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New York | 1h 30m | Ends Nov 04

Midnight at the Never Get

From 19 critic and 86 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.



95
BroadwayWorld

“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.” Full Review

90
Lighting & Sound America

"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." Full Review

90
Broadway Blog

“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.” Full Review

85
Times Square Chronicles

“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.” Full Review

85
DC Metro Theater Arts

"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." Full Review

85
Theater Pizzazz

“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.” Full Review

80
Front Row Center

“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.” Full Review

75
New York Magazine / Vulture

"'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." Full Review

70
Theatre's Leiter Side

"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." Full Review

70
New York Theater

"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." Full Review

70
Towleroad

"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." Full Review

67
TheaterScene.net

“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.” Full Review

65
Theatre Reviews Limited

"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." Full Review

65
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"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." Full Review

65
New York Stage Review

"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." Full Review

65
Talkin' Broadway

"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." Full Review

60
Tim Teeman

"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." Full Review

60
Theatre Reviews Limited

"Sonnenblick’s musical compositions are indeed a fine representation of the era...along with lyrics that are smart, sometimes witty...The obvious problem is that they...really do no address the task of character development or moving the plot forward. This required responsibility is left to the somewhat confusing and weak book that does not fare well...Entertaining evening of cabaret but falls a bit short as a full-fledged theatrical production." Full Review

40
New York Stage Review

"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." Full Review


100
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great writing, Great singing

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.

97
Absorbing, Ambitious, Enchanting, Riveting, Great singing

See it if You're into smoky cabaret acts; you've loved and lost; you're tryna step out of time into something beautiful; you looove a good torch song

Don't see it if You're looking for a fluffy night out. This show aims for something emotionally devastating and yeesh does it get there

Also Sam Bolen gives a gorgeous performance as the cabaret singer Trevor Co... Read more Read less

96
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Enchanting, Refreshing

See it if you like adventurous new musicals on the cusp of greatness

Don't see it if you don't like small musicals in intimate theaters

96
Absorbing, Romantic, Entertaining, Spectacular singing, Spectacular music

See it if you like great musical theater. This one is special as pretty much all musicals from The York Theatre Company are. Sam Bolen is amazing!

Don't see it if you don't like musicals about LGBQ romance.

Also The music, singing and acting are simply spectacular!! And, the show i... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Clever, Resonant, Romantic

See it if A heartfelt story told through great songs and music. The talent was wonderful! A lovely 90 minutes. Hooray for The York Theatre.

Don't see it if You do not like a sentimental show that is both sweet and sad.

93
Absorbing, Clever, Profound

See it if You like to hear a perspective on gay relationships and enjoy discovering about characters.

Don't see it if You don't like shows with a paranormal aspect.

90
Absorbing, Profound, Resonant

See it if You enjoy a great story and heartfelt acting.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy shows with a gay theme

Also I really enjoyed this show and highly recommend. The story was powerfu... Read more Read less

90
Thought-provoking, Must see, Romantic, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like great singing, writing, music. This 90 minute show is so entertaining, romantic, engrossing. It's a must see!

Don't see it if you don't like romantic stories, good singing, good acting, good music, good entertainment.

87
Relevant, Good writing and songs

See it if A new musical with good music which is both poignant and funny appeals to you

Don't see it if Gay themes bother you.

Also Totally kept me interested and even with that the ending surprised me ... Read more Read less

85
Profound, Relevant, Entertaining, Timely, Great singing

See it if You love a romantic, though poiniant, musical.

Don't see it if You’re a homophobe.

85
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You like small shows with big stories and a big heart.

Don't see it if You don't like intimate theatre, if you want something with a large cast, big musical numbers, etc.

85
Clever, Resonant, Great singing

See it if You appreciate excellent singing, new music, and the tender story of a homosexual relationship in the 1980's ......with all its challenges.

Don't see it if You prefer shows with larger casts and have no interest in the challenges faced by the homosexual population

85
Ambitious, Romantic, Entertaining, Dabbles in a few cliches

See it if you're interested in historical gay male dramas, intriguing framing devices, and newly written cabaret/Cole Porter style music/musicals

Don't see it if you would get frustrated by a show that reveals its complications somewhat slowly and that can feel a little too simple/cliched at times

83
Clever, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of cabaret acts. This show combines a cabaret act with Theater.

Don't see it if you do not like gay themed romances or you prefer shows with lots of actors/characters

82
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Romantic, Great writing

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

82
Clever, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

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 )

82
Intelligent, Resonant, Entertaining, Intimate

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.

82
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

80
Clever, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you like stories with a homosexual theme. Good theatre music.

Don't see it if don't like stories about gay love and fantasy.

80
Enchanting, Romantic, Entertaining, Toothless

See it if you enjoy the sound of jazz standards and well-crafted lyrics

Don't see it if you want your experience to amount to something more than its individual parts

Also The score is marvelous, the performances are great, and it's got the b... Read more Read less

80
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

79
Funny, Romantic, Confusing, Strong performances, Muddled direction

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.

79
Refreshing, Romantic, Great singing, Something different

See it if for an enjoyable evening of romance and song.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy LGBT romance, cabaret etc. This romance may or may not end like you think.

Also Cabaret isn't a style I enjoy much but the leading man and the band di... Read more Read less

78
Entertaining

See it if you like to see a brand new musical that thinks outside the box. like elements of cabaret.

Don't see it if you don't like storytelling, prefer to watch book scenes.

78
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


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