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Really Rosie

From 40 member  reviews
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. More…

'Really Rosie' centers around a little Brooklyn girl with a big imagination. Can her dreams come true, or does growing up mean letting go? Inspired in part by the tales in Sendak’s 'Nutshell Library,' 'Really Rosie’s' songs include “Pierre,” “Alligators All Around,” and "Chicken Soup with Rice.” Read our interview with the director of the production, Tony nominee Leigh Silverman.

Member Reviews (40)


Disappointing, Entertaining, Delightful, Fluffy, Quirky
Avg Score

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.

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???

Clever, Delightful, Great choreography, Fluffy

See it if you like cute kid shows. Music is fun. Staging was very good. Not my cup of tea, but well done.

Don't see it if you want something weightier and don't enjoy seeing shows surrounded by small human beings!

Sweet, For children

See it if you’re charmed by children acting precocious and a little hammy. Kids (in the audience) in front of me seemed to have fun. All-child cast.

Don't see it if you’re unwilling to lower your standards for child actors. You expect a show that visually references Sendak’s illustrative style.

Also For your kids. The actors have impressive resumes but this show just d... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Slow

See it if can ignore what they did with it and just want to hear the carol king score

Don't see it if wanted enjoyment which was missing form this production

Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You want to enjoy an entertaining musical created by Maurice Sendak and Carole King. The show is more for children above age 10. Great cast!

Don't see it if You prefer more adult oriented fare.However, it is very enjoyable for adults. The lead performers,with School of Rock experience, are great

Entertaining, Nostalgic, Delightful

See it if you have children or grew up with this show/movie/book/tape.

Don't see it if you don't have a kid or don't have a connection to the work from a child's perspective.

Also I loved this as a kid and they did a great job transporting me back to... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Excruciating, Fluffy, Boring, Irritating

See it if You really like watching talented little kids on stage.

Don't see it if You could see any other show.

Fluffy, Entertaining, Charming

See it if Maurice Sendak and Carole King are a tantalizing combo; you appreciate incredibly talented youngsters; kid lit appeals; you want to smile

Don't see it if you are too jaded to accept the premise of the stories and anything with kids annoys you

Also Surprisingly sophisticated content; smart comments from Sendak about k... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Delightful, Confusing, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if To an individual the entire child cast is superb and multitalented; happy to see so many families attend

Don't see it if The caliber of the creatives (from their other work) did not seem to translate into a coherent book or musical in this specific case

Cliched, Disappointing, Fluffy, Insipid, Overrated

See it if you are five years old and want to see other kids on stage

Don't see it if you want a coherent story, or don't want to see a bunch of kids acting like silly kids. Not a show for grownups

Disappointing, Pointless

See it if you have a kid and want to see talented kids? Even then I feel like there are better options.

Don't see it if You don't want to be surrounded by small children with terrible theater etiquette to see what's basically a middle school musical.

Also Encores advertised this so poorly. There are shows for kids, shows wit... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Indulgent, Amateurish

See it if you feel that you must take your children to a kiddy show.

Don't see it if Your an adult with little patience for a show that feels like your at a community theatre.

Funny, Great dancing, Good songs, Disappointing

See it if you love Maurice Sendak and/or Carole King and you like to see talented kids on stage.

Don't see it if you don't like Maurice Sendak or Carole King and/or you don't like shows with a cast made up of mostly all kids.

Disappointing, Poor performances, Ambitious, Excruciating, Quirky

See it if you know someone in the show.

Don't see it if You want to see good performances & a show that is worthy of an encore

Boring, Slow, Tiresome

See it if you're six years old or younger.

Don't see it if you want to see something good.

Slow, Fluffy

See it if You like revivals of 1970s children's programming. You're a devoted Sendak fan. You want to see a special needs actor included seamlessly.

Don't see it if Kids grate on you. The music mostly holds up, but the story is slow and confusing. Lots of hammy kids.

Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if you want to see the only kid in all of NYC with zero charisma walk through the leading role. Need to punish your children.

Don't see it if .You can find a production of "Moose Murders" to see

Also 2 kids were terrific and aside from the lead the rest all talented but... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Great singing, Indulgent, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if Precocious kids hogging the spot light make you happy. These kids can sing but don't have a lot of depth

Don't see it if You want subtle and interesting characterizations. This is a kids show. And not a great one

Entertaining, Talented cast, Great tap dancing, Inventive story

See it if You have a young child who aspires to act/sing/dance or you want to inspire them to want to have a vivid imagination.

Don't see it if If you want a plot that resonates and memorable music or don't want an audience of active, vocal children.

Delightful, Fluffy, Slow, Short, Meant for kids

See it if For nostalgia's sake or you have kids to bring along. For kids, by kids. Cheesy, silly. Children's theater on the Encores! stage. 70min show

Don't see it if Don't like kids and/or aren't a fan of children's theater. Want a big spectacle or a show w/ a solid plot. Wasn't what I expect from Encores

Great singing, Ambitious, Fun for kids

See it if You are a child, or have fond memories of this from your childhood.

Don't see it if You aren't already a fan of the show, a child, or a fan of kids' theater. Sendak & King don't stint on cutesy; 70 minutes are plenty.

Also It's hard to believe that Encores! - who in the past has presented Pat... Read more Read less


See it if you want to expose your children to theater with a short and accessible kid's show.

Don't see it if you are expecting Encore's usually intelligent and thoughtful pick - this is for a totally different audience.

Great acting, Childish

See it if You are under the age of ten or have children under the age of ten.

Don't see it if You are somewhat mature and don't have any children to take. The show is cute, but is purely a children's show.

Clever, Dated, Disappointing

See it if you have nothing better to do

Don't see it if you do have something better to do

Also I would rather be nice but I really didn't enjoy this for even a minut... Read more Read less

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 o...
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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, ...
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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...
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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 ...
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