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Ordinary Days

From 147 member reviews
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
81
Avg Score

During previews
77
Great writing, Intelligent, Funny

See it if if you like a good show , with good actors. Good story line.

Don't see it if if you don't like a story about New Yonkers, there loves, disappointments.

During previews
89
Delightful, Intimate, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if you want to see an extraordinary cast of 4 turn a series of ordinary days in NYC into a sweet, charming, touching, sincere musical journey.

Don't see it if you are a curmudgeon; you can't relate to the single life of millennials in NYC; you're looking for a big-budget musical.

During previews
80
Great singing, Entertaining, Indulgent, Romantic, Cliched

See it if if you like musicals, shows about people connecting in the Big City & a look at marital relations, four great young performers & optimism

Don't see it if Don't like musicals about the difficulty of marriage in NYC, simplistic cliched plots, friendships between gay men/straight women & optimism

Also The music and lyrics by Adam Gwon are pleasant and occasionally spell-... Read more Read less

During previews
88
Absorbing, Great singing, Romantic, Sweet, Funny and poignant

See it if Delightful, charming musical. I had never even heard of it before but am very glad now to have seen it. "I laughed, I cried," as they say.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals (almost no dialogue at all).

Also The simple, intimate set worked perfectly for this show. Nice lighting... Read more Read less

During previews
84
Romantic sung-through musical, Great songs and singing, Delightful

See it if Four people doing typical things in familiar NYC places cross paths and form unexpected, beautiful connections.

Don't see it if You want more than a small musical with a sparse set, four singers, and a three-piece orchestra.

During previews
75
Strong voices, End is surprisingly moving, It's a bit dated but has charm

See it if Like an engaging young cast w terrific voices sing music that's tuneful & well-constructed. Story vignettes, little dialog, 20-somethings.

Don't see it if Want something wholly original-it's derivative. Prefer elaborate sets, or don't like rom-com style.It's smart enough tho, if you're willing.

Also I had modest expectations from reading the description, but found myse... Read more Read less

During previews
97
Great acting, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy fast-paced musicals sung by 4 Broadway-quality voices about their search for love & past hurts. Entire cast is superb.

Don't see it if You don't like romantic comedies and you don't like musicals.

During previews
76
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Resonant, Fluffy

See it if You enjoy fun little musicals with great singing, funny and interesting characters and a happy fluffy ending.

Don't see it if You need super interesting story lines. While very well executed by phenomenal actors the material isn't super deep. Go for the fun.

During previews
79
Great acting, Great singing, Fluffy, Enchanting, Not extraordinary

See it if Four New Yorkers try to find their life stories. Midway, the book picks up when Deb meets Warren. Outstanding performances by both. (80 mn).

Don't see it if You've seen this kind of musical, but the capable hands of The Keen Co, with Mr. Sherman and Ms. Marion surprise. Dull-grey modular set.

During previews
79
Sweet musical of contemporary ny life

See it if 4 New Yorkers trying to fit in. The quarreling straight couple. The cheerful gay man with chance encounter with an anti-social woman

Don't see it if it's a small musical with little in the way of book. The songs are wistful, pleasant and contemporary. Kyle Sherman is a gangly, likable guy

During previews
85
Highly recommend / very entertaining, Beautifully fluffy / pleasant surprises throughout, Resonant / intimate (warm) / absorbing, Almost zero dialogue / sweet lyrics & music, Simple yet very pleasing / funny & moving

See it if you can handle a sweet musical about 4 young NY'ers trying to find meaning & purpose. 2 are a couple, 2 eventually meet & become friends.

Don't see it if you want high-drama dialogue, interrupted by song-cues & lavish singing & music, w/big production numbers & lavish sets. Not happening here.

Also I usually let these marinate...... Read more Read less

During previews
41
Banal, Cliched, Slow

See it if You like chamber musicals. Four New Yorkers sing of their loneliness and then meet cute. Piano sax flute clarinet good music.

Don't see it if You don’t like all singing no dialogue. Little action, no sets, most of the singing done individually. Music is good but too loud...

Also Music so loud one cannot hear the words of the singers. The story (of ... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Delightful, Entertaining, Great writing, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if you want a sweet, tender, clever chamber (4-person) musical re: lives & loves of 20-something NYers. GREAT writing, songs, & performances.

Don't see it if you want big & splashy. This is spare & lovely. Similar in style & tone to LAST FIVE YEARS. Songs (esp. "I'll Be Here") pack a punch.

During previews
91
Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a great cast and some amazing songs. It's a bit slow at first, but the whole show really comes together in the end.

Don't see it if you don't like to see shows about people's journeys at a point in their life. If you are expecting a major stage, this is very basic.

Also I went into the show knowing nothing about it. A few solo songs, could... Read more Read less

During previews
68
Great singing, Fluffy, Dated, Confusing, William finn-style

See it if you're already a fan of the score and want to hear it well sung.

Don't see it if you're tired of small cast song cycle style shows that throws a tragedy at the end in order to make it seem deeper or more relevant.

Also I had only passingly listened to the original recording when it came o... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Enchanting

See it if Strangers hustling to stay afloat in a less romantic New York City find meaning and calmness in the ordinary. Beautiful songs, light plot.

Don't see it if Begins semi-generic with NYC transplants lost and confused of why they’re in this concrete jungle, gets slightly deeper. 9/11 is triggering.

Also Free ticket from Show Score.

During previews
70
Well done

See it if you like a show about young adults finding themselves. Singing, acting, music were very well done. The subject matter must interest you.

Don't see it if you don't like a show about young adults finding themselves. You can get annoyed at the characters.

During previews
81
Entertaining, Romantic, Enchanting

See it if You would like to see a romantic musical with four people finding themselves.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy musicals and preferred dramas.

During previews
86
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you enjoy musicals & rom-coms--this isn't really a rom-com. All cast was good. Shout-out to newcomer Sarah Lynn Marion, who was excellent. .

Don't see it if you don't like musicals & prefer more than minimal sets.

During previews
95
Delightful,, Entertaining, Great direction, Must see, Resonant

See it if everything in this show is flawed. There is no reason to like it but, I loved it!

Don't see it if you have no heart or you don't want to stand for an ovation.

During previews
95
Great acting, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a very moving sung-through musical about four people dealing with their life situations. A beautiful production.

Don't see it if if you need a large musical production with huge production values. Don't see it if you don't like sung through productions.

During previews
90
Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to watch a superb cast tackle a tight, emotional 90 minute show.

Don't see it if Although the cast is great, one of the stories is written a little more unevenly than the other which makes the pacing sometimes jumpy.

During previews
95
Extraordinary, wayz

See it if NY story. Four lives intersecting in quirky, charming fashion.

Don't see it if You need actual dialogue, which is quite minimal. You want a flashy set and expensive production design.

Also Not a bad seat in the house. Whitney Bashor and Marc delaCruz are a fu... Read more Read less

During previews
83
Delightful, Great singing, Relevant, Poignant

See it if Well written small show that holds your attention. Singing was enjoyable and poignant, showing the effect of ordinary shared moments.

Don't see it if You really don’t like show about feelings in an intimate setting where the story is told through song. There was a surprise in the storyline

During previews
78
Great singing, Great acting, Resonant, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You like musicals that are completely sung through with melodic songs and great acting and singing.

Don't see it if You prefer musicals that have a lot of props and elaborate staging and spoken dialogue.


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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