Sincerely, Oscar
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Sincerely, Oscar
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Sincerely, Oscar NYC Reviews and Tickets

58%
(104 Reviews)
Positive
37%
Mixed
37%
Negative
26%
Members say
Disappointing, Great singing, Slow, Entertaining, Indulgent

About the Show

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

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Member Reviews (104)

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565 Reviews | 117 Followers
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. Read more

601 Reviews | 88 Followers
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. Read more

455 Reviews | 126 Followers
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

435 Reviews | 61 Followers
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.

374 Reviews | 69 Followers
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.

369 Reviews | 51 Followers
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.

289 Reviews | 91 Followers
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.

285 Reviews | 38 Followers
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.

Critic Reviews (14)

The New York Times
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 spirit of the production and the spirit of the man it honors are at odds...Each song is sung exactly alike, with the same few gestures and vocal mannerisms."
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Theatermania
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 scrub every ounce of character out of Hammerstein's greatest hits."
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BroadwayWorld
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 most true in the elusive moments when it hits the right notes of compelling narrative and unobtrusive design. The rest of the time, the hologram rings hollow."
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Lighting & Sound America
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, and all those damn projections, the two-person cast never has a chance."
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New York Stage Review
April 5th, 2019

"If anything is being celebrated here, it’s Taylor celebrating herself, with the magnificent and humble Hammerstein wordsmith merely a peg on which to hang the souring production. Yes, Taylor’s voice has much to recommend it, but the self-aggrandizing way in which she exploits it is alienating. She’s full of off-putting gestures and other histrionics often at odds with the songs’ sentiments. Despite her supposedly celebrating a lyricist, it’s the notes she produces that are her focus."
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TheaterScene.net
April 12th, 2019

"While recent revivals of 'South Pacific,' 'The King and I,' 'Carousel,' and 'Oklahoma!' demonstrate that Hammerstein was not as sentimental as he has been depicted in the past, 'Sincerely, Oscar' does him the injustice of making this the only takeaway from this cabaret musical. This is ultimately a misconceived tribute in almost all respects."
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Theater Pizzazz
April 13th, 2019

"Neither star is able to bring these timeless songs to heart-affecting life, their performances being superficially showy but rarely getting to the heart of the lyrics…Taylor likes showing off her big voice...Onyejekwe…may be a wonderful guy, he's not ready for prime-time Broadway-level singing or acting…Totally lacking…Is the contextualization of the songs, making them instead blandly abstract covers, with corny staging, far removed from the dramatic situations that inspired them."
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Front Row Center
April 5th, 2019

“’Sincerely Oscar’ is what you get when you sing in the shower and think you have created a show. Incomprehensible and self-indulgent, this musical revue left me speechless, and not in a good way...From the first note, this show charts a course from indignity to embarrassment in tasteless arrangements and incomprehensible direction...’Sincerely, Oscar’ is sincerely awful. A combination of consistently appalling musical choices and dull performances.”
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