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The Hello Girls
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The Hello Girls NYC Reviews and Tickets

87%
(143 Reviews)
Positive
97%
Mixed
3%
Negative
0%
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.

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Member Reviews (143)

81
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

85
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.

Critic Reviews (24)

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 learn enough from the musical, which briefly sketches the women’s disgraceful treatment after the war, that it can’t get away with selling us a generically upbeat ending."
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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 sentimental strokes, but it is undeniably inspirational. When the cynic in you has an urge to roll your eyes, you may find them filled with tears."
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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 surprisingly deep amount of historical perspective...There is nothing old-fashioned about Reichel's inventive staging, which holds the fields of France between two upright pianos."
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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 genres including blues and jazz...’The Hello Girls’ is a distinctive portrayal of the strength and fortitude of women...This entertaining, influential show will have a long life in the realm of musical theatre.”
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December 7th, 2018

“A fascinating, stirring slice of early-twentieth-century women's history...Mills and Reichel tell their story with considerable verve...And without throwing any spurious, pro forma musical comedy romances into the mix, the authors depict the girls' growing friendships with their male colleagues and each other...Planting songs in just the right places and using them to strike exactly the right emotional notes...There are a few weaknesses here and there...But this is exhilarating entertainment.”
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December 2nd, 2018

"With a focus on the terrifying war and the active societal equalizing of women, it’s a clever amalgam of something historically pertinent and something contemporarily pertinent...They’re fighting their own battle within the larger battle—and occasionally with humor...Since Mills writes strong, fluid melodies and those keenly crafted lyrics, the anthems and others are consistently tonic...Here’s a golden opportunity to get up to speed on Peter Mills. I’d say it’s all but imperative."
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December 3rd, 2018

“’The Hello Girls' turns this obscure slice of history into something tuneful and stirring...The story looks back 100 years, but its message of making connections – in every sense – and a difference is evergreen... Inspired by real people..The action follows these five ‘hello girls’...With its rich score, assured staging and polished performances, the show reaches out and touches upon heroism of everyday women.”
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December 12th, 2018

"'The Hello Girls' is a historical musical which tells a little known story in a dramatic and compelling manner. Peter Mills' score is tuneful without breaking with its 1917-18 time period. Cara Reichel's expert direction and a talented cast bring the many colorful characters to life. Prospect Theater Company's production of 'The Hello Girls' deserves a longer life than this limited engagement Off Broadway run."
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December 2nd, 2018

"They’re all terrific—not only excellent actors but wonderful singers, dancers, and story-tellers. Lianne Arnold’s evocative set and projection design, Christine O’Grady’s choreography, and Ben Moss’s musical direction make this a rousing and enjoyable piece of theater, at least if you don’t analyze it too deeply. As you probably suspect, my critique centers on the politics, not the stage work—the latter is absolutely stellar."
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December 3rd, 2018

"Act One moves briskly, set in short scenes leading to Europe with an energetic ensemble of four talented women, skilled instrumentalists and singers...The flowing music is not as evocative of the period as, for example, 'Ragtime,' but director/choreographer Cara Reichel adds lively dance steps to enhance the spirit of these intrepid women. Rather than relate solely to WWI, the music ranges forward into sounds of the 1920’s...The lyrics are notable, streetwise and conversational."
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December 2nd, 2018

"A musically rich, beautifully staged, and vibrantly performed musical...Reichel has assembled a terrific cast to deliver vivid performances...Just about perfect first act...The second act does have some problems, mainly the insertion of a scene and character that distract from the tone of the overall story...But enough quibbling. 'The Hello Girls' is a first-class entertainment with strengths that far exceed any shortcomings."
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December 6th, 2018

"This is an enjoyable evening of significant theater...It is difficult to create any tension or element of surprise which affects the dramatic arc since so much of what happens is predictable especially in the first act...Hopefully the creative team will continue to hone the piece to produce a more concentrated story eliminating any irrelevant or repetitious material. It is still worth a visit to see this current production performed by an extremely talented cast."
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December 5th, 2018

"Mills…provides 19 rousing, lyrically clever songs in a variety of modes from jazz to ragtime. Nearly every one works…Keeps reminding us of the chauvinistic obstacles the women had to overcome…'The Hello Girls' is good enough to warrant a commercial production; its chances would be even better with some smart trimming…Reichel's direction is perfection itself…Fishman's Grace is every inch the strong, independent leader the part requires, and she sings with assured authority."
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December 2nd, 2018

