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Smart Blonde

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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. More…

Memory and song converge as the “dumb blonde” with a genius IQ charts her experiences from Greenwich Village to Broadway and beyond with notable show business alums, including Leonard Bernstein and Marilyn Monroe. 

Member Reviews (35)


Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Absorbing
Avg Score

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.

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

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.

Also When I saw they were doing a show about Judy Holliday; I have to go to... Read more Read less

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.

Also Andrea Burns deserves so much better than this. Hard to rate the suppo... Read more Read less

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.

Also I'm a big fan of Judy's and find her talent on a par with Dorothy Loud... Read more Read less

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.

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.

Also I didn't realize there would be songs intermingled in the bio-line. I ... Read more Read less

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

Poignant, Historical, Interesting, Great acting

See it if you like Judy Holliday and/or shows about entertainment history.

Don't see it if you don't like spare productions or are looking for a real "musical."

Compact, Biographical, Basic, Formulaic, Informative

See it if you've read all the bios on Judy Holliday out there and want to hear her story recounted in a kind of trunk show with songs.

Don't see it if you're a newbie with Judy. Watching her performances in films like "Born Yesterday" and "Adam's Rib" would be a more effective introduction.

Fun, Informative, Entertaining

See it if you want to know more about Judy Holliday and enjoy a small intimate fun show.

Don't see it if you're not interested in Judy Holliday!

Refreshing, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like old classic movies and Hollywood history. And plays with actors playing multiple roles.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with "Me Too" storylines. Or dont like music being used in plays.

Interesting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if A marvelous portrayal by Burns giving a good picture of Holliday through flashback-style snippets. Rest of cast up to the task of many roles

Don't see it if Biographies, singing, actors changing roles not for you.

Intelligent, Great singing, Funny, Clever

See it if you want to enjoy the tremendously talented Andrea Burns. You want to learn more about the complex and fascinating Judy Holiday.

Don't see it if you have no interest in show business in the mid-20th century. Prefer a lavish Broadway-style production.

Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You don't remember Judy holiday and enjoy being introduced to this smart talented lady

Don't see it if You have no idea of the characters or the references to the times the play takes place in.

Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if It was very enjoyable to see four great actors at works, especially Andrea Burns, she sings and acts smartly.

Don't see it if You are looking for a linear story telling of Judy Holiday and feel 90 minutes is not enough to cover such a remarkable actress.

Interesting story, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you want to know about the behind-the-scenes life of Judy Holliday

Don't see it if you want to care about the character portrayed as Judy Holliday

Also Can you imagine 90 minutes with Judy Holliday, Comden & Green, Leonard... Read more Read less

Clever, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You love TCM and are an old movie buff, especially of rom-coms, musicals. Terrific presentation of Judy Holliday, her era, sexism, politics.

Don't see it if You haven't a clue as to who Judy Holliday was and the ethos of the 1950's to early 1960's. You only seek big budget musicals, or revivals.

Also All the cast was superb, doing double duty in many roles.... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in Judy Holliday or just want to see a top-notch actress/singer get inside the truth of a historical person

Don't see it if you don't like show-biz bio-plays

Also Andréa Burns has been doing fine work for years on and off Broadway, m... Read more Read less

Relatively upbeat, Great singing, Dizzying, Confusing, Absorbing

See it if If you want to learn about Holliday. If you like music & musicals. If you enjoy dizzyingly paced characters & vignettes played by same actor

Don't see it if If you get confused by flashbacks and one actor playing multiple roles with minute costume changes as signals.

Also The small theater adds a wonderful intimate sense to this production w... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Overrated, Dated

See it if you want to learn about judy's life

Don't see it if you're not a fan of hers

Great acting

See it if If you want to see good acting. The secondary performers play multiple roles very well. Andrea Burns does a good job as Judy.

Don't see it if If you want a fancy set. If you want to hear the songs in the program in there entirety.

Quirky, Disappointing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you have any interest in the life and talents of Judy Holiday, enjoy singing, and appreciate few actors playing many roles.

Don't see it if you're looking for sharp dialogue and well-constructed plot and action

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great singing, Delightful, Funny

See it if you love Judy Holliday and fine acting and singing. This is not a juke-box musical. It is a thought-provoking biographical piece with music

Don't see it if you want a kick-up-your-heels jukebox musical.

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if If you enjoy biographical storytelling especially about old world movie stars.

Don't see it if You like big splashy musicals or heavy heavy dramas.

Also The cast is quite amazing effortlessly blending from scene to scene. A... Read more Read less

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 n...
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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 ...
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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...
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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...I...
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