Already closed | 2h 20m | Midtown W

I Spy a Spy

From 158 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Funny, 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 | Already closed | Theatre at St. Clement's (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (158)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Delightful

75
Confusing, Fluffy, Quirky, Great singing, Delightful

See it if Songs 85, book 65. I enjoyed every one of the songs. Lots of humor with strong vocals. The big Russian number was a hoot. Left w/a smile.

Don't see it if The story and characters are a mess. The show is a rom-com farce w/two immigrant couples finding their way, but it makes no sense.

Also Comp tix if you show up at the door this last week near showtime & ask... Read more Read less

80
Charming set, Fluffy, Cliched, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you are looking for a charming performance with some complex themes, amusing plot devices & excellent songs.

Don't see it if you want something deeply meaningful. This is clever but covers too much so is thin.

71
Caper, Fluffy, Great singing, Cliched

See it if Modern inclusive original NYC immigrant Russian-spy caper musical from another era. Very large cast.

Don't see it if For fear of its own topicality and to offending anyone -- all points and rough edges are sanded down to a dull finish.

Also Amplified mics & humour are telegraphed past the audience & down the l... Read more Read less

86
Wow wow wow see this show, Wonderful lyrics, Wildly creative, Wacky

See it if you enjoy a very funny show with wonderful lyrics and very strange story which actually works. Very relevant to our times. Great staging.

Don't see it if you like a traditional comedy or drama. This show's plot is all over the place but is fantastically funny.

Also Very talented cast and great singing. This venue has a lot of steps. I... Read more Read less

82
Old and new, Uncontroversial, Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if enjoy complicated comedies re exchanging social places. You’ve clocked time in a paper hat industry. Affectionate ode to immigrant life/work

Don't see it if you expect ppl who deliver meals, drive cabs, clean facilities, & run local restaurants to sing only about how miserable they are

Also This is light and Summer-y but with a fantastic cast. Sort of hokey, b... Read more Read less

81
Relevant, Touching, Funny, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You like stories about immigrants in NY, if you like well sung new songs and NY character portrayals.

Don't see it if You are not interested in immigrant stories or dislike the stereotyping of NY residents, or if you prefer a serious show.

75
Feels amateurish at times, but with moments of heart, A kitchen sink of clichés, Talented cast, Fun/ny, Frothy, yet with room to evolve

See it if you don’t mind an underdeveloped, disjointed musical about the American Dream, NYC as Melting Pot, and Russian Spies that's awkward yet fun.

Don't see it if you need super-clever writing, can’t stand hackneyed lyrics/rhyme, or need a set-design with “wow” factor. What “wows” here? The voices.

Also I Spy a Spy feels forced, absurd, predictable: a bad parody of a spy t... Read more Read less

80
Relevant, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if To see a fun, delightful show with a talented cast. Relevant to current events, to have a great night out.

Don't see it if If you are racist, close minded, are clueless to race relations in this country, if you don't like musical comedy

Also First of all...i loved the set. It seems so simple, but they utilized ... Read more Read less

79
Refreshing, Funny, Charming, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy musical farce ala early Ahrens and Flaherty. Serious topics are handled in lighthearted way but still make their point.

Don't see it if you need to live in anger and outrage about issues facing America. It has the "problematic second act" is still fun summer fare.

86
Clever, Confusing, Great staging, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you want to see a show with great production values, great singing and great acting. The music is standard Broadway type.

Don't see it if you need a musical with a compelling plot clearly structured to make you care about the characters and their outcome.

75
Relevant, Intelligent, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a new, original musical with catchy songs, great singing, and a fun, relevant story.

Don't see it if You don’t like shows in small theaters, want huge production values, only enjoy serious musicals.

70
Slow, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You enjoy wonderful singing and actors who are hoping to make a difference.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals. The book fails to make the story important.

