New York | 2h 15m | Ends Jun 16

Enter Laughing: The Musical

From 16 critic and 89 member reviews
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.

Wolf Entertainment Guide

"Ranks among the company’s best productions...It is superbly cast and directed, filled with laughs and colorful renditions of the songs, whether comic or romantic...The new mounting of ‘Enter Laughing’ in such entertaining fashion is an indication of why that work has longevity. The laughs, the clever songs and the colorful roles still hold up.” Full Review

Gotham Playgoer

"As with many York musicals, it makes up for very modest production values with lots of enthusiasm, flair, and excellent casting...Jennifer Paulson-Lee manages to create some clever dance numbers that fit York’s tiny stage...Stuart Ross’s direction rarely lets the pace flag. The trio of piano, bass and drums is fine for the relatively small York space. Some of the songs are quite clever." Full Review

Woman Around Town

“When was the last time you were able to park your troubles outside and enjoy innocence on stage? The craft able to sustain a show like this where ham contributes instead of diminishing is rare. Story and characters are cliche, but captivating, and cozy as a home-cooked meal. Direction sparkles. The production is a welcome tonic. By all rights, you should one day be able to brag you saw actor Chris Dwan early on, before he was recognized a star.” Full Review

Says Me Says Mom

“The musical version of the show is at least as funny if not even funnier than the original. Songs...sound amusing when you just hear the titles, and they are so much more so when you actually hear them. Even songs that sound like they would be perfectly typical musical theater songs...are given a crazy spin in this show. Even the premise of this show...sounds full of comic potential, and plays even funnier than it sounds. You may not enter the theater laughing, but you will most likely leave... Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

“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.” Full Review

Theater That Matters

“This is a musical for people who love musicals...The exuberant cast is in fine voice and play off each other well. Dwan anchors the show well, endearing through all of David’s mishaps...The songs are cheerful and catchy...This show is light on character and plot, a confection rather than a hearty meal. But if you are looking for something lighthearted to make you laugh and forget about everything going on in the world, then this is the show for you...You will definitely exit laughing." Full Review

Lighting & Sound America

“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." Full Review


"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." Full Review

The Unforgettable Line

“Ross ratchets up the screwball elements. The entire 2 1/2 hours are filled with high energy...The comedy is so big and broad you can practically hear the rimshots. Fortunately, the flexible cast handles the pratfalls and double takes with ease...Though short on plot...‘Enter Laughing’ is long on heart, smiles, and quality song styling. A lighthearted escape from these thornier times, the piece also incorporates a lovely message that each generation has something to teach the other.” Full Review

Broadway Blog

"A generally diverting (if slightly problematic) show…David's naivete inspires laughs but his ignorance needs a natural comedian to make it seem plausible… In contrast to what I'd heard, I found the book weaker than the score. Funny as it often is, the script is simply too silly and overstated, while each of the 15 songs is musically catchy, with cleverly entertaining lyrics… Whether or not you enter or leave laughing, there's enough comic material here to get your yocks off in between." Full Review

DC Theatre Scene

"A well-directed production with a solid cast of pros...The York production gives it new life and laughs...It’s terrible, ridiculous, terrific – far funnier than it should be...Much of the rest of the musical shows its age, in various ways. Some of this is harmless...The ideas behind many of Daniels’ 15 songs are cleverer than the actual lyrics and catchier than the melodies." Full Review

Time Out New York

"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." Full Review

Front Row Center

“’Enter Laughing’ is a modernized version of the original Broadway play, masterfully crafted by Stuart Ross...Often when plays are updated and brought to our current cultural sensibilities they lose their flair and the production falls flat. This one shines...One liners abound throughout. A special treat is James Morgan the producing artistic director as Harry Hamburger...You are guaranteed to leave laughing.” Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"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." Full Review

Off Off Online

“The show retains most of its charm...Most of the jokes and musical numbers land. Even the sexist comic business seem relatively inoffensive within the current #MeToo movement. Revisiting the show, however, is like seeing a better-than-competent replacement cast...In fact, all of the performers are strong, but missing from the evening is a laugh-till-it-hurts level of lunacy...’Enter Laughing’ may have lost some of its sparkle, but the show remains a musical-comedy treasure.” Full Review

New York Stage Review

"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.)" Full Review

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

Also I saw this show when it was in its developmental stages and later in a... Read more Read less

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.

Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if You want a fun time at the theater. Cast is talented, songs are terrific. Musical trio is excellent. I really like York Theatre Company.

Don't see it if You don’t like musicals that are light and funny.

Great fun revival

See it if you like old-style musicals with excellent singing and lots of laugh-out-loud comedy.

Don't see it if you are expecting Broadway.

Also Superb production. Everyone was great. Just plain fun.

Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Pure joy for your eyes and ears, no politics, no negativity on stage. Talented people playing light musical that will improve your mood

Don't see it if Dislike musicals; just grumpy and will try to nitpick.

Also Perfect cast!! Even Artistic Director participated. Perfect music by 3... Read more Read less

Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you like to laugh

Don't see it if you don't enjoy musical comedy

Must see, Great singing, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if A revival, yes, but one of the funniest shows I have ever seen. The hilarity is almost nonstop. The acting and singing are not to be missed.

Don't see it if you hate to laugh. There is no other reason to miss this production.

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

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

Charming, Well acted, Fluffy, Funny, Delightful

See it if Want an extremely enjoyable evening out. Funny and totally charming. All actors excellent

Don't see it if Want serious thought provoking examination or exposition of issues.

Supremely silly, A blast from the past, Terrific performances, Nostalgic, Over-the-top hilarious

See it if You have a well-developed sense of humor and don't mind a trip to the Borscht Belt.

Don't see it if You dislike Jewish humor.

Also Unlike many comedies that start out strong and peter out, Enter Laughi... Read more Read less

Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Wonderful afternoon at the theater. Funny, terrific acting, great script, the two and a half hours just flew by

Don't see it if Can't think of any reason not to see this wonderful production.

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).

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.

Old fashioned, un-pc comedy, Mildly naughty, Delightful, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if You want a fun night out. This is a consistently funny light comedy with great performances and amusing musical numbers.

Don't see it if You are looking for something profound. The characters are stereotypes. The protagonist, David, is a would-be womanizer.

Also Enter Laughing deftly captures the Carl Reiner / Mel Brooks style of z... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if You like to laugh a lot. Many of the scenes had me hysterical. The songs were great.

Don't see it if You like a heavy logical plot based story.

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 Ticket from Show Score for $5.

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

Too long, Nostalgic, Great score, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you love a nostalgic Musical with a great score, great lead and really entertaining...though abit too long!

Don't see it if you don't enjoy a nostalgic Musical!

Great singing, Ambitious, Funny

See it if It's a straight-ahead musical about a kid with a dream who makes good in the business of show. And it has the doctor from Star Trek:Voyager.

Don't see it if It's a good example of the breed, but if musicals don't do it for you, this won't change your mind.

A throwback, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like period pieces (1940s), catchy tunes, clever lyrics, showbiz stories and/or Carl Reiner

Don't see it if you are looking for a big production with gravitas. This is lighthearted fun.

Great staging, Refreshing, Entertaining, Hilarious, Clever

See it if you enjoy musicals, especially romantic comedies set in the 1930's.

Don't see it if you prefer drama to comedy or don't like musicals.

Also The show is very enjoyable. Well acted, good music, silly at times, a ... Read more Read less

Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Great singing

See it if Superb performances. Each actor gets a great solo. See Chris Dwan now. You will be seeing a lot of him in the future.

Don't see it if If you don't like many short scenes stitched together, no matter how well done.

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.

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.

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