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Sistas - The Musical

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Clever, Funny
85
Critics
70
6 reviews
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85
73 reviews
 

A new musical that tells the story of African-American women through Top-40 music from the '30s through the '90s, including hits like "Oh, Happy Day," "Mama Said" and "I Will Survive."... Read more

After a matriarch's death, the women in the family clean Grandma's attic and find love and old memories packed away. In the process, they share their stories through hit tunes, from the trials of the 1930s through the Girl Groups of the 1960s to the empowerment of the 1990s.

 
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Reviews (79)

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65
The New York Times

"A sweet and sassy if slightly rickety little show...The script is obvious, and the acting is mostly just competent. But the real reason you’re there is for the songs. In the end it’s a good-natured, low-budget evening with plenty of humor and some impressive voices. You could do a lot worse." Full Review

60
Backstage

"The jukebox musical is usually a cop-out. "Sistas: The Musical," a touching though reductive chronicle of black female America, is a victim of this phenomenon. With songs once sung by artists from Billie Holiday to Beyoncé, the production charms with its voices but forgoes depth and focus in an attempt to cover too much ground." Full Review

100
Macaroni Kid

"I was so moved as I watched the women share their pasts and reflect upon the history of African-American women.  Sistas included so many classic and favorite songs, that the audience often chimed in and sang along. I highly recommend this show to everyone!  Not only does it have such an incredible message, but the beauty and talent of the cast should not be missed." Full Review

70
Rolling Out

"The musical manages to squeeze almost a century’s worth of black women’s history into an hour and a half of smiles and song. If nothing else, it is informative and laughter invoking.  It merely scratches the surface of issues faced by African American women but overall is an enjoyable experience." Full Review

100
Comedy Entertainment World Blogspot

"What do you get when you combine five powerful singers, one great story and lots of hit music? You get a new hit Off-Broadway musical called “SISTAS”. When I walked into the theatre on West 46th street, I really did not know what to expect. With “SISTAS”, I have found a solid DIAMOND!" Full Review

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Talkin' Broadway

for a previous production "The show works so hard to tell its strained story, in fact, that before long it starts feeling like a revue with debilitating delusions of grandeur — as if it wants to sing rather than speak, but is afraid it won’t make its Big Points if it does." Full Review

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85
Avg Score

70
Enchanting, Dated, Shallow

See it if Fragments of famous songs covering black feminist history for the last century. The performers were good.

Don't see it if It was like those Time Life CD infomercials where they play a little bit of each song. The characters and plot were thin.

Also My 19-year old daughter liked it a lot but I didn't find it compelling... Read more Read less

85
Relevant, Fun, Great singing, Touching

See it if you are interested in stories about generational relationships in families and the black woman experience, specifically through music.

Don't see it if you would not enjoy a feminist point of view or stories about the black struggle.

90
Delightful, Intelligent, Profound, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love empowering songs sung by talented women

Don't see it if Topics covering race, religion, gender are of no interest to you or if you dislike musicals. Acting isn't the smoothest, but singing superb!

88
Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You like to hear top songs from the last few decades. A story about several generations of African American women.

Don't see it if You are looking for original music.

80
Refreshing, Cliched, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if Enjoy small theatre, Black theatre, family musicals, strong singing, female-centric cast...

Don't see it if Hate all of the above....

87
Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like pop music performed by a great cast. The singing is magical.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals.

90
Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You like fun lively music.

Don't see it if You prefer dramas.

85
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You like small shows with good, solid staging and production value, cabaret style musicals with characters telling their story through song.

Don't see it if You don't like stories with squabbling sisters.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting

See it if You have strong supportive women in your life for whom you are thankful. Great reminder of who is in our lives. See it with BFF or sisters.

Don't see it if You can't relate to strong women, or if you don't like Motown type music.

80
Clever, Soulful, Ole skool

See it if you like girl groups and soul music

Don't see it if expecting Diana Ross and the Supremes

92
Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you love great music wonderfully wrapped around a history lesson, with great actresses who can sing and bring humor to a serious subject.

Don't see it if if you think because its' off broadway that it won't live up to your standards.

74
Cliched, Great singing, So-so

See it if you like powerful performances of classic R&B tunes by charismatic female performers and don't care if the dramatic context isn't great.

Don't see it if you are bored by juke box musicals, forced plot devices, simplistic dialogue and low level dramatic situations.

85
Funny, Original, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you enjoy a girls uplifting story and good singing. The cast is great and the story is interesting

Don't see it if you dont enjoy R&B music or current pop tunes.

83
Original, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if Want to learn about African American culture and sing along

Don't see it if You feel uncomfortable being a minority

86
Clever, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You enjoy a thoughtfully engaging play.

Don't see it if No reason not to see it.

81
Clever, Delightful, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy sistas singing and giving a great history lesson

Don't see it if You aren't interested in black history

85
Funny, Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if like the music of the 60's pointer sisters, love Beyonce, music.

Don't see it if Don't like period pieces, such as down south, church going folks.

90
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you like a mix of musical genres - gospel and R&B.

Don't see it if you're under 10 years old

100
Original, Delightful, Must see, Entertaining

See it if Great musical with great cast

Don't see it if Off Broadway

93
Absorbing, Resonant, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you are looking for a musical with meaning and great songs--many ingrained in our culture--sung by extremely talented women.

Don't see it if do not believe our America should be celebrated as a multicultural place with a history of struggle and a promise of equality.

60
Terrible sound, Strange fruit followed by sing-a-long?, Missed the mark, Potential but unprofessional

See it if You get tickets for less than $20 and you have very low expectations or little experience with good theater. Some teens will like it.

Don't see it if you have other options

100
Delightful, Refreshing, Great writing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You are a music lover. Enjoy good story telling. Like intimate settings.

Don't see it if If you aren't a fan of music because there's tons of it. Don't care for an all female cast.

85
Delightful, Refreshing, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you want to see a lively,upbeat performance.

Don't see it if you want a big splashy broadway performance. This is a small theater.

74
Relevant, Cliched, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You're in the mood for a staged version of chick lit. This ongoing show is full of cliches about the female (African American) experience.

Don't see it if You're looking for something more profound and biting about what it means to be female - of any race - in today's environment.

100
Absorbing, Delightful, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You enjoy great singing by all members of the cast.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy a female bonding experience.