Miss You Like Hell
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Miss You Like Hell
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Miss You Like Hell NYC Reviews and Tickets

78%
(149 Reviews)
Positive
84%
Mixed
15%
Negative
1%
Members say
Relevant, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting

About the Show

The Public's new musical from Tony award-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes ('In the Heights') and genre-breaking songwriter Erin McKeown, centers around an undocumented immigrant and her daughter.

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Relevant, Clunky, Entertaining, Confusing

See it if Good music. Great singing from Gimenez. Relevant moving story at the core.

Don't see it if The heart of the play gets muddled by baffling unnecessary go-nowhere-unexplainably subplots. Really sucked the life out of the story. Read more

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Disappointing, Cliched, Reductive, Overly ambitious, Banal

See it if you want to go on a musical road trip w/an unmarried migrant mom & her obstinate daughter while they hit lots of clichéd bumps along the way

Don't see it if you expect anything profound, deep or meaningful from a writer (Quiara Alegría Hudes) who's usually much more thought-provoking & innovative Read more

Critic Reviews (31)

The New York Times
April 10th, 2018

"As long as it sticks to the story of a mother-daughter relationship...it is a powerful example of what musicals do best: explore the unprotected border where individual needs and social issues intermix...Too often falls short of its own ambitions...Too much time is turned over to diversions apparently meant to be distracting or, worse, heartwarming...Rubin-Vega, with her rough charisma, and Jiménez, with her blue-sky voice, generally make you forget all that."
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Time Out New York
April 10th, 2018

"The show is quite a tearjerker when it sticks to the fraught mother-daughter relationship at its core, with tuneful folk-rock songs that touch on depression, heritage and family. But after hitting a few bumps on the highway, Hudes’s book loses focus and crashes into cliché...It’s a treat to spend time with complex Latinx characters who buck stereotypes. But although 'Miss You Like Hell' takes us on a resonant journey, its trajectory needs adjusting."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
April 10th, 2018

"Smart, if a bit on the nose, and with a less generic score and more trenchant direction, 'Miss You Like Hell' might really start to flex its muscles. But McKeown's songs evaporate from the brain pretty quickly, and deBessonet is so invested in the poignancy of the story that she never really finds its edges...There's power to its central plot, and to Rubin-Vega's and Jiménez's performances...But this car trip sticks to such well-worn emotional terrain, it loses its sense of adventure."
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The Hollywood Reporter
April 10th, 2018

"This timely show addresses such hot-button societal issues...But in an effort to be as entertaining as impactful, it does so in a cutesy, cloying manner that undercuts the important messages being imparted...Hudes' episodic book shifts wildly in tone, consistent only in its inconsistency and lack of credibility, while McKeown's pop-rock score features unmemorable ditties...The 10-person ensemble works hard to bring heart to the material, and they often succeed."
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Variety
April 10th, 2018

"An earnest show that too often gets stuck in a traffic jam of multiple themes, characters and storylines...Overstuffed with ideas and incidents that don't add up to a sweeping, satisfying whole...The human touches of the mother-daughter dynamic are the most appealing part of the show...Low-tech to a fault...However, McKeown makes an impressive stage debut with music that is eclectic and appealing, though the lyrics are too often an odd mix of fleeting grace and awkwardness."
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The Wall Street Journal
April 11th, 2018

""Has a timely political edge, an ethnically diverse cast and a score by a singer-songwriter who knows how to rock. What's more, it's good-really good...Steers a bit erratically between sentiment and sentimentality, but it scarcely ever descends to outright tearjerking and Ms. McKeown’s score heightens every emotion so skillfully that you’d think this was her third or fourth show instead of her theatrical debut."
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New York Daily News
April 10th, 2018

"The socially aware but awkward musical traces a road trip and reminds that traveling and theater share some rules for success. Don't overpack. Do choose good company...Hudes, McKeown, and deBessonet get the latter one right. Otherwise, the show is overstuffed and overstated...Songs are mostly so-so, and sometimes better, but the production is too much and too little at the same time. On the plus side, there are richly emotional performances all around."
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Theatermania
April 10th, 2018

"Hudes and McKeown admirably attempt to put a human face on cold statistics, but they are too often thwarted by a lack of faith in their central story...deBessonet falls into the trap of delivering a workshop production in lieu of a full one...Frustratingly, it often feels like 'Miss You Like Hell' is more interested in broadcasting its woke intersectional bona fides than actually telling the story at hand...It's not hell to sit through, but you certainly won't miss it once it's gone."
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BroadwayWorld
April 11th, 2018

"A lovely and touching chamber musical...With a powerful singing voice and acting skills that mix teenage angst with the anger of a troubled soul who felt forced into early adulthood, Gizel Jiménez is a formidable Olivia...While the detours can get a little sluggish,' Miss You Like Hell ' is gripping stuff when focused on Beatriz and Olivia, especially with Rubin-Vega and Jiménez giving such strong performances. And its topicality adds to the impact."
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Lighting & Sound America
April 11th, 2018

