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Curvy Widow

From 36 critic and 164 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)

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


"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." 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. could be a fun evening to share with a group of longtime gal friends." 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

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

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

Village Voice

"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." 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

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

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 profile, 'Curvy Widow's' promise yields a disappointing date." 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

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


“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 turn ‘Curvy Widow’ into something worthwhile.” 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

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if You want to laugh a lot

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or dealing with the dating scene

Clever, Great writing, Edgy, Funny

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.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if You want to be tboroughly entertained. If you hsve gone on dating sights you will laugh yourself silly

Don't see it if You have not dated a lot or thrown into dating after. being out of the rat race for a long time.If

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like woman centered fun show with great music

Don't see it if You don't like women over 50 and are a prude.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if If you're over a certain age and back into the dating scene and all its on-line horrors you will love this show. Fun & bittersweet. See it

Don't see it if If you do not like musicals( there is A LOT of singing) or are easily offended by adult language, dialogue and sexual promiscuity.

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

Clever, Funny, Raunchy

See it if You want to have a good laugh!

Don't see it if You don’t have a sense of humor

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if 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're looking for something weighty.


See it if You like light entertainment

Don't see it if You're a theater snob

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.

Quirky, Raunchy, Fluffy, Hilarious

See it if You loved Menopause, the Musical!

Don't see it if You are easily offended by off color jokes and lyrics.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, 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.

Entertaining, Refreshing, Relevant, Funny

See it if You are a woman of a certain age

Don't see it if You are a man

Clever, Funny, Cliched, Refreshing

See it if You like comedy and music about dating blues for middle aged women.

Don't see it if the topic doesn't interest you.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny

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.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious

See it if You can enjoy a little show about a middle Aged woman , that also entertains, can be edgy w/o vulgarity , be clever and up to date .

Don't see it if You expect a Broadway spectacular and can't identify with middle age Woman's issues . Can't enjoy campy even if it's well done .

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if You enjoy fun musicals about older women and dating. A funny show about love, life and dating over 50.

Don't see it if You're not interested in the issues concerning people over 50. Don't like smaller productions or shows involving issues of loss and aging.

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.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You are in your "middle age" and you want to laugh at how the world has changed since you were in your prime dating years.

Don't see it if You want an intense long winded type of performance.

Clever, Hilarious, Great writing

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

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

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Delightful

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!

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

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great acting

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

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.

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