Here We Are
Closed 2h 20m
Here We Are
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Here We Are NYC Reviews and Tickets

84%
(3995 Ratings)
Positive
86%
Mixed
7%
Negative
7%
Members say
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing

About the Show

The final musical by legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, with a book by David Ives.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (692)

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193 Reviews | 29 Followers
100
Masterful, Intelligent, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You are a true Sondheim fan. The music, lyrics, orchestration, casting, direction and set are perfection. SS writes of his own mortality.

Don't see it if If you expect a straightforward, simple, crowd pleaser, where you leave your thinking cap at home, stay home with it. It is 100% complex SS.

140 Reviews | 33 Followers
100
Must see, Great acting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You don’t want to miss one of the best shows out there in years. Everything about it was perfect.

Don't see it if You don’t like abstract or surrealist theater, don’t like Sondheim, don’t like dark comedy

50 Reviews | 10 Followers
100
Intriguing, Great acting!, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want a really clever and different show. A musical but also tons of great dialogue. Something very different and very Sondheim!

Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional musical. This isn’t it.

97 Reviews | 63 Followers
100
Existential whimsy, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you enjoy an experiencing an all-star have fun with Sondheim’s clever and layered lyrics. This is deliciously absurd and existential.

Don't see it if you dislike theatre that requires you to think and stay intellectually present with the production for the whole show. It’s brainy fare.

88 Reviews | 14 Followers
100
Contemporary, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if there is no reason not to see it!

Don't see it if there is no reason not to see it! Read more

129 Reviews | 26 Followers
100
Don’t miss this one!

See it if You want to see the perfect blend of wit and absurdity (Sondheim and Ives) performed by a stellar ensemble.

Don't see it if the above doesn’t appeal to you. Read more

204 Reviews | 58 Followers
100
The final and grandest of all puzzles!, Must see, Stacked cast, Quintessential sondheim, Crowning achievement

See it if Hilarious parody and in-joking with a focus on the theatre crowd. Beautiful retrospective goodbye from one of the greatest! Bravo 👏

Don't see it if Seeing both movies in-between my first and second viewing enhanced my understanding and enjoyment to the point that this is one of my ATFs. Read more

139 Reviews | 20 Followers
99
Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if like me, you must see all Sondheim. Very clever existential dramedy inspired by a "No Exit" style film/opera. So weird. Loved it!

Don't see it if you have to work hard to "figure it out." Don't do that! Just go with it, enjoy the ride about life, death, privilege, revolution...

Critic Reviews (19)

The New York Times
October 22nd, 2023

CRITIC’S PICK: “ ‘Here We Are’ is as experimental as Sondheim throughout his career wanted everything to be...We, too, will always want more, even when we’ve had what by any reasonable standards should already be more than enough.”
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Time Out New York
October 22nd, 2023

“ ‘Here We Are’ is more broadly funny than the films and also more overtly philosophical, with a recurring theme about the gap between appearances and reality—though it doesn’t go all that deep.”
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New York Theatre Guide
October 23rd, 2023

“Considering that it’s the final musical by the renowned composer-lyricist who died in 2021, Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Here We Are’ was guaranteed to jolt. Although the show emerges as modestly engaging, it adds a zap of electricity to the theatre season, thanks to inspired work by a dream cast and ace designers who serve up a slim slice of surrealism under Joe Mantello's ('Wicked') direction.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
October 23rd, 2023

“ ‘Here We Are’ is torn between its reasonable desire to obliterate its characters and its aspiration, if not quite to save them, then to remain open-ended as to where they—and we—go from here. If it’s sometimes a muddled impulse, it’s also a humane one. Sondheim certainly didn’t go gentle into the apocalypse of late capitalism, but he didn’t go heartless either. He stayed complicated. He gave us more to see.”
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Variety
October 22nd, 2023

“ ‘Here We Are’ delights in the flavor of its vapid jet-sets, but ultimately spits them out in a resolution that betrays its own internal logic. It’s too much, and robs the show of its potential teeth. Better to know when the feast is done.”
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The Observer
October 23rd, 2023

“What music there is, is playful and joyous. You wish there were more of it, especially a finale. But Ives and Mantello do heroic work endowing it with coherence and force. Sondheim always insisted on giving equal credit to his book writers, those who fed him and goaded him. It’s fitting that his last collaborator finished the epitaph.”
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The Washington Post
October 23rd, 2023

“We’ve been through sharper existential crises with convergences of Sondheim characters over the years...We’re consoled in ‘Here We Are’ with one more chance to gather together with Sondheim, to hear his irreplaceable voice on a stage. The resulting evening might not be stranded at square one, but it doesn’t satisfactorily cross the finish line, either.”
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New York Post
October 23rd, 2023

“The novelty of attending Sondheim’s final musical and experiencing its non-stop zaniness wear off long before ‘Here We Are’ ends, and the whole thing falls apart.”
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