New York | 1h 40m | Already closed

Hell's Belles The Musical

From 6 critic and 15 member reviews
Members say: Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great acting

About the show

Tweiss Productions present a new musical comedy in which a fallen pop star lands in Hell and joins some of history’s most notorious women. More…

Lester is a show-biz loving devil, and he has his hands full in hell with all the infamous women in his charge. He is challenged by a newly arrived pop star who has her own ideas about damnation. She joins the likes of Salome, Lady Godiva, Lizzie Borden, Joan Crawford and Janis Joplin, in this fast-paced musical comedy. Will the pop star accept her fate and join the chorus, or will she stage a revolution? And what is Eleanor Roosevelt doing here? This is a tour de force for three actresses who play over 20 roles in this fast-paced musical satire.

1h 40m | Already closed | Elektra Theatre (Midtown W)

The Huffington Post

"It's an entertaining romp with a simple premise…A medley of musical genres is neatly performed and parodied all resulting in a devilishly good time...Whether sending up Eva Peron or the bitchiness of Hollywood divas, 'Hell's' Belles' is a zippy musical revue. The hardworking crew, directed by John Znidarsic, may be in hell, but the entertaining romp is earthbound fun." Full Review


"Think of all the vixens, villainesses, and just plain bad girls you know. They are all meeting over at the Elektra Theatre in Times Square in Bryan D. Leys’ 'Hell's Belles.' And a devilishly good time can be had by all...'Hell's Belles' is a clever concept with lyrics to match. It’s a red-hot campy cabaret that is scandalously sinful and full of forbidden fun." Full Review


"The main problem with the piece is that its conceit wears thin after the first 15 minutes. What you end up watching is a non-stop pageant of notorious women who find themselves in the halls of hell, with their life baggage and unsettling memories...If there's anything eye-opening here, it's that hell isn't easy to spoof. 'Hell's Belles' clocks in at 90 minutes, but felt hellishly long. " Full Review

Theater In The Now

"'Hell’s Belles' is one of those shows that a good pitch draws you in but when you’re experiencing the material you almost have to wonder have you actually died and gone to hell…The idea is fun but Leys’ book is insufferable…Director John Znidarsic had a lot of cheap laughs to go for in Leys’ libretto and he went for every single one. With the content not quite up to par, Znidarsic’s arsenal was limited…What 'Hell’s Belles' has going for it is in knows what it is." Full Review

Roberta on the Arts

for a previous production "If you ever feared a future in Hell, this is the show to see...Fancy, flashy, frivolous, fashionable... If you like Salome and the 'Hoochie Koochie', then 'Hell’s Belles' is the show for a night of fun and foolery." Full Review


for a previous production "They don't just take their audience to hell; they put them through it...A ticket is a contract between a patron and the creative team of a play or musical promising good money for at least the attempt at presenting a good show. Those in charge of 'Hell's Belles' should be punished for breaking that contract. I can suggest where they should be sent." Full Review

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if you like hilarious musicals; clever lyrics, great tunes, fast costume changes (a la Forbidden B'way), talent, women's rights, gay rights.

Don't see it if you only like serious drama.

Clever, Cliched, Funny, Fluffy

See it if You want to attend an impromptu live performance, just for laughs.

Don't see it if You wish to be wow'ed by grand stage settings and awesome lighting.

Disappointing, Insipid, Cliched

See it if you like bad clichés and terrible puns

Don't see it if just don't see it

Ambitious, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Quirky

See it if you want really silly, no thoughts needed show

Don't see it if you are a fan of quality. This could have been much better, the premise is great, but it sadly didn't live up to the premise

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious

See it if You liked Forbidden Broadway. You are interested in women's rights, gay rights, really clever lyrics. Good musical theatre acting & singing.

Don't see it if You prefer serious or experimental theatre. This is good old fashioned musical comedy.

Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like a good rousing musical.

Don't see it if You want to see Hamilton

Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like to laugh and want a good, fun and funny show with clever lyrics and a lot of jokes.

Don't see it if You don't have a sense of humor. The message is there amongst the laughs.

Enchanting, Dizzying, Excruciating, Relevant, Funny

See it if I didn't have a choice.

Don't see it if You don't know what love is and usually do as your told.

Clever, Thought-provoking, Original, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if You'd like a unique theatre experience with enough frisson to follow you for days. Like Three Penny Opera, -a show with a mission.

Don't see it if You are boring.

Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious, Clever, Great writing

See it if You want to witness a small cast do excellent work

Don't see it if You do not want to be entertained and hate good music and lyrics.

Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You want to cheer on women who are unconventional!

Don't see it if Are not willing to laugh!

Funny, Fluffy, Quirky, Interactive, Clever

See it if you are in the mood for 80 minutes of funny song after funny song, then this show is for you. Light-hearted & easy with divas a-plenty!

Don't see it if You don't like old-school musicals or movies.

Exquisite, Ambitious, Epic

See it if I would like to see more emotion

Don't see it if If I did not have life

During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Cliched

See it if you like clever lyrics and singing about historic women. Light entertainment.

Don't see it if you didn't like your high school "sings"

During previews
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if you liked Spamalot or Something Rotten

Don't see it if you're up for an evening of Ibsen

Cast & Creatives (14)