Already closed | 2h 30m | East Village

Fiorello!

From 76 member  reviews
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.' More…

Tammany Hall is in dire need of an honest leader, and Fiorello La Guardia is just the man for the job. Battling against the corrupt, political puppets of New York City, he vows to clean up the Big Apple. A man of the people, Fiorello uses his wit and charm to fight for citizens' rights. Based on the real-life rise to power of Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, 'Fiorello!' is one of only nine musicals to have won the esteemed Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Featuring music and lyrics by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, and a book by George Abbott and Jerome Weidman.

2h 30m | Already closed | Classic Stage Company (East Village)

Member Reviews (76)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Dated, Relevant
76
Avg Score

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.

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.

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.

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?

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)

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.

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.

69
Feels like community theatre or summer stock., Some good production elements., Cast is too young and lead feels miscast., Still, it's reasonably entertaining., Tuneful but needs more instrumental support.

See it if You like classic musicals with a good score. The book is dated but decent. Dialects all over the place, but singing generally pleasant.

Don't see it if You saw Tom Bosley on Bdwy & want lead to be more like him. Don't like period pieces or have any interest in NYC history/politics.

Also I have always liked the score and book of this show, and appreciated a... Read more Read less

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.

Also If it weren't for the performers trying so hard, I would have given th... Read more Read less

89
Bravo! well done small production

See it if A classic with a memorable score. I saw the original in 1960! This rivals it in heart. Nifty performances. Needs more than piano & violin

Don't see it if Saw Matt Caccamo in the lead. Wonderful! Could have lived without the over the top choreography. I love Politics & Poker and Little Tin Box!

90
Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great singing, Must see

See it if you want to see one of the great B'way musicals of our time reimagined for Off-B'way. An absolute success except for the lead who is miscast

Don't see it if even a Pulitzer winning musical is not your cup of tea.

88
Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Classic broadway, Enthusiastic

See it if Great small theater production. Singing was particularly strong; cast was energetic & delightful, clever staging. Thoroughly enjoyable!

Don't see it if You mind a "shoestring" production - don't expect Broadway. But still damn good. As others said, more live instruments would have been nice.

96
Absorbing, Delightful, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if you want to see a good musical, well done, great staging, good choreography, nice costumes, a sheer delight. Enjoyable time in the theater.

Don't see it if you dislike musicals. No other reason to not see it. Very good when most of the off broadway now is not good.

75
Entertaining, Great set design, Relevant, Disappointing, Cast too young

See it if you want to see a truly great American musical. It's close to Music Man in my book. It deserves a B'way revival-Bobby Creighton in lead!

Don't see it if You know the show already. Nothing new here, and you've probably seen it done better. However, some clever songs make it worthwhile.

Also A Bock and Harnick show is not easily dismissed, and certainly not thi... Read more Read less

54
Banal, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You are interested in musicals from the golden age

Don't see it if You want a solid, professional production and,not a school level production

70
Entertaining, Clever, Delightful

See it if You want to enjoy a classic musical involving the talents of George Abbott,Sheldon Harnick,and Jerry Bock. The cast is energetic.A fun show!

Don't see it if Old fashioned musicals are not your thing.If you are unfamiliar with Fiorello LaGuardia,this is a fun way to learn about him

81
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Clever

See it if you want a classic musical with a great score, beautifully staged, acted and sung with a great young energetic cast and small effective band

Don't see it if you don't like sweet musicals evoking an iconic figure with style and sass

69
Well done

See it if you like lively dancing and singing. However, the material is bland and unremarkable. Otherwise, the company does an overall good show.

Don't see it if you want to see an interesting musical.

66
Dated, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if you need to see it as a piece of theater history

Don't see it if you want better than a summer stock production

77
Entertaining, Refreshing, Delightful, Nostalgic, Fun

See it if like old fashioned musicals, want to see a rarely produced classic by Harnick and Bock, like an energetic young cast

Don't see it if want big names or big production values

90
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if I love Bock and Harnick. I walked away thinking "Little Tin Box". It brought history alive. The acting was superb. It seems that nothing

Don't see it if has changed in politics. If you are not itnerested in history or political stories don't see it.

77
Entertaining, Beautiful voices, Lots of costumes

See it if you enjoy biographical musicals... I've actually learned a bit about Fiorello that I didn't know...

Don't see it if you want a big splashy musical, as this one is on quite a shoestring budget, but it was done well, IMHO...

68
Slow, Ambitious, Resonant

See it if You know the history

Don't see it if You like fast paced productions

64
Great singing, Fluffy, Slow

See it if you want to learn the story of Fiorello Laguardia.

Don't see it if you don't like small musicals.

Also Fiorello Laguarda's life is an interesting story. There is an airport ... Read more Read less

55
Disappointing, Cliched, High school production, Amateurish

See it if You like inferior high school productions. Some good performers-- others pathetically poor .

Don't see it if Like well done shows .


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 mo...
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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...
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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 ...
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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 gr...
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