First Daughter Suite
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First Daughter Suite

First Daughter Suite NYC Reviews and Tickets

(55 Ratings)
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Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent, Original, Clever

About the Show

The Public Theater presents a historical fantasia by Tony nominee Michael John LaChiusa, following the inner lives and dreams of America's best-known daughters; a follow-up to his 1993 musical 'First Lady Suite.'

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Show-Score Member Reviews (55)

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530 Reviews | 278 Followers
Absorbing, Intelligent, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Enchanting

See it if you enjoy the work of Michael John LaChiusa, especially "First Lady Suite>. you enjoy fine performances from a group of fine actresses.

Don't see it if you are not a history or politics fan. Also, if you shy away from unconventional theatre.

66 Reviews | 36 Followers
Profound, Original, Masterful, Clever, Resonant

See it if You enjoy thoughtful and original takes on historical figures, sophisticated music and lyrics, and great performances. Gorgeous score.

Don't see it if You require a long narrative story, or spectacle, as the show is a simply staged series of four unrelated vignettes.

109 Reviews | 341 Followers
Original, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you're a fan of Michael John LaChiusa or any of the amazing cast. First Daughter Suite is smart, funny and deeply heartfelt.

Don't see it if you're put off by the author's past work. This is a rich and inventive piece, but not necessarily palatable to every musical theatregoer.

268 Reviews | 200 Followers
Ambitious, Interesting, Historical, Voyeuristic

See it if You appreciatethe great musicals that originate at the Public Theater. Interesting take on American history through eyes of First Ladies

Don't see it if You want a more traditional or upbeat evening in the theater.

109 Reviews | 63 Followers
Quirky, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you love LaChiusa.

Don't see it if you're a person who whines about not being able to hum the tunes of a score that is more ambitious than those of Jerry Herman.

50 Reviews | 22 Followers
Cliched, Enchanting, Intelligent, Masterful, Resonant

See it if You're smart.

Don't see it if You're not.

90 Reviews | 37 Followers
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if you like intelligent and thought-provoking musicals. Has exquisite music that, for this composer, is actually accessible. Fantastic acting.

Don't see it if you have NO knowledge of modern presidential history. It won't be as much fun without knowing a little something about these women.

108 Reviews | 27 Followers
Ambitious, Original, Uneven, Accessible

See it if Usually find LaChiusa too dissonant and detached. Want to support complicated and substantial female roles onstage.

Don't see it if Require plot and action. Looking for pure entertainment.

Critic Reviews (32)

The New York Times
October 21st, 2015

"The limitations of the chamber work suit Mr. LaChiusa, whose large-scale musicals have sometimes seemed to sprawl out of shape and deflate. Working within the confines of this production’s self-contained vignettes, his music — and his talent — seems all the larger for being reined in. Like his captive characters, 'First Daughter Suite' thinks — and feels — way outside the box."
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Time Out New York
October 21st, 2015

"'First Daughter Suite' may focus more on the girls who grew up under extraordinary circumstances in the White House, but the spouses still fascinate LaChiusa. Whether we share his obsession is another matter...While there is sparkling, ruminative music and witty lyrics, each piece goes on for 5 or 10 minute too long. Still, for political junkies, there’s fun to be had."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
October 21st, 2015

"The four sections of his latest musical 'First Daughter Suite' are, in order of appearance, smart, laborious, awful, and sublime...There is little that holds the evening together, despite a certain amount of thematic appliqué...In the end, these suites, being episodic, cannot dredge deep meaning the way narrative works can. Still, if it takes Amy Carter and Patti Davis to get to Barbara Bush, that’s a compromise I can live with."
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The Hollywood Reporter
October 21st, 2015

"Although the evening features plenty of emotionally and comically resonant moments along the way — familiarity with the historical figures depicted helps greatly — 'First Daughter Suite' is ultimately too trivial and self-indulgent to register as much more than a curiosity. And while LaChiusa's lyrics are often witty, his recitative-heavy score is mostly tedious and repetitive, its high style too often jarring with the sophomoric silliness of the proceedings."
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The Wall Street Journal
October 22nd, 2015

"Kirsten Sanderson’s staging is simple to a fault, but the ensemble cast is so good that it doesn’t matter. Ms. Testa also gets to sing the best number in the show, an extended duet whose softly undulating harmonies evoke Sondheim’s distinctive style without succumbing to mere derivativeness. The six-piece pit band lacks drive but that’s a counsel of perfection. In every other way, 'First Daughter Suite' is a little masterpiece."
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October 21st, 2015

"'First Daughter Suite' is absolutely enchanting, musically and dramatically...There’s enough sadness and whimsy in 'First Daughter Suite,' all kept deftly in balance, to leave us wanting more. I didn’t want it to end."
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New York Theatre Guide
October 23rd, 2015

"If you walk away with nothing else, you will walk away astonished at the talent on the stage and in the orchestra. This production shoots the moon with talent and skill. The opening scene is nothing short of magnificent...Would that the entire piece lived up to it…The overall piece does not guide us along a path of firm footing. Instead we are left with scenes from the residencies that come across more like a house of horrors."
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AM New York
October 21st, 2015

"It's a safe bet that 'First Daughter Suite' will not go on to achieve the commercial success of 'Fun Home' or 'Hamilton,' both of which also originated at the Public Theater -- but that's not to say it wasn't worth producing, at least from an artistic perspective...'First Daughter Suite' may be uneven and tense, but it is often compelling."
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