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Midnight at the Never Get

From 106 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Romantic, Absorbing, Clever

About the show

The York's world premiere musical charts the romance between a singer and a songwriter who put together a nightclub act at an illegal gay bar in 1960s Greenwich Village. More…

Singer Trevor Copeland and songwriter Arthur Brightman have the perfect New York romance. That’s swell. In 1965, it’s also against the law. So in the back room of The Never Get, they put together a show called Midnight— a nightclub act where Trevor sings Arthur’s love songs with their male pronouns intact. But, as the lovers hurtle towards the end of the decade, they find themselves caught in a passion they can’t control and a political revolution they don’t understand.

Member Reviews (106)


Great singing, Entertaining, Romantic, Absorbing, Clever
Avg Score

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Polished

See it if you'd like classic love songs (a la Berlin) sung by gay couple. Clever premise (set in Limbo) About memory, relationships, gay history, art.

Don't see it if you don't like gay themes, many similar songs (some standouts). Trevor is over-the-top (it may annoy you). Gr band. Nice set. Kicks in late.

Ambitious, Slow, Clever

See it if would have been a better cabaret show. If you like a story or musical about a piece of history that deal with the gay community.

Don't see it if If you want a consistent plot throughout the entire show. Plot turns and not for the betterment of the show.

Absorbing, Romantic, Great music, Surprising, Wistful

See it if Gay love story set in a 1960's nightclub. Excellent original cabaret music. Surprising character and relationship developments.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of cabaret music. You are not interested in gay issues from the 60's and different ways that people coped.

Entertaining, Great singing, Thoughtful, Poignant

See it if you want to follow the arc of a pre-to-post-Stonewall romance of 2 cabaret performers & their quest for acceptance (as gays & as performers)

Don't see it if u expect to see a mere cabaret act; u don't like Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, et al (whose music Sonnenblick’s canny, original score evokes).

Ambitious, Entertaining, Resonant, Romantic, Great singing

See it if Glossy, high toned view of gay liberation thru eyes of budding cabaret star Classy tunes well sung by Bolen cuts thru threatening schmaltz

Don't see it if Conceptual framework around storyline rather clunky but doesn't harm Gets repetitous in its cabaret format but has powerful political stance

Ambitious, Great singing, Refreshing, Funny, Shocking

See it if you enjoy 2-person musicals, stories about gay couples in pre-Stonewall era, songs in Great American Songbook style, delicious twist endings

Don't see it if don't like 2-actor musicals despite a live band, don't like plots about gay life in NYC in 60's & 70's or unreliable narrators, hate twist

Slow burn, Pleasant, Intriguing, Well-paced, Slick

See it if you love standards and the type of performer who excels in performing standards.

Don't see it if you don't want to wait through a pretty straightforward nightclub act to eventually get to something more innovative dramatically.

Semi-sweet gay love story in pre-stonewall piano bar

See it if Singer meets pianist/songwriter in 1965 NY. Can their act and relationship survive? Sam Bolen is a fine singer. Jeremy Cohen at the piano.

Don't see it if Great 5 piece jazz combo behind a scrim at back of stage. The plot reflects the frustration and danger of being gay in Mayor Wagner's NYC.

Also All original songs in the early 60s style. Well done

Heart-grabbing, Highly memorable songs, Well written, Concept worth pondering, Go already!

See it if you would like a sense of what the male gay scene was like pre-Stonewall or if you want to be introduced to the music of Mark Sonnenblick.

Don't see it if you've had enough gay-themed stuff lately.

Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to think about gay history while hearing songs that reflect an earlier era of crooning

Don't see it if You need more than 2 people performing and find gay romance boring (it isn't )

Recommended / entertaining, Romantic / sweet / sad / very moving (torch-song central), Good book / absorbing / resonant / clever, Cliched very campy lead performance, Beautiful music / excellent on-stage band

See it if you enjoy cabaret-style musicals about gay-love & loss; beautiful old-school music; different gay-era (60s), dreamy sequences (ghosts).

Don't see it if anything GLBTQ turns you off. You'd miss out on amazing music, supporting a moving book. If just for Jeremy Cohen on the piano, SEE IT.

Also Don't go alone.... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing

See it if You long for a great, romantic story with awesome performers and a wonderful, creative score and premise. It was fantastic!!!!

Don't see it if If you have a problem relating to romantic stories about LGBT couples. Other than that it's truly a show to be seen.

