Smart Blonde
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Smart Blonde
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Smart Blonde NYC Reviews and Tickets

78%
(35 Reviews)
Positive
83%
Mixed
11%
Negative
6%
Members say
Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Absorbing

About the Show

In this new play with music, Judy Holliday lays down a series of tracks about her rise to fame amidst the politics of the 1950s.

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878 Reviews | 218 Followers
76
Ambitious, Profound, Funny, Great singing

See it if A very good show about judy Holliday and the entertainment business. If you want to hear some good songs.

Don't see it if If you want a deep play that is less show biz and deeper.

567 Reviews | 146 Followers
78
Great singing, Great acting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Fractured memory play w/ singing honouring the talents of a yesteryear comedic siren.Likable actor confounds the role of the cinematic Ditz.

Don't see it if Clever sound booth structure makes also for a jumpy evening, unlike the similar "Looped."Bio-plays might not land ifthe source is unfamiliar

565 Reviews | 117 Followers
100
Great acting, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if Know who Judy Holliday is or a fan of older movies or love older Hollywood.

Don't see it if If you want her whole life story. It just some moments. Read more

456 Reviews | 256 Followers
10
Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing, Boring, Banal

See it if you want to see a paint-by-numbers bio-play about Judy Holliday. Given the subject this play with music should have sparkled.

Don't see it if Judy Holliday was one of your favorite performers. The performances, writing and direction are all flat. Read more

372 Reviews | 43 Followers
77
Great singing, Entertaining

See it if good performances (by all) in a bio-pic story. learned a lot about Judy Holiday. great singing too.

Don't see it if want a in-depth bio. this was a lot of material in a short span of time.

324 Reviews | 66 Followers
75
Great acting, Sweet, Tender, Historical

See it if you're interested in show biz during the 40s and 50s or if you are a fan of Holliday or just want to know more about her and the era.

Don't see it if Judy is an important figure of that time, but without all the baggage of the other Judy of the same era. It's not exciting, but worthy. Read more

271 Reviews | 68 Followers
92
Versatile performances, Absorbing, Delightful, Fast-paced, Entertaining

See it if you love Judy Holliday or movies, theater, and songs from the '50s.

Don't see it if you don't know who she is and don't care to learn. Read more

245 Reviews | 27 Followers
93
Well done, Informative, Entertaining, Engaging,, Refreshing

See it if you want to see a dynamite actress playing a dynamic woman; you remember Judy Holliday and want to know more about her

Don't see it if you only like big splashy musicals

Critic Reviews (21)

The New York Times
March 26th, 2019

“As disjointed as Mr. Holtzman’s script is, Ms. Burns, who created the part in the play’s 2014 premiere, holds the production together...Burns captures Holliday’s vocal mannerisms, wit and comic timing. But she also connects with Holliday’s vulnerability. When Ms. Burns, who, refreshingly, does not wear a body microphone, melts into ‘What’ll I Do’ or ‘It must be Christmas’, it’s easy to forget who is singing. And that is not an impersonation, but a performance.”
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The Hollywood Reporter
March 26th, 2019

“The frustratingly sketchy and episodic play somehow leaves you wanting more and less at the same time...A plethora of biographical material is dealt with in just 90 minutes, making it more inexplicable that the playwright also felt the need to musicalize the proceedings...Burns superbly conveys Holliday's charm, comic gifts and emotional complexity. And the supporting players handle their multiple assignments with protean skill."
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BroadwayWorld
March 28th, 2019

"Will keep you enthralled from the first minute to the last...Get your tickets now for this unforgettable theatrical and musical experience...The score is wonderfully performed and perfectly designed to bring the story of 'Smart Blonde' full circle...The Design Team has done a top job of bringing the mood of the 1950's and 60's to the stage."
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Lighting & Sound America
March 27th, 2019

“’Smart Blonde’ is a collection of sound bites trying to pass as biographical drama...Trouble is, so much happens so quickly that none of it has any impact...The script's many factoids are presented without sufficient context...Burns creates a plausible version of the sometimes-troubled woman...It's a fascinating performance, filled with eccentric gestures that would seem false or bizarre on any other performer, but which on her are incontrovertibly right.”
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Talkin' Broadway
March 26th, 2019

“Holtzman's sketchy by-the-numbers bio play...Leaves us wanting more...Directed at a fast pace but without much ingenuity...The play is made up of short scenes about Holliday's life...’Smart Blonde’ touches upon much that begs for a richer and fuller treatment than what we are getting here...There is plenty of material to command a strong play or musical about Judy Holliday. Regrettably, this isn't it.”
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New York Stage Review
March 26th, 2019

"The actress does not offer a precise catalogue of Holliday’s attributes nor a step-by-step impersonation, but she smoothly and convincingly (and entertainingly) brings to life this representation...Instead of creating a compelling play, he offers episodes from the life of Judy Holliday. Many are highly amusing, especially as staged by Peter Flynn and breezily performed by three versatile actors who cover all bases...Burns is constantly and unflaggingly winning."
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Theater News Online
April 1st, 2019

"Holliday’s learning how – and why – to inhabit the role of the dumb blonde is a strong throughline up to this point, but it falls short of effectively delineating all of Holliday’s complex life, and that structural flaw leaves this play less satisfying than Holliday deserves. Under the direction of Peter Flynn, the cast performances, however, do much to make up for this drawback."
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TheaterScene.net
March 31st, 2019

“Willy Holtzman has written ‘Smart Blonde’ to amend this situation. ‘Smart Blonde’ takes on, perhaps, too much, telling Holliday's entire life in ultimately unsatisfactory tiny chunks, never digging deep enough, but held together by its hardworking star, Andréa Burns (who was just as terrific in ‘On Your Feet’ and ‘In the Heights’).”
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