The Greatest Hits Down Route 66
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The Greatest Hits Down Route 66
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The Greatest Hits Down Route 66 NYC Reviews and Tickets

74%
(122 Ratings)
Positive
75%
Mixed
19%
Negative
6%
Members say
Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Clever, Ambitious

About the Show

The Franco family's 1999 road trip combines music, memories, and history.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (110)

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60 Reviews | 8 Followers
100
Delightful, Great music, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy American folk songs performed beautifully and want to go on a family road trip down Route 66. Very funny.

Don't see it if are turned off by budget-friendly sets or don't enjoy Brecht-style storytelling. Read more

95 Reviews | 10 Followers
96
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you like charming stories about a family road trip.

Don't see it if you like traditional storytelling or flashy shows. This feels like a little show with a big heart.

53 Reviews | 9 Followers
90
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if Enjoy family stories, off broadway style musicals, you can tell the author put his heart and soul into this show

Don't see it if You want a Fast paced musical or big production. This is an intimate venue and story.

55 Reviews | 14 Followers
88
Full of love and nostalgia, Thoughtful, Entertaining, Ambitious, Worth the journey

See it if Hearing American folk standards sung and played beautifully take you to an earlier time framed by a family road trip across Route 66.

Don't see it if you desire "edgy" work and a gentle script about a family road trip with all its ups and downs is not your thing. Read more

556 Reviews | 136 Followers
81
Delightful, Insightful, Small production

See it if you're interested in a surprising juxtaposition of early 20th century American folk songs with family on a cross-country road trip in 1999.

Don't see it if you're expecting a big production, stage is spare - mostly actors and musicians, characters are drawn broadly but do have their own voices.

51 Reviews | 2 Followers
80
Ambitious, Simple, Entertaining, Cute, Delightful

See it if You’re ok with a simple show that will have you reminiscing about your own family road trips. The singing & acting was good.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a big set or big musical. You don’t want to deal with any serious topics.

464 Reviews | 156 Followers
79
Soft, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you like Carl Sandburg (urbane but earthy, poetic but not effete, deep dish, Chicago-style Americana). Cross-country, cross-time archives

Don't see it if Bit cute/stagey in a sorta family-friendly way. Lovely, contemplative, but not intense. Closer to "script with songs" than "musical theatre" Read more

253 Reviews | 35 Followers
78
Great singing, Charming, Entertaining

See it if Like American folk songs— well played. Story of family and roles played.

Don't see it if A but overdone at times

Critic Reviews (8)

Lighting & Sound America
January 24th, 2024

“Like the poor, the jukebox musical is always with us, but when one comes along displaying real ambition and a distinctive point of view, attention must be paid. I won't pretend that The Greatest Hits Down Route 66 is a musical chartbuster, but it puts its found musical goods to unusual use and it has something to say about America's tarnished melting pot. That's not nothing.”
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Talkin' Broadway
January 23rd, 2024

"...too much and not enough of a trip down the pot-holed highways and byways of life."
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Broadway News
January 24th, 2024

"The show creatively explores personal dynamics...and cultural origins."
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TheaterScene.net
January 28th, 2024

The title of Michael Aguirre’s "The Greatest Hits Down Route 66," the story of the Franco family’s summer road trip in 1999, refers to Carl Sandburg’s 1927 "The American Songbag," a best-selling collection of early folksongs. Aguirre tells us that “the goal is to use music as a memory, an imprint, incidental. It should carry emotional weight but don’t depend on it to move the plot forward.” And that is the problem with the show: the songs are extraneous to the plot and have little impact as most of the 13 songs are so familiar, in the musical arrangements of Grace Yukich and Jennifer C. Dauphinais. There are no surprises in the music played by a three piece band and a lead vocalist, Hannah-Kathryn “HK” Wall.
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C
January 24th, 2024

"...I assure you the 105-minute project is possibly more than you bargained for!"
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Off Off Online
January 25th, 2024

"...finds itself short on songs, long on family dysfunction, and scattered on Americana."
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Blog Critics
February 1st, 2024

"...mingles beauty and melancholy in its reflection of life"
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T
January 22nd, 2024

"The music seeps into the whole production"
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