“One of the most intelligent, musically superb, well-directed musicals...Reichel has directed this piece with a flourish. All but one of her cast is the orchestra and unlike the John Doyle musicals, here these musicians are just as adept at playing, acting, singing and dancing...The show seems seamless...The script is not dumbed down...A show filled with memorable songs, lush underscoring and rich orchestrations...The cast is a phenomenon.”
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December 3rd, 2018

"The show has been crafted with unusual skill. The music by Peter Mills is varied and often catchy, his lyrics are intelligent and the songs are well-integrated into the ambitious book by Mills and Cara Reichel...The fluid direction by Prospect’s producing artistic director Cara Reichel is a great asset...There is so much to admire here that I hope some clever producer finds an off-Broadway house for the show after it closes December 22."
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December 3rd, 2018

"A delightful tribute to the real-life women...What’s special about this production is that most of the cast members, in addition to providing affecting acting, play an assortment of musical instruments, and director Reich and choreographer Christine O’Grady keep the performers moving swiftly about the stage as the story unfolds...The musical numbers are catchy, and the lyrics are bright and intelligent...Winning performances and admirable creativity."
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December 6th, 2018

"Mills and Reichel have illuminated a shadowy event in history at a time when women are again asserting themselves. The authors do this in true storytelling fashion without polemics so we sympathize with and care about protagonists. Mills’ music and lyrics are varied, specific, and entertaining, deftly in service of both character and plot...Reichel’s Direction is lively, fluid, evocative of circumstance, and aesthetically pleasing...A terrific production of a really original musical."
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December 5th, 2018

“Prospect Theater Company’s striking new production...one of the best new musicals I’ve seen Off-Broadway...Smartly-crafted songs and crisp and inventive numbers. The clever lyrics are loaded with tight phrasing and sparkling rhymes. The music revels in rolling melodies, sweet harmonies, and the occasional unexpected dissonance...Actors doubling...honed to perfection. ‘The Hello Girls' is a winner on all fronts.”
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December 4th, 2018

"Ten talented actor-singer-musicians are filling the jam packed tiny stage...For Peter Mills’ lyrics are fresh and serve the story well, married to his music that is appealing and often more than that. As co-bookwriters he and Ms. Reichel have managed for the most part to deliver a very complicated story...There isn’t a weak link in the ten who fill the many roles...While the First Act is an unalloyed gem, in the shorter Act II there is a tendency to contrive situations that don’t always ring true."
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December 2nd, 2018

"'The Hello Girls' contains everything a musical needs: potentially interesting characters, conflict, drama, melody, diversion, and message. It’s impressive. And it’s frustrating...They have an important story to tell, but Mills and Reichel stint on the character points that would make us care sufficiently...They’re more conduits for plot progression than people...Mills’s music has its pleasures...Despite its well-turned score, it struggles to feel like more than a tutorial."
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December 6th, 2018

“A very interesting and enlightening musical. It shines...on a group of historical women that most people know little or nothing about...Their story is fascinating and charmingly told...The cast members are all very talented and the songs are beautiful and fun...The story is very uplifting and inspiring...A good show for girls to see to show them that even back then women could make a difference...A good show for anyone to see so they can learn the story of these brave women.”
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December 2nd, 2018

“Thoroughly entertaining...The musical takes a most serious context, the fate of the troops in the trenches of WWI, and tackles the still relevant issues of women's rights and equality. The play harvests an engaging, upbeat and energized performance...The entire cast...has spunk...The clarity of the performance is palpable...Destined for a bigger stage, ‘Hello Girls’ might give us more space between vocal numbers and dramatic arc.”
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December 11th, 2018

“Wildly entertaining...Period appropriate numbers jauntily evoke the stylings of the Andrews Sisters alongside waltzes, ragtime and 1920s swing...Simultaneously lighthearted and informative, Reichel and Mills’ book fuses facts of the war with the women’s emotional journeys...’The Hello Girls’ highlights the many hypocrisies of the time...Engaging and educational, one wishes ‘The Hello Girls’ would play for a longer time on a bigger stage.”
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December 2nd, 2018

"All the performers are terrific especially Ellie Fishman as Grace Banker, leader of this band of sisters, who has great presence and a lovely voice...The music and lyrics by Peter Mills is often rousing, sometimes sentimental and just a little too repetitive although the intermingling of music and story is effective...Although there are arguments and misunderstandings between characters, the script lacks dramatic punch and its most powerful moment comes in the epilogue."
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