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Ernest Shackleton Loves Me

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Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Great singing, Delightful

About the show

GrooveLily's electro-violinist Valerie Vigoda stars in this high-tech musical adventure about two extraordinary people connecting across time and space. Featuring a book by Tony winner Joe DiPietro ('Memphis'). More…

In 'Ernest Shackleton Loves Me,' a sleep-deprived single mom (Vigoda, who also penned the lyrics) struggles to work as a video game music composer. Late one night, while posting a dating video, she receives an unexpected response from the polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922). Shipwrecked and stranded on an iceberg in the Antarctic, Shackleton reaches across space and time to share his heroic journey with her. Against all odds, they discover that their greatest inspiration lies within each other. Directed by Obie Award winner Lisa Peterson.

Member Reviews (245)


Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Great singing, Delightful
Avg Score

Quirky, Intelligent, Sweet, Predictable, Clever

See it if You like romantic comedies. This is sort of like one of those but with a bit of an odd history channel vibe thing going on. I liked it.

Don't see it if You're not prepared to sit through a bit of a mishmash. Could use a better hand at direction. You end up caring more about him than her.

Clever, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if partners 85 my 80 talent is great, singing and playing many musical instruments projections are good.

Don't see it if not big enough for the stage. story "kinda" of hard to believe although good attempt.

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious

See it if you want to laugh and hear great violin playing. Story is very funny. The actors were great.

Don't see it if I see not reason not to see this.

Also I laugh some much watching this play. Very glad I purchase tickets to ... Read more Read less

Resonant, Entertaining, Quirky, Polarizing, Original

See it if you think you've seen it all. This is non-traditional, quirky, and unique, but also has depth. Have fun with it.

Don't see it if you prefer traditional theatre or aren't into experimental, contemporary art.

Also This show really isn't for me, but I don't think it's meant to be. It ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy an unusual plot with very talented actors. I really did not know what would happen next.

Don't see it if you enjoy a traditional plot or a serious play.

Slow, Quirky, Cute, Juvenile, Tech heavy

See it if Fun for a while, both leads are talented and charming. Fantasy interaction with the explorer Ernest Shackleton,

Don't see it if Story is soft and fluffy, great for a 15-20 minute vignette. Music is repetitious and becomes boring. Third play to demonstrate looping.

Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if you want to see an outstanding performance from Wade McCollum. Too bad the material does not match his talent.

Don't see it if you have other options.

Also This may very well be the worst show of the 2016-2017 season. The soun... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if Have 90 minutes to kill.

Don't see it if You don't have 90 minutes to kill

Very willing suspension of disbelief, Optimism = moral courage, A work of the imagination, Throw rulebooks aside/get on for the ride, Continuously surprisingly inventive

See it if to be gobsmacked by an impossible situation suggested by impossible events, performed by uber talented musician performers is 2 your liking

Don't see it if you have never willingly suspended your disbelief, require rules for your theatre going, can never be surprised, or lack empathy for others

Also Ernest Shackleton Loves Me is the most surprisingly inventive musical ... Read more Read less

Clever, Great singing, Intelligent, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if Two terrific performers. Engaging, hummable music. Very cleverly staged. Original.

Don't see it if I wasn't that interested in the story, which involves a Brooklyn mom and an Antarctic explorer. Too heavy on the exploration for me.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Must see, Quirky

See it if You want fresh, unique mix of incredible true history melded to great acting and musicianship. The historical footage alone- unforgettable.

Don't see it if you don't like electric violin. you dont want a "fantastical journey". I didn't love the smart alecky set up but it had a purpose.

Also I have been familiar with the story of the Endurance since I was a chi... Read more Read less

Quirky, Ambitious, Slow, Good singing

See it if You are interested in Shackleton, like sea chanteys, a very good performance & voice by Wade McCollum & interesting projections.

Don't see it if You you don't like a slow pace, a quirky premise & forgettable score. Some parts work better than others.

Delightful, Enchanting, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like newness in musicals. This one is terrific. With a cast of 2 and some incredible fiddling by one of its creators, you'll have fun.

Don't see it if you're looking for Hello Dolly.

