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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (APAC)

From 22 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting

About the show

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

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.


Member Reviews (22)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting
83
Avg Score

86
Clever, Entertaining, Funny

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!

65
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Funny, 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.

81
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Funny

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

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.

79
Clever, Delightful, Funny

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

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

79
Entertaining, Fun

See it if you like spelling and musicals.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in 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Disappointing, Outdated, One gag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.

90
Ambitious, Clever, Funny

See it if you love william Finn

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

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
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

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!

85
Delightful, Hilarious, Original

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.

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.

82
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Original

See it if Want to see something fun and light.

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

80
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

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

90
Clever, Great acting, Hilarious, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You love dry humor and whimsical shows

Don't see it if You like serious shows

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!

96
Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Intelligent, Original

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

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

See it if Family, teens, light theatre goers

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

80
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Great writing

See it if you want to be entertained and absorbed

Don't see it if you do not pay attention

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

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.

91
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You love a good laugh!

Don't see it if You hate musicals about kids

90
Entertaining, Funny, Must see

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


May 13th, 2016
"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 ...
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May 12th, 2016
"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 w...
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May 10th, 2016
"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...
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May 12th, 2016
“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 directo...
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