New York | 2h 0m | Already closed

Lili Marlene

From 6 critic and 17 member reviews
Members say: Disappointing, Cliched, Great singing, Absorbing, Entertaining

About the show

Set in Germany as the Nazis rise to power, Write Act Repertory's musical chronicles the romance between cabaret singer Rosie Penn and Count Hans Wilhelm von Kleister Graff.


As the dark clouds of fascism become clearer, the Count works to help the VIP cultural and scientific elite escape German. But soon he realizes he must also get his surviving family out before the shadowy inhumanity of anti-Semitism descends upon them.

2h 0m | Already closed | St Luke's Theatre (Midtown W)

Local Theatre NY

“It turns out to be a very interesting new perspective on life during the rise of Hitler in the heart of Berlin…The play, nonetheless, is at its best musically and vocally. The casting for the most part is excellent, and vocally the entire ensemble is spot-on...Londyn makes a phenomenal Off-Broadway debut. She has a beautiful and engaging voice and is charismatic and real in her portrayal of the young cabaret star…She is a joy to watch...Equally engaging is Hromsco as the infatuated Count.” Full Review

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"Amy Londyn, who plays Rosie, gives a vivid and soulful performance...The echoes of 'Cabaret,' Kander and Ebb’s classic musical about the rise of Nazism, are never far away...Most of the songs work well with the plot and theme. However, 'To the Beer Hall We All Go,' a number toward the end of the musical, feels out of place...Blowers has cast a highly skilled and talented cast. They deliver the songs and dances with high energy and vibrancy." Full Review


"The cabaret numbers are very nicely written, arranged, and staged...Londyn's silvery tone and pinpoint emotional focus captivate with gentle power...Hromsco’s strong-voiced portrayal is as graceful and agile as it can be given the material...Antin’s book is too often short on character development...It’s a good tale that begs to be told more fully...Too much of the time the book tells rather than shows. Yet at its best the music and staging combine to take flight." Full Review


“What might have been a dazzling dramatic situation - even with its echoes of so many other plays-is reduced to a plodding script, interrupted by very ordinary songs (albeit, well sung by the hard-working cast). Antin seems blind to being a copycat. Even a touch of same-sex romance and semi-clothed chorus girls, can't raise the pulse of this show. And the unsurprising upbeat ending, despite the tragedy that precedes it, is unconvincing.” Full Review

DC Metro Theater Arts

"The serious subject and haunting titular song should provide the basis for a compelling show. But they are undermined by predictable dialogue, trite sing-songy rhymes and rhythms, and groan-inducing attempts at humor...The delivery is slow and stilted and the dance numbers unimaginative...The uneven quality of the present Off-Broadway production fails to live up to the significance of the story and the impact it could and should have." Full Review


"The show has all the hallmarks of a vanity production by the cleverest kid in the class, the star of 8th grade: a jejune treatment of a serious story, written with great reverence but a tin ear. An upright piano tinkles fair-to-poor songs. The cast churns out so-so performances with one star turn (the talented and lovely Londyn as Rosie)...Eager, dull choreography and clueless direction miss the mark over and over...It will reward you more to go to a revival of 'Cabaret.'" Full Review

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you love historical plays/musicals

Don't see it if you dislike smaller venues

Absorbing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if About Germany's during Hitler time and one family's how they face the hardship of during that time. Cabaret singing and dancing.

Don't see it if It's a small company no fancy staging or props.

Great acting, Great singing, Relevant, Original, Thoughtful

See it if you want to see a show about a different side of the rise of nazi germany with some stunning performers.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a show that parallels today's political climate and you can't handle occasionally cringe-worthy lyrics.

Great writing, Intelligent, Great singing

See it if You like off broadway original stories, orginal music and have a good attitude about the past history of Germany.

Don't see it if You want lots of scenery changes and glitz or don't want to be reminded about what the Hitler's regime was all about.

Solid singing and acting, Historical based script, Worthwhile to hear

See it if If you want to see a different perspective of the good German citizens of the Weimar Republic who stood up when the government went bad.

Don't see it if If you are unwilling to give a small theatre musical a chance.

Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You like intimate theater

Don't see it if You are expecting great songs or a deep plot

Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You want to experience a story of the lack of action that allowed Germany to be taken over by the Nazi's.

Don't see it if You need meaningful well written lyrics and show book. This can be disappointing.

Also I wish I could say I enjoyed this musical, but it dragged quite a bit ... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Amateurish

See it if you enjoy a good story done with poor music and ever poorer lyrics. The story itself was good and with better music and songs could be great

Don't see it if you enjoy good music, singing and lyrics that are not banal. The acting and singing were amateurish. This show had potential to be better.

Disappointing, Great singing, Cliched

See it if you want to hear some talented singers or you like this topic a lot, but unfortunately it misses the mark.

Don't see it if this could be an interesting topic but doesn't work for me.

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Dated

See it if You want to be reminded Germany had a great cultural life and a lot of sophistication.....until it didn’t.

Don't see it if You want to see a show with culture and sophistication. The play has no new insights into the rise of Hitler. The singing is better than the

Also writing, acting or direction. The actors are too amateurish to be beli... Read more Read less

Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You enjoy WWII era shows in Nazis Germany.

Don't see it if You expect a well-crafted musical.

Banal, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if You like amateurish, high-school-level type entertainment. We left at intermission.

Don't see it if You expect a professional, absorbing and entertaining musical. This is definitely not it!

Ambitious, Indulgent, Thought-provoking



Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you are a relative of anyone connected with the show

Don't see it if you enjoy good theater

Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if If you want to help support the amazing actors who bravely and professionally work through this dreadful embarrassment of a musical

Don't see it if If you have anything else to do.

During previews
Enjoyable, entertaining, Clever, Original

See it if you want to see an original musical about the rise of the Nazis and the effect it has on a cabaret singer & her aristocratic boyfriend.

Don't see it if you don't wan another musical about Nazi Germany that is both light and fun & then very dark that shows the harshness of a country in chaos

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing

See it if Great Acting, Great Direction, Great Music, Great Staging

Don't see it if you can't go on Tuesdays.