Loveless Texas
Closed 2h 40m
Loveless Texas
75

Loveless Texas NYC Reviews and Tickets

75%
(85 Reviews)
Positive
72%
Mixed
23%
Negative
5%
Members say
Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Slow, Funny

About the Show

Boomerang Theater Company presents a new musical inspired by Shakespeare’s 'Love’s Labour’s Lost' set in Texas during the Great Depression.

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Member Reviews (85)

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739 Reviews | 208 Followers
73
Entertaining, Great singing, Ambitious, Romantic, Funny

See it if you enjoy musicals, especially country music. There is a wealth of new music here, mostly well sung and acted with interesting staging.

Don't see it if you expect a refined production. It runs long with the song lyrics repeated and a band that sometimes is a bit too loud.

470 Reviews | 112 Followers
40
Banal, Confusing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You enjoy community theater and an energetic young cast who tries their best.

Don't see it if Poorly acted, poorly sung, confusing plot, lifeless and plodding musical. Way too long. Needs over one hour of cuts.

443 Reviews | 126 Followers
69
Great singing, Not enough musical comedy, Great sound to the score, Listless, texas?, Needs editing

See it if musical theatre adaptations of obscure Shakespeare are in your wheelhouse, talented cast sings the **** out of the score, attractive staging

Don't see it if musical adaptations of Shakespeare would not appeal to you, unedited material drags the show down, seems a distraction from the storyline

431 Reviews | 132 Followers
73
Overly long, Catchy tunes, but repetitive, Reasonably entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you like good community theater by an earnest cast with some decent singers. This is waaay too long and lacks nuance, but has some charm.

Don't see it if don't enjoy country, twangy show tunes, broad performances & poorly managed audio in a small space. There's lots of repetition. I got bored. Read more

428 Reviews | 127 Followers
68
Entertaining, Fluffy, Romantic, Slow, Has possibilities

See it if you enjoy musicals featuring country western music, romantic plot, cute costumes, and cheerful actors.

Don't see it if you dislike any of the above; you can't stand uneven performances, bad sound tech, corny plots. Read more

430 Reviews | 93 Followers
49
Ambitious, Great singing, Excruciating, Insipid, Quirky

See it if You like a LOT of melodrama. I wanted to like this so badly, it's a great concept and some of the songs are really good. But...

Don't see it if You want a good story. It is banal- boring, & even confusing. The acting is uneven and often over the top. It was frustrating to sit through

384 Reviews | 132 Followers
81
Delightful, Great songs, Ambitious adaptation makes hay of a problematic shakespearean comedy

See it if you can enjoy a show that’s flawed but contrives fun & clever answers to the problems of adaptation

Don't see it if you prefer shows that are as close to perfect as possible; you dislike Shakespeare adaptations that don’t keep any of the quotable lines Read more

410 Reviews | 98 Followers
76
I was entertained by this fresh faced, fresh voiced, pleasant musical.

See it if To see young talents earning their chops. Pleasant Non-twangy country music. Slightly overstuffed but some good ideas.

Don't see it if You think small spaces require no body mikes. You don't want to be hammered by the unsubtle overly loud on stage band. Predictable plotting Read more

Critic Reviews (11)

Theatermania
September 9th, 2017

"A delicious, if overstuffed, puff pastry of a musical...The music is easy on the ears. Aronson...clearly knows how to write a catchy melody. He weaves them together in thrilling counterpoint...Heffernan's serviceable staging doesn't always compensate for a book that tends to drag...'Loveless Texas' could be a truly excellent musical with a bit more editing and some creative choreography. As it stands, 'Loveless' is a highly listenable musical romp."
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BroadwayWorld
September 11th, 2017

“A barnyard-raising show with unflagging energy…There are too many songs...These people are constantly and inappropriately breaking out into song…This production hovers on the edge of greatness by virtue of its marvelous production values and performances. Though the ‘choreography’ is quite bad, Heffernan's direction is solid…If this show wants to fly, it needs to pare down on the interminable singing and focus on the songs that really matter.”
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TheaterScene.net
September 17th, 2017

“Now as ‘Loveless Texas’ by Henry Aronson (music and lyrics) and Cailín Heffernan (libretto and direction) it has become a delightful country-western musical set in the Lone Star State during the Great Depression. Faithful to the original story, it has a high-powered cast made up mainly of Broadway and National Tour veterans and contains a foot-tapping score. Its only flaw is that at two hours and 40 minutes, it is overly long considering not a lot happens.”
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Theater Pizzazz
September 9th, 2017

“The latest entry in the Bardic song and dance catalogue is the…musically melodious but dramatically deficient ‘Loveless Texas’…It enjoys a wonderfully pleasant score by Henry Aronson…The singing is just fine, especially when in the hands of LaVergne's feisty Rosaline…Despite their expressive enthusiasm, several actors struggle to make their cardboard dialogue…and stereotypical characters believable. It's a shame Aronson didn't choose to write a sung-through adaptation.”
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CurtainUp
September 11th, 2017

"Though overly long at two and a half hours, the good acting and singing from some Broadway talents and newcomers will lasso your admiration...While the book is so-so, Henry Aronson's music and lyrics are thoroughly sound. There are 19 musical numbers in all, with nary a dud among them...The ensemble acting is uniformly strong...'Loveless Texas,' in spite of its flaws, is well worth a visit."
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Stage Buddy
September 11th, 2017

"A lively, strong-voiced cast performs to a masterful script and set of knockout songs...Nearly every song in this musical is an exciting tour de force of music, lyrics, and vocal performance...'Loveless Texas' successfully pulls off a modernized American tale that reads like a perfect Shakespearean romance...Aronson and Heffernan have created a joyous, feel-good musical that gallops along like a Texas cowboy at a thrilling, exuberant pace."
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W
September 12th, 2017

“Heffernan’s libretto is full of holes...Distinctive personality and emotional moments are washed over…Heffernan’s direction doesn’t flesh out the characters. Choreography, however, is cute…Aronson writes appealing, head-bobbing Texas swing, bluegrass, Cajun waltz and two-step with clever lyrics–upbeat and ballad alike…There’s much here, but it’s overshadowed by other issues…Forty-five minutes could easily be cut…Voices are good; acting is mostly surface.”
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Manhattan Digest
September 20th, 2017

"A fluffy and fun spin on the Bard’s tale...Heffernan’s book keeps the action movin’ along at a brisk clip. Heffernan, who also directed, seems to mesh nicely with Aronson’s style. At 2 hrs and 40 minutes however, the story could use a small bit of trimming. Pleasant, but slow ballads tend to bog down the action near the end. Still, this cast is superb and delivers good ole-fashioned country twang with energy and authenticity."
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