Open run | 1h 30m | Midtown W

Sistas - The Musical

From 167 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Funny, Clever

About the show

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." 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.

Member Reviews (167)


Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Funny, Clever
Avg Score

Cute, Great music, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You like the music. It's definitely great favorites. The cast is good though a couple are great. This is vehicle to deliver the music.

Don't see it if Very simple staging and simple sory. Though some more interesting plots are thrown in, none is really developed.

Great music, Entertaining

See it if The song selection is great and the singing is pretty good.

Don't see it if You dislike revue style shows, while there is a story thread that connects the songs it's more of a theme than a fully fleshed out story.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if If you like the music from 30's up till 90's. Very uplifting, good staging and directing.

Don't see it if If you do not like period pieces that deals on musical subjects.

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

Delightful, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a good story, with lots of songs you are sure to know, woven in to make for a fun experience. Light moments and reflective points.

Don't see it if you want heavy drama - this is a light, family based story. Some sound issues with mics to loud or too low.

Funny, Entertaining, Great singing, Great music

See it if After the passing of a family they go through the attic and found item of the pass. Singing great/power songs.

Don't see it if If you do not like singing, looking at the past.

Absorbing, Great singing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy a musical drama about not just the African American women's movement but a powerful musical play about all women's rights.

Don't see it if you do not like songs and dialogue about the women's rights or the civil rights movement.

Also I was surprised by how songs that I took for granted as I grew up were... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Refreshing

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.

Great singing, Touching, Fun, Relevant

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.

Great singing, Good hearted, Cliched

See it if You want to see a plot thin - family moment in time - with charming characters and great voices. I enjoyed it!

Don't see it if You want a strong plot. This is a story the women of a family going through the attic after a family member dies. Jukebox musical.

Relevant, Good songs, Excellent singing, Good message, Slightly "hokey"

See it if you like a musical exploration of African American women's trials and tribulations through generations, wonderful songs and fine singing.

Don't see it if dislike a sometimes manipulative presentation of the themes of a play and musicals in general.

Very entertaining, Relevant / absorbing, Good book / thought-provoking, Very funny / sweet / resonant, Excellent singing

See it if another girls-nite-out is on the agenda. Grandma's dead, going thru her stuff, need memorial song. Good story-telling, strong song search.

Don't see it if a family's walk down memory lane isn't your thing. Song selections often funny, sometimes melancholic & touching, all well sung & performed.

Also This one's NOT "This One's for the Girls".... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Delightful, Enchanting, Clever

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.

Cliched, Fluffy, Refreshing, Great singing

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....

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Must see, Great talent

See it if you want to see and hear 5 marvelous performers singing everything from gospel to Supremes; you appreciate wonderful vocal talent

Don't see it if you don't enjoy good musical theater on a small scale

Entertaining, Refreshing, Relevant, Resonant, Delightful

See it if you want to hear good voices sing relevant songs in a happy musical.

Don't see it if You want to see a play that deals with more drama. this is a light-hearted play with a bare bones set.

Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You like fun lively music.

Don't see it if You prefer dramas.

Entertaining, Relevant, Funny, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you want to feel good and listen to great singers as they tell a story on a simple stage.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals; or prefer staging and theater that is more upscale.

Also I had a smile on my face even when I left the theater. The theme of si... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky, 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.

Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Intelligent, Profound

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!

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if A fun show with some decent singing entertaining but not great

Don't see it if You’re overly critical or expecting great singing or an intense book

Hidden gem, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Delightful, Clever

See it if A great production at a shabby off-broadway venue; African American women’s history smartly woven into a jukebox; lots of joy with bit tears

Don't see it if Some tech problems with the projector & mic; Hard movable chairs; The production encourages Sing Along, so let’s hope ppl sitting next to..

Also 5 brilliant actresses, including 4 African American & 1 Caucasian; all... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if You want an enjoyable musical; there is a reason why this play has been running for seven years,

Don't see it if You want a play with a meaningful story.

Cliched, Dated, Overrated

See it if you want to listen to a played story of the struggles of black women along with bits and pieces of music thrown in.

Don't see it if you're expecting a light, good humored musical.

Also i get the struggles, but it was a bit preachy.

Fluffy, Entertaining, Great singing, Funny, Cliched

See it if You want to see a likable show centered on African American women with incredible singing.

Don't see it if You are a highly discriminating theatre-goer. Cliched characters, threadbare plot. Reminded me of a Golden Girls clip show episode.

Also Sistas is an enjoyable, unchallenging show consisting of five talented... Read more Read less

October 28th, 2011
"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."
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October 24th, 2011
"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 ...
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May 30th, 2013
"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."
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April 2nd, 2012
"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!"
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