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Sincerely, Oscar

From 104 member  reviews
Members say: Disappointing, Great singing, Slow, Entertaining, Indulgent

About the show

A new musical celebrating Broadway’s legendary lyricist, Oscar Hammerstein II. More…

Derived and inspired from personal correspondence, unpublished lyrics, interviews and rare memoirs, "Sincerely, Oscar" invites the audience to delve into the intimate thoughts and feelings of Oscar Hammerstein II, as told by Oscar in his own words. This show utilizes 3D holographic technology as it explores Oscar’s life, while weaving a melodious tapestry of over 30 of his greatest songs from shows like "The Sound of Music," "Show Boat," "Oklahoma!," "Carousel," "South Pacific," "Allegro," and more.


Member Reviews (104)

MEMBERS SAY:

Disappointing, Great singing, Slow, Entertaining, Indulgent
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Avg Score

70
Great singing, Slow, Disappointing

See it if The singers were good plus a hologram of Oscar tell you about some of the songs.

Don't see it if You think you are going to go ti see a story. Its singing with odd music to words of great songs.

Also It fled to me that the female singer did more of the singing. It would... Read more Read less

70
Romantic, Slow, Refreshing, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if You love Hammerstein’s music and want to know more about his bio and backstory of songs.

Don't see it if You are thinking this is a Broadway quality show, it is not. It is definitely second rate. Video projections I found annoying and superfluou

55
Ambitious, Interesting staging, Disappointing

See it if you like the songs of Hammerstein. There is music from his best shows. There was no chemistry between the 2 singers.

Don't see it if you like a well developed show. The hologram seemed to halt action all the time and seemed spooky to me.

Also I would have preferred an actor portraying Hammerstein. A hologram wit... Read more Read less

73
Resonant, Refreshing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if If u r a fan of Oscar Hammerstein and can appreciate a trip down memory lane. I might even learn of few new pieces of Oscar’s endearingstory

Don't see it if You not needing an escape to more pleasant times.

77
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if If you like Rodgers and Hammerstein music and would enjoy a mini-concert of their hits across Broadway shows with minimal context.

Don't see it if If you are not a fan of Rodgers and Hammerstein‘s music, would not enjoy their songs without context or are bothered by technical effects.

75
Entertaining, Disappointing, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you like a pleasant, high-tech lounge act. With wealth of songs available, this could have been so much better. Interesting hologram effect

Don't see it if you don't like old musicals or you need a story line to enjoy the music.

55
Cliched, Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing, Slow

See it if Only care about the songs and not about the presentation of them.

Don't see it if You really Love Hammerstein stay away from this show.

72
Ambitious, Dated, Slow, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if you are a fan of Oscars music. This is more of a tribute then a musical. The songs were decent, but nothing that blew me away.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Oscars songs. They waste the technology of the hologram and back screens on boring visuals. I wouldn't really recommend

Also with only 2 people singing and a break between songs for a hologram of... Read more Read less

69
Ok

See it if you like classic show music. Interesting staging. Singing and dancing OK. See it if you like the music.

Don't see it if you don't like Oscar's Broadway music. Singing is a little too melodramatic. Oscar's soliloquies don't really resonate.

77
Slow, Overrated, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you enjoy the music of Oscar Hammerstein, would like light background about some of his shows, don't mind a weak, slow-moving musical

Don't see it if you expect a great musical with many memorable show tunes & costume changes

Also Oscar as a holograph and background images gave the show a needed touc... Read more Read less

45
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if There is NO reason. The singers have no idea of the songs, their voices, while good are wrong for the selections. WAY overproduced

Don't see it if you like the lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein. This show will make you cringe. Bad arrangements More a bad cabaret act than a play

50
Dreadful, Slow, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You are a masochist. It is that bad. Excruciating. Poorly conceived, written, directed, designed, and performed. A pathetic vanity show.

Don't see it if you want to be entertained. It is hard to explain how totally wrong everything about this show is. Among the worst I have ever seen.

44
Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Indulgent

See it if You are a masochist but Azudi Onyejekwe is very talented if allowed express his talent and not constrained

Don't see it if You like Oscar H. It is not enough. Ms Taylor takes the oxygen out of the room. She needs a good director.

65
Interesting staging, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if You want to want to see any production with lots of Hammerstein songs.