"The unambiguous reason to see this new musical is Gizel Jimanez...'Miss you like hell' never delivers the promised emotional payoff, largely because the characters are so thinly sketched...Instead of using the road-trip format to reveal more about Olivia and Beatriz, the book's author adopts a picaresque approach, populating the play with characters who arrive, steal focus, and then drop out of the story...I left the theatre wanting to know so much more about these characters."
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Talkin' Broadway
April 10th, 2018

"Given the urgency and immediacy of the premise, anyone who has been moved by the wave of anti-immigrant rhetoric and actions ought to be engrossed...Unfortunately, this is a case where the sum of the parts is greater than the whole, and despite some compelling performances by a game cast, 'Miss You Like Hell' fails to deliver the goods...Trying too hard to tell two different and conflicting stories...'Miss You Like Hell' wanders too far off the beaten path."
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New York Stage Review
April 10th, 2018

"Sometimes the only way to repair a parent-child rift is a long, literal (and metaphorical) drive...Their slow reconciliation is achieved in large part by singing the lively songs Hudes and McKeown have written -as well as some of the less irresistible ones...Perhaps most responsible for the tuner's alluring effect is director Lear deBessonet...Rubin-Vega is an angst-ridden, determined, hopeful firecracker. In other words, she’s doing what she always does best."
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New York Stage Review
April 10th, 2018

"The show packs a blazing performance by Daphne Rubin-Vega, some fresh songs by Erin McKeown, and a fast, fluent staging by director Lear deBessonet. Then there’s this ultra-serious story...The playwright's troubled mother-daughter story proves to be merely a half-bad component...McKeown, a folk-rock songwriter making her theater debut here, has crafted a likeable collection of songs that are more about rhythms than rhymes in their composition and appeal."
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TheaterScene.net
April 27th, 2018

"'Miss You Like Hell' does not become poignant until it is almost over when the stakes are raised and Olivia realizes that she could lose her mother if she is deported...Quiara Alegría Hudes and Erin McKeown have created a timely story in their investigation of the life of an undocumented immigrant but ultimately 'Miss You Like Hell' avoids much of the possible drama in the way it doles out bits and pieces of Beatriz's story."
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CurtainUp
April 11th, 2018

"Rubin-Vega once again lends her magnetic persona and powerful voice, and the lovely and golden-voiced Gizel Jiménez is very much a star in the making...Using the template of the road trip...provides the show with some amusing as well as scary encounters. Unfortunately, some of work better than others...Even though the mother-daughter interchanges aren't flawless, the scenes in which anger, regrets and love unfold are the most satisfying...Moving and worth seeing."
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Front Row Center
April 11th, 2018

"An ambitious piece...Every member of this ensemble is spectacular...The performers are stellar and the musicians are snake charmers. In addition, the direction of Lear deBessonet is compelling and vibrant...What is not so compelling or vibrant is the story and the music...It was the performers' mastery that charmed the audience. The story has holes the size of craters...The sincerity and dynamism is packed tight into this troop and the musicians who accompany them. They explode onstage."
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Front Mezz Junkies
April 18th, 2018

"Powerful and super relevant show...This topical and smart musical wraps itself up in a sweet yet engaging road trip that is driven with perfection by the star and her director, Lear deBessonet...It's a raw and challenging story, laced with moments of struggle and acceptance as Rubin-Vega's mother Beatriz tries her best to 'mommy the fuck out' of her girl...It feels so real and touching, just like the whole of this musical piece, causing the tears to flow down my cheeks."
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Exeunt Magazine
April 11th, 2018

"The diversity of its ensemble and storylines is organic and unforced, and its political timeliness does not feel opportunistic. This highly anticipated musical is a gem...Erin McKeown’s score is varied and moving...'Miss You Like Hell' sets the bar for what a feminist piece of theater can be. Hudes’ writing is brave and deliberate...The connection between the two leads is palpable; any scene that involves their explosive interactions is spellbinding."
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T
April 19th, 2018

"Hudes's characters are authentic and their multi-layered conflicts are believable and connect easily to the important issues...Powerful and emotionally engaging lyrics and music that...provide deep insights into the characters...Debessonet directs with a fluidity that allows her cast to discover the nuances of their characters and their relationships to one another...Not grounded in sentimentality but in the strength derived from connection to culture...Not to be missed."
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New York Theater
April 10th, 2018

"Full of exuberance and heart and good intentions...At times a bit too reminiscent of a cloying show like 'Up With People'...the ensemble members back up the songs with gusto and without the aid through most of the show of anything resembling a set...McKeown and Hudes offer poetic lyrics that serve as counterpoint to the snappy, street-smart dialogue. To their credit, 'Miss You Like Hell' ultimately refuses to submit to the uplift that theatergoers have come to expect from a musical."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
April 13th, 2018

