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Hallelujah, Baby!

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Members say: Great singing, Dated, Entertaining, Disappointing, Thought-provoking

About the show

The York Theater Company presents a new staging of this 1967 musical, a chronicle of the African-American struggle for equality during the first half of the 20th century. More…

'Hallelujah, Baby!' tells of Georgina, an African-American woman on her journey to financial and social independence during one of the most tumultuous socio-political times in U.S. history.

The Musicals in Mufti Series presents three to five concert revival readings of underappreciated Broadway musicals for 10 performances each. "Mufti" means "in everyday clothes, without all the trappings of a large production," and each show is presented script-in-hand, with minimal staging.


Member Reviews (23)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Dated, Entertaining, Disappointing, Thought-provoking
75
Avg Score

74
Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny, Romantic, Thought-provoking

See it if great singing, actors were all very good with good voices, nice staging with an economical space. Lead and mother great voices.

Don't see it if actors went on with script, was distracting at times and limited actors. story gets confusing at times and rushed at times.

72
Great singing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Disappointing, Incomplete

See it if to discover a Tony-winning, rarely produced musical, to learn about the AFrican-American experience over a century musicalized

Don't see it if you don't like bare-bones musicals with no sets & minimal costumes or a gimmick of characters not aging as they move through time

Also It is great to catch this rarely-produced show that originally starred... Read more Read less

69
Good production of a so so show

See it if You are fan of Jule Styne.

Don't see it if You don’t appreciate strip down revivals of old musicals.

85
God bless the york!, Dated, Great singing

See it if you consider yourself a serious student of American Musicals. This rarely seen piece by some masters of the craft deserves your attention.

Don't see it if you are weary of stories about the black experience.

70
Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you enjoy rare Jule Styne musical that rehashes another story told in 100 years of a black stars rise to the top overcoming racial prejudice

Don't see it if you don't want to be preached in a show with some great songs, but overall is tired and lacks that magic we all love in musicals.

Also All the characters stay the same age throughout the 10 decades the mus... Read more Read less

80
Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Relevant

See it if You want to hear a cast with amazing voices, to see an iconic show, to experience a "Mufti" show (a show street clothes) Really fun.

Don't see it if You expect Broadway budget as far as staging and costumes. You don't want to go the the East Side.

91
Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy super-talented singers in a small theater

Don't see it if you need splashy Broadway musicals

70
Great singing, Resonant

See it if you want to see a brilliantly sung production of a rarely done musical. Umoh in particular is incredible.

Don't see it if you dislike the mufti setup, or are not a fan of musicals that deal with race and history.

Also I would have liked it more if the last scene wasn't included. They cou... Read more Read less

70
Disappointing, Great acting, Great singing, Confusing

See it if you want to see well acted well sung rarely produced show by Jule Styne.

Don't see it if you don't like shows that jump around in time but the characters stay the same and don't age.

70
Dated

See it if Interest in hit musicals of the past and your curious to see them because there are no chance of revivals.

Don't see it if a real production is needed and sets and costumes make up a good part of musical theatre for you.

75
Cliched, Relevant, Uncomfortable

See it if you're interested in the Jule Styne canon; you like to catch shows you might not ever get another chance to see.

Don't see it if you're not comfortable with a show dealing with the black experience in America written by whites.

65
Disappointing, Amateurish

See it if Interested in musicals from classic broadway but don’t expect too much from a bare bones staged concert production

Don't see it if Staged concert version is disappointing, of interest only academically, doesn’t do justice to the original full production

77
Thought-provoking, Lacking

See it if you haven't seen this musical before. The musical does make you think about the black experience during the 20th century.

Don't see it if you are expecting a full-scale production. Instead of a chorus line of dancers, you get just two.

Also Bernard Dotson and Tally Sessions are top notch. What takes away a bit... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious, Delightful, Entertaining, Profound

See it if you enjoy an old fashioned Broadway musical with great songs, some long forgotten. Young cast of Broadway hopefuls turn it out.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or have problems with interracial couples and how show business overcame race.

74
Cliched, Dated, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you want to experience a remarkable and oft-ignored score performed by a remarkable cast.

Don't see it if the notion of white writers trying to capture the black experience makes you feel icky. (it IS indeed a bit icky)

78
Delightful, Ambitious, Great singing, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to check out a seldom-performed musical from a time when the form was undergoing great change

Don't see it if you need a well-rehearsed, perfect evening

Also Umoh and Reed were outstanding, and an strong but overlooked score was... Read more Read less

80
Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You appreciate great singing and love Jule Styne/Comden and Green. You are interested in lesser known musicals.

Don't see it if You want a piece about black history to be more on target and penetrating, with an ending that doesn't just fade away.

Also I saw the final performance and one of the lead actors didn't show up ... Read more Read less

80
Great singing, Funny, Disappointing, Intelligent

See it if you are enjoy seeing rarely produced musicals delivered by top flight performers.

Don't see it if you prefer fully staged and designed shows. A problematic book ruins the show for you.

Also One of the great pleasures not emphasized enough at Mufti is the total... Read more Read less

68
Dated, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You saw it once years ago and wanted to relive the past. The actors worked hard and were a very professional troop and hard great music.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with presentations of racial stereotypes.

82
Entertaining, Great singing, Dated

See it if You want to hear a terrific score sung in an intimate setting by a superb cast

Don't see it if You need a fully realized production as this is preformed "mufti" style

Also Umoh and Reed are both in fine voice and the score is incredibly catch... Read more Read less

77
Clever, Interesting, Dated, Great songs, Historically valuable

See it if You want a show that tried to deal with US racist history. You love Jule Styne musicals. You are willing to overlook huge flaws in script.

Don't see it if You want high production values or full orchestration or huge chorus. Actors are on script, and in street clothes.

Also very interesting from a historical perspective but not really a succes... Read more Read less

69
Lackluster misstep from dependable company

See it if you want to hear Jule Styne's score in context & just want to see all that the stalwart York Theatre Company's Musical in Mufti series does.

Don't see it if you want to witness a notable cast adrift. The director Gerry McIntyre has not provided them with any sense of engagement with the material.

Also Let's hope Mufti returns to its high standard with the rest of the Jul... Read more Read less

75
Entertaining, Great singing, Relevant, Slow, Bare bones

See it if You love the original cast album and would love hearing the songs done by some powerhouse belters.

Don't see it if You don't like small staged readings of big musicals. The actors hold their scripts and there is no orchestra, just a piano and bass.

Also It's a little tough to get into at first, but if you can let go of the... Read more Read less


February 3rd, 2018
"Umoh delivers a confident and compassionate performance in that star-making role...'Hallelujah Baby!' is a bit of a curiosity in the history of Broadway musicals...An ambitious, but somewhat didactic attempt to create something that expands the boundaries of the art form to address contemporary ...
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January 29th, 2018
"Time has not been kind to 'Hallelujah, Baby!'...None of this is a reflection on the performances at the York...But the minimalism requires us to focus on the material itself...Styne and Comden & Green have produced enough high-quality numbers that make the visit to the York well worthwhile to th...
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January 31st, 2018
“While it is interesting to see Arthur Laurents' second thoughts on ‘Hallelujah, Baby!,’ his next to last original Broadway musical, the revised version is still something of a disappointment. It remains an ambitious failure with memorable moments.”
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January 30th, 2018
"When the York’s Producing Artistic Director James Morgan came on stage to introduce the show, he explained that the cast had only seen the material on Monday morning, six days before and only a splendid cast and great producing team could have accomplished this amazing feat in such a short time....
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