Already closed | 2h 20m | Midtown W

Emojiland: The Musical

From 209 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Great singing, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

About the show

'Emojiland" is a new, electric ensemble piece about a diverse community of archetypes who take one another at face value. More…

From the show:

Not to be confused with, and very much unlike The Emoji Movie, Emojiland is an electric ensemble piece about a diverse community of archetypes who take one another at face value: a smiling face dealing with depression; a princess who doesn’t want a prince; a skull dying for deletion; a nerd face too smart for his own good; a face with sunglasses who can’t see past his own reflection; and a police officer and construction worker who just want to work together. When a software update threatens to destroy life as they know it, Emojiland faces the most fundamental questions a society – and a heart – can face: Who are we? And who matters?

2h 20m | Already closed | The Duke on 42nd Street (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (209)


Clever, Great singing, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

Lighthearted, Entertaining, Great singing, Great music, Fun!

See it if A fun, lighthearted show with excellent melodies and singing. Funny and uplifting. Some heart stopping ballads. Romcom adventure. LOL

Don't see it if Lighthearted fare is not your thing.

Also Great colorful and creative sets.

Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of any of the stellar cast members. Really amazing vocals in this show. Margherita is amazing as always. Fun story w/ heart.

Don't see it if You aren't in the mood for a show with cartoony characters. There is a nice message and heart to the story.

Also Also really thought the costumes and wigs and props were very clever a... Read more Read less

Funny, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want to see something silly & light that ends up being surprisingly thoughtful. Strong performances of some good songs. Great costumes.

Don't see it if You can’t lighten up for one evening and just have fun. This is a serious story camouflaged as fluff.

Fluffy, Great singing, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if Cute cartoonish emojis include Nerdface, who falls in love with Smileyface and battles the evil Skull. Excellent, energetic pop vocals.

Don't see it if Silly kiddie story, with a dollop of technobabble, & references to social issues (bullying, immigration). Long for what it is.

Also In what other show are you going to see a character with an elaborate ... Read more Read less

👏, Person facepalming, Thumbs up, Face with rolling eyes, Grinning face

See it if you want to see a consciously silly & campy musical that cannily takes on some serious & important contemporary social & political issues.

Don't see it if you take musical theater (or yourself) too seriously; you expect this musical to be pure fluff and/or exclusively for Gen Z.

Also I must admit that I thought going into this show that it was going to ... Read more Read less

Fluffy, Slow, Indulgent, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Clever premise holds up fairly well even when laden w/an immigration allegory Quirky, funny lyrics (high point) under brisk techno-pop beat

Don't see it if What's to dislike when Max Crumm spends entire evening on a hoverboard! But aggressive, high digital staging almost defeats clever silliness

Relevant, Clever, Great staging, Quirky, Dizzying

See it if you like musicals on current topics in the new form of the day. This is a loud production with some good acting-Abud, Crumm, & choreography.

Don't see it if you expect memorable music and I had a hard time hearing the lyrics sitting upfront on the band side of the theater & the micing was fuzzy.

Repetitive, Quirky, Indulgent, Clever, Ambitious

See it if enjoy funny new musicals, like quirky settings & odd characters, curious about how emojis are depicted, tame love story plotlines

Don't see it if not a fan of new musicals, don't like hackneyed plots, don't want to see Ann Harada's talents wasted, no desire to see emojis humanized

Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Quirky

See it if Show that silly and funny with a great cast, a few good songs.

Don't see it if It you can let your hair down, and have fun.

Also In this show three story lines take place. Some of the songs I like ve... Read more Read less

Cute idea, Too loud, small theater but heavily mic'd, Silly, but also strangely dark at times, Great singing

See it if Good singing, staging/projections clever, however...

Don't see it if Totally silly, quite loud. Stage/projections also actually a bit dizzying, overdone.

Also Initially I thought it would be good show for kids, but the two kids s... Read more Read less

Quirky, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like a light hearted musical about emojis. Very good singing and staging. Some nice songs. I recommend this show for the younger crowd.

Don't see it if you like a mature plot or don't like a high energy show. It's an unlikely plot about emojis in a cell phone.

Also I liked the originality of the plot. Some of the singers were extremel... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Great singing from a-level talent, Inventive production, Silly fun

See it if If you liked SpongeBob this'll work for you as well. It's surprisingly engaging & a good time. Cast is great.

Don't see it if If you only want serious stuff, or hate musicals, or abhor the cellphone generation. I didn't get all the emoji refs but that didn't matter.

Terrific songs and singers. silly story.

See it if You appreciate a well done show filled with very good songs and singers.

Don't see it if You want a traditional grownup musical.