"'Miss You Like Hell,' whose decidedly shaky script deBessonet has fashioned into a physically lovely, emotionally moving theatrical experience. It's replete with the kind of songs you want to hear again, a uniformly outstanding ensemble led by two remarkable performers, and...driven by a subject of immediate public concern…However, her play is really schmaltz-porn about an estranged mother and daughter's reconciliation…Rubin-Vega...the intensity of a tropical hurricane."
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Gotham Playgoer
April 10th, 2018

"How a 16-year-daughter who hasn't seen her mother in four years could serve as a plausible character witness is one of the weakest plot points...Rubin-Vega and Jimenez are both quite strong in their roles. The music by McKeown, in a variety of generic styles, is serviceable...I really wanted to like it, but was disappointed that it did not offer any real illumination on the many issues it touched on...Most of the audience seemed quite enthusiastic."
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The Wrap
April 10th, 2018

"The only new musical with songs approaching the insight and power of McKeown’s is 'The Band’s Visit'...If it lacks the intricate harmonic, key, and rhythmic shifts of Yazbek’s music, the story is much more forthright, and ultimately heartbreaking...Hudes' book takes no time to warm up...Any Rubin-Vega performance is going to be big and hyper-intense. Jimenez matches that energy from the get-go...DeBessonet’s direction is nearly as tireless as her two heroines."
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Wolf Entertainment Guide
April 11th, 2018

"A touching, lively musical...The show taps strongly into contemporary concerns...The beauty of the show, enhanced by the lead performances, is how well the songs are integrated into the plot and how effectively supporting characters are brought into the story...deBessonet integrates story and music smoothly...Despite some weak spots here and there, this is a work with originality and heart and appearing just at the right time."
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T
May 11th, 2018

“Addresses topics rarely featured in tuners but does so with a tried and true template...Hudes crams a lot into her often sharp, but too syrupy book. There are moments of poignant connection between the nonconformist, impulsive Beatriz and the lonely, whip-smart Olivia. But there are also too many TV-movie cliches as they encounter a small army of friendly strangers to help them on their way. The score features eclectic and engaging music by McKeown and quirky lyrics.”
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Village Voice
April 11th, 2018

"Admirable, full-hearted, and underwhelming...Lacks a sense of magic...Songs to Hudes and McKeown’s credit, help fuel the narrative rather than merely embellish it. Ironically, given the weighty issues addressed, the most compelling tunes are the gentler, breezier ones...For all its flaws, 'Miss You Like Hell' appeals genuinely and sometimes movingly to our sense of compassion and capacity for hope; you just wish the musical were as transcendent as the message."
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Stage Left
April 29th, 2018

"New musical unlike few I've seen: by women and about women of color...While the music is enjoyable and beautifully orchestrated, and both the staging by Lear deBessonet and design are smart, the overall show feels too muted and diffuse...I wanted to feel more about these characters and their predicament...This admirable musical could use some more tuning, and future life beyond the Public, because it is a story about real characters we need to see and hear from onstage."
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Daily Beast
April 10th, 2018

"The songs of antagonism, reconciliation, and soul-baring are beautifully orchestrated and sung. But they do not really advance the story, and that story continues to puzzle, particularly as you never really get to the root of the conflict on stage, or care that much...Rubin-Vega and Jimenéz work hard too to make their characters and stories cohere, against the scattered material and bare staging, and there are some moving moments."
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Film Festival Traveler
April 15th, 2018

"Easy to root for, dramatizing as it does one illegal immigrant’s experience in today’s America. But this musical...never hits the emotional highs it aims for by taking too many detours, both figurative and literal...Hudes...finds amusement and bemusement in Beatriz and Olivia’s attempts to find common ground...But...reduces their story to a frustratingly episodic character study...'Miss You Like Hell,' for all its timely relevance, feels like a soap-opera period place despite the talent involved."
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The Theatre Times
April 14th, 2018

"A show as effervescent and timely as one would expect from the Public Theater...It’s easy to feel like this new musical tries to cover a lot of ground in just ninety-five minutes...The music is surprising and delightful, often innovating on classic musical moments to arrive at a new angle and fresh perspective...The cast and creative team for this production deliver a solid performance...The relevance of this new musical is as obvious as the reason it needs to be told."
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Washington Square News
April 13th, 2018

"Refreshingly original...Rubin-Vega plays the overbearing, over-caring Beatriz exceptionally well...Her performance in songs like 'Over My Shoulder' is relevant and heartbreaking...Jiménez is perfectly irritating in her portrayal of Olivia...The wide variety of musical presentation in 'Miss You Like Hell' keeps the show alive...Relevant and well-written, this new musical takes on a complicated story with great success, and its vibrant music will stay with audience members long after they exit."
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