Enter Laughing: The Musical
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Enter Laughing: The Musical

Enter Laughing: The Musical NYC Reviews and Tickets

(206 Ratings)
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Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Great acting

About the Show

Based on Carl Reiner’s semi-autobiographical novel and Joseph Stein’s stage adaptation, this comic musical careens through the misadventures of a star-struck, stage-struck, woman-struck teenager in 1930s New York.

Show-Score Member Reviews (206)

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58 Reviews | 24 Followers
Absorbing, Great singing, Great acting, Funny

See it if You have a pulse. See this cast perform this classic. Extreme talent and entertainment. You only have a few days left. Don’t miss this perf!

Don't see it if YOU MUST SEE THIS SHOW

145 Reviews | 21 Followers
The butler’s song!!, Full of laughs, Must see!, What it lacks in production values it makes up for in every other way!, Great singing and acting

See it if Run — don’t walk— to see this!

Don't see it if Like I said, run — don’t walk— to see this! Read more

290 Reviews | 92 Followers
Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if You wanna see a great musical comedy with an amazing cast...A Must see!

Don't see it if You don't like funny musicals...

137 Reviews | 13 Followers
Must see, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you like Carl Reiner: you like to have a good time

Don't see it if see it anyway Read more

57 Reviews | 14 Followers
A laugh fest, Classic movie turned into just as great show, Rolling in the aisles, Funny, Delightful

See it if Delightfully hilarious comedy at the York. Cast is wonderful, and you will be crying from laughing. See it!

Don't see it if No reason not to go.

219 Reviews | 88 Followers
Refreshing, Fluffy, Great singing, Funny, Delightful

See it if You like old fashioned musical comedies. You’re interested in breaking into theater in the 30s.

Don't see it if You want something 100% modern. You would be offended by some innuendo and old-fashioned “girl craziness”. You only like serious plays. Read more

139 Reviews | 25 Followers
You'll exit guffawing

See it if you ache for a tuneful, well-constructed and hilarious musical COMEDY. A breath of fresh air.

Don't see it if you have no funny bone. Read more

139 Reviews | 26 Followers
Hilarious, Great writing, Great singing, Great acting, Delightful

See it if You enjoy well written musicals by a masterful comedy writer like Carl Reiner. Amazing actors who each pull their weight singing clever

Don't see it if You dislike period pieces and slap stick. You have no sense of humor and tend to like more serious plays. Read more

Critic Reviews (21)

The New York Times
May 30th, 2019

“Feast of musical-comedy comfort food...It comes across a little too bland, despite a terrific ensemble and several numbers that really pop. The most delightful comedy here is in the musical moments...There is a bagginess to that first act, and a flatness to the climax of the second. That has to do with some of the book scenes...Even so, it’s a likable, easy show. Whatever went wrong with it on Broadway, a whole lot has gone right this time."
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Time Out New York
May 16th, 2019

"Borscht Belt silliness...Some nostalgia for juvenile, pre-PC shenanigans is admittedly required...Stein's gag-filled book and Daniels' klezmer-meets-musical-comedy score flirt with raunchiness, but it’s pretty innocent stuff...Dwan isn't a farce of nature like his predecessor in the role, Josh Grisetti; he's certainly amusing, especially in the second act, but he doesn't steal every scene, which gives others a chance to shtick it out of the park."
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Lighting & Sound America
May 17th, 2019

“A shameless hokefest that crossbreeds 1930s nostalgia, Jewish domestic comedy, and backstage farce to often-irresistible effect...It stares you down, daring you not to laugh, knowing full well that it holds the winning hand...With an impeccable pedigree of two great comedy writers and a bouncy score by a songwriter who also wrote for many leading sitcoms, it should keep the York's audience in stitches for the length of its run."
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Talkin' Broadway
May 16th, 2019

"It's a simple comic idea that goes on for many, maybe too many, verses...The comic possibilities in such a framework are bountiful enough, and this production makes the most of them, with a splendid cast and fine direction, by Stuart Ross, that teases out and amplifies the laughs...It's perfectly cast, expertly staged, so why am I holding back the love? Well, the story is small, the characters on the simplistic side, and two and a half hours a long time to spend with them."
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New York Stage Review
May 16th, 2019

"You’re bound to get a few good giggles from this old-fashioned–and–proud musical...Daniels’ lyrics are 'Enter Laughing’s' best asset. (Joseph Stein’s book, based on his own 1963 play, which in turn is based on Carl Reiner’s semiautobiographical novel, is serviceable but a trifle stale.)"
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May 29th, 2019

"This fifth production again directed by Ross has to compete with memories of the utterly hilarious 2008-9 production which included George S. Irving, Jill Eikenberry, Michael Tucker, Ray DeMattis and made a star of newcomer Josh Grisetti as young David. The current cast is not quite as accomplished as the previous York company but the show remains a winning piece of musical comedy entertainment."
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May 20th, 2019

"Chris Dwan, an endearingly rubber-faced and agile young performer is a pleasure to watch and root for...Unlike many a new musical, all the songs are tuneful and typical of a passé genre in the best way...The costumes by Tyler M. Holland are mostly a hoot while the lighting by Ken Billington and Jason Kantrowitz contribute to make 'Enter Laughing' a wonderful mix of old-fashioned musical comedy, fantasy and honesty."
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Theater Pizzazz
May 16th, 2019

“Successfully and charmingly revived...This expert cast is genuinely effervescent and highly entertaining as directed with fizzy wizardry by Stuart Ross. Sophisticated it isn’t, but it sure is funny. Although ‘Enter Laughing’ is undeniably a product of its era, the jokes still land, thanks to the gifted cast...And every player gets a chance to shine...There’s plenty to entertain theatergoers of all ages.”
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