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Real Men: The Musical

From 16 critic and 12 member reviews
Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Hilarious, Delightful

About the show

New World Stages presents 'Real Men,' a musical comedy about what it means to be a man today's day and age. More…

Get real and get ready, for an original adult musical comedy about real men behaving like...well...real Men. It's a madcap, musical romp through manhood, shared with women, children, and yes, even puppets. Real Men, who make a habit of juggling their balls every day: fatherhood, mid-life crisis, dating, marriage, potency, sexuality...and the lack of it. 'Real Men' answers the one pertinent question on everyone's mind, "Do real men sing and play with puppets?"

The Huffington Post

"With 'The Real Men: The Musical,' the title alone may cause incipient stomach grumbling, but don't be discouraged...They are so off-the-cuff engaging that they completely avoid the macho posturing that could infect this sort of endeavor...It would be a pleasure to report they're often in the wrong about the clichés of male foolishness, but they aren't." Full Review

Theatre's Leiter Side

"Much of this is clever and funny, but much is not; the humor’s original only in spots, its appeal depending heavily on the performative charms of the stars (who harmonize nicely) and the catchiness of several tunes...If you’re thinking women might not go for this show, think again. My guest was a woman, and she liked it even more than I...In fact, maybe you have to be a real woman to get the most out of 'Real Men'." Full Review

Off Off Online

"Some of the lyrics were hysterical; some were a bit dated.. They reiterate the point that men are limited in their thinking and that it is a universal disease. The production definitely caters to the older bridge and tunnel crowd. Married and divorced couples will get it but younger theater-goers might need variety in the music and a younger perspective." Full Review

Miami Art Zine

for a previous production "I enjoyed this show, all two hours plus an intermission, and so did most everyone else judging by the raving standing O... Fear not, this is not a weak male copy of the old girlie standbys with their lyrics set to familiar melodies. This is an evening of close to thirty original songs that really work. It's vulgar, of course, sometimes tender and always right on point. But does all this flying testosterone appeal to the ladies in our lives? Oh yes, indeed." Full Review

South Dade News Leader

for a previous production "When’s the last time you really laughed a belly shaking laugh? Are you overdue for one? The theatre is ending their season with the belly busting comedy, 'Real Men Sing Show Tunes'... Young and old alike were in tears from laughing so hard... There is one word to describe this play – hysterical. From the moment it began until the closing song, the audience roared." Full Review

Miami New Times

for a previous production "Stereotypes aside, the guys turned what could have been a cheesy, sexist disaster into a brilliant comedic performance. In sketch after sketch, Louis, Santa Maria, and Anthony deliver harmonies, slapstick, and physical comedy while managing to instill manly life lessons to both the guys and gals in the audience. As silly as the trio gets, there are heartfelt moments sprinkled throughout the production." Full Review

Cabaret Exchange

for a previous production "A mix of songs and skits and bits on topical topics, themed to its umbrella subject matter with satire and a knowing smile, 'Real Men' is that real deal... Embracing caveman culture unapologetically, it also mocks it. Billed as 'a musical for guys and the women who put up with them,' it has its frisky, not too risky (or risqué) fun flaunting the habits and attitudes of dudes. It’s lighthearted, glib, undemanding fun." Full Review

Arts Beat LA

for a previous production "The new, song-filled adult musical comedy about men is a madcap and hilarious romp through the all the many stages of manhood... The light-hearted show makes clever use of puppetry to fill out the cast of zany characters. Be advised—the puppets are not always G-rated, so audiences should be prepared for some adult humor." Full Review

Stage Scene LA

for a previous production "Now, at last, straight men have their very own R-rated musical revue—'Real Men Sing Show Tunes…and play with puppets,' now tickling the ribs of both male and female theatergoers seventeen and older... You don’t have to be a member of its target audience to find yourself laughing along... If Act Two does go a bit heavy on the sentimentality, there are fortunately still enough gags to punctuate its schmaltzier moments." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

for a previous production "Though there were a couple of technical issues on the night attended, the actors seemed to handle it rather smoothly. They all have an awareness of the audience that allows them to gear reaction to bits, and hold for laughs without breaking pacing... Despite the opening and closing numbers being a bit lacking in punch and memorability, 'Real Men' is enjoyable form start to finish; and with all the musical revues written for women, it seems one for men is overdue." Full Review

