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Modern Maori Quartet: Two Worlds

From 24 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Delightful

About the show

This musical piece weaves together four stores full of heart and revelation that unfold the fabric of Maori musical culture, its genealogy and evolution. More…

From the show:

With signature style and humour the award-winning MMQ weaves together four stores full of heart and revelation that unfold the fabric of Maori musical culture, its genealogy and evolution.

Layering an earnest and uniquely Kiwi narrative to their soaring harmonies and classic quirky charm, the award winning Modern Maori Quartet invite you to meet Koro, Big Bro, uncle and Bub, and experience their take on what it really means to be Maori in this day and age. 


Member Reviews (24)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Entertaining, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Delightful
82
Avg Score

75
Quirky, Cultural, Corny, Slow, Harmonic

See it if New Zealand version of a Mariachi band plays & sings sentimental songs, mostly in the Maori language. Good vocals. Cultural exposure.

Don't see it if Each band member plays a character with a cliched backstory. This helps to motivate the songs. However, the banter felt phony.

81
Delightful, Quirky, Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you like to sit back and enjoy lively music performed with a little comedy and some story that exposes you to a different culture.

Don't see it if if you are looking for a play, though some story is interwoven, this is a musical performance by a talented group.

88
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Entertaining, Great singing, Clever

See it if You want a musical about Maori identity through the decades w/a clever & imaginative style. You want a likeable cast performing great music.

Don't see it if You have little interest in Maori culture. You don't like musicals. You prefer shows w/big production values. You dislike intimate staging.

88
Must see, Quirky, Great acting, Great singing, Clever

See it if Quirky Kiwi foursome hoping for a second chance and a last performance in purgatory hell lounge act.Each recalls a sense of Identity. Great.

Don't see it if It's pronounced "Mawhree" not "Mary," which totally changes the intention of the show when term used. Think the Jordanaires in "Blue Hawaii"

Also "How about some Mongolian throat singing?" Well played.

81
Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you'd like a peek into a Maori culture by four very talented actors and singers. Unusual plot, 4 time periods accompanied by great singing.

Don't see it if you are not interested in Maori culture or do not like small venues.

Also Avoid this theater if you have problems with climbing steps. There are... Read more Read less

79
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if quartet of likable singers make u feel like you're in their living room; great singing; funny w/tender moments; interested in Maori culture

Don't see it if not a typical play, more like an intimate cabaret performance; slow beginning with comic dialogue that falls flat

Also The four performers are charismatic. I would have rated the show highe... Read more Read less

79
Cliched, Slow, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great singing

See it if you want to experience the thoughts and emotions of native Southern New Zealanders through cabaret music of the New Zealand Four Seasons.

Don't see it if you don’t like shows that are not traditional, linear plays or musicals, cabaret Four Seasons style, music in languages other than English.

Also The contextual premise of the show is sophomoric and clumsy and detrac... Read more Read less

82
Entertaining

See it if Like many marginalized peoples with their cultures and identities suppressed, they tell and sing their truths as Maori men.

Don't see it if Diverse stories / hearing Maori isn't your thing. Simple plot with singing and light humor bores you.

Also Diversity: all 4 are proud Maori men!... Read more Read less

95
Intelligent, Must see, Great staging, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a talented quartet from New Zealand who are Maori. I loved every moment of this entertaining evening. Bravo!

Don't see it if You want a non-musical, this will not be your show. Also, some of the cultural references might be lost on a number of New Yorkers.

82
Quirky, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you enjoy musical revues.While there's a plot, it's thin; this is more of a musical revue than a play. Singing is great. Performers engaging

Don't see it if you'll be frustrated by the fact many songs are in Maori.While we get the gist of the subject from the plot, no translations are provided.

