Matthew McConaughey vs. The Devil: An American Myth (NYMF)
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Matthew McConaughey vs. The Devil: An American Myth (NYMF)
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Matthew McConaughey vs. The Devil: An American Myth (NYMF) NYC Reviews and Tickets

80%
(31 Reviews)
Positive
94%
Mixed
6%
Negative
0%
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.

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Member Reviews (31)

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876 Reviews | 906 Followers
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. Read more

965 Reviews | 339 Followers
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). Read more

539 Reviews | 1877 Followers
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.

687 Reviews | 114 Followers
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

216 Reviews | 908 Followers
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 Read more

271 Reviews | 68 Followers
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. Read more

235 Reviews | 229 Followers
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.

240 Reviews | 69 Followers
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

Critic Reviews (8)

Theatermania
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 musical's book, music, and lyrics could benefit from some editing...Some of the jokes don't land. But in the end, this lighthearted look at a charming A-lister's rise to fame is devilish fun."
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TheaterScene.net
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 numbers with her exquisite performing skills and razzle dazzle, you forget how poor the show is...Director Thomas Caruso’s staging is energetic and does keep the pace and the action moving."
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Theatre is Easy
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 ensemble. The musical numbers breeze along, but a couple of cuts could be made."
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Theater Pizzazz
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 knowing dynamic choreography... For sheer laughs and fun, 'Matthew McConaughey Vs. The Devil' works...Towards the end there’s a bit a flab. But the cast propels you through it."
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CurtainUp
July 15th, 2017

"A rowdy, intermittently engaging musical...As featherweight and ridiculous as 'Damn Yankees.' And the new show features some accomplished songwriting...But the score is a little repetitious and seems bland in comparison...'Matthew McConaughey; features a superb cast...It's light to the point of disposability...You're likely to leave the theater pondering why so much talent and professionalism have been expended on a project that already seems dated."
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T
July 15th, 2017

"The book by Morgan is finagled, shallow and implausible...Quesenberry’s music fairs much better...Their combined effort at producing lyrics is mostly successful...Director Caruso moves the action along at a steady pace but starts to lag...The major problem with this production is that the content fails to engage the audience or energize the hard-working cast. It may pass as being slightly entertaining but lacks any substance that may make it memorable."
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New York Theater
July 14th, 2017

"How did so many talented people produce a show so pointless, derivative, and mean? Its worst sin may be that it is rarely funny...It is not, however, completely damnable. The music is never less than competent. But the real salvation for this show is in the production values–kudos to director Thomas Caruso, choreographer Billy Griffin, and the design team—and thanks to the performers."
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DC Metro Theater Arts
July 15th, 2017

"Directed with high energy and laugh-out-loud humor...The script is loaded with witty pop-culture references and wacky characterizations that are delivered with comedic control by the cast. Under Caruso’s well-tempered direction and pacing, they bring the laughs quickly, without resorting to over-the-top histrionics or extended milking...A lively hour-and-a-half of contemporary musical satire that keeps the audience laughing and nodding at the familiar behavior. It’s a lot of fun."
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