Curvy Widow
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Curvy Widow

Curvy Widow NYC Reviews and Tickets

(166 Ratings)
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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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Show-Score Member Reviews (166)

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120 Reviews | 12 Followers
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

252 Reviews | 26 Followers
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

562 Reviews | 85 Followers
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.

85 Reviews | 23 Followers
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 .

95 Reviews | 16 Followers
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.

306 Reviews | 53 Followers
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.

83 Reviews | 25 Followers
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.

95 Reviews | 8 Followers
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

Critic Reviews (36)

The New York Times
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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Time Out New York
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 profile, 'Curvy Widow's' promise yields a disappointing date."
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The Observer
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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Lighting & Sound America
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 turn ‘Curvy Widow’ into something worthwhile.”
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Theatre is Easy
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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