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That Golden Girls Show!

From 19 critic and 95 member reviews
Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Great acting

About the show

Set in that sassy Miami house in 1985, this brand-new show parodies classic moments from the beloved sitcom 'The Golden Girls'—with puppets! More…

An evening of cheesecake, laughter, Jazzercise, shoulder pads, sex, and the elegant art of the quick-witted put down. Devoted fans and first-timers alike will experience the classic TV series on stage, including Sophia's get-rich-quick schemes, Rose's St. Olaf tales, Blanche's insatiable hunt for men, and Dorothy's daily struggle to keep her roommates in check while fending off her pesky ex-husband once and for all. All characters are portrayed by 'Avenue Q'-style puppets, with the puppeteers visible.

1h 30m | Already closed | DR2 Theatre (Gramercy)

Theater In The Now

"The puppet parody you never knew you desperately needed. 'That Golden Girls Show' is a faithful parody that honored the hit series yet still maintained originality...Rockefeller stayed true to the characters and their multi-season arcs. It was as if Rockefeller's script was a treatment for an actual episode...With the material speaking for itself, Rockefeller did what most playwright-director combos rarely do: succeed." Full Review

Woman Around Town

"The crowd came ready to be entertained and they were unquestionably satisfied. The puppet parody takes everything beloved about the classic ‘80s comedy and packs it into 90 witty minutes of sarcasm-laden shenanigans...There’s a lot going on, but creator Jonathan Rockefeller has done a marvelous job of keeping it all cohesive and easy to follow, as well as pitch-perfect...I’m confident that if you’re a fan of the original you’ll love what 'That Golden Girls Show!' has to offer." Full Review

LA Splash

"What made this so incredibly delicious to me, was that each actor not only handled the puppets but played the actual character, voice, body movements, expressions, all to perfection...I felt, for that hour and a half, that I was seeing the Golden Girls in person, and just loving it!...Devoted fans will fondly remember our four girls and for the first-timers, this will be a joyful introduction to the brilliance of that television series." Full Review

NY Theatre Guide

"Make no mistake: this show is all shoulder pads and bright colors, glamour and sass, puppets and meta humor (jokes about puppets and the episodic nature of sitcoms abound) – and yet, it feels just as fresh, modern, and daring as it does familiar...It is a splendidly fun and heartwarming time at the theatre...Each cast member fully embraces and embodies, rather than merely imitates, the unique qualities of both the character and actor they portray." Full Review

Times Square Chronicles

"Everything you love from the sitcom...It is funny, heartwarming and nostalgic all rolled into one...The puppets created by Joel Gennari are fabulous, as are Michael LaMasa as Dorothy, Emmanuelle Zeesman as Sophia and Cat Greenfield as Blanche. They capture the characters and are feistier than ever before with mouths that crack jokes like whips. Only Arlee Chadwick fails to capture the essence of Rose...Rockefeller's script is irreverent and bawdy." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"These puppeteers are extremely fine actors—in this situation, one of the downsides, as we are drawn so much of the time to their presence and perfect interpretations (vocally and physically). But I must say, the crafty rod puppet maker/director Joel Gennari has more than captured each of these gals in expression and movement making them hard to forget...For devotees of 'The Golden Girls,' there were numerous laugh-out-loud sequences and big guffaws." Full Review


"As a puppet paean to four of TV’s most beloved comic icons, it definitely works, and is the perfect escape for anyone looking for laughs this holiday season...There’s another reason to see the show other than to laugh at tried-and-true 'Golden Girls' one-liners: The amazing onstage puppetry of the gifted cast, with their exaggerated facial expressions and spot-on vocal impersonations of the real-life actresses that played the original 'girls' back in the day." Full Review

New York Theatre Review

"If the plot doesn’t necessarily break much new narrative ground, the puppetry provides an added measure of whimsy...Part of me wishes the show had laid a bit harder into the self-aware meta humor that occasionally surfaces when characters remark on the fact that there are only two permanent sets and wonder why anyone would be interested in a puppet show...Like a late-night piece of cheesecake, 'That Golden Girls Show!' provides a loving reunion with old friends." Full Review

Theatre's Leiter Side

"‘That Golden Girls Show!’ may be subtitled a parody, but it’s really more an homage...The show's gleam comes from how well the performers capture the personalities of the beloved stars with puppets that wonderfully caricaturize their originals. The script itself could almost stand in for a 'Golden Girls' episode; the problem is that, for all its humor, it simply fails to be as funny as the series, and depends more on our nostalgic responses than on anything very original." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"The puppeteers themselves are multi-talented...Each one gives a full and considered acting performance right alongside the puppet versions of their characters...The story line does disappointingly veer off from a typical 'Golden Girls' episode, while also being a little bolder in its language. It may have served the show better to continue along the same lines as it began with in the first act. Having said that, the quality puppeteering and acting do make for an overall enjoyable experience." Full Review


