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Curvy Widow

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Disappointing, Delightful
34 reviews
90 reviews

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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From surviving hilarious first dates, to her intimate conquests, this widow navigates her way through it all with humor and perseverance. Featuring best friends, a dead husband, and myriad potential suitors, Curvy learns the hard way what it means to start over in the modern age.

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The New York Times

"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." Full Review


"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." Full Review

Time Out New York

"'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." Full Review

Lighting & Sound America

"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." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

“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.” Full Review

The Huffington Post

"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." Full Review

Front Row Center

"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." Full Review

Times Square Chronicles

"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." Full Review

Theatre Reviews Limited

"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.'" Full Review

Front Mezz Junkies

"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." Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

"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." Full Review

Broadway & Me

“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." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"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." Full Review

DC Metro Theater Arts

“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.” Full Review

Musical Theater Review

“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.” Full Review

Broadway Blog

"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." Full Review

The Observer

"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." Full Review


"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." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"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." Full Review


“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.” Full Review

LI Herald

"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." Full Review

Scene on Stage

“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.” Full Review

More Time To Travel

"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." Full Review


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.” Full Review


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." Full Review

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Avg Score

Ambitious, Relevant, Timely, Fluffy, Monotonous

See it if You want an evening of middle age woman discovery - set to original music and lyrics.

Don't see it if If you value the quality of story telling and music / lyrics

Insipid, Slow, Fluffy

See it if you like the problems of middle-aged women.

Don't see it if you don't like fairly low brow musicals

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if The very talented cast, especially Nancy Opel present with singing and dancing the ups and downs of online dating. Although this funny,

Don't see it if you do not like musicals.

Also wisecracking, and light musical is geared towards the older audience, ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you think the online dating life of a Widow is interesting! I could of just called a friend and listened to her stories! LOL!

Don't see it if you're looking for a creative interesting story!

Funny, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you enjoy a formula off-Broadway musical comedy with dramatic overtones

Don't see it if you are looking for a big, splashy musical

Disappointing, Dated, Great singing

See it if Want to see Nancy Opel on stage (why did she give up Prince of Broadway for this !)

Don't see it if Want anything refreshing as the material is so dated

Entertaining, homorous

See it if you relate to the life problems of middle age women. The song and dance numbers are pretty good. However, I never truly warmed up to it.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or shows exploring major life changes .

Funny, Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining, Great staging

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.

Entertaining, Talented cast, Well written

See it if enjoy seeing a talented cast in a clever musical in an intimate setting

Don't see it if if you only like BIG Broadway shows with big casts or only like dramas

Clever, Raunchy, Disappointing

See it if Want to see an off broadway musical...a few laughs

Don't see it if You want to see a play....singing off...actors were miscast

Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You like musicals about online dating

Don't see it if If you seek something serious and narrow minded

Disappointing, Cliched, Short on charm, long on smarm

See it if the idea of a naive widow testing the dating waters with uninspired musical numbers appeals. Usually wonderful Opel can't make this fly.

Don't see it if you have other choices. Everyone involved has done better work and will surely do so again, but this is not anyone's finest hour..and a half

Also Listing says 75 (intermissionless) minutes, but it's closer to 90.

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you are a fan of musical comedy in an intimate setting! It's clever & the performers are fantastic, especially Nancy Opel...she's great!!!

Don't see it if you prefer a more traditional Big Broadway style show. This is a fun evening that offers some good laughs performed by an excellent cast!

Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You can identify with the plight of older women...want pure escapist entertainment with polished performances.

Don't see it if You only like serious theater..and don't enjoy a fluffy, non-important but entertaining time in the theater.

Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you are of a specific age and have encountered online dating

Don't see it if you are looking for a profound piece of theater

Indulgent, Disappointing, Fluffy, Self indulgent musical about an older woman and her quest for sex. nancy opel is wasted on this one.

See it if you want to learn that old people have sex too

Don't see it if you are looking for a great musical. Some of the songs are catchy, but I certainly could have avoided hearing a song about vaginal dryness

Clever, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if You can identify with a mature woman and the new dating scene. You like stories about strong women. Is you want to laugh

Don't see it if If you are seriously prudish

Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if ...you want a fun evening, and insights into the true story of a feisty, sexy older widow. Terrific, hummable music, fun choreography.

Don't see it if ...you're looking for something weighty.

Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy spicy, funny stories of mid-life dating and a tuneful accessible score.

Don't see it if you like theatre that deals with serious issues or emotional complexity.

Funny, Clever, Edgy, Great writing

See it if You can appreciate the adventure of middle age dating.

Don't see it if You are easily offended by women speaking frankly about sex and dating.

Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You like raunchy musicals about real life issues. Amazing singing and clever staging.

Don't see it if You are easily offended by sex and discussions of sex -- even in song.

Funny, Relevant, Cliched, Fluffy, Tuneful

See it if you're up for some laughs about aging, starting over, dating, sex, and love, NYC-style. The music nods to Sondheim, Kander, and Lloyd Webbe

Don't see it if you're too cool for a musical about women (and men) of a certain age singing about Match.com and menopause sex.

Funny, Clever, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you are interested in what happens after 50 and you are alone, mom and dad CAN still sing and dance, will you really live your life fully

Don't see it if you're only interested in love life and cares of 20-30 year olds and see their bodies dancing and singing on stage

Cliched, Slow, Dated

See it if You are an older woman who likes the idea that you can find love again at an older age. Cliched story with silly plot line

Don't see it if You want to see a thought provoking musical and middle age dating

Indulgent, Banal, Disappointing, Overrated

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Don't see it if You have taste

Also Not an ounce of truth in the acting and dancing. Nice voices but emoti... Read more Read less