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Ordinary Days

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Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Clever

About the show

Keen Company presents the first New York revival of this musical about four young New Yorkers whose lives intersect in unexpected ways as they search for success, happiness, love, and taxis. More…

"Ordinary Days" is a comic and inspiring musical about making simple connections in a chaotic city. It is a sweet, fleet, and tender story that follows its characters as they fight through the emotional noise and dramatic traffic to arrive at a clearer sense of who they are and what they want to be.


Member Reviews (147)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Clever
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Avg Score

83
Entertaining, Great singing, Fun, New york-y

See it if A thoroughly entertaining sung through musical about relationships in New York City. Strong voices and a easy to swallow experience.

Don't see it if You don’t like sung through musicals or prefer elaborately staged works.

85
Delightful, Clever, Sweet, Quirky, Touching

See it if Characters and relationships developed with song. Clever lyrics and catchy tunes. People seeking connections in NYC. Touching moments.

Don't see it if You are looking for more intense drama or more serious themes. The music style gets a bit repetitive. The story is a little overlong.

72
Quirky, Romantic, Resonant, Well sung, Disappointing

See it if Gwon's 'slice of life in NYC' songcycle doesn't break new ground but pleasant enough Talented actors commited to material Marion shines

Don't see it if Silverstein's phlegmatic direction doesn't help Gwon's rather ordinary craftsmanship Show often feels as adrift as the characters

70
Great writing, Great singing, Poorly directed, Sweet, Absorbing

See it if you can look past the boring, uninspired direction and enjoy the wonderful songs and great performances, especially from Sherman and Bashor.

Don't see it if you've never seen the show before. This production takes all of the vitality, urgency and honesty out of the show.

82
Great singing, Entertaining, Clever, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if you like lively, good singing about the daily grind in NYC as young folks look to survive the challenges. Stark set works well & a good band

Don't see it if you want a fleshed out musical. The piano, sometimes loud for the voices, becomes a bit monotonous - other instruments should be used more

74
Great singing, Cliched, Disappointing, Fluffy, Insipid

See it if You love small, sung-through, inoffensive musicals that are about everyday life and sound like Jason Robert Brown-lite.

Don't see it if You’re likely to compare this to a college thesis project, which it probably was. It’s just so very generic & didn’t need a revival.

84
Clever, Funny, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if About Four New Yorker finding out about themselves. Finding their Big Picture.

Don't see it if All singing, no intermission.

Also Show is all singing, singing the story. This is delightful and enjoyab... Read more Read less

77
Clever, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a musical about ordinary people and some of the romantic and financial problems young people face in the Big Apple. Witty lyrics

Don't see it if you like musicals with big set or lush melodies. The lyrics are much better than the music.

Also Talented cast. Very touching end.

91
Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Fun and touching

See it if you love clever musicals that have something serious to say, are funny, & have top notch talent.Voices were perfection.Don't miss this one.

Don't see it if you want a gritty story full of angst and drama.This has a huge heart & tells a beautiful, authentic NYC story. This is a classic. GO!

72
Feels like a revue with a thin unifying theme.

See it if 4-hander that splits into two couples. "warren" is charming and their subtext is equally winning. The 2nd couple has the drama,

Don't see it if I was blindsided without sufficient breadcrumbs to prepare me for the reveal. I was lulled by the froth.

Also I had no idea what this was about, I went to hear Whitney Bashor. I su... Read more Read less

81
Great acting, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like well develop plots about the city and its unique characters which track stories about unlikely relationships.

Don't see it if You do not particularly like stories about NY or its unusual citizens or prefer traditional relationships.

83
Great singing, Relevant, Clever, Delightful, Romantic

See it if you want to hear great voices in a show about people in NYC. Interesting and entertaining throughout.

Don't see it if you want a stage set or a cast of more than 4 people.

61
Mediocre, Overly sentimental, Superficial, Dedicated performers, Predictable

See it if you like stories about people struggling for meaning and life in NYC, enjoy happy endings and can tolerate "ordinary" singing and music.

Don't see it if you desire musicals that have depth in characterizations, are not overly sentimental & predictable & contain some uniqueness.

