Himself and Nora
Closed 2h 15m
Himself and Nora

Himself and Nora NYC Reviews and Tickets

(229 Ratings)
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Great singing, Entertaining, Great acting, Romantic, Disappointing

About the Show

A musical about one of the world’s great romances, between Nora the chambermaid, whose passion and acerbic wit ignited the genius of groundbreaking writer James Joyce.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (229)

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95 Reviews | 16 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Great singing

See it if You like biographical and historically accurate shows. You enjoy clever dialog and excellent acting. You like sexual humor.

Don't see it if You're offended by sexual humor. You don't like biographical or non fiction plays. You're not interested in the life of James Joyce.

70 Reviews | 15 Followers
Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Original, Great singing

See it if love it

Don't see it if see it

80 Reviews | 51 Followers
Romantic, Great acting, Riveting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love a great story filled with powerful singing; heartfelt acting and yes a romance. Delightful, honest, historical brought to life.

Don't see it if If you want to smile and tap your feet! Or Would want see again Read more

360 Reviews | 76 Followers
Absorbing, Sexy, Enchanting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if You want to learn about one of the greatest love stories of all time--James Joyce and Nora Barnacle. I was weeping at the end, love the CD

Don't see it if You don't want to see something inspiring, uplifting, educational and edifying that will stay with you forever.

457 Reviews | 101 Followers
Romantic, Clever, Entertaining, Original, Great singing

See it if you love gorgeous voices, close harmony, movement, absolute commitment from the actors throughout the play. I went back for those voices.

Don't see it if you are offended by some chaste but a bit vulgar choreography. I've taken 5 friends none was offended. All very happy to see it.

200 Reviews | 24 Followers
Romantic, Refreshing, Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing

See it if Want to spend an enjoyable two hours listening to delightful music sung by talented singers.

Don't see it if You do not like original, delightful musicals!!!

50 Reviews | 11 Followers
Absorbing, Enchanting, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You want to hear exquisite singing from the leads. Whitney Bashor will take your breath away.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a play with an Irish twist.

78 Reviews | 18 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Riveting, Great singing

See it if you enjoy a beautifully performed show with a compelling historical and literary narrative, you appreciate fabulous singing

Don't see it if musicals about real life historical events bore you, you prefer edgier material and you have no appreciation for Irish culture

Critic Reviews (22)

The New York Times
June 8th, 2016

"The show’s aesthetic is in no way Joycean or even very Irish…Mr. Bogart makes a likable but hardly magnetic Joyce, and Ms. Bashor a lively and appealing Nora. Yet I had trouble buying them as a pair of early-20th-century iconoclasts, or even as a couple with a supposedly irresistible sexual spark…It is hard to feel the import of any of this in a show so foreign in style and spirit to Joyce’s writing and the couple’s own milieu. Nothing here challenges the mind."
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June 7th, 2016

"James Joyce may have made a mess of his love life, but probably not as badly as composer/lyricist/bookvwriter/orchestrator Jonathan Brielle has in his dreary Off-Broadway musical. An undistinguished contribution to the 'insufferable artistic genius and the woman he considers his muse' genre, 'Himself and Nora' has been kicking around for over ten years...While the cast and production are both fine, 'Himself and Nora' inspires little of the passion the musical attempts to dramatize."
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Lighting & Sound America
June 15th, 2016

“Alas, 'Himself and Nora' flattens these two great characters into one-and-a half dimensions each and denudes their story of its most piquant details. And when all else fails, it piles on the blarney...The book and lyrics are distressingly banal...Lacking a strong point of view and/or anything new to say, Brielle has reduced one of literary history's most famous couples to a Maggie and Jiggs pairing, a feuding, fussing, fighting pair of stage Irish figures. Himself would not be pleased.”
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Talkin' Broadway
June 6th, 2016

"Brielle has written a straightforward musical biography that attacks the essential points as if a hit-and-run collision, then careens on to the next in the traditional (and traditionally tedious) take-no-chances manner. It's not so much that you don't learn much about Joyce but that it's all so dry and prosaic that you don't care about the things you do learn…Sure, you can make a harmless, juiceless musical about James Joyce, but Brielle never explains through it why he wanted to."
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June 7th, 2016

"Although Brielle includes intimate scenes about Joyce's struggles as a writer, he is more intent on dramatizing the literary lovers Joyce and Nora and bringing their controversial relationship into clear focus...While Brielle is a fine raconteur, he's better as a composer and lyricist...Matt Bogart and Whitney Bashor acquit themselves well as Joyce and Nora...'Himself and Nora' is not flawless...Taken as a whole, 'Himself and Nora' contains the right meat-and-potatoes for a satisfying musical."
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June 29th, 2016

“Michael Bush doesn’t allow for the interplay of passion and lust to happen between Joyce and Nora. Both Matt Bogart and Whitney Bashor are capable actors and strong vocalists. However, a love for all time needs a particular chemistry, and this symbiotic attraction is lacking from the two actors. The music adequately moves the story along. But there is more romp than depth to the songs, rather than music that haunts and captivates with decisive Joycean wit.”
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Theater Pizzazz
June 7th, 2016

"Does the writing life, plus quotes from sexually explicit letters, seem to you to be the stuff of interesting drama? The opening scene made them appear to be!...After that, the play went downhill...The performers were exceptional as directed by Michael Bush...Still no one left the theater looking very happy...Jonathan Brielle wrote the book, music and lyrics of this very Las Vegas pastiche...The plot was indecisive. It wasn’t sure where it wanted to go and what it wanted to be."
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Front Row Center
June 7th, 2016

"Clocks in at a bit over 2 hours. And that would be about 1 hour too long. Not because of the extraordinary talent of its two leads but because the text of this story excludes the point of the tale, Joyce’s words, and instead invests its time in showing us scenes from a relationship that are no match for his prose...While well intentioned, this production succeeds only in sending us all out of the theatre directly to the library to read."
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