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From 14 critic and 79 member reviews
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.

Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you enjoy small budget musicals. Clever use of the theater in the staging.

Don't see it if you only enjoy big budget musicals with signature songs.

Great acting, Great singing, Must see, Resonant

See it if want great acting and a great story following a fantastic leading lady, interested in history, interested in music

Don't see it if want something light-hearted, hilarious, for kids.

Great singing, Enthusiaistic cast, Silly book, Lovely music

See it if you can overlook the hackneyed, predictable plot, blah lyrics, and focus on the gorgeous voices & great tunes.

Don't see it if you hated "Bright Star" because this has many similarities. It, too, had a dumb plot & gorgeous music.

Also Go for the music. The cast is winsome and appealing; all have good voi... Read more Read less

Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great jazz band

See it if you enjoy a jazz musical concerning social and political issues of the South in the 1930's. Special note to the live band.They were amazing.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals. A young cast which I believe have the potential to have a great career.


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.

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

Great singing, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if You enjoy musicals with original songs

Don't see it if You dislike musicals with original songs

Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great staging, Delightful

See it if You love music, bluegrass, jazz, blues, soul. Loveable, naive story and characters. Overall great musical production

Don't see it if Expecting a fast paced story.

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

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

Ambitious, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if U like to help incubate new works and young talent and appreciate the inspirational material buried in an incoherent book w pleasant tunes.

Don't see it if You expect more than amateur chops in singers and actors,ask what Patricia Birch was thinking when she directed this-it is not fully formed.

Disappointing, Confusing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You like seeing shows at the beginning as they are being worked.

Don't see it if Like a clear storyline that flows. Show was a little confusing with the timeline left with questions.

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

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.

Ambitious, Confusing, Great singing, Talented young cast, Disappointing

See it if You want to see some young performers w/talent & charm in an, unfortunately, lost play. It has curious storyline which for is senseless/odd~

Don't see it if Was questioning safety/decisions by kid's ward throughout & found connections/decisions characters made baseless. Wants to b feelgood. Isnt.

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.

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.

Lack depth in storyline, but great singing

See it if You like musical theater

Don't see it if you expect big staging and production or want a story that makes you think

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.

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

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

Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a cast give it their all, you like intimate theater.

Don't see it if you want a fully developed show, you want depth to tough topics.

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.

Ambitious, Banal, Slow, Intelligent

See it if You are a fan of small stage productions which are clean without being grand

Don't see it if You like musicals that leave you singing their tunes out the door.

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