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Matthew McConaughey vs. The Devil: An American Myth (NYMF)

From 31 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Quirky, Delightful

About the show

Part of the New York Musical Festival: A Faustian comedy that dares to ask the question, "How did Matthew McConaughey win an Academy Award?" Featuring Broadway regulars including Lesli Margherita and Max Crumm. More…

This show recounts how the rom-com-starring stoner became an A-list award winner. Matthew has his loyal agent Penny, his best friend Woody Harrelson, and his beloved bongos. Now all he needs is to be taken seriously in his art. Enter a demon with a deal too good to be true. Friendship, love, and loyalty are all tested in this hell-raising adventure to win Matthew the Oscar...and save his soul. An official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival Next Link Project.


Member Reviews (31)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Quirky, Delightful
80
Avg Score

80
Frothy, Great singing, Great staging, Clever, Bring it back!

See it if you enjoy silly, pure entertainment. MMVD is clever, funny, tuneful, well-performed, well-staged, delightful. Fun from start to finish.

Don't see it if you dislike fluffy musicals. But the oodles of talent will wow you. Last segment drags a bit, but I didn't care (I didn't want MMVD to end).

Also Lesli Margherita is amazing...what a great role for her. Everyone else... Read more Read less

83
Funny, Entertaining, Great music

See it if Lesli Margherita!!! Outstanding!! Great music with repeating themes which make the experience very cohesive. Funny and totally enjoyable.

Don't see it if Not all actors were great. It's a very simple production (NYMF). A couple of the male driven scenes are long and tedious.

Also With very few exceptions the music is very well done and mature. ... Read more Read less

73
Entertaining, Funny, But too long, Fluffy

See it if You like silly spoofs with fun songs and performances. Leslie Margherita can do no wrong.

Don't see it if You prefer meaningful stories or evolves comedies. This is light and fun and silly.

69
Disappointing, Quirky, Clever, Fluffy, Banal

See it if Timeless theme of Faustian pact w/the Devil sloppily executed Has moments of inspiration esp w/ Margherita's campiness & Wilcox's vacuity

Don't see it if A cut in a few numbers (both music & dance) would provide needed fluidity Clever often slides into banal despite Caruso's earnest direction

81
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Great writing, Quirky

See it if You want a great time. Lesli Margherita is the BEST! The rest of the cast is great including the ensemble. Strong staging & choreography

Don't see it if You are offended by drug references, have very little imagination, or are totally unaware of Hollywood references

Also Resolution took 2-3 times longer than need which resulted in it runnin... Read more Read less

73
Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Silly

See it if A mindlessly fun show. Great music with a cast that is clearly having a good time!

Don't see it if You aren't familiar with Matthew McConaughey's films/career.

80
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy

See it if You just want to have fun for 90 minutes and don't care that it's basically a silly spoof. You enjoy infectious performances.

Don't see it if You only like sincere, dramatic musicals.

Also very funny, exuberantly performed musical; hope Matty has a better sen... Read more Read less

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Hilarious

See it if You like silly over-the-top musicals, with wonderful music and a phenomenal performance by Lesli Margherita.

Don't see it if You cant turn your brain off, don't watch enough movies to get jokes about them, are easily offended when religious stuff is made ridiculous

80
Great singing, choreography, and music, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you like rock & gospel music - imaginary stories of living characters perfectly cast, cleverly staged, & with great singing & dancing.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or are offended by references to sex, drugs, and occasionally religion.

73
Funny, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy, Goofy

See it if want a good laugh; Lesli Margherita is her usual great self. It's essentially one extended joke. And you get Max Crumb as Woody Harrelson!

Don't see it if want real depth.

50
Clever, Disappointing, Edgy, Quirky, Mediocre

See it if you want to see an OK satire of Hollywood and/or a fun performance from Lesli Margherita

Don't see it if you want a more absorbing, realistic story with characters you care about.

