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Sistas - The Musical

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Funny, Clever
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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."

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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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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


"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

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

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

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

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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Cliched, Great singing, Good hearted

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.

2$ set but 2 million dollar performances! actress/singers are superb. what fun!

See it if You want to see dynamite singer/actors in a feel good show. Like Motown but Better.

Don't see it if you hate $2 sets.

Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you want to hear great voices belt out everything from Billie to Beyonce. And you'll learn a little history along the way.

Don't see it if A searing examination of black women in professional music during the 20th century. It's a romp through the past of hits and their stories.

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining



Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you want a family friendly show

Don't see it if you don't want a family friendly show

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

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.

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!

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.

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....

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.

Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You like fun lively music.

Don't see it if You prefer dramas.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Funny, Relevant, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want a surprisingly good time. I had seen the preview clips and I don't think that does the show justice. I really enjoyed.

Don't see it if you prefer dancing and more staging costumes than acting and singing.

Cliched, Overrated, Dated

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.

Absorbing, Epic, Relevant, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you enjoy the women of soul and r n b

Don't see it if you cannot step outside of your own culture

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.