Sing Street
Closed 2h 15m
Sing Street
80

Sing Street NYC Reviews and Tickets

80%
(146 Reviews)
Positive
88%
Mixed
11%
Negative
1%
Members say
Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Refreshing, Great acting

About the Show

Based in the indie film, this new musical follows a sixteen-year-old in 1980s Dublin who starts a new wave band to try to escape his troubles and impress a girl. Directed by Tony Winner Rebecca Taichman ("Indecent").

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85
Inspiring, Youthful, Romantic, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if Energetic young cast acts, sings & plays their hearts out. Lively rock/pop & sweet ballads. Despite many cliches, I was captivated & moved.

Don't see it if Coming-of-age story with familiar elements: broken home, abusive schoolmaster, boy loves girl, boy starts band, band rebels. Read more

82
Predictable, Slow, Great music, Ambitious, Great singing

See it if liked the film & 80's Brit-pop, family struggle stories, youthful energy, actors on instruments, choreography as natural to plot, love story

Don't see it if don't like loud rock music played live, predictable plot, typical family saga, to convenient happy endings, limited character development

81
Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Quirky, Romantic

See it if Gifted band of musically-inclined actors enjoy themselves breaking free from the establishment, picking up instruments; displaying that joy.

Don't see it if Lite and fun pop musical might woo the girl, but that might not be enough to distract from paper-plot and close-to-type characterisation. Read more

86
Fun, Great staging, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you liked Once.This isn't quite as good,but has same vibe.Super talented cast.

Don't see it if you love Tina Turner type musicals.This is small, draws you in, makes you smile.

75
Slow, Too long, Great singing, Good music

See it if You like early '80s alt-rock. The music is bouncy and catchy, and the singing is great. The actors are fun to watch.

Don't see it if The story is meh. And the show was about 15 minutes too long. The finale seems tagged on to give a solo to the brother of the lead.

69
Quirky, Great staging, Dizzying, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy another teen band movie remake. Some standout performances, most average. Little original music, "ONCE" crew disappoints

Don't see it if Musicals based on teen bands don't suit you.

86
Great singing, Relevant, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you want to rebel against the man with an endearing bunch of ragtag teenagers using 1980s-style rock music as your weapon. Trust me; you do.

Don't see it if you are an abusive priest at a parochial school who hates independent children, rock music, and being seen as the piece of shit you are. Read more

80
Disappointing, Great musicians, Fun, Entertaining

See it if very entertaining & talented youth band, some touching moments, story of youth in an economically down turned Dublin

Don't see it if expecting "Once" (not as developed); want more character development of the band members (one was beaten but no story behind the others) Read more

Critic Reviews (18)

The New York Times
December 16th, 2019

"New Wave Music as Sweet Deliverance: This tuneful adaptation of John Carney’s movie, about the saving grace of pop music in 1980s Dublin, hasn’t quite found its ideal voice."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
December 16th, 2019

"A New Order for 'Sing Street,' Now Adapted for the Stage"
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The Hollywood Reporter
December 16th, 2019

"Mirroring the screen-to-stage evolution of John Carney's 'Once,' the Irish filmmaker's semi-autobiographical 2016 comedy about a 1980s Dublin high school pop band gets theatrical treatment."
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Variety
December 17th, 2019

"The creators behind the Tony-winning 'Once' return with a charming but unadventurous new musical."
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The Observer
December 16th, 2019

"Most of what's fresh and appealing in the film (which is cheerfully formulaic) has been lost in a leaden theatrical frame that saps milieu, character, and music-making of any tension or charm."
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Theatermania
December 16th, 2019

"'Sing Street' Is Positioned as the Next 'Once,' but Lightning Hasn't Struck Twice: Another John Carney film makes it to the stage at New York Theatre Workshop."
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BroadwayWorld
December 17th, 2019

"Enda Walsh/Rebecca Taichman's Indie Rocker 'SING STREET' Mixes Anarchy and Empathy"
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Lighting & Sound America
January 2nd, 2020

"All in all, it's a strangely careless enterprise that delivers its pro forma upbeat message with little conviction, proffering songs that could be easily replaced without making much of a difference."
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Lighting & Sound America
January 2nd, 2020

"All in all, it's a strangely careless enterprise that delivers its pro forma upbeat message with little conviction, proffering songs that could be easily replaced without making much of a difference."
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Talkin' Broadway
December 16th, 2019

"Even if you missed the 2016 film version, you'll love New York Theatre Workshop's joyous, new stage-musical version of 'Sing Street'...Overflowing with charm and heart, 'Sing Street' is about the thrill of first love and the power of music."
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New York Stage Review
December 16th, 2019

3/5 Stars. "Despite some weaknesses, 'Sing Street' makes an adequately entertaining evening; but the magic of something like Once rarely comes twice."
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New York Stage Review
December 16th, 2019

4/5 Stars. "If '80s music is your jam, the nostalgia-soaked 'Sing Street' - smartly adapted by playwright Enda Walsh and airily designed by Bob Crowley - is right up your alley."
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TheaterScene.net
December 27th, 2019

"By stripping the story of local color-even the projections show little but an anonymous seascape-the creative team does ill by 'Sing Street.' Take away the Irish accents, the 1980's songs and a quick reference to The Famine, and this story of alienated teens could have taken place in Boise, Idaho, or Buenos Aires, Argentina."
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Theater Pizzazz
December 23rd, 2019

"Discovering that the film could be streamed, I watched it afterward and got caught up by the story, characters, and music…far more grippingly than during the show. Stripped of the hardscrabble world made palpable by the movie, the show-well performed…-seemed too abstract and lacking in nuance."
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CurtainUp
December 24th, 2019

"Directed by Rebecca Taichman and based on John Carney's 2016 feature film of the same name this new musical teams up many of the creatives from 'Once' which was also launched at New York Theatre Workshop."
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Front Row Center
December 17th, 2019

Score: 78%. "The tunes offer a mix of 1980's pop fun and big-hearted emotions, but in going from silver screen to live stage, this teen dramedy, as Duran Duran would say, has come undone."
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T
December 30th, 2019

"The music and lyrics by Mr. Carney and Gary Clark are the spine of this production providing characters with internal structure that is strong and sound always supporting the action. It is a feel-good musical that is neither mawkish nor incredible and strips away extravagance to embellish the fortitude of ordinary people."
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New York Theater
December 20th, 2019

"It has its pleasures, especially for those nostalgic for the 80's MTV era …A talented group of young adult actor-musicians, ages 16 to 25, perform mostly original songs …But 'Sing Street' the stage musical is likely to disappoint anybody who has seen 'Sing Street' the movie."
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