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Members say: 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.

Member Reviews (206)


Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Great acting
Avg Score

Great staging, Great singing, Dated, Funny, Flimsy, frothy fluff

See it if you want to escape. EL is more a revue than a musical. Lots of songs, most of them good. Strg perfs, esply lead Chris Dwan. Clever staging.

Don't see it if you want substance. EL is light-as-air. Songs don't move plot...just fun interruptions. Women outdated stereotypes. Gd music by piano/bass.

Dated, Fluffy, Clever, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You’re in the mood for a very well done, silly, old fashioned, farcical, toe tapper. Full of talent and heart and jokes that make you groan.

Don't see it if You’re looking for high brow art. This is fun stuff not really crude but not exactly what you’d call sophisticated either.

Also This was just good old fashioned fun. A wee bit naughty...mostly cleve... Read more Read less

Funny, Dated, Boring

See it if A few funny moments can’t save this one. Weak story and average performances. It would have been better at 80 min, no intermission.

Don't see it if You don’t like old-timey feeling musicals.

Fluffy, Refreshing, Giddy, Delightful, Hilarious

See it if Hilarious farce about working class Jewish boy smitten w/acting. Superb physical humor. The audience was in stitches. Delightful music.

Don't see it if You don’t like slapstick, even when it’s very well done. Makes fun of theater people. There isn’t a serious moment in the show.

Indulgent, Funny, Fluffy, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if Stein's hoary vaudevillian book & Daniels' catchy music/cliched lyrics proves a winning combo for this lighhearted/headed period charmer

Don't see it if Heavy exposition in 1st act can be trying & much of the singing is rather sing-songy but siren call of show biz never loses appeal w/Dwan A+

Delightful, Refreshing, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if Great talent in all 10 performers and the cameo. We both expected so much less .Yes, we left the theater laughing. Clever scene changes ALSO

Don't see it if Little to be negative about Only the usual" When the York redid the seats why not a stagger them? ALSO

Also Talent so abundant. I was taken by the great lines so well delivered (... Read more Read less

Great singing, Great acting, Hilarious, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you want to enjoy an excellent version of an older musical that entertains from start to finish with song and laughter by a talented cast.

Don't see it if you want something up-to-date as this is set in the 1930's and you have to acquaint yourself with the people (easily done in the program).

Silly jokes, Fun staging, Great singing, Dated, Entertaining

See it if you haven't seen it. It is a classic musical comedy very well done with a talented cast and excellent direction. A fun evening!

Don't see it if silly humor and old jokes make you cringe.

Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Delightful, Ambitious

See it if Eschewing his druggist's path, an awkward teen spends 48 hrs at a shot at musical-comedy stardom. Very talented cast with Alison Fraser.

Don't see it if For Yorkies. Carl Reiner is a genius, but his brand of comic timing has sadly fallen by the wayside.No matter, this prod is expertly mounted

Also Title is attempt to humiliate Greta Garbo, calling attention to her pr... Read more Read less

Cliched, Dated, Great singing, Great acting, Funny

See it if You want a lesser known show by a famous songwriter. You like shows about show business. You enjoy camp & satire. You want great performers.

Don't see it if You want a modern musical that reflects current sensibilities. You want consistent tone:veers from retro charming to uncomfortably outdated.

Delightful, Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if A show with a lot of fun, to take your cares away. Young man wants to be a actor with a lot of fun during his trying.

Don't see it if If you dislike the time period.

Also In the program is a list of actresses and actors that are mentioned in... Read more Read less

Fluffy, Dated, Refreshing, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You’re in the mood for a happy-go-lucky, old-timey, cute musical with a good deal of slapstick.

Don't see it if You dislike no-frills productions, even if the talent is great, or don’t like goofy musicals that probably should’ve remained in the 1970s.

Delightful, Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a very entertaining and funny show. Good performances by talented cast. Nicely staged. Second act even better than first.

Don't see it if you like musicals with lush score.Most of the songs not memorable but are very well sung with clever lyrics.

Female stereotypes, that are reworked for the better, Entertaining, old school, Fun and frothy

See it if You like humor of the old Catskill comedian type, traditional musical structure, clever lyrics despite its innate sexism. It's fun, really!

Don't see it if Want more than barebones and decent summer stock. It's tough to ignore its dated premise, but the cast is talented and the music is good.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if Fun,fun,fun!! Really good production of a great old musical

Don't see it if You don’t need a good laugh or two.

Physical comedy and one-liners, Nostalgic, dated, Delightful, Hilarious

See it if View the world through eyes of a 17yo boy (Carl Reiner) as he auditions for his first stage role. You will (exit stage right laughing).

Don't see it if Some PC changes: “Undressing” girls has become “Romancing” girls with my eyes.

Harmless, Pleasant, Uneven, Fluffy, Dated

See it if you're in the mood for an old fashioned musical comedy with an energetic, professional cast; some funny bits, some witty lyrics.

Don't see it if you want something with more bite. The 1st act is not very good. Things pick up in the 2nd act which does have some good laughs.

Delightful, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if musical comedy set in late 30s; very, very funny songs including a great Jewish mother song by & Butler's song which mentions 30s actresses

Don't see it if long first act (10 songs, only 5 in act 2) and it drags when there is no singing; disappointing climax so better balance needed

Fluffy, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if If you enjoy an old time musical. A good cast and well done with the limited resources of off Broadway.

Don't see it if If you expect a full Broadway quality musical.

Fun, Dated, Entertaining

See it if if love old-fashioned musicals with a solid but not great score.

Don't see it if a first act that sometimes drags is intolerably or you want theater with a purpose.

Also The younger performers have some trouble connecting to the vaudevillia... Read more Read less

A really fun evening!, Hilarious, Great staging, Delightful

See it if want an incredibly fun evening. No message. Jokes for jokes sake musical. The audience was giggling through the whole thing. Don't miss it

Don't see it if you want to see a serious piece or something more relevant. This was old fashioned adorable comedy.

Fluffy, Funny, Great singing

See it if Beautiful singing comedy about pursuing acting as a passion. Light hearted, upbeat feels without much worries.

Don't see it if 1940s, all white (1 person of color in the ensemble), or privileged people (esp attractive young white men) getting everything not ur thing

Also Diversity: 1 South Asian side character. The females probably don't pa... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Heartfelt, Charming, A bit slapstick, Funny

See it if This show is a step back in time to a gentler age, and it's well worth the visit! The buzz last night was that it may go on.

Don't see it if warm-hearted entertainment is boring to you, or if you don't want to see a slice of an earlier time. It's very funny--who can't like that?

Also I always enjoy and respect the York Theatre, and apparently I'm not al... Read more Read less

Great singing, Dated, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if A funny but dated musical with some very good voices.

Don't see it if Very old and dated musical.

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...

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 ...
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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 G...
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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 s...
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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 perfectl...
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