Fiorello!
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Fiorello! NYC Reviews and Tickets

76%
(76 Reviews)
Positive
76%
Mixed
21%
Negative
3%
Members say
Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Dated, Relevant

About the Show

Berkshire Theatre Group presents a rare revival of the Tony-winning musical about Mayor La Guardia and his battle for the people of NYC. Created by the songwriting team behind 'Fiddler on the Roof' and 'She Loves Me.'

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Member Reviews (76)

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1014 Reviews | 419 Followers
80
Delightful, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great staging, Classic

See it if You want to see a seldom produced show that's really an old gem. Like watching a classic black and white movie.

Don't see it if You can't appreciate a show on a shoestring. The music is a little on the light side with just a piano and a violin but voices are 1st rate.

982 Reviews | 343 Followers
65
A good summer stock production, Good songs, disappointing book

See it if you've never seen Fiorello. I saw it shine at 2013 Encores. This one was inferior, but the songs (both lyrics and music) still delight.

Don't see it if you want a professional production; this is summer stock/college level. Dora, tho, was a standout. A pleasant outing, but not NYC quality.

891 Reviews | 258 Followers
78
Ambitious, Great singing, Dated, Great acting, Slow

See it if you would like an entertaining review of LaGuardia's pre-mayoral days. Not a current-style musical but the young cast is very talented.

Don't see it if you are expecting an over the top musical. No memorable tunes here and it is just as much dialogue as music.

716 Reviews | 219 Followers
85
Delightful, Romantic, Refreshing, Upbeat, Tuneful

See it if You would like a fun biographical show with catchy songs and zippy dances. I loved the barbershop pieces by the 6 guys.

Don't see it if You want something deeper, more dramatic, or more modern.

688 Reviews | 116 Followers
75
Great staging, Relevant, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if Great staging by Moss of old fashioned book heavy musical. Good acting & singing by principals. Opportunity to see vintage B'way musical

Don't see it if Slow, plot driven musicals bore you. Has a bit of "summer stock" feel to it (esp choreography)

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506 Reviews | 1000 Followers
97
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Performance at Manhattan School of Music First visit, super production,talent of performers, set, band, costumes. lighting staff etc

Don't see it if Why does it have to be so far way for us?

504 Reviews | 729 Followers
83
Resonant, Dated, Delightful, Cute, Entertaining

See it if you're interested in biographical stories or old-fashioned musicals with weight and fluff in equal measure.

Don't see it if you'd rather see something edgy or groundbreaking.

543 Reviews | 133 Followers
50
Overrated, Ameteurish, Poor choreography, acting and singing, Poor dialect coaching

See it if I'm trying, but can't think of any reason to recommend. There is so much talent and creativity on NYC stages, go see something else.

Don't see it if My friends and I left at intermission. I see no reason to see an ameteur production for the amount of money being charged. Read more

Critic Reviews (34)

The New York Times
September 10th, 2016

"Powered by a notably youthful cast, the production has a sunny-spirited exuberance...For a tiny band, the score retains its bounce, its bite, its frisky melodic charm, thanks to the musicianship of the players and principals alike...It’s not hard to see why 'Fiorello!' remains cherished today mostly for its score...'Fiorello!' lacks a strong narrative arc, which may explain why it has never been revived on Broadway."
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AM New York
September 15th, 2016

"A timely work...Despite having an absolutely superlative score, 'Fiorello!' is rarely performed, which could be the result of its book (which is well-crafted but bulky)...The photogenic actors look as if they just graduated from college. And while Austin Scott Lombardi shows considerable pep and drive in the title role, he hardly resembles 'The Little Flower' physically. Under the direction of Bob Moss, the production is full of tender emotion, dramatically effective and highly enjoyable."
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Theatermania
September 9th, 2016

"With a youthful, fresh-faced cast and no-frills staging by Bob Moss, it feels like good summer stock...Moss directs the show with Shakespearean fluidity, allowing one scene to seamlessly flow into the next...While the underscoring occasionally feels thin, the vocals never do...Parts of the show come off as passé, but it's hard not to be charmed by Bock and Harnick's hummable melodies, delivered by an enthusiastic cast. You'll be singing the numbers all the way home."
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BroadwayWorld
September 12th, 2016

"The small-scale Berkshire production is played by a likable ensemble of actors in their 20s, many of whom are too young to play their meaty character roles...There is certainly cleverness in Moss' staging, and set designer Carl Sprague's cut-outs of Manhattan skyscrapers and street signs look great...'Fiorello!' is a fine musical deserving of a professional New York staging. While this new mounting isn't a bad one, it's essentially a college-level production charging Off-Broadway prices."
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Lighting & Sound America
September 21st, 2016

"Would have been better left in the Berkshire Hills...Bock and Harnick's score is nearly as good as those for 'Fiddler' and 'She Loves Me,' and it's always a pleasure to hear it again...The biggest problem with this 'Fiorello!' is the cast--bright, fresh-faced young people, trained in all the requisite musical theatre skills...They thoroughly fail to suggest the rough-and-tumble New York of the early 20th century...The best thing about this production is its design."
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TheaterScene.net
September 24th, 2016

"The first full-scale New York revival and the first Off-Broadway production ever, The Berkshire Theatre Group’s staging of the Bock and Harnick musical 'Fiorello!' has moved to New York’s East 13th Street Theater from Stockbridge, Massachusetts. This delightful production proves that not only is this rarely revived show still fresh and witty, but that with its young and vital cast, it is still a captivating, heartwarming evening in the theater."
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Theatre is Easy
September 16th, 2016

"Struggles—and sometimes succeeds—in finding relevancy nearly 60 years later...Despite the problematic Golden Age-style writing and the less-than-consistent dialect work, there are a few performances that stick with you...All in all, this is a thoughtful and effective production of material that may feel dated in 2016. And it is certainly a visually and musically lovely piece of theater—the singing is close to flawless, the choreography works perfectly, and Moss creates striking stage pictures."
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Theater Pizzazz
September 9th, 2016

"All in all, the young talented BTG performers seem a little on the young side (because they are) to portray some of the roles, but their talent and enthusiasm overshadow...Highlight performances come from Chelsea Cree Groen as Dora, Rebecca Brudner as Thea, Rylan Morsbach as Ben, as well as Lombardi as LaGuardia...The clever songs and lyrics keep the audience enamored, the timeliness of political corruption always on the money (no pun intended)."
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