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Marry Harry

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Fluffy, Great singing, Funny
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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.

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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.


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The New York Times

"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

Time Out New York

"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

Lighting & Sound America

"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

Theatre's Leiter Side

“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

The Huffington Post

"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

Times Square Chronicles

"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

Front Mezz Junkies

"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

Front Row Center

"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


“‘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


"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

Wolf Entertainment Guide

"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

Theater Pizzazz

"'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

DC Metro Theater Arts

“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

DC Metro Theater Arts

"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


"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

Broad Street 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

Broadway Blog

"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

Theater Life

"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

Off Off Online

“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

Says Me Says Mom

"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 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

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Avg Score

Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you want a light hearted romantic show

Don't see it if you want to see something more substantial or serious

Cliched, Cute, Fluffy

See it if you want an inoffensive, short little musical about nothing of substance.

Don't see it if you want either substance or thought.

Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if Light musical entertainment on a warm evening out before or after dinner will make for a pleasant evening.

Don't see it if Your not in the mood for a sweet musical sitcom that will not change your mood.

Funny, Clever, Refreshing, Enjoyable,

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

Funny, Quirky, Cliched, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you're up for a light show with a predictable plot that doesn't take itself too seriously; it's fun

Don't see it if you are expecting deep, serious theater that will lead to a meaningful discussion; the score sometimes fails to blend with the vocals

Funny, Delightful, Witty, Great singing

See it if warm and funny , that doesn't get sappy or corny, witty and great singing

Don't see it if light and fluffy shows

Funny, Delightful, Quirky, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you are up for a fun romantic comedy musical.

Don't see it if you are are not a romantic at heart.

Also Marry Harry is charming, romantic, and is hands down the best 80 minut... Read more Read less

Great staging, Good acting, Mildly amusing, Nice music & lyrics, Witless book

See it if You like cute little musicals well staged and performed. Don't mind a terrible cliched book.. Appreciate a charming set.

Don't see it if Want more than 80 minutes of fluff.

Also Enjoyed the music and lyrics but this team needs a new book writer equ... Read more Read less

Great acting, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

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

Delightful, Entertaining, Cute

See it if You like simple but cute and fun musicals. Good staging and good singing. Romantic and funny. Lenny Wolpe terrific.

Don't see it if You want real believable situations. Story is silly contrived not realistic. You need to go with the flow.

Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if love a romantic story. Funny and entertaining.

Don't see it if you hate musicals.

Great songs, Frustrating, Promising,

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.

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a witty funny musical with good singers. Very well staged. Realistic story with excellent character portrayal.

Don't see it if you like serious shows.

Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if Fun romantic comedy/musical about love troubles, following your dreams, growing up. Great acting, fun songs.

Don't see it if You don't like romantic comedies.

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you like cute romantic comedies with nice songs.

Don't see it if you don't like romantic shows or shows with a lot of humor.

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a lighthearted romp about young love in the East Village as imagined by a true romantic. The cast is charming.

Don't see it if you're looking or a big Broadway type of musical. At 80 minutes is just long enough.

Quirky, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

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.

Romantic, Cliched, Entertaining, Fluffy, Sweet

See it if you like sweet - albeit sometimes predicable - musical comedy.

Don't see it if you want something edgy or innovative. This has a cute story line and conventional music, but some real charm.

Don't tarry. cast can parry!

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.

Dated, Cute, sweet

See it if you like your entertainment light. A cute Rom-Com, there's nothing new here, but it's a pleasant way to pass the time.

Don't see it if you want something more than a pleasant one act musical. It's as light as a feather; nothing memorable but a nice time while you're there.

Banal, Cliched, Insipid, Dated

See it if Decent performances and borderline-catchy tunes aren't enough to bolster a cringeworthy, derivative book which lacks an iota of originality.

Don't see it if A hackneyed romantic comedy structure and lack of character development renders the main relationship implausible, if not laughable.

Also This show might've played well at Kutsher's in 1962, or at Del Boca Vi... Read more Read less

Great staging, Fluffy, Great set design, 1950's-esque

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.

Also This piece seems to try to combine the charm of romantic comedies from... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Indulgent, Excruciating, Cliched, Insipid

See it if You like any kind of romantic story whether it is realistic or in this case absurd...

Don't see it if If you have a threshold above [sodium] saccharin stoylines that are artificially sweet... No matter how benign

Quirky, Cliched, Overrated, Dated, Fluffy

See it if You don't mind shows with terribly predictable and flawed plot lines. You're cool with community theater caliber performances. You're bored

Don't see it if You expect a certain quality of NYC shows. You can't stand campy clichéd shows. You don't want to be reminded your egg supply is dwindling

Funny, Clever, Great acting, Dated, Great singing

See it if You love new Off Broadway shows with terrific talent, you like romantic comedy . . .

Don't see it if You take life too seriously.