88
Great singing, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if Like a well-sung and acted set of related songs in an intimate setting. Even though I knew this show I still cried (and so did others).

Don't see it if Need a full story.

85
Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if a gutsy new musical about extraordinary characters discovering something about themselves that will make you look at yourself differently.

Don't see it if a new four character musical about two guys and two girls trying to survive living in New York City doesn't peak your curiosity even a bit

Also I loved this TALENTED cast. The musical was FUN, FRESH, and most of al... Read more Read less

78
Sweet, Great singing, Slow, Charming

See it if You enjoy shows about the lives of everyday New Yorkers. The music and singing were engaging.

Don't see it if You want a big production, or are annoyed when the plot isn't immediately clear. This took a while to get going, but I enjoyed the journey.

82
Enchanting, Refreshing, Great singing, Quirky, Charming

See it if you're up for a charming, 90-minute stretch of song & great lyrics from flawed, likable, relatable characters; makes for most enjoyable ride

Don't see it if you need elaborate, less intimate staging; single-plot format; larger cast & such ... as bare-bones musical theater, however, it's a treat!

74
Great singing, Great acting, Enchanting, Clever, Chamber-musical

See it if You enjoy chamber musicals. Enjoy JRB, Finn, Sondheim, K&L. Want to see something that feels light but not vapid.

Don't see it if You're completely over stories about New York and how living there kills your soul while simultaneously inspiring you.

Also "Give me a portrait where a face is a face.... Read more Read less

85
Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if You can find the humanity in a small, beautifully acted and sung, musical. This lured me in and broke my heart. But, it’s a small show.

Don't see it if You need Phantom, are not interested in relationships, need lots of action, or are unwilling to let shows grow on you. Beautifully done.

Also Whitney Bashor does the 11th hour number called “”I’ll Be Here” which ... Read more Read less

72
Generic, Fluffy, Relevant, Romantic

See it if You want to see another killer performance by Whitney Bashor. She was the main draw for me and really blew everyone else out of the water.

Don't see it if You're looking for a musical with a varied sound. Every song is pretty much the same and contemporary MT.

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Romantic, Refreshing, Engating

See it if you enjoy intimate musicals in a small venue featuring 4 talented performers and a sweet story

Don't see it if you want large Broadway musicals or non-musical comedies or dramas

71
Cliched, Great singing, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy short, tuneful (if middling) musicals with some good performances

Don't see it if you're not a fan of fluff and feel resentful of manipulative last-minute twists

87
Great singing, Refreshing, Relevant, Funny

See it if you want an evening of great voices singing great music. More a song cycle than a play its 90 minutes go by in a flash

Don't see it if you are looking for a full scale musical

63
Disappointing, Overrated, Relevant

See it if You enjoy ordinary musicals about relationships.

Don't see it if You want to see a play with great staging and character development.

80
Clever, Enchanting

See it if you enjoy a quirky little piece about some random/ordinary/fascinating New Yorkers.

Don't see it if you want a big shiny musical with a crazy set and a million cast members.


October 26th, 2018
"A sweet escape back to 2007. It’s a relief to spend a little time in a moment when New Yorkers had the luxury of everyday angst...Claire and Jason never come fully to life. The other love story, though, is delightful to watch. It’s the romance of new friendship between Deb and Warren, which blos...
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October 22nd, 2018
"Silverstein's swift, light-handed revival of this beguilingly oddball chamber musical is, arguably, better than the original production; it's a potent reminder of his talent...Sometimes Gwon's music skips wittily, nervously over the surface of difficult situations; more often, it is shot through...
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October 17th, 2018
“’Ordinary Days’ remains something more than ordinary. Likable, brisk, and professionally mounted with a friendly and strong-singing cast, the Keen production of ‘Ordinary Days’ makes an enjoyably pleasant evening. But it remains not much more than one of those young-folk-trying-to-cope revues. G...
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October 26th, 2018
"Although 'Ordinary Days' wants us to believe that these are extraordinary people living through ordinary but memorable days, Jonathan Silverstein's production fails to deliver on that premise. His cast sings well but this sophisticated sung-through musical needs more than just good voices. Unfor...
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