70
Overplotted & overlong, Forgettable score, Winning cast, Farcical 30s musical meet multi-ethnic fable

See it if a let’s-put-on a-show enthusiasm with talented newcomers compensates for secondhand material with verve and occasionally heart

Don't see it if broad ethnic stereotypes—even in a show that purports to celebrate inclusivity—offend; score is weak and lyrics subpar; badly overamplified

Also I SPY seems to want to marry the loose-jointed political satire & stoc... Read more Read less

84
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like a musical with many great singers and actors

Don't see it if You prefer dramas

82
Entertaining, Refreshing, Quirky, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you're open to something surprising and weird. Bright production and sweet sentiment. Voices are spectacular. Some clever staging.

Don't see it if Needed to be more fun and a little long and rambling. Might be too quirky for some.

82
Relevant, Great singing, Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy musicals about NYC, immigrant stories, or can enjoy making fun of stereotypes.

Don't see it if you have no sense of humor, dislike accents, or stories about immigrants and the "American dream."

Also The whole cast was talented, but Andrew Mayer and Emma Degerstedt blew... Read more Read less

79
Great acting, Entertaining, Relevant, Funny

See it if Show about NYC immigrant issues treated in a fun way.Central to the story is the quest of Am Dream& need of recog.Talented actors&musicians.

Don't see it if you expect a straightforward story which may need some reworking or a glamorous show.This is an unpretentious mus com with a strong message.

80
Funny, Resonant, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if This prod. is highly entertaining.The story makes fun of immigrants who come to NY seeking the american dream on a hilarious respectful way

Don't see it if If you don't like immigrants and musicals

86
Delightful, Simple yet charming set design, Clever, Funny, Great singing

See it if you enjoy musical comedies. Fabulous singing of some very clever lyrics accompanied by a live band sitting just to the right of the audience

Don't see it if you don’t have a sense of humor. If you have trouble with stairs, check with the theater before ordering tickets

Also This was definitely the show I enjoyed the most of all shows I’ve seen... Read more Read less

71
Disappointing, Slow, Indulgent

See it if you love musicals and just want to hear singing, although there were a couple of good numbers

Don't see it if you want to sit thru a dis-jointed show

75
Great singing, Relevant, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy musicals with a contemporary theme. You enjoy off-Broadway.

Don't see it if You want a serious play with well known actors. You don’t like musicals. You only like Broadway.

76
Quirky, Entertaining, Ambitious, Dizzying, Funny

See it if You want to see a low budget musical with an interesting plot with some twists.

Don't see it if You expect a huge Broadway production

93
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Ambitious, Delightful

See it if Great staging and a cast of characters that gives 100% energy performance. Packed a lot of action and strong singing in an intimate venue.

Don't see it if you like more serious, and quieter theatre experience,

Also Great entertainment... it can be shorter in length.

81
Good music, Delightful, Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if A nice musical comedy about the immigrant experience and their quest for the American dream interests you.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a grand Broadway production. Two hours, twenty minutes long...

90
Great acting, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if This musical comedy really got our attention. It is brilliant, the story is interesting, fabulous singers and dancers.

Don't see it if There is no reason NOT to see it - it is fabulous!


July 22nd, 2019
"I'm not much of a conspiracy theorist, but you're never going to convince me that 'I Spy a Spy' isn't the fruit of a plot by Julian Assange and Russian hackers (assisted, maybe, by Kim Jong Un), aimed at undermining America's theatrical way of life."
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July 18th, 2019
"Novelty 12 person cast of caricatures at Theatre at St. Clements includes Russians and spies, the American Dream, and commentaries on the political state of things with love stories too. Some slicing and dicing are in order but it's silly fun and you'll get some laughs and messages."
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July 19th, 2019
"At a time when there's such turmoil at out borders and disagreement within, it takes a good deal of courage to pen a musical that takes a lighthearted look at immigrations. But Jamie Jackson and So Hee Youn's musical somehow does that with charm and humor."
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July 19th, 2019
"A banal exercise that, for all its upbeat treatment of America's cultural diversity, is little more than an excuse for a mostly witless, farcical farrago about stereotypical, cartoon characters of multiple ethnicities."
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