Great writing, Resonant, Clever, Romantic, Absorbing

See it if a clever retelling of gay life in NY in the sixties told through torch songs and performance will be of interest to you.

Don't see it if Don't like a campy and ironic​ show--this was more poignant than expected and the acting and singing was great. Very clever.

Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky, Funny, Light lgbt history

See it if you're a fan of smart pastiche music evoking Cole Porter and cabaret novelty songs of the 60s. It's well done and sung very well.

Don't see it if you don't like older cabaret music, are homophobic, don't like one acts.

Clever, Absorbing, Resonant, Great singing

See it if Great talent on the small scale. Another fine York production. Pre-Stonewall.

Don't see it if Looking for epic action, go elsewhere.

Entertaining, Intimate, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You like cabaret act shows with original songs that actually sound of the era and are witty.

Don't see it if You don't want to watch a gay romance or if you're expecting a meaty story. This is a pretty simple thing that packs a punch at the end.

Romantic, Funny, Confusing, Muddled direction, Strong performances

See it if you enjoy new musicals w/gay stories. Charming talented cast connects w/ material and us but not each other. Entertaining but doesn't payoff

Don't see it if you're expecting a profound show. It tries to be about so many things, but never succeeds at any one. The resolution adds to the confusion.

Great singing, Resonant, Intense, Absorbing, Confusing

See it if The music is memorable and beautifully performed. Easy to listen to. Very enjoyable.

Don't see it if You are a homophobe

Absorbing, Great singing, Romantic

See it if You want a cabaret show with an engaging story.

Don't see it if Want a tradional musical.

Absorbing, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Romantic

See it if you want to see what life was like back when the LGBT community was relegated to the back rooms of seedy clubs

Don't see it if you want a neat, tidy ending with clarity...or if you cannot handle same sex relationships

“let your love shape the world...” / shares a perspective of gay life and homophobia in the mid/late 1960s nyc

See it if Heart broken by ghosts of his past, Trevor tells his version of this love story; most of the story takes place before Stonewall riots

Don't see it if Music is pleasant but sleepy... needs more variety

Also It’s an enjoyable evening but I’m surprised by how many reviewers have... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Sweet

See it if You like a bit cabaret, with a bit a gay history, a bit of melodrama.

Don't see it if You prefer flashy musicals, or traditional musicals.

Also Enjoyed the beginning and enjoyed the ending. The middle could a bit l... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great staging, Well acted, Well sung, Quirky

See it if you'd like a musical concerning a gay relationship between a singer and songwriter. Stick with it to the end. Some songs quite entertaining.

Don't see it if gay stories turn you off.

Great staging, Fabulous songs, Terrific band

See it if you want to hear wonderful original songs and a marvelous band. See it if you want to think about the gay experience.

Don't see it if you are expecting a Broadway extravaganza. It is a small show.

Also This is a show you might want to see twice to appreciate the well-craf... Read more Read less

Good songs, confused book

See it if you'd enjoy a small musical with a romantic '40's score and a gay sensibility.

Don't see it if lead tenor Bolen is good not great. Book needs work & takes a strange, sad, confusing twist 3/4 through that seems to come from nowhere.

Also As of 10/10/18, it appears that the production is attempting to clarif... Read more Read less

October 21st, 2018
"Sonnenblick’s music, beautifully orchestrated by Adam Podd, strikes that elusive balance between fresh and period-familiar, and the lyrics are lively. There’s only one jarring anachronism, a reference to the emergency number 911, that can’t quite be explained away. Otherwise this smartly constru...
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October 11th, 2018
"'Midnight' has the slightly over-slick feeling of a show that’s been through the workshopping process, and through it and through it. But the high gloss suits the subject matter...The show is solidly constructed and well performed by both Bolen and Cohen—and its last number comes with a particul...
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October 23rd, 2018
“In this smart, well-crafted new musical as we watch Trevor reminisce about his relationship with, we gradually realize that he may not be the most reliable narrator...The period-perfect score sounds as if it consists of deep cuts from obscure LPs by Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee...Directed with styl...
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October 16th, 2018
“Wonderfully engaging and ear-tingling score...A sumptuous collection mixing beautiful melodies framing lyrical poetics with jaunty numbers loaded with snazzy jokes and unexpected rhymes - it's the superb storytelling of Sonnenblick’s book, exploring issues of the 1960s gays rights movement in a ...
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