The Hello Girls
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The Hello Girls

The Hello Girls NYC Reviews and Tickets

(143 Ratings)
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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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Show-Score Member Reviews (143)

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536 Reviews | 279 Followers
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.

98 Reviews | 15 Followers
Moving, beautiful music and song, great untold story

See it if -- take your daughters, here is a story every young woman needs to know about, so moving and so beautifully performed. Amazing musicians !

Don't see it if There is no reason not to see it....unless, as another reviewer wrote, "unless you are dying," and even then, think about your last activity Read more

360 Reviews | 76 Followers
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. Read more

50 Reviews | 22 Followers
Refreshing, Must see, Great singing, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if you like musicals and are happy when they succeed at what they are after....the subject is new here maybe--the form is not.

Don't see it if You want to see something "new"---there's a lot to love here and its executed flawlessly---but there's not much "new."

407 Reviews | 55 Followers
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!

104 Reviews | 32 Followers
Great singing, Inspiring story, Refreshingly original, Great lyrics, Great staging

See it if you appreciate well-written original scores, multi-talented actors, interesting historical stories, or feminist themes

Don't see it if you desire spectacle or splashy sets and choreography Read more

450 Reviews | 148 Followers
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. Read more

441 Reviews | 88 Followers
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.

Critic Reviews (24)

The New York Times
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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Time Out New York
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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Lighting & Sound America
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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New York Stage Review
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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Theater News Online
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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