Already closed | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Scotland, PA

From 311 member  reviews
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. More…

From the show:

This deliciously dark new musical comedy, based on the cult film (and the bard's Macbeth), springs to life in a sleepy Pennsylvania town (population 1,203—and dropping), where a burger-joint manager and his wife cook up a plan to super-size their lives. As their ambitions grow and the bodies fall, the couple finds out just how far they’ll go for a taste of the oh-so-tempting American dream.


Member Reviews (311)

MEMBERS SAY:

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Great singing
75
Avg Score

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

70
Good sets, Forgettable, Disappointing, Quirky, Moderately entertaining

See it if enjoy a few good laughs, staging and sets; actors are hard working, Johnson is a standout; what is it that Roundabout saw in this play?

Don't see it if Rock musical w/o the rock; forgettable music/lyrics; theater version of a B movie; would Shakespeare be entertained or roll in his grave?

73
Darkly fun, Great staging, Quirky, Great singing

See it if You want a fun and silly night of theater. A clever spoof of Macbeth that doesn't require you to know anything about the original play.

Don't see it if You're looking for high-brow theater. If you're a Shakespeare purist this will infuriate. This is a silly musical, don't expect more.

73
Disappointing, Interesting concept but quickly becomes boring, Clever

See it if you are under 30. Music is not all that interesting. Plot is too obvious. Big reveals are things we've already figured out.

Don't see it if you are looking for anything even mildly intellectual in this re-telling of Macbeth. I found it interesting for about 10 minutes, then not.

65
Cliched, Quirky, Great acting, Disappointing, Banal

See it if Macbeth set in a fast-food restaurant in Pennsylvania. Some catchy tunes. Ryan McCartan is very watchable.

Don't see it if The show takes too long to get going. It took until the end of Act I for anything to happen. The songs were not memorable.

79
Funny, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever

See it if dark-comedy musical with clever songs; updating (not faithfully) Shakespeare's Macbeth to a fast-food burger joint in a town of Scotland

Don't see it if don't want burger-chain jokes or blood; want Duncan to be lovable; don't want the three witches to be stoners (no matter how entertaining);

Also 2nd Act darker and slower and possibly easy to miss McDuff's triumph

60
Clever concept, Good singing, Disappointing, Fluffy, Sophomoric

See it if A modern-day musical based on the Macbeth story is your style. Song & book quality at dinner theater level, acting fine.

Don't see it if You expect sophisticated parody of a classic play. Jokes are obvious & reliance on gratuitous swearing overused. Just falls flat.

79
Darkly fun, Cliched, Great singing

See it if you like a 1970's version of Mabeth spoof that takes place in Scotland PA. The 2 leads have great voices and make the most of an OK score

Don't see it if You don't like black comedies, and don't know Mabeth enough to get all the references.

77
Entertaining

See it if That '70s Show X MacBeth-ish musical about poor 30 somethings in small town America allured to do harm in the name capitalism and fame.

Don't see it if Fun but could've cut deeper on the economic inequalities/struggles or other emotions fueling their murders. Guns, blood, or murder trigger.

Also Diversity: 3 Black women side characters (well, one is Lady MacBeth) b... Read more Read less

86
Unique, Fun, Clever, Quirky, Dark

See it if you want to see a clever interpretation of the Scottish play set in a fast food restaurant in rural Pennsylvania. Silly, but fun.

Don't see it if you are a Shakespearean purist. While a knowledge of Macbeth is not necessarily required, it certainly helps.

Also I thought this was a fun show. Without any spoilers, they went the ext... Read more Read less

76
Fluffy, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if Two hours just to escape, and be silly.

Don't see it if Looking for high brow.

68
Overrated, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if you are interested in knock-off of MacBeth in a knock-off of McDonalds's. Energetic, but some uneven performances. Police officer the best!

Don't see it if You prefer Shakespeare's MacBeth

66
Insipid, Fluffy, Banal

See it if you liked the movie.

Don't see it if you don't like things that think they're funnier than they are.

70
Indulgent, Great singing, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You love MacBeth, love Adam Gwon, or don’t care about a story or a book that is absorbing. The talent is wonderful.

Don't see it if You need a full book, or any absorbing songs. It’s entertaining, but nothing that moves forward, or engages current audiences. Disappointing

80
Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you enjoy satire, have a weird (sick) sense of humor, like musicals & comedy, want a nice night at the theater.

Don't see it if If you don't enjoy satire, have an aversion to musicals, don't have a sense of humor esp when it comes to comedy + killing, don't want fun

Also I admit, I wasn't sure if this was going to be my cup of tea. Turns ou... Read more Read less

81
Unmagical, Clever, Great writing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if The cleverest book and lyrics given the source material; winning and talented cast; all the humor is nailed by cast; great score

Don't see it if Storyline severely diminishes the weight of the Scottish play storyline

47
Slow, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you like slick, underbaked pop musicals in the Be More Chill vein

Don't see it if you want something with a consistent tone that feels in any way fresh or original

90
Witty, Intelligent, Quirky, Clever, Funny

See it if you would like to see a new musical grounded in Macbeth and the fast food industry. A catchy tuner with some laugh out loud moments.

Don't see it if you dislike simulated violence and drug references. You are a purist fan of the movie or just don't like musicals in general.

Also Would you like murder with that? The fast food industry takes a hit co... Read more Read less

80
Funny, Refreshing

See it if You’re fan of 1970s tales or rural US or Shakespearean spoofs.

Don't see it if You want terrific singing and acting. Majority of male cast was not much beyond charming.

77
Clever well-done musical version of a difficult shakespearean play, Great singing, Clever

See it if you can appreciate a legitimate modernization and musical adaptation of a dark classic of the stage. Well sung and conceptualized.

Don't see it if you are rigid in your expectations of the performance of classics. This has all the elements but it remains more surface enjoyment

86
Hilarious, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful

See it if you like musical theater that is funny and different. Find out what Macbeth and McDonald's have in common in this delightful entertainment.

Don't see it if you are a Shakespearian purist who would find a modern adaptation too cruel a punishment to your Elizabethan sensibilities Go anyway for fun

65
Quirky, Funny, Confusing

See it if You want to explore every version of MacBeth that ever existed. Or if you like modern interpretation of Shakespeare in general.

Don't see it if You want your Shakespeare to keep close to the original. This is far from a traditional interpretation.

70
Quirky, Fluffy, Funny, Clever

See it if Retelling of Macbeth in Scotland, PA. Clever in parts, songs are catchy, and kudos to Ryan Mc Cartan, Alysha Umphress and Jay Johnson.

Don't see it if campy comedy irritates you

73
Fun, Entertaining

See it if you like new musicals perhaps still trying to find themselves. Don't know the movie. But I'll be watching composer/lyricist Adam Gwon.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or dark comedies.


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