The York Theatre Company presents the New York premiere of this musical rom-com about two adults on the verge of 30 who need help loosening their parental ties. More…
Harry is an aspiring Italian chef trapped working for his dad at their failing NYC restaurant. Sherri works for her controlling mother’s real estate office but longs for something more. When their whirlwind romance sets their parents on edge, Harry and Sherri must attempt to find their own ways in life. 'Marry Harry' cooks up ideas of family loyalty, marriage, love, and food with a side of humor, heart, and just the right amount of spice.
"A joyful and optimistic paean to New York City, family, love, and dreams. This cheerful new musical, brimming with good songs and great laughs, covers loads of territory in its fast-moving 80 minutes. The sensational and funny book is set in the East Village...The music and lyrics are wonderful—alternately wistful, humorous, and always tuneful...The cast of seven is tremendous, all with fine acting chops and wonderful singing voices." Full Review
"A delightful new musical rom-com that exudes charm and evokes smiles...A well-cast ensemble brings the familiar personalities to life...Castellino’s witty direction and choreography imbue the show with a fast pace and a whimsical sense of humor...A vibrant, heart-warming, old-fashioned musical celebration of family, growth, love, and food, with an eye-popping design, an affable cast, and imaginative direction, so just relax and enjoy the fun, feel good, and smile!" Full Review
"Smoothly directed and choreographed...Might be a pleasant, if somewhat unexceptional musical romance if not for the brilliant interpolation of the three Village Voices. This modern-day Greek chorus both comments on and facilitates the action...A consistently upbeat and melodic score that mixes humor with romance. The songs require an emotional range and a comic timing the cast has mastered handily...A delicious treat that’s good for the diet and the heart." Full Review
"A romantic, kitschy show...The leads as well as the rest of the cast are winning, likable and talented. We care for this cream puff of a romance because of them, and keep trying to fill in the holes that ask too many questions...The score by Biello is interesting and catchy, alerting my radar to watching this tunesmith travel on. The lyrics by Martin are clever. The book by Robbins is cute, romantic and watchable but so unbelievable...This sweet fare will leave you feeling light." Full Review
“An engaging evening of merriness…If this sounds sophomoric, be patient; the material that gives dimension to these characters is adroit, simple and charming…'Marry Harry’s' unpretentious score is accessible and its lyrics have wit and insight, but if these characters have a 'dark side,' this is not the musical to give it a home…Morgan Cowling and David Spadora are attractive and totally believable as two emerging adults…We leave the theater with a smile on our collective faces.” Full Review
"A frothy cappuccino of a musical...80 minutes of music, warmth and humor...Mostly catchy melodies and straightforward lyrics...The Village Voices serve as singing, dancing, comedic narrators, bringing creative verve to the traditional book and characters...The four talented leads are natural and believable...A fast-moving 'mangia bene' ('eat well') of simple laughs and charm." Full Review
"A sweet romantic musical comedy...The show is well-acted and well-sung by the seven-member cast. The songs are fun. Many of them are about such relatable topics as carrying on the family name, almost getting married, and turning thirty. The show is greatly entertaining and very funny. The trio of actors who portray a kind of Greek chorus commenting on the action, usually through song, only serves to add to the hilarity." Full Review
"A charming, intimate musical...It isn’t a show to set the world on fire, but it is appealingly acted by a winsome cast and directed and choreographed with mostly a light touch...One creative touch is the popping in and out of two men and a woman as a commentating chorus, with word and song and funny antics...The trio provides much humor...Overall this is a merry 'Mary Harry.'" Full Review
"A charmingly silly slice of romantic musical comedy...Director/choreographer Castellino keeps the action flowing, bypassing the awkward moments that don’t make sense or ring true on any level...The two leads also help us discard the ridiculousness and stay focused on the whirlwind romance being played out before our eyes. They manage to keep us engaged and happy out of the sheer force of their likability and solid vocal talent. The same could be said for the whole package." Full Review
"As charming as it is deliberately contrived...'Marry Harry' serves corn with a disarmingly light touch—and, just as crucially, without condescension...Director Bill Castellino and his cast and design team stay true to 'Marry Harry’s' creators, maintaining a raw, unapologetic tenderness and a let’s-put-on-a-show zeal...It says something about the creative team’s ability to suspend disbelief and deliver pleasure that this far-fetched tale works as well as it does." Full Review
“The show is small and hasn’t much on its mind, just the urge to put a few likable characters through a simple story and send its audience out with a collective feeling of ‘Aww.’ Thanks to an attractive production and an overqualified cast, it gets its ‘Aww,’ though it also earns a couple of helpings of ‘You can’t be serious’…No world-beater, then, but if all you want is a modern-day, reality-based fairy tale with an eagerness to please and nice people to root for, look no further.” Full Review
“It's corny, contrived, conventional, and clichéd, but like most innutritious fast food, it goes down without heavy chewing…All would be forgiven if only Jennifer Robbins's book weren't quite so simplistic (one of its biggest laughs depends on the mispronunciation of 'vegan'), and Dan Martin (music) and Michael Biello's (lyrics) otherwise sprightly score so generic…'Marry Harry' is a lightweight, edible, 80-minute pasta fazool that makes the most of its high-calorie ingredients.” Full Review