Don't see it if You want a polished show.

76
A good show. in spite of technical problems, Quirky, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You appreciate good singing

Don't see it if Over the top technology gets on your nerves.

47
Ego project, Blasphemous arrangements, Cruise-ship-worthy, Over-acted, Excruciating

See it if You like Hammerstein's classics put to "jazzy" arrangements, you want to see an obvious passion project/cabaret given full staging.

Don't see it if Blasphemous arrangements, ridiculous & unnecessarily complicated set, over-acted/poorly acted, ego project by a cabaret singer.

Also This show should only be performed in a piano bar of a cruise ship whi... Read more Read less

73
Great staging, Great singing

See it if You want to hear a lot of well-sung R&H songs with only minimal connective tissue between them. Or if you're all about holograms.

Don't see it if You need the hologram in question to say something especially profound. Or you want a conventional play/musical. This is a revue.

55
Boring, Disappointing, Tedious, Slow, Overrated

See it if You respect the lyrical works of Hammerstein and want to learn why he believes “dreaming” is important to all. Unique use of hologram.

Don't see it if You want a production with many/varied musical voices, emotions, and energy. The two singers are just okay, but not truly entertaining.

Also Only attend if you get complimentary tickets.

69
Disappointing, Great singing, Great staging, Slow, Ambitious

See it if you like Hammerstein musicals as this is a good revue with creative visual effects and hologram of the man. Just wish there were more songs.

Don't see it if you want a storyline and not just a musical revue. Would have loved a bigger cast for variety of singing styles & costumes.Diction distracts

68
Nostalgic, Fine singing, Great staging, Technologically brilliant

See it if you enjoy Oscar Hammerstein's songs and wish to see what modern technology can do to bring back to life the dear departed lyricist.

Don't see it if you are not interested in a show that is mostly a string a songs interspersed with memories of what inspired them.

49
Indulgent, Fluffy, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if You are a devoted Oscar fan and don't mind having the songs taken out of context and rearranged as elevator music.

Don't see it if You are a real Oscar fan and will be offended by the songs being treated so poorly

Also I realize that this is basically a showcase for the author of the show... Read more Read less

23
No reason whatsoever to see it., Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you have never heard Hammerstein before; this might possibly introduce you. Holograms used might be of interest.

Don't see it if you appreciate Hammerstein's music-agreed, it is a vanity project. This is not a musical and the female lead is indeed, wooden. Don't go.

79
Intelligent, Clever, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You love the old show tunes and a bit of explanation about how they were composed.

Don't see it if You expect a “play” in any traditional sense.

60
Songs 10, book 3;, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You want to see the female sing well but move awkwardly wearing a black knee brace beneath a white gown; the male sing poorly but move well

Don't see it if Boring interludes of a projected Hammerstein spouting trite observations are not your style

Also Save your money

40
Fluffy, Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you enjoy some interesting technical elements of a show, how they incorporate Oscar in the show.

Don't see it if if you are looking for a well sung, absorbing musical with classic songs.

Also I enjoyed the visual technical element of how Oscar was used, sadly th... Read more Read less


April 4th, 2019
"Its distinguishing features included a hazy provenance; an obsequious, uninformative text; a lazily organized catalog of songs; and an unaccountable focus on an unknown performer. Also: holograms...The kind of show that makes you wonder if someone is secretly satirizing ambition. Certainly the s...
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April 4th, 2019
"An overwrought and over-designed musical revue. Racial insensitivities aside, 'Sincerely, Oscar' suffers from a general lack of self-awareness, which manifests in every design, directorial, and musical choice...The bigger musical problem, however, is in the monotonous jazz arrangements that scru...
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April 5th, 2019
"Intriguing conceptually but lopsided musically, the clunky show presents an amped-up glow-and-tell cabaret with a technological twist...With two performers in the show, duets would seem to be a natural. That is not the case. Enumeratively, it's Taylor's passion project...'Sincerely, Oscar' rings...
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April 11th, 2019
"We're not even ten minutes in, and the show resembles a commercial for Alpha-Bits...Brittany Merenda's projection designs are certainly technically accomplished if hilariously wrongheaded. Needless to say, what with the set lumbering around, the holographic Hammerstein expounding on his craft, a...
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