Members say: Disappointing, Delightful, Entertaining, Fluffy, Great singing

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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'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.

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"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." Full Review

The New York Times

"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." Full Review


"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." Full Review

New York Theater

"'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." Full Review

AM New York

"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." Full Review

Front Mezz Junkies

"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." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"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." Full Review


"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." Full Review


"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." Full Review

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Childish, Great acting

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, Disappointing, Dated

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

Ambitious, Quirky, Disappointing, Excruciating, Poor performances

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

Funny, Disappointing, Great dancing, Good songs

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, 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

Great acting, Quirky, Dated, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You enjoy the works of Maurice Sendak, talented children actors, and enjoyable dance numbers. Kathy and Chicken Soup especially talented.

Don't see it if You want to see a consistent, timely show, with a deeper plot, or only like amazing scores. You don't like a diverse child only cast.

Also Bottom line: this show is a musical version of some of Sendak's odder ... Read more Read less

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.

Delightful, Refreshing, Cliched, Dated

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, Fluffy, Great choreography

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!

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if even though it closed - it was a lovely 70 minute romp of youthful jubilation. Fantastic acting and singing by a young group!

Don't see it if You missed your chance. I can't think of a reason not to see this show. Unless you don't have a heart. And hate kids.

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You have children who can focus on the play, it was fun. The actors are terrific.

Don't see it if You don't have children accompany you.

Also They should have an age limit, there were too many babies under three,... Read more Read less

Boring, Disappointing, Excruciating, Fluffy, Irritating

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

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

Disappointing, Cliched, Insipid, Overrated, Fluffy

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

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.

Indulgent, Disappointing, 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.


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.

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

Indulgent, Disappointing, Excruciating, Cliched, 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

Boring, Slow, Tiresome

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

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

Quirky, Indulgent, Disappointing, Great singing, 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

Delightful, Entertaining, Nostalgic

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

Delightful, Slow, Fluffy, 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

Pointless, Disappointing

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

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.

Ambitious, Delightful, Confusing, Overrated, Fluffy

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

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