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The Hello Girls

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Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging, Clever, Delightful

About the show

From New York to Paris, from ragtime to jazz, an ensemble of actor-musicians chronicles the story of America's first women soldiers in a new musical by Prospect Theater Company. More…

These intrepid heroines served as bilingual telephone operators on the front lines, helping turn the tide of World War I. They then returned home to fight a decades-long battle for equality and recognition, paving the way for future generations. "The Hello Girls" celebrates the centennial of these groundbreaking women.  

Member Reviews (143)


Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging, Clever, Delightful
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Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if If you want to see great singing and a good story to go with it. A ww1 musical that is well written.

Don't see it if If you want a bigger stage musical. If a war story does not interest you

Delightful, Informative, Ebullient, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Impressive display of talent. Performers move, sing, & play instruments. Loved the battle scene where instruments substituted for guns.

Don't see it if Given the war setting, the tone was too light-hearted. One bubbly song after another. As a result, I didn’t engage emotionally.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if Strong cast of women wartime switchboarders band and bond. Original Peter Mills jazzy chambre musical. Lots to like on that small stage,

Don't see it if Character development could've been stronger with padded time of 2.5 hrs.This confection would've been perfect as an only elonged single act

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Wow! an original musical!!! run!!!

See it if you want to see an original musical. Endearing characters, great music and lyrics, great staging, and a perfect ensemble of actors.

Don't see it if Just see is simply wonderful! This is a story that I knew nothing about, and it was told in a very entertaining and moving fashion.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Pleasing and thoughtful score, Nice voices, Clever staging

See it if Like reality-based stories, music that hits sweet spot, multi-talented cast who act, sing AND play instruments, enjoy little known history.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals or wartime stories, can't appreciate early feminist activism, want more of a set, don't like actors as orchestra.

Entertaining, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Militant feminism is actually awesome

See it if enjoy new musicals reminiscent of older ones. Megamusical in the making. More is more! More songs, lovable chars, uncynical belief in honor.

Don't see it if all your favorite musicals are post-Rent; you prefer rock/contemporary pop.

Also This is impressive! A full length show brimming w/ a fulfilling story,... Read more Read less

Refreshing, Incredibly talented cast, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a musical that's tight and memorable. This one's going places.

Don't see it if you dislike historical themes and you don't like actors who also play instruments - they're amazing.

Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious, Informative, Too long

See it if Interested in seeing a show based on a little known true WW1 story. Multitalented cast of actors/singers/musicians. Great orchestrations.

Don't see it if not interested in war stories, musicals. 2nd act too long. Might be improved with some trimming.

Also It was a wonderful story about unsung, heroic women in WW1 & how they ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Clever, Intelligent

See it if musical based on a WWI event when the US Army was forced to call upon women for competence in the communications system on the front lines

Don't see it if don't want the actors also playing instruments (although they all do it excellently); want rock music rather than jazz-blues-ragtime;

Also the actors really maneuver expertly on the different parts of the smal... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Fresh, Great talent, Great staging, Drags a bit in second act

See it if Women telephone operators in WW1- who knew? Interesting topic presented by winning cast who act, sing & dance while playing instruments.

Don't see it if You’ll like it so watch for its next staging. A little long, 2nd act music not on par with 1st, but that’s just nitpicking.

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Intelligent

See it if Well produced musical about the women who enlisted during WW 1. Great story and excellent cast in this historical show.

Don't see it if If you are not interested in historical musicals.

Now this is empowerment!, Historical, Absorbing, Enchanting, Thought-provoking

See it if If you care about history, WW I, or how significant a group of women could be in difficult circumstances, this is for you. Bring your girls!

Don't see it if You may be tired of so many shows about women and their travails -- this is not that! This is a rarity, for sure.

Also If this were running longer, I'd take every girl in my life to see it ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if A delightful retelling of little know role of women in WW2. Great singing and acting, great music, great costumes. Compelling and fun!

