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Miss Blanche Tells It All (NYMF)

Members say: Great acting, Great singing, Ambitious, Relevant, Clever
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Critics
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5 reviews
Members
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19 reviews
 

Part of the New York Musical Festival: Inspired by the imagination of Tennessee Williams, this intimate and seductive show takes us on one man’s journey of desire, self-expression, and liberation.

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1969 New Orleans: it’s standing room only. The band starts the opening number for Miss Blanche, the hottest act in the Quarter–but Miss Blanche is missing in action. Instead, a fiery young man takes the stage. Relaying tales from his brutal childhood, he reveals a mysterious trunk, filled with clues about his past and the key to his future. An official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival.

 


Reviews (24)

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78
Avg Score

45
The New York Times

"Ambitious, but not necessarily successful. Pritchard’s art songs tend to meld into one another and could use a bit more va-va-voom, and the switches in point of view from Lee to Blanche and back again are often unclear...'Miss Blanche' works best as a vehicle for Rooney...He is particularly comfortable portraying bittersweet sexual ambiguity and androgyny, and his vocal agility is the show’s greatest asset." Full Review

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Theatermania

"Among the top shows at this year's NYMF. Jason Jacobs and Matthew C. Pritchard's musical, bursting with memorable numbers magnificently performed by Brian Charles Rooney, blends the confessional format of 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' with the breathy nostalgia of Tennessee Williams in a moving and highly satisfying work...The music itself shows sophistication and a deep sensitivity to this cabaret style of storytelling." Full Review

90
Times Square Chronicles

"An intelligent and timely piece...What makes this so interesting is it is a cross between a cabaret, drag queen performance and a solo show. It blends all the elements together to create a piece that is completely captivating. Brian Charles Rooney is mesmerizing and so talented...Jason Jacobs' book is heartbreaking and touching...The band is hot, the actor is superb and sadly this show needs a longer run." Full Review

90
Theatre Reviews Limited

"The scenes are often heartbreaking and deeply engaging...The story is so well crafted by Jason Jacobs and the storytelling by Brian Charles Rooney is so pristine that to give much detail would require a spoiler alert. Mr. Rooney unpeels the layers of Mr. Jacobs’s book with the precision of a skilled surgeon...Under Gisela Cardenas’s stunning direction, Brian Charles Rooney delivers a bravura performance...A fine-tuned, superbly crafted piece of theatre" Full Review

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Front Row Center

"A nuanced story and a tour-de-force performance...The conceit is a drag show, but really, it’s a solo show. And a remarkable one at that...Lee/Blanche reveals his inner self while transforming from a man...into a totally believable woman...It was a literally jaw-dropping performance by the mega-talented Rooney...Kudos also to Jacobs and Pritchard for writing a piece that both looks back but resonates today, and has layers of interest and meaning to keep us interested and focused." Full Review

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82
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60
Cliched, Insipid, Slow, Great singing

See it if you want to see a great performer reveal his impressive acting and singing chops in a one act "cabaret" that is sincere and personal.

Don't see it if if a guy in drag doing all the clichéd "Blanche DuBois" and other Williams' ladies routines is not to your liking. Show dragged (literally).

79
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Banal, Great singing

See it if As Miss Blanche, Brian Charles Rooney gets a "part & a 1/2" & takes it to the moon With a sensational voice & ferocious acting he's the show

Don't see it if Unfortunately, the book's beginning is banal & songs are uninspired Drama does pick up as we uncover who 'Miss Blanche' really is & why

80
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Great singing

See it if you like Brian Charles Rooney & a solo show performed by an actor with extraordinary vocal range, or have an interest in 1960s LGBT history

Don't see it if you expect a happy story with a warm, fuzzy ending or aren't interested in drag or New Orleans LGBT life.

Also For solo shows there should be an option to give two scores. Brian Cha... Read more Read less

90
Ambitious, Great acting, Resonant, Great singing

See it if you like one-man/woman shows, incredible singing, flawless acting. Brian Charles Rooney's performance is breathtaking.

Don't see it if you don't like one-man/woman shows, LGBT themes, or if you're looking to see a fluff play.

Also Brian Charles Rooney gives an performance for the ages. The range of v... Read more Read less

90
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Must see, Great singing

See it if While I don't agree with the other reviewer on the show as a whole, we certainly agree that Brian Charles Rooney is a STAR!

Don't see it if You don't enjoy one-man shows or you are uncomfortable with LGBTQ topics.

Also I thought this was a fabulous production. Brian Charles Rooney acts an... Read more Read less

62
Great acting, Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if you want to see a powerhouse of a performance--Brian Charles Rooney is sensational. Truly a one of a kind.

Don't see it if A terrific performer can't sustain your interest in a muddy and cliche book that riffs on A Streetcar Named Desire.

Also The story of the fictional main character's life is fascinating and ve... Read more Read less

91
Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you just love a one person show with tears, love, joy... it's worth every penny.

Don't see it if you not open minded.

54
Great acting, Indulgent, Confusing, Slow

See it if You want to see a great performance by a very talented actor.

Don't see it if You want an engaging story. There are a few nice moments, and a few good songs, but most of the music is derivative.

Also I see what it was trying to accomplish, but it did not do so, and the ... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You like edgy musical theatre that makes you think and feel.

Don't see it if You prefer theatre light and fluffy.

90
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting

See it if You want to see a moving narrative of a lost youth trying to find his true self.

Don't see it if You don't have a sense of humor or appreciation for diversity

100
Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing, Great singing

See it if You enjoy Tennessee Williams or Hedwig (or both). You love being drawn into a simple yet resonant, moving drama. You like GREAT singing!

Don't see it if You're closed-minded. ;-)

100
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You like beautiful storytelling via incredible acting and singing which explores timely topics while drawing on familiar dramatic references

Don't see it if You don't want t be entertained or amazed by the brilliant and chameleon like Brian Charles Rooney.

100
Great acting, Masterful, Great writing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Brian Charles Rooney is the antithesis of a cliched pretty face. In this exhilarating show, his exquisite and vast talents are on full view.

Don't see it if You don't want to laugh, cry, and be swept away to another time and place, with a compelling character.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great singing

See it if You should see this play if you enjoy being absorbed into a story and getting to know the character and caring deeply about their life.

Don't see it if You just want a mindless comedy

Also Brian Charles Rooney's acting and singing are superb! He is able to co... Read more Read less

95
Clever, Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You enjoy great singing, masterful acting & an absorbing, surprising story.

Don't see it if If you only enjoy traditional musicals.

99
Great acting, Must see, Great writing, Great singing

See it if Want to be inspired by a stellar performance incorporating great acting and flawless singing in a cleverly written show with amazing music

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with anything LGBT, being in the theater or in public

93
Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if It gets another production.

Don't see it if You have an aversion to good theatre.

95
Enchanting, Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Great singing

See it if You want an intense experience and a glorious performance. Rooney is exquisite and the story is as well. The songs are beautifully poetic.

Don't see it if You are only interested in comedy. This show runs the gamut and is definitely an emotional roller coaster.

Also I was moved to tears a few times, and I was moved to tears a few times... Read more Read less

98
Absorbing, Ambitious, Moving, Emotional, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of moving, honest theater; if you like one-man shoes; & a score that delivers both deeply sad & delightfully giddy moments!

Don't see it if You want a show like Mamma Mia