How to Be an American
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How to Be an American

How to Be an American NYC Reviews and Tickets

(37 Ratings)
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Entertaining, Relevant, Great singing, Disappointing, Funny

About the Show

The York Theatre Company presents a turn-of-the-20th-century political cabaret featuring classic American songs. Presented as a staged concert reading as part of its New2NY Series.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (37)

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50 Reviews | 19 Followers
Energetic, witty and politically appropriate, americana musical!

See it if You care about politics/Election ; love American period music; love being up-close and intimate with terrific actor/singers; Like Americana

Don't see it if You only like serious work, don't like music, don't like charming wit, hate satire, don't want to have a fun evening, hate male ensembles Read more

390 Reviews | 100 Followers
Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if The 2016 election has importance. An entertaining intelligent slyly relevant well executed & performed reveal of our present thru our NYpast

Don't see it if You don't like politics, history, electioneering (past or present) or well-executed & performed political campaign songs from the 1900's. Read more

354 Reviews | 76 Followers
Entertaining, Resonant, Educational, Timely, Historical

See it if like me, you thought Tammany was an Irish politician, and if you love learning about the history of our great city. Also, George M. Cohan!

Don't see it if You don't have patience for something engaging and charming, and makes you feel so good at the end. Or, if you're done with politics.

110 Reviews | 18 Followers
Funny, Thought provoking, Historical, Entertaining, Good performances

See it if you would like to know more about Tammany Hall!

Don't see it if you are tired of the political arena.

184 Reviews | 29 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Original

See it if If you enjoy shows that the audience is member of the cast. This show is about a Tammany Hall meeting and we the audience are in attendance

Don't see it if If you only enjoy tight-fitted, well-rehearsed big shows. The cast is on book and only performing for 10 days.

530 Reviews | 155 Followers
Intelligent, Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy being one of the first to see an original musical. You enjoy shows with a historical and political theme + audience participation.

Don't see it if You only enjoy very polished, perfect productions. This show is a work in progress. You don't like shows that break the fourth wall. Read more

50 Reviews | 15 Followers
Funny, Relevant

See it if You are interested in American history, and early 20th century politics, enjoy songs of that era.

Don't see it if You don't want to be a bit bored at times. Read more

50 Reviews | 20 Followers
Clever, Funny, Relevant, Delightful, Original

See it if Tammany Hall antics integrated with period music. Entertaining and quirky, with good performances

Don't see it if You prefer big stage productions

Critic Reviews (3)

Talkin' Broadway
September 18th, 2016

"Mildly pleasant, occasionally tuneful, and roundly forgettable...The numbers don't add much except for a few moments of melody, and their gentle, now-old-fashioned attitudes violently clash with the consistently conniving book...It doesn't make for much in the way of coherence or excitement, which are helpful things to have when your show only has two jokes...If you want something historical, educational, and sort of entertaining, it will suffice well enough."
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Times Square Chronicles
September 20th, 2016

"The score featured songs from the early 20th century American Songbook and the cast nailed them in every way…This mufti-style staged concert performance was expertly lead by Tim Jerome, whose voice and acting was perfectly political…T. Cat Ford ‘s book, however, is confusing because in all honesty I do not know what this show was trying to say. It seemed it had no objective and though it was was wonderfully presented, this show seems slightly outdated."
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Wolf Entertainment Guide
September 19th, 2016

"Only moderately entertaining...The best parts of the offering are the appealing performances...They collectively get into the spirit of an old-fashioned political revival meeting...Although amiable and bright in spirit, the musical lacks sufficient wit to make it more than a pleasant satire on how immigrants to the United States could be molded into dominated voters for those holding onto power so that elections could be manipulated."
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