"The production packs in some of the show’s great punch lines and draws on various plotlines fans will find familiar...No, the laughs don’t always land as they do on the series, but that’s to be expected...The performers are all to be applauded for tackling such well-known personalities; each of them voices their character and supplements their puppet’s performance with their own expressions and body language, while careful not to pull too much focus." Full Review

Magical MissTari Tour

"'That Golden Girls Show!' is pretty silly and we had a great time experiencing it together. Is it a great show? Not really...It's merely a fun night out, leaving you wanting to go home and put on the DVDs you have in your collection...Having half the cast not quite as sharp as the other half also led to the not-as-funny-as-I-wanted-it-to-be thing...We giggled at the terrific one-liners that are so iconic. It was the original stuff that didn't make us giggle quite as much." Full Review


"It's really not much of a parody (it's difficult to parody something that is already very funny on its own). Rather, this feels like one regular episode stretched out over an hour and a half, creating slackness in the comedy that is only occasionally remedied by the bravura performances of the cast...Super fans of the show will definitely enjoy spending time with these characters...Still, they might get just as much enjoyment (if not more) by staying home and switching on the TV." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"Had Rockefeller wanted this to look and feel more like the real thing, I don't know that he could have swung it. That fidelity, though, comes at a heavy cost: Once the tribute-paying wears thin, so does the show itself...Assuming you want nothing more from it, 'That Golden Girls Show!' does get the basic idea right, and, thanks to the outstanding puppet design and direction of Joel Gennari is loaded with individual moments any fan of the series will adore." Full Review

The New York Times

"The four puppeteers, who are visible onstage, do a decent job of capturing the well-known voices and mannerisms as they work through a scattershot story...The play, though, doesn’t aspire to much beyond being an exchange of zingers...The setup/punch line style of humor here thus often just feels wan; only a few jokes are home runs. The play seems to be relying on its cachet as a gay-audience favorite, but it doesn’t play directly enough to that audience to be as fun as a good drag show." Full Review

Applause! Applause!

"The insults and banter are not fresh. There is a lack of innovative writing and/or parody. The set is extremely impressive and the actors behind the puppets have mastered the speaking style, hand gestures and body movements of characters they play. The puppets are stunningly crafted. However, if the weak plot and lame jokes in this show were what was portrayed in the original series, it wouldn't have lasted seven minutes, let alone seven seasons." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"Unfortunately, the talented cast and the fond memories don’t prevent 'That Golden Girls Show!' from feeling a bit long...The problem isn’t its length, exactly. It’s the structure of Rockefeller’s writing...Rockefeller’s desire to work in as many references as possible have clearly trumped the demand for a tight narrative...Clearly, Rockefeller is quite aware of why so many people love this show; if only his love for it didn’t overtake his attention to storytelling." Full Review

Off Off Online

"Filled with hilarious gags and zingers...The show eventually falters by relying solely on the popularity of these sassy, larger-than-life women and their personalities more than a clear plot for the audience to grasp. At times the pacing lags and the jokes feel forced...The play really begins to reach for new material, or fill in time, toward the latter part...The real magic is experiencing how the original material from the television show translates to a world of smart-mouthed puppets." Full Review

Lighting & Sound America

"All the expected elements are in place...All that's missing are the laughs...What is on offer here is a quartet of young puppeteers...All four deliver the personas created by the original actresses, but they simply aren't Bea Arthur, Estelle Getty, Rue McClanahan, and Betty White, all of whom could turn the limpest gag into a zinger. Then again, the writing here is so weak that one wonders if even these four great ladies might not have found themselves at a loss." Full Review

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining


Don't see it if if you've never seen the show before nor like it

Hilarious, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of the 80's show and can't get enough of the "Girls"

Don't see it if You didn't like the TV show

Campy delightful fun!!!!

See it if You have a good sense of high camp and love the Golden Girls and want to have a great time.

Don't see it if Silliness and campiness don't float your boat. But I found it an unexpected hoot!

Clever, Hilarious, Quirky, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if fan of the golden girls and love pupets (like avenue Q) very funny and well done

Don't see it if not a fan of the golden girls

Funny, Great acting, Delightful, These golden girls are golden!!!!

See it if If you want to have a fun evening full of laughs and enjoy puppetry at its' best see this show. And of course the actors are top-notch too!!

Don't see it if If you want to see something serious or dark.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You are up for anything -they are starting the Halloween version so go -adlibs can be funnier than the prepared dialogue

Don't see it if Drag shows bother you

Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You loved the Golden Girls, cheesecake, and puppet theater. It's like watching an episode of the Golden Girls.

