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My Dear Watson (NYMF)

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Members say: Slow, Ambitious, Disappointing, Clever, Entertaining

About the show

Part of the New York Musical Festival: Told from the perspective of Dr. Watson, this dramatic musical reanalyzes and redefines love and friendship for a man who is seemingly incapable of both. More…

Follow the legendary friendship of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. Through the mystery, action, and cleverness woven throughout Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories, 'My Dear Watson' looks beyond the realm of narrative and into the heart of the man himself...that is, if he has one at all. Is there a man in the machine? An official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival.

Member Reviews (28)


Slow, Ambitious, Disappointing, Clever, Entertaining
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Disappointing, Music has promise, Amateurish, Light fodder lacking depth, A loving homage to iconic characters

See it if a fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories & don't mind an inchoate, rough, disappointing production reducing beloved tales.

Don't see it if you're expecting something intelligent, masterful, and clever; if it breaks your heart to see favorite literary figures reduced to flatness.

Also While My Dear Watson has its heart in the right place, and while the a... Read more Read less

Dull, Monotonous, Disappointing, Slow, Amateurish

See it if you are a die-hard Holmesian who must experience everything possible concerning him. Children might benefit from this kind of introduction.

Don't see it if you want to experience Holmes on a higher level. The music is dirge-like when it's not sounding like chant. NYMF usually chooses better.

Excruciating, Lackluster, boring, slow

See it if You love anything Holmes and Watson, even though it is not a very good story and the acting and singing are poor.

Don't see it if You are not in the mood to see a community theater quality musical production of beloved fictional characters with bland songs & dialog.

Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Amateurish

See it if You want to experience anything and everything Holmes.

Don't see it if You hold recent tv adaptations of Sherlock as a yardstick.

Also As is, no reason to be a musical. Very flat performances and soporific... Read more Read less

Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Awful singing

See it if You want to see the most amateurish show NYMF has actually staged, are a big enough Sherlock fan to see anything and everything based on it

Don't see it if U dont want to suffer through a dull story, insipid lyrics, a Sherlock who can't sing surrounded by a cast speak-singing, can see other show

Absorbing, Dated, Slow, Adequate, Ok

See it if you are a Sherlock Holmes fan interested in a small-scale musical of the detective.

Don't see it if you want a more creative, ambitious musical.

Excruciating, Painful, Embarrassing

See it if don't see it!!! Period!!! No ifs!!!

Don't see it if you don't want to leave embarrassed and ashamed. It's not a musical but a tasteless text declamation with occasional failed song attempts.

Also If a take on a timeless classic is attempted with so many good version... Read more Read less

Clever, Intelligent, Disappointing, Slow, Lacking imagination

See it if Only if you absolutely love any and all stories dealing with Sherlock Holmes, don't mind an overall amateurishness, unimaginative lyrics.

Don't see it if You expect a taut script, good songs, dislike uneven acting (some better than others), prefer faster-paced imaginative shows w/o cliches.

Disappointing, Boring, Bad direction

See it if I went wanting to like it. But after I've seen Benedict Cumberbatch be Holmes, it's hard to accept an older actor without Benedict's spark.

Don't see it if The pace is plodding. The tech (projections and lighting) is better than the script. Overall it's not worth it.

Slow, Entertaining, Delightful, Resonant, Disappointing

See it if You like Sherlock Holmes then you will enjoy the play. It drags out in parts and is slow and disappointing.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of Sherlock Holmes.

Faithful to the short stories, Ambitious, Too broad

See it if you love all things to do with Sherlock Holmes.

Don't see it if you are looking to the beauty in small moments and interactions.

Also This is a show that is clearly done with love, and includes a lot of b... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You love everything Sherlock Holmes.

Don't see it if You can do anything else. The music was slow and dull.

Confusing, Slow, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you are a die-hard Sherlock Holmes fan. I enjoyed the actor playing Watson. Music is ok but lyrics need work. See it if you loved Jekyll & H

Don't see it if you know little of Sherlock Holmes, because you probably won't understand what's happening. Don't see it if you hated Jekyll & Hyde.

Clever, Thought-provoking, Slow, Profound, Intelligent

See it if You're a big Sherlock Holmes fan and you want an intelligent, profound take on the stories.

Don't see it if You're looking for an upbeat, big ensemble show.

Banal, Slow

See it if You are a must-see fan of anything Sherlock Holmes

Don't see it if You are a fan of good theater, and strong acting or inspired staging. None of that is present here.

Funny, Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You like good things.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of the Sherlock Holmes stories.

Ambitious, Delightful, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if You like solving mysteries and leave wanting more!

Don't see it if You don't like thinking about the performance after the show has ended.

Ambitious, Great writing, Intelligent, Slow, Clever

See it if you're a fan of Holmes who is interested in seeing a true adaptation of the original stories, set to a beautiful musical score.

Don't see it if you are expecting a traditional, big-name musical with love interests and comedic subplots and intricate dance numbers.

Also The charm of this show rests in the fact that it doesn't bow to tradit... Read more Read less

Clever, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You love Sherlock stories, or if you have never been introduced to the series and want an entertaining glimpse into the heart of the stories

Don't see it if You're expecting a Broadway-professional grand theatrical experience production

Also Video set was pretty cool and clever but at times distracting when the... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if The cast and crew are very talented, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Loved this show!

Don't see it if A must see

Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You are a Holmes fan. The modern day "bromance" term is explored between Holmes & Watson. Projections give you the feel of time & place.

Don't see it if You're wanting a traditional musical. It's in NYMF's Presentation only category. Wish you could have seen the Orlando set design - great!


See it if You like Sherlock Holmes; You want to see a show with creative use of stage technology; You can see beyond imperfections to the core

Don't see it if You're expecting the next Next to Normal; You want a traditional musical; You like large-casts and/or large pits

Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Exquisite

See it if you like Sherlock Holmes characters and want a deeper take in it

Don't see it if you expect a huge shallow production

Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Funny, Great acting

See it if You are a Sherlock Holmes fan. This show has light humor, mystery, and a study into an unusual friendship.

Don't see it if You want a danceable musical. The songs are catchy but lean more towards ballads and introspection.

Great singing, Absorbing, Great staging, Riveting

See it if You enjoy the story of Sherlock Holmes (a la Benedict Cumberbatch).

Don't see it if You don't have a bit of imagination. The stage doesn't allow for much in the way of an actual set, but this is cleverly averted by video.

July 17th, 2017
"Manages to cover surprisingly little dramatic territory...The plot, such as it is, doesn't begin in earnest until post-intermission...The show's principal pair don't prove to be up to the task of buoying this sinking musical. Of the two, Kyle Stone as Dr. John Watson is the more proficient, both...
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July 14th, 2017
"Bartschi's dialogue is prosaic and heavily expository...Her lyrics are similarly dispassionate and information-packed...A score that meanders up and down minor-key scales; it's nearly all minor-key...It gets compelling on rare occasion...'My Dear Watson,' then, isn't much good, but...It accompli...
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July 18th, 2017
“A clever tale of mystery…The melodic score, orchestrated with a piano and violin, gracefully moves up and down the scale…The creative team has done a lot right to establish the world of the play…It’s magical and moving in the way that musical theater should be. John DiDonna is dashing as Holmes....
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July 15th, 2017
"Didonna is not an especially charismatic or vocally strong Holmes...His direction tends to be rather clunky...In fairness to all the performers, this is clearly a case of a company working with a limited budget and most importantly, that Bartschi has not given them an especially impressive score...
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