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Rothschild & Sons

From 8 member  reviews
Members say: Disappointing, Dated, Slow, Ambitious, Entertaining

About the show

A one-act, intimate re-imagining of the musical 'The Rothschilds' that focuses on the relationships between the patriarch of the family, Mayer Rothschild, his wife Gutele, and their five sons. More…

A "musical love story between a father and his sons," 'Rothschild & Sons' is based on the Tony-nominated 'The Rothschilds,' which opened on Broadway in 1970, inspired by the novel of the same name by Frederic Morton abut the foundation of the dynasty of German-Jewish financiers. A story of a family fighting for human rights and triumphing over extraordinary odds. The new work focuses on the Rothschilds' experiences living as Jews in a German ghetto.

Member Reviews (8)


Disappointing, Dated, Slow, Ambitious, Entertaining
Avg Score

Ambitious, Engaging, Disappointing, Awkward, Some good songs

See it if you love Harnick & Bock and never saw the original R&S (I did!) This re-imaging failed, but some songs are good, as was RC in the lead.

Don't see it if you want a satisfying theater outing. This felt off. Usually York does better. The stage was too small, the script's cuts too deep. Awkward.

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Dated, Disappointing, Not that interesting

See it if You are curious to see this musical by the team behind Fiddler on the Roof for your historical/theatrical education.

Don't see it if If you are not interested in it for the reasons above.

Boring, Dated, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if you love theatrical productions at the community theatre level. Also, if you love Jim Morgan's inane pre-show speech.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy a glacially paced musical.

Entertaining, Original, Riveting

See it if Wonderful story and muaic

Don't see it if The above

Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You always wanted to see this show. It's an abbreviated version of the original Broadway show, but it's not revived often.

Don't see it if you know how great the show was or could be. This was disappointing, confusing, and despite best efforts a real dud.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Refreshing, Epic, Original

See it if you'd like to learn more about Jewish history beyond WWII and Fiddler on the Roof.

Don't see it if you only like sexy shows.


See it if Just don't go. Bad community theatre of a musical that I loved in the 70's.

Don't see it if Just don't go!

Dated, Great acting, Slow

See it if You want to visit this classic or you are particularly interested in how a family can impact a world.

Don't see it if You are easily bored.

October 22nd, 2015
"You cannot fault the York Theater Company’s rich new production, a one-act reimagining that looks absolutely royal in the intimate Theater at St. Peter’s: Splendid 18th-century men’s costumes, low-key yet opulent scenic design, assertively nuanced lighting...Jeffrey B. Moss’s direction does find...
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October 18th, 2015
"With a restructured book, several previously unheard Bock and Harnick trunk songs, and only 11 cast members, this almost-new musical is a puzzlement to say the least...Mayer's journey is a moving one, and in Cuccioli's expert hands, it's laden with real emotion. His performance is one of the few...
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October 25th, 2015
"Once the complications of the plot take over there's little room left for family emotions. Crampton is an accomplished singer/actor whose role becomes regulated to reminding the men to appreciate modest achievements and while there is genuine excitement when Mayer and his boys roar with gusto as...
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October 19th, 2015
"I can understand how Harnick and Yellen (Bock is no longer with us) would want to find a viable version of 'The Rothschilds' for future productions. But I would respectfully submit that, if, after seven years, this is the result, then it may be time to move on. The best way of enjoying this mate...
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