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Midnight at the Never Get
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Midnight at the Never Get NYC Reviews and Tickets

83%
(106 Reviews)
Positive
93%
Mixed
7%
Negative
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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.

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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.

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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.

Critic Reviews (26)

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 constructed show is utterly transporting...An intimate, aching chamber musical about heartbreak and bliss, 'Midnight' is about bravery, too. And about the kind of battered hope that refuses to die."
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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 particularly touching twist—but it’s difficult for Friedman to find his way in the finale. The show both wants to break itself and doesn’t."
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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 stylish economy by Max Friedman, the show overcomes its obvious cabaret origins to slowly reveal a sly, unexpectedly subversive side.”
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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 universal manner...that makes the musical truly soar...Smart and romantic, funny and politically aware, ‘Midnight at the Never Get’ is a knockout from start to finish.”
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October 15th, 2018

"The songs are remarkably literate, jazzy little items that call to mind Coleman's work with Leigh; they display a level of craft all too frequently absent from today's musicals...A remarkable entertainment for several reasons -- the accomplished songs, the evocative portrait of gay life in another era, and its understanding of a certain go-for-broke showbiz sensibility...'Midnight at the Never Get,' for all its showbiz pizzazz, has plenty of raw honesty, and it is a beautiful thing, indeed."
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October 11th, 2018

"A striking little production and some very-worth-hearing songs. And it still needs a bit of work...Sonnenblick's cabaret pastiches are clever and convincing...His music, if not bursting with melody, is pleasingly structured and combines traditional form with the occasional unexpected detour...And then there's the book. Well, Sonnenblick is no slouch at dialogue...You just wish Sonnenblick had devoted as much care to character development and storytelling as he did to music and lyrics."
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October 11th, 2018

"A gay romance that goes sour at just about the time that the Mark Sonnenblick musical, co-conceived by Sam Bolen, itself goes sour...Maybe Sonnenblick doesn’t see the unappealing aspects of his musical. Perhaps he misses the unmitigating facets to Arthur that can alienate spectators. Needless to say, unsympathetic characters have their dramatic place. So far, however, Sonnenblick hasn’t found the place, and that severely affects his musical."
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October 11th, 2018

"A sweet musical fairytale that turns sour, 'Midnight at the Never Get' offers a poignant chapter of pre-Stonewall gay life in the 1960s, garnished with Great American Songbook-style numbers...The latter revelations of the musical curdle beyond bittersweet. Watching the show is akin to sipping a Shirley Temple cocktail only to discover a worm lurking at the bottom of the glass...Bolstering this bijou musical is the sincerity of its performances under Friedman’s well-tuned direction."
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October 12th, 2018

“Sonnenblick’s exceptional book is an accomplished mixture of prodigious research, well-drawn characters, and adept if misguided construction. It skillfully dramatizes the gay experience of living in NYC in the 1960s...Sonnenblick’s music and lyrics for his score are a buoyant assortment of songs that perfectly recall vintage show business style...Before it’s unsatisfying jaggedly dour finale, ‘Midnight at The Never Get’ is a blazing, novel, and affirmative experience.”
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October 16th, 2018

“A rare bird in today’s musical theater, Sonnenblick is a genuine tunesmith whose danceable rhythms urge your legs to stand up and fox trot and your lips to hum along. His lyrics may still lack the clever rhymes...but some of his lines are already quite striking for a 28-year-old artist...A memory play with all its ensuring virtues and vices...There are intriguing twists along the way...Friedman’s fluid direction...keeps your attention glued to the stage, where it should be.”
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October 12th, 2018

“The songs are absolutely gorgeous...Unfortunately, the book, isn’t as successful as the music. The back story doesn’t unfold enough for the audience to feel like we understand what has actually gone on, and the character of Arthur is not fully developed...However, even though ‘Midnight at the Never Get’ may not succeed entirely as a theater piece, it is actually a successful musical evening due not only to Sonnenblick’s marvelous music, but to Bolen and Cohen’s talents as performers.”
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October 11th, 2018

"Mr. Sonnenblick’s musical compositions are indeed a fine representation of the era and The Great American Songbook, along with lyrics that are smart, sometimes witty, and turn sentimental during some sultry ballads. The obvious problem is that they were written for a cabaret performance and really do no address the task of character development or moving the plot forward...It is an entertaining evening of cabaret but falls a bit short as a full-fledged theatrical production."
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October 11th, 2018

"Starts feeling less and less like a realistic look at a relationship, or the era, and more like a gay version of a 1940s melodrama. The songs go back in time as well, feeling like pastiches of, yes, Cole Porter...If the show would have been better off presented in an actual cabaret rather than a proscenium theater, and if one must have a high threshold for bathos to embrace (or even tolerate?) the ending, there are moments that are downright inspiring."
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October 12th, 2018

“On the surface, ‘Midnight at the Never Get’ is a well-focused 90-minute cabaret act. Yet it goes much deeper, offering insights into gay history and the struggle for acceptance. Sonneblick’s music is so authentic that at times, I had to question if it was, in fact, original...Podd has created some gorgeous arrangements...A classy show that inspires hope for the future of musical theatre and appreciation for places like the York Theatre, who proudly nurture new talent and ideas.”
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October 11th, 2018

