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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (APAC)

Members say: Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting
80
Critics
70
5 reviews
Members
83
22 reviews
 

The Astoria Performing Arts Center presents a revival of the Tony-nominated musical comedy about quirky kids putting everything on the line to win.

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Each member of a lovable, eclectic group of sixth graders is eager to win the spelling bee. During the proceedings, led by our fearless leaders Rona and Vice Principal Panch, we meet shy Olive, returning champ Chip, distractible Leaf, overachiever Marcy, activist Logainne, and self-assured William and his 'magic foot.' Through spelling and song, the struggles and dreams of the participants are revealed and explored as we root for each one. Featuring songs by William Finn ('Falsettos') and a Tony-winning book by Rachel Sheinkin.

 

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Reviews (27)

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70
Avg Score

20
Theater In The Now

"Director Dev Bondarin seemed to explore the piece through a realistic lens. She rarely deviated into the over-the-top comedy the text desperately desires...Heart was present, humor was not...From voice to orchestration, the sound was thin and hurt the overall energy. With no personal microphones, relying on volume was near impossible...The company was mediocre at best." Full Review

85
Theatre is Easy

"It is a show that has had so many audiences in stitches, and this production is no different...The one issue I find in any version of this show is the stereotyping...Regardless, energetic song and dance numbers litter the evening and keep a smile on everyone's face…Director Dev Bondarin does a wonderful job honoring the original production." Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

"A delightful concoction of song, dance and jokes performed by a game, stylish cast. The Tony Award-winning musical is silly fun, and silly fun is what the audience gets along with wit, gentle social commentary, and lots of esoteric words to spell along with the cast…The APAC’s production rivals the original Broadway production with its warmth and good humor and makes it clear why this musical will be a staple of theater companies for years to come." Full Review

85
Queens Chronicle

“The kind of show that makes it clear that, in the right hands, any subject can provide the impetus for a stage musical...Director Dev Bondarin keeps things moving along at a clip, providing a few surprises along the way, one involving the largely unseen band. Michael Ferrara, the musical director and keyboardist, leads a crackerjack five-piece group of musicians...Middle school was rarely this much fun.” Full Review

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Times Ledger

"To close its current season, the Astoria Performing Arts Center has mounted a delightful, fun version of 'Spelling Bee' with some stellar performances...Director Dev Bondarin keeps the evening humming along with the right mix of straight humor with a side of pathos. She has opted to split the usual one-act show into two with a 10-minute intermission and this new version works just as well without a loss of momentum." Full Review

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83
Avg Score

81
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You want to see fantastic talent! A delightful show!

Don't see it if You don't want to go to Astoria

65
Funny, Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Overrated

See it if you have never seen this musical before. Also, why add the intermission (to sell concessions?) The second act takes a long time to re-start.

Don't see it if you are as perplexed as I am as to why this needed a musical score. The book is strong enough, and the music does not enhance the piece.

79
Entertaining, Fun

See it if you like spelling and musicals.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in musicals.

79
Funny, Clever, Delightful

See it if you enjoy a clever, well-produced show

Don't see it if you don't find children entrancing

100
Entertaining, Fantastic, surprising

See it if Even if you saw any of the originals on or off Broadway. A total treat. Great cast.

Don't see it if You don't like beautifully produced musicals.

68
Disappointing, Outdated, One gag

See it if you support APAC. They have done some great work. Admittedly this not my favorite show. It is one joke that becomes tedious.Not APAC's fault

Don't see it if don't like silly musicals. Disappointing cast and direction from APAC.

86
Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You want to laugh a lot. The performances were really good! I was pleasantly surprised all around.

Don't see it if Seeing a show in a church basement frightens you. That said, keep an open mind. It's good!

81
Funny, Great acting, Fluffy

See it if you want to see an excellent production of a show you already love -- or put off seeing 9 years ago.

Don't see it if you want to see a great deviation from the original replica productions.

95
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you like a great night of musical theatre that is honest and sweet and super hilarious, and you want to support local theatre companies!

Don't see it if you don't like to laugh. This show is hysterical!

90
Funny, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you love william Finn

Don't see it if you never participated in a spelling bee

82
Funny, Original, Clever, Delightful

See it if Want to see something fun and light.

Don't see it if You don't appreciate humor in a Spelling Bee.

100
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Hilarious

See it if You love to laugh and be entertained by audience participation!

Don't see it if You don't have a sense of humor!

85
Original, Delightful, Hilarious

See it if you want to laugh and see a fresh perspective on spelling bees.

Don't see it if you don't want to see adults acting like pre-teens.

80
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you like a show that both adults and kids can enjoy

Don't see it if you prefer more adult-themed theatre

61
Clever, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if You love humor. This show is written so very well that you'll be near to cry-laughter the whole show. Even intermission.

Don't see it if You're a big fan of the original. Not all the performances were amazing. But it was wonderful.

78
Cliched, Slow, Great singing, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if Family, teens, light theatre goers

Don't see it if You like drama, you want intensity

80
Funny, Clever, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you want to be entertained and absorbed

Don't see it if you do not pay attention

85
Funny, Original, Clever, Thought-provoking, Fluffy

See it if You want a good comedy with a heart of gold.

Don't see it if You can't handle some more questionable humor or a comedy in general.

90
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You love dry humor and whimsical shows

Don't see it if You like serious shows

96
Original, Clever, Delightful, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if You want a good laugh and touching and realistic storys from kids

Don't see it if I don't know why u wouldn't see it u might think it's dumb

90
Funny, Must see, Entertaining

See it if You want to get a good laugh and love listening to pretty upbeat songs. There's a part thats sad, but besides that it's a greats show!

Don't see it if You're not into funny things

91
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You love a good laugh!

Don't see it if You hate musicals about kids