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Money Talks the Musical

From 71 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Great singing, Funny, Cliched

About the show

Inspired by the writings of Ben Franklin and the play 'La Ronde,' this world premiere musical comedy is a fast-paced, madcap romp filled with life, liberty, and laughs for all. More…

They say money talks…and this money has a lot to say! As the man on the $100 bill, Ben Franklin is not pleased by what he sees in America today and he’s done keeping his mouth shut. Over the course of this 90-minute musical, Ben is passed from a hedge fund manager, to a stripper, to a judge, to his mistress who’s a nun to…well, you get the idea. Armed with a lifetime of famous sayings, Ben must convince everyone to change their priorities before it’s too late.


Member Reviews (71)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Clever, Great singing, Funny, Cliched
72
Avg Score

65
Strong singing, Fast paced, Unfocused, Stereotyped characters, Disappointing script

See it if you want lite summer fare. Fun songs (varied styles) and good performances (especially DeNise). Premise isn't bad, but little is done w/it.

Don't see it if you want a coherent statement: is $ good, bad? Is MT political or financial?Some of Ben's mottos get mumbled. Some stereotypes dated/offend.

Also The show is relatively enjoyable, thanks to the performances, but the ... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great singing

See it if for a very creative, fun evening with plenty to say about the world of greed and how it affects us all.

Don't see it if If you want to see a non-political musical.

65
Fluffy, Insipid, Great singing

See it if The singing and acting are very good. Sandra DeNise makes attention center on her whenever she is on stage and is worth the admission price

Don't see it if The book is awful. The music and lyrics are C+/B. You want more than simple.light entertainment.

78
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Great singing, Funny

See it if you want to be reminded of the role that money plays in our lives, as well as Ben Franklin's inventions /maxims. Clever use of video screens

Don't see it if you want a serious Sondheim-like musical. The snappy songs and clever lyrics can remind you that money does make the world go round.

40
Excruciating, Banal

See it if You know the performers or your home isn't air conditioned.

Don't see it if No 'if'- don't see it.

Also The performers are giving it their all, and I hope some agents stop by... Read more Read less

60
Clever, Entertaining, Disappointing, Relevant

See it if You are open to being entertained by a fairly talented cast....with some clever songs, and don't mind a less than professional production

Don't see it if You have no tolerance for a slightly amateurish production in a very tiny theater....despite some fun lyrics and some good performances.

72
Cliched, Clever, Great acting, Great singing

See it if Want to see a cast of 4 work hard to represent many. Like Benjamin Franklin quotes. Want a simple story to follow.

Don't see it if Want a polished show with a large ensemble.

Also The actors do a good job making each character different and try to gi... Read more Read less

88
Clever, Entertaining, Relevant, Great singing, Great writing

See it if You enjoy clever satire, are fed up with the greedy/ entitled citizens of NYC today, enjoy new voices of Musical theatre exploring our world

Don't see it if You want a heavy, dramatic evening, don't appreciate political satire, want to see STARS, think Trump is the best thing since sliced bread

52
Not reliable, they canc too many times last min,

See it if You don't mind lady min being canceled

Don't see it if If you don't have Alternative plans or have to travel far

64
Great singing, Disappointing, Bad writing

See it if You want to learn more about Ben Franklin and hear some terrific singing by a super talented and very versatile cast.

Don't see it if You dislike clichés and stereotypes.

Also While I loved the cast, I didn’t like the musical. It was a string of ... Read more Read less

69
Clever, Great singing, Relevant, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if You're intrigued by following a single $100 bill through several owners with commentary by Ben Franklin, you enjoy David Friedman's music

Don't see it if You find the premise too cheesy or saccharine. I also found a number of the characterizations too clichéd or stereo typical.

Also The performers were terrific, handled a dizzying number of costume cha... Read more Read less

78
Fun, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if If you enjoy small scale entertaining shows. It's a cute show with a great cast. Wonderful voices.