South Florida Gay News

for a previous production "The zany musical numbers are perfectly staged by Director David Arisco and complemented by bawdy puppets designed by Louis with help from costume designer Ellis Tillman... The puppets and clever staging and props prove to steal the show... The show would also benefit from some editing. Despite a nice variety of musical genres, the 25-plus songs tend to run together over the two-hour show." Full Review


for a previous production "It has been proven that men and women differ on the subject of humor. Often times, women lack the gene that allows us to find the hilarity in vulgar 'locker room' guy talk. However, Paul Louis and Nick Santa Maria, creators and writers of 'Real Men Sing Show Tunes…And Play with Puppets,' find a way to appeal to both sexes with clever rhymes, well-timed skits and the occasional shocking curveball." Full Review

Times Square Chronicles

for a previous production "The music is catchy and fun with some touching ballads, the sketch’s amusing. David Arisco keeps this show at a clip and knows how to make a gag go over. When the giant phallus makes it’s appearance in full glory, it is then whacked to a shrunken version of its former self." Full Review

Theater In The Now

for a previous production "Director David Arisco knows how to win the audience over. And that’s with cheap laughs. Arisco and his actors play into visual gags in the majority of their bits. The visual humor is never dry. Abundant, but hilarious... With nearly thirty numbers and costume changes between each, Arisco was forced to keep the transitions quick otherwise of the natives would have gotten restless. 'Real Men' is meant for a cabaret space, not an actual theater as some of the jokes will drive you to drink." Full Review

Florida Theater On Stage

for a previous production "'Real Men' is a goofy, spoofy hoot that may have seemed all the funnier because, in full disclosure, I am a real man who regularly sings show tunes in the car and would play with puppets if I had any... 'Real Men' is light, bubbly summer fare, but it has a polish and a consistency that its forebears haven’t had. Yes, it runs about 10 minutes too long, but even the weaker material that could be easily sliced away is still stronger than its competitors." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

for a previous production "Like nearly everything else in this inane 90-minute revue, there is no greater point. The song is a cheap laugh, the costume is a cheap laugh, everything is a cheap laugh — and so, ultimately, is the show... The direction gets you from first scene to last, and the performances aren't inept. And there's enough thrown at you that, by the law of averages, some things are bound to stick — I cackled, against my will, at the adorably sadistic way a little girl puppet kept kicking her new stepdad." Full Review

Clever, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Want to see original, funny, and topical songs that tell a very true story of masculine angst.

Don't see it if You cannot observe truisms and enjoy their dynamic implications and humor.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Cute

See it if You enjoy original cute Off Broadway musicals. Actors are very talented.

Don't see it if You don't like giving off Broadway shows a shot.

Cliched, Dated, Indulgent

See it if You want a show about traditional male/female relationships: all men hate commitment, all women want to get married.

Don't see it if You want to see an original take on male/female relationships. You like good writing.

Clever, Funny, Edgy, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if you love classic style humor loaded with puns.

Don't see it if you don't like to laugh.

Clever, Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if Loved it

Don't see it if You don't like to smile

During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if See Real Men: The Musical if you enjoy review style shows with witty songs and sketches about all stages in men's lives, funny and sad.

Don't see it if Skip Real Men: The Musical if you do not enjoy review-style shows with small (although very talented) casts dealing with one subject

During previews
Funny, Hilarious, Raunchy

See it if If you're a man, or just know one, and you like to laugh!

Don't see it if If you have no interest in men, or music.

During previews
Disappointing, Overrated, Raunchy

See it if You are a crude male with little insight but want to laugh.

Don't see it if You are anything but a white guy.

During previews
Funny, Slow, Offensive

See it if you're into very crude, mysognistic humor. It's a funny show if you don't mind gender stereotypes.

Don't see it if You get easily offended by gender stereotypes. It can be fairly offensive if you take it seriously.

During previews
Entertaining, Clever, Hilarious, Refreshing, Original

See it if if you love comedy and a great original score you will love this show. Laugh out loud funny with very catchy songs.

Don't see it if If you do not have a sense of humor.

During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you're a guy or have a guy in your life. It accurately sums up what being a modern man is like, all in a clever and heartwarming way.

Don't see it if you have no sense of humor or are a misandrist.

During previews
Enchanting, Delightful, Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You have never seen it! See it if you want to spend an evening of laughter and great music. Fun for the whole family!

Don't see it if You like to sit around and be bored!

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