Scotland, PA
Closed 2h 30m
Scotland, PA
74

Scotland, PA NYC Reviews and Tickets

74%
(314 Reviews)
Positive
74%
Mixed
21%
Negative
5%
Members say
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Great singing

About the Show

This deliciously dark new musical comedy, based on the cult film (and the bard's "Macbeth"), tells the story of a burger-joint manager and his wife, who cook up a plan to super-size their lives.

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74
Funny, Clever, Great staging, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you like fresh takes on old themes - here very energetic with a mostly talented, but uneven cast when it comes to acting, singing & dancing.

Don't see it if you are not up for some camp and silliness-this is not a serious treatment of the Bard's work. If your triggers are violence or loud sounds.

77
What happens when you combine musical comedy format w macbeth-like story, one of shakespeare's darkest? wholly succeeds in 1st act as send-up, much less successful in 2nd as tragedy unfolds

See it if witty 1st Act shows Macbeth character’s path to become the "Burger King;" clever songs; hilarious use of 3 witches as provocateurs

Don't see it if in 2nd Act becomes overwrought & didactic when has 2 deal w/ Mac/Lady Mac's guilt & self-destruction; Sweeney Todd it's not

Critic Reviews (16)

The New York Times
October 23rd, 2019

CRITIC’S PICK "Double, Double, Burger and Trouble in ‘Scotland, PA’: When 'Macbeth' meets McDonald’s, a meaty new musical is born."
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Time Out New York
October 23rd, 2019

3/5 Stars "Gwon and Mitnick don't seem attuned to how greed and comeuppance hang differently on disaffected working-class schmoes than on restless lords and ladies. Set in 1975, like Billy Morrissette's 2001 movie, the musical feels less nostalgic than simply out of touch."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
October 23rd, 2019

"Fire Burn and Fryolator Bubble: 'Scotland, PA,' Is a McNugget-Size Macbeth"
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The Hollywood Reporter
October 23rd, 2019

"This world-premiere musical, directed by Lonny Price and featuring a score by 'Ordinary Days' composer Adam Gwon, is adapted from the darkly comic 2001 indie film of the same name, inspired by 'Macbeth.'"
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Theatermania
October 23rd, 2019

"This world-premiere musical, directed by Lonny Price and featuring a score by 'Ordinary Days' composer Adam Gwon, is adapted from the darkly comic 2001 indie film of the same name, inspired by 'Macbeth.'"
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Lighting & Sound America
October 23rd, 2019

"'Scotland, PA,' often seems to have been assembled from a how-to-write-a-musical guidebook, with directions about where to insert the "I want" song and how to bring down the curtain on Act I. It has everything but inspiration and a point of view."
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Talkin' Broadway
October 23rd, 2019

"'Scotland, PA' is ragged around the edges, marred by character motivations that don't always make sense and changes of tone we haven't been adequately primed for...But how many literate, funny musical comedies are out there right now? And have you seen what's coming in? We'll take this."
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New York Stage Review
October 23rd, 2019

2/5 Stars "The problem the musical presents: the strong resemblance between it and the much superior 'Little Shop of Horrors,' which, by dizzy coincidence, is running in a picture-perfect revival only a few blocks west."
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New York Stage Review
October 23rd, 2019

3/5 Stars "Cute, okay, pleasant, not bad. You've seen better musicals than this one, but heavens know you've seen plenty worse."
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TheaterScene.net
November 10th, 2019

"There have been many adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' but none of them probably as entertaining as the new musical 'Scotland, PA.' Presented in the cartoon style of 'The Little Shop of Horrors,' the show does not break any new ground but proves to be a fun evening."
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Theater Pizzazz
October 23rd, 2019

"The show's best song 'Why I Love Football,' sung by Duncan's troubled teenaged son (Will Meyers in a very impressive New York theater debut), is likely to have a long life in cabaret."
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CurtainUp
October 24th, 2019

"The language has almost entirely gone missing...Still the Bard, doesn't belong to any single class, race, creed, or geographical locale. He belongs to anybody with the imagination to transplant his tales to fresh new places. And...that now includes the little town of Scotland, PA."
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Front Mezz Junkies
October 26th, 2019

"Gun Violence Abounds in the Experimental Digital Puppetry Show 'FEAR IN THE WESTERN WORLD' at Target Margin Theater"
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T
October 24th, 2019

"It is basically a 'Little Shop of Horrors' meets 'American Psycho' without the brilliant music and lyrics, and with much less blood and carnage. It is not the worst musical to be seen but is extremely far from being the best."
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New York Theater
October 23rd, 2019

"There is one spectacularly funny moment…Despite a cast and creative team of Broadway pros, everything else…is, at best, just ok. The transposition of Shakespeare's tragedy into a skit-like comedy is done competently…but .you'll be forgiven for wondering: What's the point?"
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Off Off Online
October 20th, 2019

"'Scotland, PA' plays it safe, with laugh-lines that could be followed by a laugh track and characters that rarely challenge or surprise. It's an enjoyable experience, but it can't escape the feeling that something urgent is missing.:
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