Refreshing, Delightful, Great singing, Hilarious, Clever

See it if THIS is the Avenue Q for Gen Z. Like a passion project miraculously given the green light. Nothing squandered, all talent played to the hilt

Don't see it if ur a bored fatalist insisting pop culture can’t rise above mediocrity; unfamiliar w/ emojis' utility as nonverbal cues (reducing ambiguity,

Also adding nuance to casual communication). There needs to be an award cat... Read more Read less

Ravishing cast in a musical spectacular

See it if All-star cast amid a spectacle of costumes, projections and laser-light shows. Great voices for varied, tuneful score. A delight all around

Don't see it if Though I don't know emojis from jujubees, I caught on right away. What a cast -- George Abud, Lesli Margarita, Lucas Steele, Ann Harada ---

Also ----Jacob Dickey, Max Crumm. Josh Lamon, and Laura Schein who also co-... Read more Read less

But what's it in aid of?, Cute set and colorful, Over mic'd, A lot of talent

See it if Probably 4 showstoppers. If you take away the emoji's its a pretty traditional book. Lucas Steele's appeal eluded me until now.

Don't see it if You dont like strobe lights, loud, fast movement. You dont like bad choreograohy and dance save Lesli's energetic split.

Also Our central couple is lovely, believable and sweet--and boy can they s... Read more Read less

Colorful, Energetic, Quirky, Cliched, Great singing

See it if Talented cast with great voices in a sometimes entertaining, well staged, colorfully costumed production that targets a youthful demographic

Don't see it if Humor is generally broad & occasionally cringeworthy(Ann Harada's number). Music sometimes makes lyrics hard to understand. Too long.

Silly, Great singing, Quirky, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you suspend disbelief to follow the adventures of broadly drawn characters (each is defined by their emoji, after all) in a silly, fun show.

Don't see it if you prefer highbrow fare. This is the polar opposite of that.

Also Why is Lucas Steele so mesmerizing onstage even playing an emoji?

Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if You want a silly fun time. Takes place inside a cell phone. Nicely staged, good costumes. Listen carefully to the words. Very clever.

Don't see it if You are not familiar with smart phones. You must understand words like Reset Delete Virus Firewall Emoji. Singers belt songs which young ...

Also kids love. Although the story is good guy vs bad guy, finding love, wh... Read more Read less

Silly fun, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you want to leave your worried behind and just have some silly fun.This was full of energy, singing, dancing and funny. Had a great time!

Don't see it if if you want to challenge your intellect.

Quirky, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if Emoji culture and humor of nonverbal communication is of interest to you. Very creative set and some good performances by some cast members.

Don't see it if you want a serious drama, then skip this musical.

Also Gen X & Gen Y will appreciate this Emoji humor written by the playwrig... Read more Read less

Energetic, Entertaining, Great costumes!, Great singing, Fun!!!

See it if you want a fun show with heart that has some GREAT voices, great costumes, and a high energy pop score. Performances are top notch.

Don't see it if you are looking for a serious show or none of the things I said above appeal to you

Also When I first heard about the show, I was skeptical with the concept, b... Read more Read less

Liked it so much more than i expected, Very contemporary yet a classic love story, Some terrific singing and comedic timing, Great costumes, props, lighting, Creative, fresh, fun & funny

See it if Want a light, fun, digitally-based Musical comedy. Get a kick out of sight gags/wordplay. A classic romcom updated and set in a smart phone!

Don't see it if Need seriousness or are easily offended by sophomoric humor.

But still not great, Better than expected, Great singing, Funny, Surprising

See it if you can overlook a silly premise and find a show that actually has a lot of heart and some decent songs behind it

Don't see it if you want your emojis to stay in your phone.

Also I'll be interested to see what this songwriting team can do when they'... Read more Read less

Fluffy, Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if Crazy talent ... 🙂😘🤡🙄🤓. Lucas Steele crush. Campy fun.

Don't see it if Not for those who don’t have a cell phone 🤪

January 19th, 2020
CRITIC’S PICK. "There’s a Rom-Com in Your Phone. With Music: Everybody’s on hand, from a variety of Smileys to Nerd Face, and from Princess to Pile of Poo."
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January 19th, 2020
3/5 Stars "With 16 musical numbers, dozens of characters, three main plot lines and a running time of well over two hours, it's a case of more-is-way-too-much, especially since the cyber-silliness isn't that well scripted. Thankfully, its...analog performances prevent the show from crashing."
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January 21st, 2020
"'Emojiland' Asks, Is It Really So Great to Be Alive?: Keith Harrison and Laura Schein wage war on nihilism inside an iPhone in their new musical at the Duke on 42nd Street."
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January 20th, 2020
"New Faces of 2020 Threaten The Status Quo in 'EMOJILAND'"
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