Rothschild & Sons
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Rothschild & Sons
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Rothschild & Sons NYC Reviews and Tickets

54%
(8 Ratings)
Positive
25%
Mixed
38%
Negative
37%
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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (8)

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186 Reviews | 25 Followers
80
Entertaining, Original, Riveting

See it if Wonderful story and muaic

Don't see it if The above

112 Reviews | 11 Followers
70
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.

1166 Reviews | 389 Followers
60
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. Read more

133 Reviews | 36 Followers
55
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.

509 Reviews | 338 Followers
46
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.

558 Reviews | 286 Followers
10
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.

33 Reviews | 7 Followers
67
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.

48 Reviews | 22 Followers
45
Disappointing

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!

Critic Reviews (24)

The New York Times
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 the humor wherever it lurks...Most of the songs are only pretty. Maybe it’s too much to expect another 'Sunrise, Sunset' or 'If I Were a Rich Man,' but what’s a musical for?"
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New York Theatre Guide
October 19th, 2015

"'Rothschild & Sons' is so much on a mission as to be tedious...A tale told rather baldly and repetitively, and so tediously...When a show isn’t working, it can only seem long. At 1 hour and 50 minutes with no intermission this one fit that bill."
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Theatermania
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 highlights of this otherwise misguided production, with a staging that baffles at every turn."
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BroadwayWorld
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 they sing of their ambition and confidence, 'Rothschild & Sons' is that rare Bock and Harnick musical that never seems to find its heart."
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Lighting & Sound America
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 material still involves listening to the original cast album, where the score's many beauties are presented in all their glory."
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TheaterScene.net
October 31st, 2015

"The show is a powerful study of anti-Semitism in Europe at the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century and the desire of the Rothschild family to break down both the walls of poverty and those of prejudice. While the new adaptation performed in one act is both engrossing and admirable, it may not be the definitive final version as it is devoid of humor, a necessary ingredient to make a musical popular."
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CurtainUp
October 15th, 2015

"'Rothschild & Sons' does indeed offer a refreshing new look at this show's best features: its many sparkling period flavored songs with their narrative pushing lyrics, and the smart compression of that narrative…The shift in emphasis as well as the scaled-down staging work well with a tightly focused intermissionless format….Robert Cuccioli brings his operatic voice and plenty of emotional heat to the role of the pater familias."
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Theater Pizzazz
October 19th, 2015

"Jeffrey B. Moss guides the production trying to infuse as much life as he can....The production is filled with historical value, pathos, heart and some new musical numbers. However, it’s still an old tale that has lost its power and feels worn-out."
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