72
Original, Quirky, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if interested in New Zealand's Maori culture, you enjoy world music, you are interested in repressed minorities, you like 4-part harmony

Don't see it if you have problems understanding accents, you feel frustrated by the superficial

Also Four Maori men were at their best when singing in their own musical la... Read more Read less

71
Native group sings of their woes, Badly needs supertitles to translate, Adorable quartet seeks 2nd chance

See it if You’d enjoy Maori songs in quartet's language, how characters got to hell & what they’d do w/ a 2nd Chance. Nice but needs translation!

Don't see it if You want drama or need to understand what you're hearing. (Maori is beautiful) but you need meaning for this once-forbidden language.

Also This show would resonate better with English super-titles for the Maor... Read more Read less

84
Quirky, Insightful, Refreshing, Enchanting

See it if you're interested in learning aspects of another culture through music and quirky storytelling. Strong singing, fun performers.

Don't see it if you have a very low tolerance for occasionally hokey jokes. They sometimes push the punchlines, but the music and harmonies hold their own.

82
Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like excellent singing with strong traditional dances. explorations of other forms of music and dance, t times touching story.

Don't see it if a fairly thin, if sometimes effective, plot. A short show, basically an hour. Not interested in Maori songs and culture.

69
Disappointing as theater, Great as cabaret, Great singing

See it if if into a charming quartet doing a cabaret act with Maori flavor

Don't see it if expecting substance

Also I was hoping for some insight into Maori culture, but this variety act... Read more Read less

81
Funny, Relevant, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if An authentic musical composed&perform by NZ Maori,including folk music,stories, poetry&dance,typical of the Pasifika oral tradition*

Don't see it if uninterested in the strong message behind foreign words; You prefer to hear more Maori songs &fewer Western hits.

Also Music coming from the heart, a sense of fun despite some harder moment... Read more Read less

78
Delightful, Entertaining, Intelligent, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if You like good singing with good harmonies. With a good storyline. Nice a-cappella! !

Don't see it if You expect singers with an orchestra backing them up.

82
Great singing, Relevant, Must see, Delightful, Funny

See it if First-to laugh, then to learn. Enjoyable fringe-take with song, “dance”, multi-talented performers on Maori culture in NewZealand See it

Don't see it if Parts are spoken or sung in Maori or if you can’t take social commentary delivered with humor and heart.

86
Something different, Great singing

See it if you like the sound of male harmonies or if you’ll probably never get to visit New Zealand

Don't see it if I’m glad I went to watch it and I regret going to the theater all the time

95
Entertaining, Must see, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if You are interested in Maori culture, soulful songs and storytelling, or learning about other cultures

Don't see it if You are bothered by songs and some dialogue in an unfamiliar language, or prefer a more traditional play rather than a cabaret style show

Also Amazing singing, storytelling, and modern take on Maori culture. If yo... Read more Read less

91
Thought-provoking, Funny, Delightful

See it if If you like witty, funny, wonderful singers who are completely entertaining. If you like to learn something new.

Don't see it if If you don’t like to hear people singing some songs in English and some songs in another language you may not understand. Otherwise I can’t

Also I thoroughly enjoyed it as did the 18 year old I brought with me. I lo... Read more Read less

79
Relevant, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you enjoy music from another culture and like a show that moves from humor to poignancy.

Don't see it if you dislike songs not in English, and have little patience for a show that builds slowly to its point.

78
Thought-provoking, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy beautiful singing and dramatic stories of the characters' "truths" as they straddled two worlds in various eras.

Don't see it if you find the premise of the singers trying to escape from purgatory off-putting and swings from silly humor to seriousness a bit jarring.

87
Beautiful, moving & timely

See it if You love beautiful male vocals, are curious about Maori culture and enjoy good story telling.

Don't see it if If you just want to hear instruments and vocalsi sung in English.


January 15th, 2020
"Seems like a Las Vegas-like lounge act [with] an oleaginous Rat Pack rapport…. Yet, it's a testament to the talent and charisma of the performers, and the beautiful harmonies of their songs, that the chintzy framing of the show doesn't smother its appeal."
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