Sweetee NYC Reviews and Tickets

(79 Ratings)
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Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow

About the Show

Dream Big Theatrical presents this '30s-set musical about an integrated group of musicians touring the Jim Crow South.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (79)

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116 Reviews | 53 Followers
Entertaining, Must see, Romantic, Great staging, Great acting/singing/music/orchestra

See it if U want a beautifully written musical that will jazz U up as well as move U. Energetic cast & wonderful orchestration. Bway bound material!

Don't see it if U dislike musicals & simple costumes & minimalist set. However, U will really miss out on a great entertaining time! Read more

52 Reviews | 15 Followers
Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy musicals with a serious message about treating human beings with respect & dignity.

Don't see it if You don't like plays that deal with equality issues. Read more

68 Reviews | 10 Followers
Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy a cute piece with a minimal set, great music, good acting and nice singing.

Don't see it if You have NO imagination!

146 Reviews | 34 Followers
Great singing, Absorbing, Entertaining, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You like a good musical with a talented cast and good singing around a topic of race, prejudice, redemption and inner strength

Don't see it if You don't like small theater. The cast filled the stage... well done

290 Reviews | 92 Followers
Funny, Great singing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You like to see a developing musical with a super cast, great jazzy score, and a wonderful group of talent.

Don't see it if If you need a fully staged musical with full set. You can use you imagination with Sweetee and it's wonderful

254 Reviews | 138 Followers
Absorbing, Delightful, Great singing, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy a throwback to a simpler time with some great singing and staging

Don't see it if You want a contemporary non-involving Broadway production

94 Reviews | 17 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you enjoy seeing young entertainers with great talent in a story about how hard it was for 'colored' folk to perform in the south

Don't see it if you don't like the above genre

159 Reviews | 20 Followers
Entertaining, Great music, Nice voices

See it if you like a story of redemption that includes love as an answer to some problems.

Don't see it if you don't have a heart or like good music!

Critic Reviews (14)

June 1st, 2017

"This mounting is pretty obviously a workshop more than anything else...Still, there's a lot to cherish in this piece, which still needs work but is on the right track...The first act is a simultaneous mix of too much and too little expository information...But once Cat Jones comes on stage, the show takes off...The second act, however, plays more like an outline than a fully fleshed out story...A cheerfully optimistic piece that encourages audiences to dream big."
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Lighting & Sound America
June 2nd, 2017

"A promissory note for a show not yet fully conceived...The characters are little more than attitudes in period clothing. The songs are like placeholders...And the book consists of a series of big moments lacking the connective tissue that would string them together into a meaningful narrative. Furthermore, much of what happens is downright odd, in dire need of further explanation...Birch's staging is solid enough, but she can't do much to straighten out the sketchy, jumbled script."
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Talkin' Broadway
June 1st, 2017

"Certainly, there is potential for a compelling work within this outline. But sadly 'Sweetee' is altogether sketchy as the story plays out through a series of short, poorly connected scenes...Of the cast, Jelani Alladin is the standout, while Jordan Tyson shows she is likely to evolve into an excellent performer...However, while the show may encompass big dreams for its characters and its creator, it will take a great deal of continued work to bring 'Sweetee' to stage-worthy readiness."
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June 10th, 2017

“There is nothing very wrong with Gail Kriegel's new musical, ‘Sweetee,’ other than that it seems very familiar and derivative. An on-the-road story set in the racially divided Deep South 1936-1942 and ultimately ending up in New York, it resembles the social commentary Warner Brothers films of the late thirties...While the music is catchy, Kriegel's lyrics are mainly clichés and don't forward the plot one tiny bit. Her melodramatic story is both repetitious and predictable.”
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June 6th, 2017

“The scenes are sketchy, but the show moves swiftly under the sure hand of director-choreographer Patricia Birch...Tyson’s singing and youthful energy enliven the spirituality of the gospel and hymn songs of the Reverend's band…Many songs are just short snippets and at least four are from the hymn/folk songbook…'Sweetee' has heart but it needs CPR in plot and music to make this show a credible theatrical event."
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Theatre is Easy
June 2nd, 2017

"The use of the space is well thought out and allows for a seamless and unencumbered telling of the story. Yet the story itself is a bit scattered...While the show attempts to incorporate an abundance of ideas and goes in many directions, it does not fully commit to any single choice...Overall, I enjoyed the show. The actors are lively, engaging and charismatic...But in the end I wanted a stronger emotional attachment to the characters and their lives."
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Theater Pizzazz
June 1st, 2017

"The Depression-era South is the fearful setting for much of the poignant, uplifting and soulful musical 'Sweetee' in a limited, must-see run. 'Sweetee' is a unified, dynamic production that is well-acted, lyrically sung, precisely directed/choreographed, staged and set with minimalist brilliance. Gail Kriegel demonstrates her prodigious talents (book, lyrics and music), in her thoughtful characterizations, developing story line and versatile command of music genres."
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Stage Buddy
June 5th, 2017

"The score is by far the best thing about 'Sweetee.' And it's definitely a show in which the music takes center stage - the play often feels like it's all built around the musical numbers. That's not necessarily a bad thing. Still, I could have wished for a little more story at times, and some further character development might not have been a bad idea...But for the most part, 'Sweetee' rolls along at a nice pace, featuring characters who are lovable underdogs."
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