Don't see it if multiple storylines and clever casting--fun music are not your thing. Maybe don't like shows about women's history​?

Clever, Slow, Quirky

See it if you like actor-musician concepts and true stories of women in the army.

Don't see it if you're expecting a clearly staged production or don't like musicals

Talented cast, Interesting story, Refreshing, Historic, Too long

See it if to learn about part of our history that most of us didn't know about. Multi-talented cast--actors sing and play instruments. Nice music.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in historically based plays. A bit repetitive, would be better if about 20 minutes shorter but still well worth seeing

Great staging, Great singing, Feminist, Actor/muso, Educational

See it if You enjoy actor-musician shows such as the Spring Awakening revival, Once, Folk Wandering, etc. Want to lean about a story worth knowing.

Don't see it if You dislike actor-musician shows. Don't care for historical dramas. Dislike shows that have just a hint of anachronism.

Also "Will you answer the call?" -The Hello Girls... Read more Read less

Banal, Cliched, Weak book, Uneven cast, Uninspiring lyrics

See it if You want to see a show that feels like it was written 50 years ago. This is earnest and old fashioned, but not in a good way.

Don't see it if You like nuance and complexity in a musical and its characters.

Delightful, Great singing, Great staging, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if you like talented casts, clever staging, an interesting story, and effective songs. This show is a delight. It really works. Really good.

Don't see it if you need elaborate sets and effects. Or if you are not interested in staging of historical events such as this. But it is well done so come!

Clever, Great singing, Great staging, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if The entire cast is excellent, not only do they sing well but they also play the instruments The choreography is outstanding

Don't see it if you are looking for a full blown musical or are a misogynist

Great singing, Great staging, Uneven, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if It seems the Times and I saw very different plays. I found the first part a bit silly, while the rest pulled me in completely

Don't see it if you need perfection; the tone in the first act needs work, as we take the women seriously one minute and not the next. Still, enchanting.

Delightful, Informative, Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you like shows that shed light on historical events that may not be that familiar

Don't see it if you don't like shows that are set in the past.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if You want to see an original musical about real life events. You are interested in a show about women who made a difference.

Don't see it if You want a show with elaborate sets. You don't like musicals. You don't like shows centered around wars

Also This show was amazing. The whole cast was fantastic. They acted, sang,... Read more Read less

Great singing, Great music direction, For history fans

See it if you enjoy period pieces, and want to be wowed by the cast. They ALL sing and play.

Don't see it if you're bored by period pieces and don't like shows with minimal sets and costumes.

Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Long

See it if you enjoy history, new musicals. Well conceived and entertaining, but overstays its welcome. The talented cast also plays the instruments.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of long musicals. This could definitely be tightened and be a stronger show as a result.

Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Refreshing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you are interested in history told from overlooked perspectives.

Don't see it if you are looking for something super astounding or flashy.

December 2nd, 2018
"For the first act 'The Hello Girls' is a rather thrilling thing — smart, human and sardonically feminist, with a lively ragtime-and-jazz score...Yet the freshness that’s so appealing in Act 1 dissipates in the bloated second act, which succumbs to sentimentality and broad-stroke cliché...We lear...
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December 3rd, 2018
"A new musical exploding with grrrl power, female camaraderie and uplifting songs...Ten quadruple-threat performers play all the parts and most of the instruments...Although the horrors of war are acknowledged, they are rarely dwelled on...'The Hello Girls' is painted in broad, sometimes sentimen...
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December 2nd, 2018
"Filled with memorable songs and brilliant performances, it is a musical as triumphant as the true story on which it is based...Mills (who wrote the music and lyrics) has filled this action-packed war story with instant-classic songs...Director Reichel and Mills cowrote the book, which offers a s...
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December 5th, 2018
“Don't miss it...This new musical has everything going for it, a fascinating historical story, great music, an exceptional cast, and the finest staging...It features splendid direction...This troupe captures the musical's moving story of heroism...The compelling score...draws from many musical ge...
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