In Previews: Opens Jul 18 | 2h 20m | Midtown W

I Spy a Spy

From 90 member reviews
Members say: Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful

About the show

"I Spy A Spy" is a wacky musical comedy about immigration, unexpected romance, espionage, and the best chicken-tikka pizza in NYC. More…

From the show:

In a “melting pot” neighborhood in Hell’s Kitchen, José Rodriguez, an undocumented Mexican delivery guy has an American Dream – to become “a someone”. Alina Orlova, a beautiful but inept Russian spy, also has an American dream – to save the family’s “Fluff N’ Fold". Speeding through one hilariously preposterous plot twist after another, José and Alina embark on a wild adventure to fulfill their destinies – and live the American Dream!

I Spy A Spy is a wacky comedy of immigration, unexpected romance, espionage, and the best chicken-tikka pizza in NYC. It takes us on a musical rollercoaster ride (on which our duo encounters Mexican Thugs, Russian spies, a Pakistani pizza proprietor, a Korean deli owner, and the Department of Homeland Security!), while lovingly examining the power of the American Dream, the challenges we all face, and the universal love for “home”!

2h 20m | In Previews: Opens Jul 18 | Theatre at St. Clement's (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (90)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful
80
Avg Score

During previews
62
Uninspired, Fluffy, Slow, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You want a predictable sitcom style show that feels rather old fashioned with its sense of cops and robbers/Cold War Russia style comedy.

Don't see it if You’re looking for something fresh, fun and funny. This feels like a late night slog through TVLand.

Also I’m sorry to say even the talent doesn’t begin to save this one. There... Read more Read less

During previews
65
Quirky, Disappointing, Good singing, Uneven, Slow

See it if You want an easy semi charming musical with solid performances. It doesn’t know if it wants to be a screwball comedy or deep drama.

Don't see it if You want a well polished show. This is good but longer than it needs to be.

During previews
76
Intelligent, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if A different, well played show. A very enjoyable performance that is silly and good.

Don't see it if If you want a bigger production or a more serious musical.

During previews
79
Refreshing, Great writing, Relevant, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy musicals of NYC experiences that pack a punch and deliver a currently important message. Great cast works hard with low $ set.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy new musicals with rough edges that have a lot of potential. Would benefit from a full orchestra and a professional set.

Also Leads are commendable. Sorab Wadia has great timing. Watch in the futu... Read more Read less

During previews
84
Quirky, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great singing, Funny

See it if A show that has a little of everything. Ita refreshing with a good cast.

Don't see it if Over 2hrs,. Not a serious story.

During previews
68
Fluffy, Slow, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if Hard working ensemble giving their all to make this play a success. Uneven acting and singing - a few very good. Needs bigger band & sets.

Don't see it if Cute idea but play needs work - cut some dialogue and certainly some songs which are not at all memorable. 1st act very tedious.

Also Two worthy songs, the rest filler. Work in progress.

During previews
98
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if U really need a treat!! Tremendously talented cast with a great score + book. An old fashioned musical on a very current topic IMMIGRATION.

Don't see it if You have a hard time with stairs! If not run to get a ticket.

During previews
65
Cliched, Insipid, Fluffy, Disappointing, Intelligent

See it if a work in progress that needs a a lot of editing. Way too long and the opening number never ends.

Don't see it if the score goes nowhere. Each song sounded like the previous one heard,

During previews
70
Too long, Cliched, Well intentioned, Well sung, Uneven

See it if you want to see a loopy original musical about cultural diversity, difficulties in assimilating, spies, Homeland security & various subplots

Don't see it if you're impatient. First act way too long & scattered & not particularly funny. Second act better.

Also Potential is there for improvement. Needs trimming & sharpening. Cast ... Read more Read less

During previews
73
Fluffy, Uneven, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if mostly fun musical with Russian spies, immigrants, some romance; issues of being visible vs. invisible; some good singing

Don't see it if Long. 1st act seemed like it would never end. Some over-the-top parts.

