Only Yesterday
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Only Yesterday
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Only Yesterday NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(15 Reviews)
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Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Delightful, Funny

About the Show

This intimate play brings to life a little-known night when John and Paul were becoming the most famous men on earth.

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Member Reviews (15)

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73
Entertaining, Delightful, Disappointing, Great singing, Great acting

See it if Songwriting dynamic duo caught in a motel room...sing cover songs and bond over notes and shared painful childhood traumas. Easy accents.

Don't see it if Fun time. And so is the local karaoke night. Music rights are pricey, so instead, why not just insert two handfuls of Beatles' cover tunes?

79
Entertaining, Perfect shoes, Good set, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you enjoy imagining stories about a day in the life of the Beatles; good acting; songs by those who influenced their music; lighthearted.

Don't see it if you are looking for perfect accents, grand sets or a biography of the Beatles - this is a work of fiction with a few truisms slipped in. Read more

79
Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you are a fan of The Beatles especially Lennon & McCartney. They shared a common life incident that brought them close together.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of the Beatles and you do not like songs from the 1960's.

93
Must see, Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You have a mother. Everyone should see this play

Don't see it if No reason not to see this. I think the Beatles are the most overrated band of all time and I loved this show Read more

79
Excellen performances, Nostalgic, Delightful, Clever

See it if you were alive during the Beatles era or if you know their music.Performances are delightful.Set is terrific.Very well written.

Don't see it if you are expecting a musical.There is only a little performing of songs.If you don't know their music(and how can you not know it?)don't go

80
Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You want a lovely, well-acted show that is consistently sweet and filled with great singing.

Don't see it if You're looking for a show that goes very deeply into the lives of these people.

93
Refreshing, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Just see it. Mostly everything is good about the show, 4 actors, set, music, accents,shoes and hair

Don't see it if Dislike word of fiction.Need a seal of official approval on every page of the script and think that actors should be more look alike Beatles Read more

82
Great writing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Funny

See it if You loved The Beatles and would like to see an intimate play with music that is about an incident in the lives of McCartney and Lennon.

Don't see it if You are not interested in learning anything more about these two famous musicians. Read more

Critic Reviews (11)

The New York Times
September 18th, 2019

CRITIC'S PICK "Lennon and McCartney Wait Out a Storm in ‘Only Yesterday’: Bob Stevens’s fond look at a life-changing night for the young Beatles should satisfy more than die-hard fans."
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Theatermania
September 12th, 2019

"Paul McCartney and John Lennon Are 'Here Today' in New Beatles Play 'Only Yesterday': Playwright Bob Stevens imagines a night in the life of two music icons in a new comedy at 59E59 Theaters."
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BroadwayWorld
September 14th, 2019

"'ONLY YESTERDAY'-A Fascinating Show that Brings Lennon and McCartney Together Again"
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Talkin' Broadway
September 12th, 2019

"'Only Yesterday' is sure to put a smile on the face and perhaps bring a teardrop to the eye of Beatles aficionados, especially for those of us who were young and self-absorbed back then and all our troubles seemed so far away."
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New York Stage Review
September 12th, 2019

4/5 Stars "John Lennon and Paul McCartney Caught in the Rain: Fans will love what Bob Stevens imagines two Beatles get up to on a documented day off"
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New York Stage Review
September 12th, 2019

3/5 Stars "A Day (and Night) in the Life of Lennon and McCartney: A new play imagines the young Beatles, out of the spotlight"
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Theater News Online
September 23rd, 2019

"If two Beatles sitting in a hotel room talking sounds boring to you, you're not wrong."
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TheaterScene.net
September 16th, 2019

“As John, Christopher Sears is an enjoyable pill, perfectly offset by Tommy Crawford's Paul whose amiable placidity is almost Buddha-like. More importantly, both actors have impressive musical chops, which wonderfully serves Stevens' truncated overview of Paul and John's tuneful reminiscing about their musical influences...”
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Theater Pizzazz
September 12th, 2019

"A disappointingly doleful dramedy…'Only Yesterday' is an often-lethargic dialogue between the reticent Paul and the outspoken, crabby John…There's really not much of a play in this 70-minute exercise, uninspiringly directed by Carol Dunne…Even the musical moments…are unmemorable."
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Front Mezz Junkies
September 18th, 2019

"What happens between these two famous rock legends, Paul McCartney and John Lennon sings out with an effervescent beauty...The Mother Mary moment surges forward and passes in an instant. The times of trouble, long built up over the first 2/3rds of the play doesn't deliver the goods as much as the songs deliver the emotional pain."
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T
September 12th, 2019

"'Only Yesterday' is Bob Stevens's first play. Prior work has focused on producing, writing, and consulting for television sitcoms. His lack of experience is evident here. It is difficult for Mr. Crawford and Mr. Sears to tackle this anemic script with any chance of overcoming its myriad deficiencies."
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