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Romeo and Bernadette

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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. More…

From the show:

Romeo yes, THAT Romeo - awakens and finds himself in 1960 Brooklyn, chasing a girl he believes is his beloved Juliet. But no, it's Bernadette, the beautiful, foul-mouthed daughter of a crime family in this wild spoof of Shakespeare’s timeless tale.

Member Reviews (71)


Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Great singing, Clever
Avg Score

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.

Also I loved the young performers...Bernadette, Romeo, Dino, Donna. The old... Read more Read less

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.

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.

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

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.

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...

Also could've easily been trimmed to 90 minutes, no intermission: a few son... Read more Read less

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

Also The audience had smiles on their faces throughout. Nice to see such a ... Read more Read less

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.

Also Some very classically trained voices with new lyrics for some famous I... Read more Read less

Lovable, Great writing and direction, Must see, Funny, Delightful

See it if Shakespearean tragedy successfully converted to Shakespearean multi-couple comedy. As a silly 50s/60s homage musical. *chef’s kiss*

Don't see it if you detest ladder-scaling, jazz hands in the starlight theatrics; are detached from the West Side Story, Guys and Dolls chapter of Broadway.

Also See it if you loved Desperate Measures. It really, really works. I tho... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Must see, Hilarious, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you like a humorous, musical "sequel" to Romeo and Juliet, set in 1960 Brooklyn. Fun from start to finish! Reminiscent of Desperate Measures

Don't see it if it upsets you to mess with Shakespeare or you have no sense of humor.

Quirky, Great singing, Funny, Clever

See it if you want to her some fantastic singing with a funny, kitschy story.

Don't see it if you're a Bard purist. This is Romeo in 1960s Brooklyn - LOL.

Great writing, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You want to experience a well-written musical with clever plot & pleasing cast. This musical has room to grow & could head directly to B-way

Don't see it if There is room for improvement with this small production. Couple of cast, sets & staging tweets would certainly add to this enjoyable favor

Also What a fun evening with a musical with such great potential. It defini... Read more Read less

Quirky, Romantic, Confusing, Cliched, Banal

See it if You are looking for a Valentine's Day show. This would be a very cute date night on Valentine's Day. You enjoy mob comedies.

Don't see it if You dislike humor that relies almost entirely on stereotypes and cliches. You are looking for an original score that will stay with you.

Also “O teach me how I should forget to think." -Romeo & Juliet ... Read more Read less

Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever

See it if You want to see a modern retake of Shakespeare. Great singing and very funny. A must see

Don't see it if You are a Shakespeare purist. Do not like nyc stereotypes about the mob etc

Enormous fun, Refreshing, Entertaining, Quirky, Clever

See it if you enjoy off-off-Broadway productions in small theaters; you're looking for a fun evening with enormously talented performers

Don't see it if being in a small theater for a delightful little musical with talented performers isn't enough for you

Fluffy, Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you just want to be entertained by an extraordinarily gifted cast in an imaginative riff on Shakespeare. Delightful antidote to stress!

Don't see it if you don't like musicals, only like serious plays, and don't alternate versions of Shakespeare even in jest.

Also Incredibly talented cast - dazzlingly skillful!

Just go!

See it if You want to spend a delightful evening listening to charming music, beautifully performed, be entertained and walk out smiling.

Don't see it if You don’t like Brooklyn, Shakespeare and lack a sense of humor.

Cute, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You enjoy clever shows with catchy, fun songs, a great cast, and smart use of simple staging.

Don't see it if You don’t like silly humor, don’t like Romeo & Juliet, or need elaborate staging.

Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you’d enjoy alternate, contemporary versions of Shakespeare, or comical plot with great singing.

Don't see it if you like traditional Shakespeare, prefer elaborate sets, or don’t like gangster comedy.

Great fun!, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever

See it if You want to see a fresh new musical that is deftly done and great fun. Lots of laughs while still staying [somewhat] true to the original.

Don't see it if You want something deep or meaningful. You need to see lavish sets, costumes, and Broadway stars. This is light and fun.

Also Great job! You can even take the kids. ... Read more Read less

Hilarious, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if you want to see a fresh take on a story you know by heart with a bunch of new and exciting performers

Don't see it if you are looking for something substantive or anything more than a genuinely good time

Refreshing, Fluffy, Must see, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if An utterly delightful romantic comedy reimagines Romeo in 1950s Brooklyn. Broad humor that lands and enchanting, often operatic, singing.

Don't see it if The plot is as light as air. Bare set. If you see predictable romances populated with Italian mob stereotypes, and think fuggedaboutit!

Also Romeo and Bernadette reminded me of the 2007 Disney film Enchanted. In... Read more Read less

Refreshing, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you like a spoof on Shakespeare & 1960's Brooklyn mob. Wonderful ensemble, beautiful singing, very funny! Reminiscent of Desperate Measures.

Don't see it if you don't have a sense of humor, don't like mob stories or only like traditional Shakespeare.

Also This was the funniest/wittiest musical we saw after Desperate Measures... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Funny, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You are interested by a modernized, musical Romeo & Juliet, mixing elements of renaissance and 50s era Brooklyn mob.

Don't see it if You avoid off Broadway venues with simple sets and not entirely top notch acting. The story needs some tweaking.

Also Even if the Romeo & Juliet story has been done to death, this new take... Read more Read less

Good music, Funny, Clever, Delightful

See it if you are looking for a fun time musical.

Don't see it if resetting and license-taking of Shakespearean shows are not your style.

Also Mark Saltzman has taken traditional Italian songs as well as opera, re... Read more Read less

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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January 28th, 2020
"Romeo Captures the Heart of Brooklyn in Saltzman's 'ROMEO & BERNADETTE'"
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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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January 23rd, 2020
"'Romeo and Bernadette': A Musical Tale of Verona and Brooklyn"
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