Already closed | 1h 25m | Midtown W

Curvy Widow

From 165 member  reviews
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. More…

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.

1h 25m | Already closed | Westside Theatre Upstairs (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (165)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Disappointing, Cliched
70
Avg Score

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.

62
Entertaining, Relevant, Cliched, Author's vanity piece

See it if you want theater about the issues of older folks that is not patronizing.

Don't see it if You expect any deep character exploration. Most of the ideas and characters are trite.

Also Show is worth seeing for some of the funny and relevant songs about is... Read more Read less

69
Cliched, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if Musical about a 55 year old widow finding herself through stereotypes in the dating scene,most songs are forgettable.A light evening.

Don't see it if If you do not like simple musicals with a very thin storyline.

75
Original, Great staging, Resonant, Funny, Touching

See it if you'd enjoy an original (autobiographical) surprisingly touching story, set to great music with hysterical lyrics. Cast of 6 is very strong.

Don't see it if you're a total sourpuss. Lots of laughs, few touching moments as well. Really surprised how good it actually is. 90min flew by w/o noticing.

Also Nancy Opel's abundant charm shines as "Bobby".... Read more Read less

59
Disappointing, Great singing, Dated

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

68
Fluffy, Well-intentioned fun, Lead singing weak

See it if You’re up for a breezy show that bypasses most opportunities for substance and emotion.

Don't see it if Unrelenting focus on one character’s sex life would annoy you.

Also The chick-lit of musicals; would have benefited greatly from a subplot... Read more Read less

79
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting & staging, Relevant, Predictable

See it if You're up for an overdue, well-delivered, bland if clever musical about menopausal online dating, desire and, finally, fulfillment.

Don't see it if You're wanting more than just a pleasant & entertaining evening. Good performances but an ultimately bland score well delivered by Ms. Opel.

Also While you may not leave the theatre humming the tunes, you will leave ... Read more Read less

70
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 .

90
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Quirky

See it if you would enjoy seeing the wonderful Nancy Opel singing up a storm; you like fun musicals with 7 wonderful performers

Don't see it if you're bothered by seeing/hearing about the sexual life of a widowed woman in her 50s

80
Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Sitcom-like

See it if you want some light entertainment geared to an older audience.

Don't see it if if you want profound ideas explored in the text.

70
Funny, Entertaining, Good acting, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a show that is not afraid to delve into the sex life and dating habits of an unconventional widow.

Don't see it if you don't like shows that are frank about sex and/or do not necessarily have a conventional happy ending.

50
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.

70
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, 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.

52
Clever, Fluffy, Disappointing, Cliched, Surface

See it if You enjoy a show about online dating in mid-life, or you want a light post-menopausal show.

Don't see it if You're looking for a small musical with a big impact.

61
Tries to be provocative, Quirky, Curiousity, Odd, Light humor

See it if You enjoy a middle + aged woman dealing with her husbands death and loneliness by hooking up with men she meets on line - true story

Don't see it if Jokes about vaginal dryness bother you. The idea of seeking married men as sex partners doesn't sit well with you. Mediocre song/talent/book

51
Banal, Dated, Fluffy

See it if Nancy Opel is just great but this simple show belongs on the high sea for the senior crowd who would find this just borderline entertaining.

Don't see it if Song after song tells barely a story of empowerment. The theme and tone is established during the first song and you are ready to leave.

80
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, 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

35
Banal, Cliched, Indulgent, Excruciating

See it if you like watching reruns of the golden girls.

Don't see it if you're not of a particular age and/or you're looking for something new & different in the areas of menopause & dating again later in life.

Also oh boy... how to say this nicely w/o sounding mean? but there's no way... Read more Read less

55
Cliched, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if You want a glimpse in to the world of a delusional widow.

Don't see it if You are expecting a thoughtful musical piece on life after death.

51
Banal, Disappointing, Fluffy, Raunchy, Insipid

See it if You are into dating sites and kinky sex.Nancy Opel is great, but the show is lacking in music,story line. Just boring and never ending!

Don't see it if Don't waste your time! Very amateurish!!

74
Entertaining, Quirky, Raunchy, Funny, Cute

See it if You aren't a youngster & enjoy hearing about the exploits of others. If you like reading tabloids & can laugh at every day life, see this

Don't see it if You are just starting out in life, & an older woman's putting herself out there, as a premise for the entire show, seems like mere fluff.

70
Disappointing, Great staging, Delightful

See it if you like musical comedy that is autobiographical. How the baby boomers deal with dating adds humor. Well stage and okay songs

Don't see it if kooky musical theater is not your cup of tea nor if you don't have an open mind for it.

75
Entertaining, Resonant, Funny, Fluffy

See it if You like light-hearted musical comedy with an underlying message the issues of ageing and loneliness.

Don't see it if You like the issues of age and widowhood taken seriously and are not ready to laugh at life.

65
Slow, Insipid, 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


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 dec...
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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-thi...
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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 th...
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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 ma...
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