"Couldn’t be much sweeter than it is without requiring insulin shots...As it is, 'Marry Harry' is a one-act that would benefit from filling in...Certainly, Biello could do some work on the lyrics, which from time to time count for charm too much on things like la-las...Castellino directed and choreographs well, if occasionally excessively. He definitely gets lovely performances from Spadora and Cowling...A promising but as yet unfinished work about young love." Full Review
"'Marry Harry' is a sweet story, but nothing new on the scene...Just about every song is mimicked-repeated by the Village Voices–the Greek Chorus who sing and dance their way through and provide some real amusing moments...There are some laughs, some pleasant songs, but there’s no edge to this story or ah-ha moments...Directed and choreographed by Bill Castellino, it’s a cute, feel-good story that will leave you wanting." Full Review
"There are things to love about 'Marry Harry'...The music and lyrics were outstanding...Where 'Marry Harry' needs a little polishing is plot and character development...We don’t really learn very much about the characters...Added to that is the really unbelievable timetable of the plot...Both David Spadora and Morgan Cowling give good performances and make the most out of the material they’re given, but there’s no spark between them." Full Review
"There’s not much memorable from Robbins’ book, which crams in more plot points than ingredients in your mother’s lasagna. The score, too, while occasionally catchy, won’t leave you with ditties to hum out of the theatre. But what is worth seeing are the two charming performances by Wolpe and Spadora as father and son. Together, as well as individually, they’re able to bring an endearing sense of humanity to the overloaded script." Full Review
“‘Marry Harry,” which basically gives up its plot in its title, wants to be the latest wrinkle in romantic musicals. Unfortunately, its plot and its characters are a little too thin to sustain an entire show. It also uses one gimmick to death. On the other hand, it offers a good argument for proving that young people should not work for their parents and that when it is time to move out, they should work to change their lives.” Full Review
"The plot is one-note...Still, this production is fairly family-friendly...The show has welcome touches of whimsy...Jennifer Robbins’s book, Michael Biello’s lyrics and Dan Martin’s music have moments of wit, but mostly each song has one simplistic statement to make...In 'Newly Wed,' Francine is thrilled that her daughter is about to tie the knot; at one point she actually skips around the stage while singing, 'Tra-la-la.' The message doesn’t get any more nuanced." Full Review
"Everything about it looks great: the outfits, the decor, the lighting—but there's no avoiding the fact that Jennifer Robbins' book and Michael Biello's lyrics aren't worth the effort...The joy of this production is the way it embraces its ludicrousness...As a director, Castellino combines these various ingredients with zest..If only the material all this inventiveness is lavished on had the same charm. Instead, it clunks with clichés." Full Review
"The idea of a romance between two young people who are overly tied to their single parents is a decent jumping-off point, but Robbins' book is so slapdash that one quickly grows tired of these people and their contrived problems. That 'Marry Harry' is meant to be a light entertainment is no excuse...If everyone involved had written a show that was as witty and ebullient as the scenic design, the York might have had something really good on its hands." Full Review
"Old-fashioned is too fresh an adjective for the musty musical rom-com...Sparks, complications and hoary humor fly, but it’s all de trop—or, more precisely, tropes...Dan Martin and Michael Biello’s songs are pleasant but unmemorable...Jennifer Robbins’s tepid, low-stakes book causes indigestion...Director-choreographer Castellino works hard to turn this TV dinner into a gourmet meal, but his swift and inventive staging can only do so much...Marry Harry? You won’t even want to swipe right." Full Review
See it if Lovely leading lady. Cowling is darling. Four leads quite charming. Dance number would have been nice.
Don't see it if Village Voices chorus too intrusive. Horrible costumes to boot. Very injudiciously used throughout.
Also Highly underrated show. Not memorable, but a fun night out.
See it if You want to see a great performance with great singing, staging and costumes. You want to laugh and smile.You want to have a good time
Don't see it if You do not want to hear some great singing. You do not want to see a great play. You don't want to see a feel good play with great staging
See it if You like clever small scale musicals with great staging, clever use of ensemble, and a loving score with fun lyrics. Totally wonderful.
Don't see it if You don't like musicals, don't like romance, and don't like to laugh. Otherwise, Go!!
See it if You're looking for a very fun afternoon or evening. You may even get to "think" about the "issue" of parent-adult child relationships.
Don't see it if You're looking for profound. Not sure how many musicals come close to delivering on that, but this one doesn't "waste time" on it.
See it if you enjoy well performed little musicals cleverly done about relationships and overbearing parents that leaves you feeling up.
Don't see it if you don't enjoy musicals about singles in NYC and the difficulties of finding the perfect partner w/o pressure from your overbearing parents
See it if you're in the mood for a fun show, great staging and a sweet story. I was surprisingly touched by the love story.
Don't see it if you're looking for something really profound and extravagant.
See it if you enjoy the zany musicals of Comden and Green, or others from the 1950s. The set design is evocative of that time, and direction is great
Don't see it if You cannot suspend your disbelief for the sake of an entertaining evening.
See it if You want to see a new musical on the cusp of greatness. Excellent songs and staging, some wonderful performances, but it needs work.
Don't see it if The stupid plot is going to ruin the night for you. The book needs work to make this a cohesive musical.
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