"The emotionally rich but melodically not-quite-there songs are the results of Sonnenblick's attempt to capture the American songbook quality associated with the…compositions of Cole Porter and his ilk…Generally speaking, the lyrics and music, while superficially pleasant, and definitely well performed, sound like so-so pastiches of 40s and 50s numbers,…but too often falling short…Bolen's Trevor is personable, energetic, and expressive...Cohen offers a nice counterbalance."
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October 12th, 2018

“Sonnenblick’s deeply touching book, music, and lyrics allow you to follow the romance between Arthur...and Trevor his muse...Bolen and Cohen, are incredibly talented. Sonnenblick’s score is catchy, smart, an homage to a time gone by...The script is touching, warm, real, and moving especially in the end when he breaks our hearts...Friedman’s direction keeps us guessing and doesn’t try to trivialize the emotions that are bound to affect an audience.”
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October 12th, 2018

"The acting is excellent, and the story is romantic and tough, but also in the realm of the show biz cliché of performers eventually going separate ways...The musical achieves added poignancy by being concerned with the blatant police prejudice against gays that led to the Stonewall revolt...The show unfolds in different time frames, and some of it is confusing...Friedman keeps the plot moving, but the story, for all its sincerity, becomes maudlin and drawn out at times."
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October 12th, 2018

"Songs range from unblushing ballads to razzamatazz brat pack numbers...to giddy, Liza-Minnelli-like tunes. Music Direction and Orchestration by Adam Podd is top notch, as is the able band...Director Max Friedman offers sophisticated awareness of both stage business and complex sentiment...Integration of dialogue and music is seamless, timing adroit. Sonnenblick is a multifaceted talent. 'Midnight at The Never Get' is beautifully constructed."
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October 24th, 2018

“’A slick and gorgeous new musical about a forgotten sliver of gay history...'Midnight at the Never Get’ is a cabaret concert mediation on impossible love, revolution, music, and memory; easily the best new musical I have seen this season so far, Sam Bolen gives a knockout performance as a gay cabaret singer recalling his romance in the smoky backroom haze of New York’s 1960s underground nightclub scene. This gorgeous show is not to be missed.”
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October 11th, 2018

"A snapshot of times past featuring a collection of songs in the spirit of the waspish, linguistically playful constructions of Coward, Porter, and Sondheim. The music is punctuated by frustratingly abbreviated dramatic scenes...The most interesting stories at the heart of this play­­­­­­ go completely unexplored, as do a flurry of plot and psychological developments...There are a lot of ghosts...but they need more life and dramatic room to breathe to make us care about them."
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October 12th, 2018

"A charming if uneventful cabaret-style musical...Bolen narrates the story with remarkable stamina and a honeyed voice. Though for the better part of this 90-minute show, being in love seems to be his character’s only trait — until losing that love takes over...It may have been easier to feel sympathy for these fellas if they had more skin in the game...At its most profound, Sonnenblick’s musical explores the penumbras suggested by its title."
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October 11th, 2018

"More than just a romantic musical, it considers the impact of social politics and homophobia, economics and ambition, on the personal relationship of two twenty-something men in New York in the 1960s...Directed by Friedman, the sentimental show is brimming with love and heartbreak, a mood of nostalgia, and a sense of palpable torment...'Midnight at The Never Get' offers an intimate view of finding love and identity in a time filled with hateful bias and closeted secrecy."
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October 21st, 2018

"'Midnight at the Never Get' celebrates cabaret to tell a gay love story, and sweetly and unexpectedly transcends its limitations with poignant observations about gay culture...Director Max Friedman and choreographer Andrew Palermo manage stage movement of the two characters on the tidy York Theatre stage so that the 90-minute show neither stalls nor speeds ahead."
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October 25th, 2018

"It unfolds like an intimate cabaret show but is in fact a theater piece with an engaging plot. Midnight skillfully weaves the best of both genres into a delightful and heartfelt 90-minute experience of story and song. Music, book and lyrics are masterfully crafted together...'Midnight at the Never Get' is wonderfully engaging and highly recommended. See it, then see it again (I did)."
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October 12th, 2018

"A smartly written, enchanting, and rich musical with deeply drawn and highly likable characters...It is a tale told on several levels and each blends into the other...The music by Sonnenblick is marvelous and you could pick any famous singer who could have performed the melodious and well-written tunes in the show...The play, smartly directed by Max Friedman is well-written and at first deceiving...It gets deeper and deeper as the story rolls on, though, and very complicated in the end."
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October 11th, 2018

"The variety of musical styles kept the evening interesting with torch songs, Gershwin-esque ballads, and the wickedly ironic 'My Boy In Blue.' Mr. Bolen's vocal range handled the full spectrum of styles, and he and Mr. Cohen blended seamlessly throughout the show. Woven into the fabric of the songs and the narrative are grim reminders of how precarious life could be for a gay man in NYC in the '60s...Delightful and thought-provoking...Don't miss it."
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