Little Girl Blue
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Little Girl Blue
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Little Girl Blue NYC Reviews and Tickets

82%
(90 Reviews)
Positive
90%
Mixed
8%
Negative
2%
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Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant

A new musical about the "High Priestess of Soul," Nina Simone. 

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1002 Reviews | 412 Followers
87
Masterful, Relevant, Great singing, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if You’re a Nina Simone fan. Presented as two parts of concerts rather than a linear storyline. Incredible singing and music. Very relevant.

Don't see it if If you don’t like Nina Simone. This is almost all music. Also, if you’re looking for a traditional play or musical, this ain’t it. Read more

1048 Reviews | 254 Followers
72
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Great singing

See it if Greating singing and decent staging.

Don't see it if The story is not that great. Slow at times.

869 Reviews | 248 Followers
83
Entertaining, Ambitious, Relevant, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you want an excellent performance of two Nina Simone acts: 1968 and 1976 that include commentary on the times with well-sung numbers.

Don't see it if if you are looking for a full biography or a musical with a plot and all her hit songs - this is a stage performance with a 3 piece band.

697 Reviews | 106 Followers
90
Must see, Relevant, Masterful, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy a commanding performance by an actress and singer about the life of Nina Simone. Great singing and acting. Powerful and relevant.

Don't see it if you don't like dialogue about racism or are not a fan of Nina Simone. Read more

641 Reviews | 127 Followers
95
Delightful, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Live music with little story. Great singing and music.

Don't see it if This is not a biography or story. It's like going back in time with the music.

534 Reviews | 132 Followers
83
Nina simone!, Relevant, Intense, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if fan of Nina Simone; brash & bold, intense & honest; speaks & sings her mind; great performances revolving around concerts in 1968 & 1976.

Don't see it if you're not a Simone fan; second act went a little haywire with ranting at her husband in the audience & could use a little editing. Read more

406 Reviews | 59 Followers
85
Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You want a good show that is more concert than play

Don't see it if You don’t like the music of Nina Simone

398 Reviews | 56 Followers
75
Intense, Some unpleasant music, Talented singer, Angry message, Disappointing

See it if favor singing that is good but not great, a consistent & loud theme of civil rights and insights into Nina Simone's life.

Don't see it if you expect singing of songs that Simone is famous for, listening to a singer that "pales" compared to Simone & dislike civil rights tirades.

Critic Reviews (5)

New York Theatre Guide
March 15th, 2022

"2/5 stars...Simone, an activist who bravely used her compelling protest songs and soulful voice to lead a worldwide revolution during the civil rights era, becomes withered down to a disheveled, angry Black woman trope the musician so often tried to run away from...What 'Little Girl Blue,' named after Simone’s debut album, fails to do is celebrate a complex personality, a nuanced human being, and a proud Black woman who could not — and never wanted to — be put in a box...What this show does get right is Michelle’s undeniable powerhouse voice."
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Theatermania
March 18th, 2022

"Impressive if overambitious jukebox musical...Though 'Little Girl Blue' feels crammed with more biography than it can comfortably contain, Michelle's performance holds us. Her singing voice is brassier than Simone's sultry contralto, and her re-creation of Simone's onstage presence has an exaggerated awkwardness, but we always feel the spirit of the legendary performer emanating from the music."
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Lighting & Sound America
March 16th, 2022

Using the format seen in pieces like Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill and Master Class, in which a star, making a public appearance, publicly unravels, the musical goes for the dramatic jugular early and often. It is rather like Simone herself -- fierce, larger-than-life, sometimes off-putting, and, ultimately, commanding.
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TheaterScene.net
March 15th, 2022

Nina Simone’s vocal talents, physical presence and spirit are all dazzlingly channeled by Laiona Michelle in her engaging self-written biographical concert-style musical, Little Girl Blue. Ms. Michelle employs just enough of Simone’s cadences, facial expressions and physical gestures to create an authentic characterization while supremely singing over a dozen songs associated with the charismatic vocalist. The show’s well-researched spoken word portions deliver historical facts, biographical details and cultural commentary in the manner of Simone.
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Theater Pizzazz
March 21st, 2022

"Michelle largely captures the essence of an exceedingly complex woman, avoiding outright copy-catting in this dazzling stage performance. For those unaware of Simone or her times, 'Little Girl Blue' gives an excellent grounding and full enough picture of the person and the pre-internet world of yore—and that’s a success...While a coup de maître of a performance, Michelle stops short of tour de force by that percentage of her portrayal that doesn’t go deep enough. Some comic relief throughout would have also elevated the presentation."
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