New York | 1h 30m | In Previews: Opens Mar 26

Smart Blonde

From 3 critic and 6 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Intelligent, Slow, Entertaining, Great staging

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. 

1h 30m | In Previews: Opens Mar 26 | 59E59 Theaters / Theater B (Midtown E)


85
Burgh Vivant

for a previous production "It’s a tumultuous tale of triumph and tragedy spinning around in the recording studio set. It’s a retrospective of some of the best days and worst days of her life...Andrea Burns deftly plays Holliday with gusto...It’s a smart script from playwright Willy Holtzman, but it is enhanced by kinetic direction of Peter Flynn...Holtzman and Flynn are an excellent combination. Add Burns, Brody and Heller and you have a magical evening." Full Review

65
Pittsburgh City Paper

for a previous production "Holtzman covers a lot of ground in this 90-minute play...This play is overloaded with incident, but without enough time to explore any of it. Everything is here and it's like having very talented people read you a Wikipedia entry...Flynn's direction is bursting with energy and movement...There's a great story to be got from Holliday's life and I urge Holtzman to continue with his noble quest." Full Review

60
TRIB Live

for a previous production "This is a drama about a Holliday with two L’s — actress Judy Holliday...Andrea Burns is just about perfect in portraying Holliday and in making seamless shifts between her two identities...Both Brody and Heller are fine actors who work overtime to contribute reality and nuance to a multiplicity of characters. But, while this cross-gender role-playing may add to the fun of comedies...it works less well in a drama where people are dealing with real-life issues." Full Review


95
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you love Judy Holliday, great writing, wonderful performances.Reminds us of how special Judy was.Makes you want to go back & see her work.

Don't see it if you want a 100% linear show.This is a memory play, but is easy to follow.Staging is brilliant. 4 actors play a ton of people. Excellent show

82
During previews
Intelligent, Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a talented cast (some playing multiple roles) the story of Star Judy Holiday’s career in a play with some singing.

Don't see it if You want to see a musical or an in-depth exploration of Holiday. The play covers lots of ground in 90 mins but we don’t go too deep.

Also Perhaps a longer 2-act play would allow for more time to highlight why... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if you’d enjoy an intelligent, sensitive and entertaining play with music with an excellent cast exploring the life of Judy Holiday.

Don't see it if you’re not interested in a bio of Judy Holiday; or don’t like smaller shows on a small set.

Also Broadway veterans Andréa Burns, Mark Lotito, Andrea Bianci and Mark Sp... Read more Read less

72
During previews
Not the most interesting story, Great staging, Great acting, Great singing

See it if want to see a phenomenally versatile and talented cast dramatically portray the major events of Judy Holliday’s life

Don't see it if you expect Ms. Holliday’s life story to be especially interesting

Also The acting and impersonations were superb, but unlike 59E59’s previous... Read more Read less

71
During previews
Slow, Intelligent, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You want to see wonderful acting as the supporting actors take on several roles seamlessly.

Don't see it if If you are a Judy Holiday fan and want to hear any of her TONY award songs.

Also The actors, especially Andrea Burns were spectacular. However, the mat... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Slow, Great acting

See it if You want to watch four excellent actors deftly balance a number of characters each.

Don't see it if You want a show that isn't very slow to warm up and somewhat confusing.


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Limited to 4 tickets per order. All offers subject to availability. Offer valid for performances of Smart Blonde through 4/13/19. This offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. Not valid with any other offer. Tickets cannot be reserved or purchased by e-mail. Service fees apply to all phone/internet orders for all non-59E59 Members.

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Limited to 4 tickets per order. All offers subject to availability. Offer valid on all performances of Smart Blonde through 4/13/19. This offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. Not valid with any other offer. Tickets cannot be reserved or purchased by e-mail. Service fees apply to all phone/internet orders for all non-59E59 Members.


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