s a lot going on in this play and Flynn keeps the action and story line moving forward throughout. The result is a thoroughly entertaining evening of acting, music and dance...Anyone with an open mind and a sense of humor should find this production a delightful night out."
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May 8th, 2017
For a previous production

"The death of a spouse is a rather odd choice of subject matter for a musical comedy, but 'Curvy Widow' pulls off the trick in fine style...A very funny musical. The songs help broach the dark subject matter that inspired the play...Nancy Opel is terrific. The Tony-nominated actress has an amazing voice and is able to move effortless between sad moments and hilarious antics...It’s part tear-jerker, but mostly a very funny comedy...Highly recommended!"
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May 12th, 2017
For a previous production

"A fast-paced romp through the horrors and joys of post-menopausal widowhood in the digital age...It’s tuneful, to be sure—but I can’t say you’ll go home humming any of the numbers. The very talented ensemble does a terrific job portraying myriad characters and undergoing rapid costume changes. Opel is the high-energy center, and makes this musical sizzle."
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November 15th, 2016
For a previous production

"'Curvy Widow' is a delightful revelation of widowhood, with all its frustrations, disappointments and delights...A hilarious, high-voltage romp portraying an indomitable woman's determination to forge a new life with or without a male partner...Opel is a delight on and offstage and could take this 90-minute (no intermission) dynamo role to great heights."
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May 9th, 2017
For a previous production

"There’s no doubt that I laughed often at Bobby Goldman’s hilarious musical...In a highly physical show that gives her virtually no rest, Opel writhes, struts, vamps and grimaces through one uproarious scene after another, all the while delivering Drew Brody’s sassy, witty songs with her strong but disciplined voice...A snappy, breathless and sophisticated romp."
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May 11th, 2017
For a previous production

"The most fearless and entertaining original musical about the resurrection of the human spirit in some time...Yes, this is a musical with grief at its core, but make no mistake, there is nothing maudlin about 'Curvy Widow'...One of 'Curvy Widow’s' triumphs is the refreshing fact that we now have an original and smart musical featuring a cast where everybody is over fifty...Nancy Opel is a tour de force as Bobby Goldman...Ballsy. Brilliant. See it."
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