Don't see it if If you don't like actors playing multiple roles. If you want a more polished or serious show. Or if you are very religious.

Also Some of the scenes probably should have been cut. It went on a bit too... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Funny, Great singing, Quirky, Odd but cute

See it if a little bizzare but well sung - cute show - the different people they portray is great - she is wonderful

Don't see it if you don't like off broadway

100
Entertaining, Great acting, Must see, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you enjoy comedy, sarcasm, history and stories woven together into an entertaining, enjoyable show by talented versatile performers.

Don't see it if you do not like political comentary or witty sarcasm.

Also Saw this in previews. It is an innovative show with amazing costume ch... Read more Read less

68
Banal, Great singing, Cliched, Slow, Insipid

See it if you have time to see and can enjoy a not-bad-and-not -good production.

Don't see it if you have something else to see.

100
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Must see

See it if you enjoy a comedic musical with characters changing roles constantly

Don't see it if you cant follow the inferences about money in your life or the Shakespearean quotes

77
Entertaining, Great set design, Energetic, Confusing, Stereotypes

See it if You want a musical that is zany and fun. Gender and ethnic stereotypes aren't an issue for you. You like to see actors do a very good job.

Don't see it if You don't think you would really enjoy an evening of aphorisms from Ben Franklin, accompanied by musical numbers.

75
Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy, Quirky, Funny

See it if You enjoy singers and actors that can change their parts "on a dime" even though the play is about a hundred dollar bill.

Don't see it if If you don't enjoy a bit of history about Ben Franklin and want a play with a great story.

Also This was an entertaining and light story to enjoy on a pleasant summer... Read more Read less

95
Clever, Funny, Great singing, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy stories with a moral. This show should be extended indefinitely. Everyone should see it. I'd see it over again.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy musical comedies with skits.

89
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you just want to be entertained. The small cast does a great job of portraying a large number of characters.

Don't see it if you prefer either a romantic story or something serious

Also Sandra DeNise does a terrific performance of "Dumb Blonde," and Ralph ... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Relevant

See it if You want to be entertained, laugh a lot and listen to excellent voices.

Don't see it if You don't like original, clever musicals.

80
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like a show with a small cast and a lots of talent with each actor performing many different roles each one being better than the last.

Don't see it if You don't like a small intimate theater. And you're not crazy about quotes from former presidents.

30
Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, In spite of the talented cast's best effort

See it if you have a relative or friend in it

Don't see it if you can't fake the flu.

Also I'll admit that review was facile, but so was the writing of "Money Ta... Read more Read less

65
Dated

See it if You have nothing else to do that day or you happen to be in the area!

Don't see it if You have other plans and won't be anywhere near this theatre!

70
Slow, Quirky

See it if Have a vivid imagination and can envision the sight of the writer. It is a little stretch for me.

Don't see it if You are a cut and dry person.


July 24th, 2017
"While the new musical isn't of Broadway caliber, there's a lot to like about both the book and the score...The greed and money woes in the scenes are predictable, and there's nothing particularly enlightening about what Franklin or the other characters say. But it's entertaining to watch the fou...
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July 24th, 2017
"Coherence isn't a big priority at 'Money Talks'...Think of it as the hard-currency version of 'La Ronde'...What follows, however, is so lame it hurts...Under the direction of Gosselin, the cast moves as fast as humanly possible through this welter of stale ideas. Friedman's melodies are frequent...
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July 24th, 2017
"Watching this quartet courageously give 100% as joke after joke thuds as the show plods on is inspiring. However, their professionalism is not enough to rescue 'Money Talks' from tedium. Peter Kellogg’s book is a collection of superficial sketches that has its stock characters caught in a series...
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July 26th, 2017
"The overall tone of the show is silly, lighthearted, and amusing...The music is fun and enjoyable without being memorable...The concept has great potential, but the execution is uninspired and disappointing...'Money Talks' has strong performances and a lot of heart...But overall the production f...
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