Romeo and Bernadette
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Romeo and Bernadette
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Romeo and Bernadette NYC Reviews and Tickets

86%
(71 Reviews)
Positive
96%
Mixed
4%
Negative
0%
Members say
Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Great singing, Clever

About the Show

This world premiere musical spoof of Shakespearean romance sees Romeo waking up in Brooklyn in the 1960s.

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Member Reviews (71)

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86
Talented cast, Heavily male, Too long, Delightful, Clever

See it if for an effervescent original musical. Many gr voices, clever premise, strg staging, terrific costumes. Romantic, sweet, funny, very Brooklyn

Don't see it if you want serious theater. R&B is all abt love. Needs cuts/too many songs. Males dominate. Lovely Italian tunes (Caro Mio Ben!) Gr band. Read more

80
Fluffy, Fun, Entertaining

See it if You like a nice light rom-com. It was silly but sweet.

Don't see it if You want elaborate staging or a serious show.

95
Great music & singing, Romantic, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if Romantic, bighearted Romeo wakes up in 1960's Brooklyn, bringing poetry & love of life to cynical gangsters. Clever & fun w/great music.

Don't see it if You don't like musical comedy... but this sweet silly love story even has something to say about old fashioned values. Simple staging.

91
Fluffy, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you enjoy a fun evening! The plot is silly but the words are clever. Performances are excellent. The music is reminiscent of Kiss Me Kate

Don't see it if you require social significance. This is just for fun and good at it.

89
Fluffy, Funny, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if you enjoy funny new musicals, riffs on Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, Italian family stories with gangsters, some up and coming musical stars

Don't see it if think West Side Story is enough adaptation of Romeo & Juliet, don't like Italian cliches, don't like small chamber musicals, strained ideas

77
Slightly slow, Fluffy, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You want a charming, loose adaptation of R & J. You want to hear some really talented singers. You want a light-hearted show w/gr8 staging.

Don't see it if You prefer more 1-to-1 adaptations of classics. You want an unified cast: 1/2 trained pros, 1/2 just for fun-ers. You want an edited show... Read more

92
Pure fun!!, Delightful, Entertaining, Great writing, Great singing

See it if Thoroughly enjoyed this. All great, Nikita Burshteyn is exceptional as Romeo. Book & yrics by Mark Saltzman were clever and funny.

Don't see it if ...you want to see something serious, don't like musicals. Don't want to see old stereotypes again, but it's all in fun. Read more

87
Great writing, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy a very well written and witty comedy using the R & J play. This is not West SIde Story. Great cast with great voices and lyrics.

Don't see it if you do not like comedy. You will laugh a lot during this show. Read more

Critic Reviews (8)

Theatermania
January 23rd, 2020

"Yo, Romeo, Where You At? He's in Brooklyn in 'Romeo & Bernadette': A modern-day musical spoof of Shakespeare's tragic love story is running at A.R.T./New York Theatres."
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BroadwayWorld
January 28th, 2020

"Romeo Captures the Heart of Brooklyn in Saltzman's 'ROMEO & BERNADETTE'"
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Lighting & Sound America
January 27th, 2020

"'Romeo and Bernadette' is the rarest of birds -- a tuneful, good-for-laughs musical that, despite a premise that doesn't bear scrutiny, offers a showcase for some pretty sensational young people… [it] certainly has its rickety moments, but it aims to give audiences a good time, and it does."
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Talkin' Broadway
January 23rd, 2020

"'Romeo and Bernadette': A Musical Tale of Verona and Brooklyn"
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TheaterScene.net
January 27th, 2020

"Take a bit of Shakespeare, toss in some classic Italian tunes, sneak in themes from The Godfather films and there you have the ingredients of the new musical 'Romeo & Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona & Brooklyn' now effervescing on a stage at the A.R.T./New York Theatres."
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CurtainUp
January 24th, 2020

"Say what you will about this Bard inspired musical farce with its trigger-happy cast, it's a lot of fun packed into 90 minutes."
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Front Row Center
January 31st, 2020

Score: 79% "An ebullient battle of the tenors thinly masquerading as a spoof of Shakespeare's renown star-crossed lovers."
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Broadway Blog
January 24th, 2020

"A far-too-cheesy slice of Italian-American stereotypes set primarily in 1960 Brooklyn and featuring a score based on classic Italian tunes…'Romeo and Bernadette,'…despite a few chuckles and some quality singing, is trite, clichéd, and nonsensical, offering little of value to the recipe."
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