Don't see it if you didn't like the sitcom

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great staging

See it if You love The Golden Girls! This is for the true fans, not the mildly acquainted. Also if you like shows set in the 80s!

Don't see it if You don't care about the Golden Girls or don't like puppets. If sexual innuendo and some cursing offends you, this isn't for you.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You like quirky clever shows

Don't see it if You don't like puppets

Funny, Great staging, Slow, Fantastic puppets, Good parody

See it if You like puppets, Golden Girls, parodies, reliving the '80s.

Don't see it if You don't like puppets, seeing the puppeteers, Golden Girls, an extended (too lengthy) GG episode, sexual references.

Entertaining, Hilarious, Fun, Quirky, Great staging

See it if you're a Golden Girls enthusiast. The puppet and set design are fabulous.

Don't see it if you don't care for puppetry

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Fluffy

See it if are a big fan of the Golden Girls show. They did a great job of capturing the essence of the show and the characters especially Dorothy!!

Don't see it if you are expecting the funniest show ever. A little too long for my opinion. Basically a 90 minute episode of the show, but very funny.

Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if The puppet concept was great..first two scenes were funny not enough profanity, great acting & singing, Entertaining.

Don't see it if If you didn't like the Golden girls & don't like puppets.

Also Playwright said he toned down the profanity but I think it would have ... Read more Read less

Funny, Entertaining, Great staging, Fluffy, Slow

See it if You're a fan of the show. Actors playing Dorothy and Blanche were great. Blending new jokes into old ones taken straight from the show.

Don't see it if Show drags a little -- 30 minute episode stretched into a play. Puppeteers slightly distracting from the puppets at times.

Slow in act 2, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

See it if You were a fan of The Golden Girls TV series, if you enjoy shows with puppets and like to laugh

Don't see it if You don't like/know The Golden Girls TV show. you are looking for a show with deep meaning or something thought provoking, or hate puppets.

Also Opening night they played to a full house and after someone in the aud... Read more Read less

Funny, Overrated, Too short, Poor sets

See it if Your a fan of the Golden Girls from TV or you like guys in Drag.

Don't see it if You are expecting a Broadway production with sets or like shows that are longer than 70 minutes

Also Show was funny but not a quality production. 4 Tall Guys Play the Gold... Read more Read less

Clever, Disappointing, Slow, Cute

See it if You are a HUGE Golden Girls fan and you feel you SHOULD see it because of that.

Don't see it if You don't want to be disappointed inexecution & character choices. Except for Dorothy, the rest did not capture the originals (for me).

Slow, Amusing, Fun, Puppets, Silly

See it if you're a massive Golden Girls fan. (And this is the only reason to see it.) It's really fun to see the puppet mannerisms. The cast is great.

Don't see it if you're looking for something really clever or witty. This ain't Avenue Q. There are fun GG references but the dull story line really drags.

Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Nostolgic, Delightful

See it if You are a fan of the original. The opening night audience was. We were all singing the opening theme out loud as a group sing a long.

Don't see it if you have never seen the original. (but who hasn't. It did feel a little long. A Golden Girls episode is 25 minutes for a reason.

Also The set is perfect. Every detail was exact right down to the giant Asi... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Disappointing, Fluffy, Indulgent, Raunchy

See it if you love puppets and want to unplug your brain for ninety minutes.

Don't see it if you'll be frustrated by a tremendous missed opportunity here to have done something genuinely funny, insightful, or surprising.

Cliched, Disappointing, Sprinkled with moments of fun, Delightful puppetry, Fab cast

See it if You enjoyed the Golden Girls and wondered what would happen if Avenue Q took over

Don't see it if You are looking for a bright and refreshing take on the Golden Girls. This version is remix of old episodes without the same twinkle.

Funny, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if The Golden Girls is a staple watch for you or you enjoy watching occasionally.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy a cheesy parody with lots of one-liners.

Also For fans of the TV show, this is a light-hearted nostalgic look at the... Read more Read less

Funny, Fluffy, Disappointing, Dated, Slow

See it if it is for people who support homo sexuality and want a forum. The leads are 4 men dressed as the girls. Some are better than others.

Don't see it if Very sexual and against Trump. The story is very fluffy

Funny, Disappointing, Great acting, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if you're interested in it. It's fun, but too long. They could cut 20-30 minutes of the show, and it'd be much better. It's silly fluff.

Don't see it if you have no desire to see it, you hate puppets, you don't like The Golden Girls, you want to actually see a good show.

Slow, Funny, Disappointing

See it if You are a big fan of the tv show and not looking for much more than an extended episode.

Don't see it if You are really hoping for the parody aspect or anything more than a cute show. It just falls a bit flat.