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Members say: 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. More…

Based on real events, 'Sweetee' tells the story of an outcast minister, a young street singer, and a band of orphans in the Depression-era South. As they struggle to make music and find their place in a world amid bigotry and poverty, a tale of spiritual triumph in the face of adversity and racism emerges. Directed by two-time Emmy winner and five-time Tony-nominee Patricia Birch.

Member Reviews (79)


Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow
Avg Score

Inane plot, Clunky dialogue, Strong singing, Needs cuts, Unearned ending

See it if Some good songs, well-sung. The young leads are talented; everyone tries hard. The band is good. Nice costumes.

Don't see it if you want a coherent plot with an emotional impact. This is a mess. Many of the dull songs should be cut. Other songs should be lengthened.

Uneven, Slow, Disappointing, Not bad, Not good

See it if You want to see a show that has a couple good singers but no great songs and a poorly written book. It's not a total waste of time.

Don't see it if You want a good show. You need to find things to like about this. Some good talent they were just not given good material to work with.

Ambitious, Quirky, Slow, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy new musicals, black singing groups in the 30's-40's, fan of jazz and gospel, tracing growth of a shy young female to assertiveness

Don't see it if musicals in development are not your thing, issues of abuse discomfort you, expect large production numbers, too much coincidence

Great singing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Confusing, Uneven acting

See it if You want to hear very talented singers. You like Southern-style music. You want a musical w/a social message.

Don't see it if You want good acting from the whole cast: some are painful! You want a clear story: there are unexplained plot points & time jumps.

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy an interesting story about a black girl growing up in deep south in the 30s. Very excellent performance by girl who played Sweetee

Don't see it if you don't like stories about Jim Crow South. The story does show how one can rise despite bad beginnings

Banal, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You like supporting actors most of whom are making their off-Broadway debuts. You like slow musicals with tons of songs that sound the same.

Don't see it if You want a fast-paced musical, you want to feel the emotions (rather than one-dimensional flat & boring characters).

Mildly entertaining, Earnest cast, Some good songs

See it if You like small ensembles with varying talents. Costumes and a few moments are good, but the cast is not well-served by the script.

Don't see it if You want creative staging or sets. Although the cast works hard, at times it felt merely like a good high school production.

Also Mostly ambivalent about this production. Didn't ever hate it, but foun... Read more Read less

Good work in progress. some good music and good performances

See it if You're okay with works in progress.

Don't see it if You don't like works in progress.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if Small, intimate musical theatre.

Don't see it if You're looking for a BROADWAY musical

Great singing, Ambitious, Cliched, So-so

See it if You appreciate an ambitious new musical with a large, talented cast for such a small production. You're interested in Jim Crow south stories

Don't see it if You were hoping for a greater emotional pull. Songs are okay, but lacking any showstoppers which is unfortunate since cast has the pipes.

Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if A musical concerning social and political issues of the South in the 1930's. Although the cast tried hard the material was limited.

Don't see it if You do not like small budget off Broadway musicals.

Entertaining, Slow, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if you don't mind a somewhat amateurish production with a charming cast who give it their all.

Don't see it if you want something highly polished.

Cliched, Slow, Trying hard, Well intentioned

See it if You want to see a show early in its development that needs lots of work, that's what this run should provide .

Don't see it if You want character development and great singing , still not sure who or why we were watching these people

It needs work !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

See it if you enjoy eating cake batter before it gets the chance to become, with all the all the magical ingredients, it's intended purpose.

Don't see it if you prefer to eat a fully baked cake, icing and all.

Also Like the song from the 1989 Broadway musical City of Angels states, “I... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great music, Excellent singing, Weak book, Bit confusing

See it if you'd enjoy listening to great music, strong singers, & experiencing a debuting ingenue. Musically entertaining; sadly, script is very weak.

Don't see it if you're expecting a BIG epic musical. Minimal set, though perfect for small house. Show has SO much potential, just not quite fulfilled yet.

Also Story takes a weird turn, pulled outta NO WHERE. Predictability is one... Read more Read less

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

Bland, lacking, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a mildly entertaining musical about an orphan singing troupe in the 1940's South, and all the hardships in a weak musical

Don't see it if you don't want to see a musical that should have been moving and heartwarming, but lacked that emotional punch and connection.

Slow, Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Zzzzz

See it if you want to see people essentially walking in circles.

Don't see it if you need actors to have chemistry or plotting to be original.

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

Clever, Delightful, Ambitious, Great singing, Relevant

See it if You want to see up & coming actors in a heart-warming show, great singing by Jelani Alladin & Jordan Tyson, if you support young actors.

Don't see it if You expect a Tony winning show, elaborate stage, huge theatre or a show that is tight. Needs a bit of work.

Also Glad to have seen it. The two protagonist (Jelani & Jordan) have great... Read more Read less


See it if you like a jazz musical. The young cast is exuberant and fun to watch. The story is a little weak, but it is still a fun play.

Don't see it if don't like musicals or shows that are a bit predictable.

Entertaining, Ambitious, Relevant

See it if if you want to see young actors/singers tell the story of blacks growing up in the south - not a new story, but always an emotional one.

Don't see it if if you are looking for a great musical with consistent singing and a well developed plot and script

Also I did enjoy this show as the music was upbeat and enjoyable, even thou... Read more Read less

Banal, Cliched, Great singing, Terrific acting, singing and music , but unfortunately in service of a tired and predictable script.

See it if Delightful and talented cast is enough to let you overlook the clichéd story.

Don't see it if Excellent musical talent isn't enough to overcome the tired same old story you know by heart.

Sweet and sour

See it if Not a bad seat in the house given three qtr thrust. Young cast supplies as much pluck as possible. Lead's suitor feels more like lead.

Don't see it if Mediocre, forgettable songs. Lead is sweet and charming, but lacked presence. How many shows about orphans can audiences endure?

Also Footnote: Footwear joke dragged out for entire show, but finally paid ... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great singing, Touching, Great songs

See it if you want to see a well acted show with a touching story and nice music.

Don't see it if you don't like shows about kids that form bands or that deal with big issues like poverty and racial injustice.

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 ...
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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. F...
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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 exc...
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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 t...
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