89
Entertaining, Funny, Inventive, Great music, Enjoyable

See it if you enjoy diverse score - good mix of pop, ballads, sprituals, and soul. Silly plot, but the jokes are enjoyable. Fun night out.

Don't see it if you like classical shows. This one is modern and quirky. Wish NYC had more of this kind.

82
Entertaining, Great singing, Hilarious, Refreshing, Clever

See it if You like musicals and good singing and like Matthew McConaughey. Woman playing the devil was fantastic.

Don't see it if You want an elaborate set or not into off Broadway and or small theater.

75
Funny, Intelligent, Quirky, Raunchy, Cliched

See it if you want to have some fun and like a good joke.

Don't see it if are looking for a serious or traditional evening of theatre.

85
Great acting, Great singing, Hilarious, Great writing, Great staging

See it if If you are in for a good laugh with great staging, acting and writing.

Don't see it if You want serious and deep drama.

87
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if you like silly comedies. You are a pop culture fan (there are a ton of references). You like to laugh. You like a really strong ensemble.

Don't see it if you want something heavy or serious. You don't know anything about Matthew McConaughey. You are offended by Satan and cursing.

80
Alright alright alright alright, Banal, Funny, Fluffy

See it if want an evening of laughs. Don't mind some ridiculous. Want to see the forever charming Lesli Margherita as a demon.

Don't see it if you want some serious theater to get you through the night. Don't want to spend the next 48 hrs saying alright(x4) to almost everything.

90
Clever, Hilarious, Great staging, Quirky, Great singing

See it if You love new, edgy musicals; satirical contemporary plotlines; enjoy discovering new talent; like a fun score & book which is well staged

Don't see it if You have no idea who Matthew McConaughey is; are offended by mild expletives; looking for a serious drama and/or subject matter

82
Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Silly

See it if You love the actors involved, you want to laugh, and you're willing to suspend disbelief.

Don't see it if You want something realistic and logical, you want a polished, Broadway-style musical, you have no patience for silliness.

80
Funny, Quirky, Entertaining, Fluffy, Great singing

See it if You enjoy silly/ wash-over-me musicals that are meant to make you laugh. You will be signing, "All-right, all-right, all-right"

Don't see it if You don't like silly shows or want to see something deep or thought-provoking. You don't know Matthew McConaughey's history.

Also I will see anything with Queen Lesli and I adore Max Crumm, but I love... Read more Read less

74
Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you want something that's original, but not to heavy. Well sung and acted the material didn't shake the world.

Don't see it if you want something steeped in realism or reason.

100
Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Hilarious, Must see

See it if You want to laugh the hardest you've laughed in years!

Don't see it if Just see it.

75
Clever, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You like farcical musicals

Don't see it if Your expecting everything to make perfect sense.

74
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Must see

See it if Good

Don't see it if Bad

82
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if you like a funny musical with lots of spirit.

Don't see it if idk


July 21st, 2017
"An amusing Faustian comedy...While Landmann's book and Quesenberry's score could use some tightening, the show's imaginative and hilarious spirit leaves audiences giggling in almost every scene...It is Margherita who absolutely shines as Mephistopheles...She leaves the audience howling...The mus...
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July 16th, 2017
"One mediocre musical number follows another in the lame Hollywood satire...It’s a strained spoof that chiefly falls flat...The score is an adequate collection of pop and show tunes that don’t add up to much...The vivacious Margherita steals and salvages the show...When she plows through her numb...
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July 23rd, 2017
"Writer Emilie Landmann, composer Jonathan Quesenberry and lyricist Carrie Morgan have crafted a funny, inspired, highly memorable show. Director Thomas Caruso has a deft hand, staging nearly twenty songs without it feeling rushed and skillfully utilizing a cast of ten, including the terrific ens...
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July 16th, 2017
"This fun show hits all its marks with hysterical lyrics and a book that demand repeat viewing given the potential to miss due to audience laughter...Mining a rich vein for satire is a tough road but thanks to expert performances...this show scores...They are buoyed by expert direction and knowin...
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