Clever, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if High tech musical .Creative and great performance , interesting concept . An entertaining play.

Don't see it if If you do not like loud music or edgy musicals.

Delightful, Clever, Great singing, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if you want a fast paced, original musical that cleverly uses multi-media to enhance a unique story. Thoroughly fun and entertaining.

Don't see it if you don't like imaginative musicals that suspend reality to create a show that is innovative and enthralling.

Delightful, Refreshing, Quirky, Slow

See it if You like electric violin. Very talented 2 person cast. Tongue in cheek fun.

Don't see it if If you don't like a slower pace. It was only 90 min, and still felt slow. Still glad I saw it.

Clever, Great singing, Intelligent

See it if Enjoy Groove Lilly and looking for a non-traditional quirky/funny musical

Don't see it if Want spectacle

Excellent musicianship, Excellent singing, Original, Innovative, Exciting

See it if dreamlike fantasy love-affairs take you away. SO exciting SO smart SO funny. Great set. From the word "GO", show succeeds. PLEASE GO SEE IT!

Don't see it if no intermissions piss you off (ME). Both performers are SUPERB. Excellent use of real/historical pics/videos. 15-20min more would've ROCKED.

Overblown, Ambitious, Dizzying, Slow

See it if you want a musical that gives a historical lesson about the Artic explorer thrown in with a modern single mother, both in search of life.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals heavily dependent on projections and makes you really have to use your imagination.

Amazing electric violin, Ambitious, Dizzying

See it if You enjoy good electronic music, thoughtful but sometimes confusing story. Who would have thought of this combination of characters?

Don't see it if You like clear, linear storyline. You do not like being surrounded by loud rock music. You like well defined characters. You do not know ES

Great acting, Great singing, Romantic, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy plays that take on an adventure with 2 actors that have great chemistry. If you liked The Encounter, you will enjoy this.

Don't see it if you expect a traditional, large-scale musical, do not like an actor in multiple roles.

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing

See it if You want to experience fantasy & brilliance on stage, 2 performers with incredible skills, a show with more than meets the eyes. Quirky

Don't see it if Don't like fantasy, romance, sea chantties, lack imagination or don't like rock or multi media shows.

Also I agree, I thought more SS members would like this show. It's differen... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Refreshing, Innovative, Unique

See it if You like magical reality, you want to see and hear an electric violin played on stage, you enjoy constant stimulation on stage

Don't see it if You're looking for a standard musical, you don't like fantasy, you want something with more than two actors

Clever, Great staging, Quirky, Perfectly cast, Great music and lyrics

See it if you like imaginative history lessons with a terrific score performed by talented musician/actors with an amazing set.

Don't see it if You have trouble suspending disbelief, want a traditional story line, want a large cast (this is 2 people) or don't appreciate electro-music

Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky

See it if you like good singing and electric violin coupled with a retelling of history

Don't see it if you don't like 90 min no intermission shows

May 8th, 2017
"Vigoda and Milburn's works mix the snarky and the sentimental. Under Lisa Peterson’s focused direction, 'Ernest Shackleton' is no exception...With the exception of a cheerily disjointed opening number, the score and the narrative that encases it are too tidy to allow for much real feeling. Kat i...
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May 7th, 2017
"A bighearted but very silly musical...Brendan Milburn’s music is lovely, and the two actors sound great performing it...The painfully broad humor in Joe DiPietro’s script only heightens the feeling that we’re watching an after-school special for grown-ups. But 'Ernest Shackleton Loves Me' is so ...
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May 10th, 2017
"Under the direction of Peterson, this NY premiere proudly waves its freak flag, and, perhaps taking a clue from the adventures of the title character, boldly dares to risk its life in the admirable search for innovation...While Vigoda and McCollum don't have much romantic chemistry, they're both...
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May 20th, 2017
“A wildly fun and unpredictable new two-person musical comedy…As played by the energetic and charismatic Valerie Vigoda, Kat is really quite a catch. Vigoda also wrote the clever, storytelling lyrics…Add a solidly quirky book by Joe DiPietro and a spirited production by director Lisa Peterson, an...
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