Also Some excellent performances. Andrew Mayer brought a lot of energy. Sor... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if You want to see a musical with some funny moments, good writing, staging and singing and be entertained by a pretty talented group.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals. You don' t have a sense of humor. You don't like comedy. You like big productions.

During previews
90
Cliched, Relevant, Enchanting, Great singing, Funny

See it if you enjoy quality a musical performed by a very talented cast. Thoroughly enjoyable. Broadway potential.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or small venues.

During previews
58
Not funny enough, Mediocre songs, Fluffy, Silly, Enthusiastic cast

See it if you like "fluff" musicals, silly stories, enthusiastic performers and messages about USA as a culturally diverse country.

Don't see it if you expect a lot of laughs, an above average musical score and silly farces only if they are very funny.

During previews
79
Stock characters, Needs to be trimmed, Funny, Multitalented cast

See it if You want to see a very talented cast in a tuneful musical comedy.

Don't see it if You don’t like actors doing accents.

Also My friend and I caught the first preview tonight and really enjoyed th... Read more Read less

During previews
78
Clever, Raunchy, Banal, Relevant, Mawkish

See it if you enjoy musicals in development about the emotional and financial plight of immigrants “of color” in USA and their drive to assimilate

Don't see it if you are bored or upset by stories about Hispanic immigrants to USA, unsubtle sexual jokes, interracial romance, or exploitation of women

Also The performances by Wadia and Warren and some of the musical numbers, ... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Should be funnier, Repetitive, Way too long, Talented cast, Cute

See it if you like immigrant stories, to see a talented cast giving it their all. Willing to see a show that feels like a work in progress.

Don't see it if you don't have patience for songs that go on too long without providing new information. It's a clever premise that doesn't always deliver.

During previews
76
Quirky, Great writing, Great acting, Funny

See it if if you want to be entertained by immigrants and spys, oh my!

Don't see it if you like more traditional material

During previews
74
Muddled, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if you like energetic musicals. Fun to watch despite a convoluted story. First rate singing saves the day. Still a worthwhile show.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals.

During previews
73
Fluffy, Ambitious

See it if Light musical with spy / immigrant plot using who's seen or not seen in American society: attractive white female vs lower class Mexican man

Don't see it if Rough cut. Campy humor: funny at some parts, perhaps would be more if they double downed on camp. Shy of satire (jokes don't go deep enough)

Also Diversity: visibly diverse but mostly play stereotypes not quite enoug... Read more Read less

During previews
72
Thought-provoking, Slow, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You like a show with good singing, a little funny, about undocumented immigrants, and you don’t mind it being too long and a little slow.

Don't see it if You can’t walk up a lot of stairs and you want to see a play that is not too long or slow.

During previews
49
Hackneyed

See it if Some lovely voices and decent acting.

Don't see it if This show is so cookie cutter in every respect-book,music,lyrics. Jokes are lame, lyrics awful, plot silly, romance unconvincing.Left early

Also Nyet to this amateurishly written stinker.

During previews
78
Campy, Good acting and singing, Slow, Fluffy, Clever

See it if you'll enjoy a new musical performed by a very talented cast & don't mind simple sets. A couple of good songs.

Don't see it if You dislike shows in which some cast members play multiple roles; prefer full sets. First act is too long & needs editing. 2d act better.

Also From some seats, you could see some of the characters waiting to come ... Read more Read less

During previews
93
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you want to see a Broadway bound musical before it transfers

Don't see it if you are hyper politically correct and don't understand the use of stereotypes in order to knock them down.

Also Eric Krebs patience and brilliance in waiting until this show was read... Read more Read less

During previews
61
Scattered, Underwritten, Fluffy, Great singing

See it if This show features a stellar cast doing its best with unworthy material. There's a decent show in here trying to get out, but it needs to

Don't see it if decide if it's a slapstick comedy, a romance, or an American allegory. It could be any of them, but right now it's not doing them well

During previews
78
Hilarious, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like spoofs on spy movies. You like neighborhood stories. This one is cute about Hell’s kitchen.

Don't see it if You do not like stereotypes. You dislike spoofs.


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