Really Rosie
Closed 1h 10m
Really Rosie
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Really Rosie NYC Reviews and Tickets

64%
(40 Reviews)
Positive
40%
Mixed
48%
Negative
12%
Members say
Disappointing, Entertaining, Delightful, Fluffy, Quirky

About the Show

Encores! Off-Center presents this bittersweet family musical featuring a book and lyrics by kid-lit icon Maurice Sendak, and music by 10-time Grammy winner Carole King.

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Member Reviews (40)

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45
Good children's theater, but still children's theater, Strictly family fare, Disappointing

See it if you have a child in tow. Otherwise, skip it. RR is a polished school play. Some talent(Kathy!) but not all.70 long mins. Tix prices too high

Don't see it if you want a charming book; RR is grating, unpleasant. King's songs are good (with Sendak lyrics). This Encores is NOT up to usual standards.

65
Delightful, Cliched, Dated, Refreshing

See it if young talent is very good. songs are fine 65 minutes worked with the young audience sound system works great

Don't see it if The production should be advertised as a "Children's. show".. Maybe an entire series just for families???

Critic Reviews (9)

The New York Times
August 3rd, 2017

"The musical 'Really Rosie' is so hard-candy cute you want to pull your teeth out. That isn’t true of the source material...Some 45 minutes of new songs and dialogue exacerbate the problem by trying to give everybody big moments; the result is more like a juvenile talent show than a story...All of the leading performers are delightful at something...But the show they perform is dispiriting...Nor is the staging, by Leigh Silverman, especially clarifying."
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AM New York
August 3rd, 2017

"Sendak’s cheery and charming children’s musical...Its catchy songs serve as tutorials on the alphabet, numbers, months of the year and proper behavior, and its loose story line celebrates the power of the imagination to overcome loneliness. Silverman directs a terrific pack of young performers, who bring both vibrancy and vulnerability to their characters. Caldwell shines as Rosie. The cast also impresses with dance, effortlessly performing tap and hip-hop choreography by Casel."
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Theatermania
August 3rd, 2017

"Directed with the perfect anarchic feel by Leigh Silverman and performed by a talented group of teens and preteens who not only understand the dry sensibility of Sendak's text, but also know how to deliver it...Casel's dance numbers are impressive in their complexity, playing to the strengths of each individual cast member...In a world where that kind of innocence is harder and harder to come by with each passing day, it is lovely to see a reminder of those halcyon days of childhood."
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BroadwayWorld
August 6th, 2017

"Sendak penned the teleplay and wrote a fun batch of lyrics set to catchy pop music by Carole King...Directed with high-energy playfulness by Leigh Silverman, the Encores! Off-Center concert production of 'Really Rosie' is a sunny showcase for a talented cast of performers...Caldwell struts with lovable confidence throughout the 70-minute frolic, as do her terrific cohorts...Just try not being delighted watching 'Really Rosie's' dynamic company performing their hearts out."
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Talkin' Broadway
August 3rd, 2017

"A pleasant if uninspired Encores! Off-Center production...The show itself, which began life as an animated thirty-minute made-for-TV special and was later expanded to 70 minutes for the theater, is little more than a series of unconnected musical numbers...Director Leigh Silverman hasn't found much to spark the show into life, and the overall effect is that of a nice little children's theater production that has somehow found its way into the vast venue of City Center."
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Front Mezz Junkies
August 3rd, 2017

"If your idea of fun entertainment is hanging around a band of super-precocious young Broadway kids, mugging and trying to hog the spotlight, this could be your thing...I found Caldwell lacked the acting chops to find anything beyond a one-note Rosie, and that one note was basically annoying...Poorly directed by Leigh Silverman to be loud and spotlight grabbing, they rarely managed to find much subtlety or character development within the text...The songs excite and entertain."
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New York Theater
August 3rd, 2017

"'Really Rosie' is strictly for kids, and, while sitting through its 70 minutes, I have never felt less 'young at heart' in my entire life...Lost on stage is Sendak’s complex tone, dark and full of dread, defiantly subversive, but at the same time beautiful and somehow gentle. Instead, we get cuteness and razzle-dazzle. It’s accomplished razzle-dazzle, helped along by King’s snappy melodies and Ayodele Casel’s choreography, sung and danced by a cast of first-rate diminutive performers."
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Newsday
August 4th, 2017

"A celebration of childhood curiosity and creativity...Caldwell’s Rosie is a high-octane, belting bundle of deliciousness with serious show-biz creds...Cabral brings down the house in 'Alligators All Around' with some impressive tapping...Silverman lets the kids be kids, not stressing over the occasional missed note, lack of projection, or rapid delivery of a line. Imperfection can occasionally be its own reward."
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Z
August 3rd, 2017

"Wow, can these kids sing and dance!...The story has some hints of Maurice Sendak’s typically darker, scary aspects, but mostly it’s bright, energetic and sometimes silly. Carole King’s tuneful songs have become classics for children, and they’re still bouncy and fun to hear. At one point, Sendak’s speaking voice was heard, seriously explaining how children survive through their ability to fantasize, and 'Really Rosie' is a wonderfully entertaining example of that."
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