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Miss America's Ugly Daughter

From 84 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Indulgent, Absorbing, Slow

About the show

In this solo piece, Barra Grant explores her life growing up in the shadow of her mother Bess Myerson, the first and only Jewish Miss America. More…

From the show:

BARRA GRANT stars in this darkly hilarious mother-daughter story. The critically acclaimed play tells the true story of Grant growing up a confused ugly duckling in the shadow of her spectacular mother, BESS MYERSON, the first and only ever JEWISH MISS AMERICA!


Member Reviews (84)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Funny, Indulgent, Absorbing, Slow
71
Avg Score

90
Absorbing, Must see, Intelligent, Funny

See it if Absolutely fantastic!!! A sad story told in the most humorous way...You laugh and you shed tears...Good humor!

Don't see it if Cant think about any reason why not! It is a must see

100
Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy historical themed topics, a one woman show and not overdone scenery

Don't see it if you don't enjoy one actor plays, you ant handle emotional topics

78
Moving, Intense, Absorbing

See it if You like excellent performances and plays that focus on one person's journey.

Don't see it if You do not care for one-person shows about actual historical figures or you must see performances with large and lavish production values.

2
Dated, Thick boomer energy, Not moving, Not funny

See it if you are a boomer who wants reminisce about the "good ole days"

Don't see it if you're under 50 and want to laugh or be moved.

73
Disappointing, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if Women will probably relate to life- long mother daughter tensions. Resonates with a New York crowd.

Don't see it if Listening to a daughter’s life spent in the shadow of her successful but neurotic mother is not your thing. Performance is very slow.

61
Confessional, Kind hearted, Slow, Quirky, Intelligent

See it if you like hearing horror stories and appreciate them

Don't see it if expect a high level of performance or writing

83
Touching and funny

See it if You enjoy one-actor shows with moving stories.

Don't see it if You don’t like one-actor shows

72
A story told in flashback

See it if you like mother-daughter conflict about famous people

Don't see it if personal angst is boring to you

79
Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in the real lives of celebrities portrayed by the actual child. Well done.

Don't see it if you liked Bess Meyerson and still like to think she was a great mother.

75
Refreshing, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if YOU ARE INTERESTED IN MOTHER-DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIPS.

Don't see it if IF THE PERSON HAS NO IDEA WHO BESS MEYERSON IS.

65
Disappointing, Banal

See it if You can sympathize with Barra facing the audience reliving the memories of a mother that instead of nurturing made her life a living hell.

Don't see it if If you have endured a cruel detached relationship with anyone.

53
Quirky, Funny

See it if You enjoy a one woman autobiographical story

Don't see it if It was slow and kinda boring

80
Clever, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like a well written one woman show. A very good performance.

Don't see it if If you don’t know Bess Myerson or do not enjoy a solo show.

60
Why?, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if You want to see someone work on horrendous mommy issues. Care about Ms. Grant and/or Ms. Myerson.

Don't see it if You have no patience for other people's issues. Show doesn't have life lessons beyond the personal history unless you can relate.

80
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if I went to this show thinking it would be a “Mommie Dearest” thing. Boy was I wrong. It’s very insightful and funny. Highly recommend it.

Don't see it if Don’t see it if you don’t want to know the truth about Bess Meyerson.

81
Edgy, Quirky, Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like one person shows. If you are familiar with Bess Myerson's. If you can relate to difficult mother-daughter relationships

Don't see it if You are not much of a fan of one person shows. If you have no familiarity with Bess Myerson.

During previews
69
Great media display, Realistic view of aging parent, Historic, Slow, Funny

See it if the Big Payoff means something. Bess Myerson was a household name in my childhood home which focused my attention on this layered solo.

Don't see it if you expect deep insights. There is a lot of story telling & typical parental commentary but not a lot of moment to moment relationship.

During previews
82
Funny, Entertaining, Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if Living up to expectation in Mum's critical gaze. Words wound, but judgey words scar. Real daughter gets answers to her self-esteem issues.

Don't see it if High-achieving '50s personality may not deserve the hatchet to be sharpened for being a cheap narcissist. "You can't be beautiful and hate."

Also "Jewish girls don't enter beauty contests/Beauty requires a little eff... Read more Read less

During previews
65
Too long. cuts should be made! about 100 minutes no intermission, Indulgent, Slow, Best if you are interested in bess meyerson

See it if Interest in B Meyerson. Even more unlikely you’ll have wondered about her daughter. But given that it is the actual daughter adds interest

Don't see it if Not up to New York quality acting. Although the story is certainly for New Yorkers.

Also Nice small theater on 64th St. Nice to see it.

During previews
78
Informative, Thought-provoking, Funny, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you'd like to hear a very revealing story about Bess Myerson by her daughter. It was critical but at the end it was very sympathetic.

Don't see it if you don't like to hear unpleasant info about Myerson or are not interested in her life.

Also This was not a Mommy Dearest. There were definitely revealing unpleasa... Read more Read less

During previews
79
Entertaining, Funny/sad, Mommie dearest

See it if interested in the family dynamic between former Miss America Bess Myerson & her daughter. At times very funny with an underlying sadness.

Don't see it if want a fuller picture of Bess Myerson. Her accomplishments are mentioned but her intelligence & abilities not fully presented.

Also That said, Ms Grant has reason to feel the way she does, given the lac... Read more Read less

During previews
72
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if you want to hear a Mommy Dearest tale that is moderately entertaining with occasional spots of brightness.

Don't see it if you don't like hearing a daughter bash her famous mother when mother is no longer around to tell her side.

During previews
92
Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Funny, Exquisite

See it if A fully realized life with tribulations, conflict and joy interest you

Don't see it if One woman shows bore you

During previews
83
Absorbing, Honest, Moving, Sad at times, Very funny at times

See it if you are interested in the life of Bess Myerson. Her daughter wrote & stars in this piece-- funny & sad, often at same time. Honest & raw.

Don't see it if you prefer to think of beauty queens as perfect & don't want to see the truth behind the facade. If you don't want mother/daughter conflict.

During previews
80
Slow, Indulgent, Dated, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you want to understand the relationship between Bess Myerson , the only Jewish Miss America, and her daughter.as told by the actual daughter

Don't see it if if you don't like one person shows. It was interesting seeing her actual daughter doing the role - but she was only an OK actress.


January 20th, 2020
"Bess Myerson’s ‘Ugly Daughter’ Recalls Miss America Dearest Barra Grant’s autobiographical solo play plumbs her fraught relationship with her mother, the famous politician and beauty queen Bess Myerson."
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January 17th, 2020
"Miss America's Ugly Daughter Dishes on a Beauty Queen's Private Cruelty: Bess Myerson's daughter performs her confessional solo show off-Broadway."
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January 27th, 2020
"Barra Grant Tells of Her Iconic and Infamous Mom in 'MISS AMERICA'S UGLY DAUGHTER: BESS MYERSON AND ME'"
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January 17th, 2020
"Grant is a pleasant, undemonstrative performer…While not given to histrionics, she earns our engagement as she…leads to…an act of forgiveness. 'Miss America's Ugly Daughter' is neither a mess nor the best of Bess but the inherent fascination of its subject covers a multitude of sins."
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