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The Last Word (NYMF)

From 66 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Great singing, Quirky

About the show

Part of the New York Musical Festival: A group of Scrabble hustlers try to raise the funds to save a friend's restaurant in this new musical dramedy. More…

East Cleveland, 1976. Jay is a charismatic slacker living above Paradise, the restaurant his father left him. But Jay is in deep debt to many, including Earlene Floyd, who wants to bulldoze Paradise and put up a parking lot. Jay enlists his old-school gang of misfits to help him raise cash by hustling across America, one game of Scrabble at a time. But old factions and Earlene’s offensive to crush them threaten Paradise's chances of survival. Who will have the last word?

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Member Reviews (66)


Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Great singing, Quirky
Avg Score

Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if It's was meh. Definitely still in development. Songs were meh. Staging meh. Story meh.

Don't see it if You want a polished show.

Entertaining, Original, Refreshing, Energetic, Great singing

See it if U like to hear awesome lyrics and music sung and danced by an energetic young cast;clever storyline about friendship, family, and creativity

Don't see it if You expect elaborate sets and profound dramatic moments; You do not appreciate the hard work involved in creating a brand new musical

Funny, Original, Quirky, Entertaining, Clever

See it if High energy dancing and singing. Demented plot - trying to save a failing Indian restaurant in E Cleveland by winning a Scrabble tournament

Don't see it if Talented cast -- some with Broadway credits -- gives the show their ALL. Nice pop score.

Entertaining, Quirky, Clever

See it if You like scrabble, nerds, romance, curry and fun.

Don't see it if You expect a Broadway caliber show. This is NYMF where you get to see new works in progress.

Entertaining, Funny, Cliched, Cute, Great singing

See it if you want something fun and entertaining

Don't see it if you are bothered by plots and/or character details that don't make sense

Banal, Disappointing, Quirky

See it if Meh. Kinda boring. Nice try but.

Don't see it if Don't think this will make it to Broadway.

Clever, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You enjoy fun musicals and 70s nostalgia. Also if you like seeing stories about people of ethnicities other than white.

Don't see it if You like shows with more substance or shows with deep characters.

Clever, Great staging, Fluffy, Great dancing, Bad music

See it if You're a scrabble geek, appreciate great choreography and dancing, and want to support diverse musical theatre (there's an Indian lead!)

Don't see it if You want good or plot-relevant music (the songs seem almost an afterthought in Act 1), or want a sympathetic protagonist (he's the worst)


See it if you like a fun musical. Not too heavy, easy evening. Cast does a nice job of things. The ending was slightly unexpected.

Don't see it if don't like musicals.

Banal, Cliched, Insipid, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You think stereotypical representations of minority groups is 'diversity'

Don't see it if You would expect a musical about scrabble to have good lyrics.

Absorbing, Clever, Fluffy, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You like to see what a group of people will do to come up with money to save a business

Don't see it if If you dont like small productions

Funny, Quirky, Great singing

See it if you enjoy new musicals with a great cast and tight ensemble. While some of the performances were uneven, as a whole they were charming.

Don't see it if you only enjoy totally polished & finished productions. It's a lot of fun & an entertaining story, but needs some work.

Great choreography, Felicia finley is amazing, Predictable, Uneven, Repetitive lyrics

See it if you want to see how a show progresses. Compare this to the rewrite it needs. There is very little sense of drama. And not much scrabble.

Don't see it if you want a finished book & lyrics. The music is solid. And the theater has great air conditioning.

Lazy, Cliched, Dated, Offensive, Great singing

See it if you thought Honeymoon in Vegas was hilarious but wished the music and lyrics were dumber. Decent vocals and lots of dancing. Not a bad cast.

Don't see it if you thought Nick Bottom was incredibly annoying. You don't like repetitive songs that seem endless. You expect a Scrabble show to be clever.

Entertaining, Fluffy, Funny, Quirky

See it if you enjoy poppy scores and a fun story. Solid cast with a decent story and characters.

Don't see it if you need polish or substance.

Delightful, Entertaining, Original, Funny, Great singing

See it if You like new musicals in the making where actors have fun and story keeps you engaged and you root for the good guy in the end!

Don't see it if You want a big polished musical production with all the kinks- which aren't bad- ironed out already

Original, Fluffy, Great choreography, Great singing

See it if you enjoy a light-hearted show with a lot of potential and an extremely talented cast. Standouts: Finley, Kent, Jain & Kenkel (choreo)

Don't see it if you don't like developmental work. I believe the show should go for a more wacky tone. It isn't perfect, but it has definite potential.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Great singing

See it if Fun, cute, great group of actors/dancers. Just fun musical theatre.

Don't see it if You don't like musical theatre.

Delightful, Quirky, Great singing

See it if It was just ok for me. The songs were cute, the actors invested, it just wasn't my thing. It was all me, just didn't connect.

Don't see it if I say give it a try. I can see someone else getting a kick out of it.

Disappointing, Campy, Forgettable, Well-sung, Polite audience chuckles are few and far between

See it if you like "Rock of Ages"-style (but original, not jukebox) music & a story rife with caricatures & cheesy humor that feels forced at times.

Don't see it if you prefer a compelling story with characters that feel real rather than stereotypical & campy. Some catchy & well-performed songs, though.

Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Great singing

See it if you want to see big talents. Some of the choreography are cheesy, but it was an overall fun show!

Don't see it if you're expecting a grand production.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Quirky

See it if Liked Spelling Bee

Don't see it if You don't like quirky shows

Clever, Original, Refreshing, Must see

See it if you're looking for a great night out. Cute concept, executed well. Felicia Finley is OUTSTANDING. Would be great for an Off Bway transfer.

Don't see it if you are put off by 70s stories

Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You think Scrabble could carry a musical

Don't see it if There are so many other choices

Ambitious, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You Like musicals .. don't mind silly story lines ...enjoy great choreography and like a comfortable cool space to watch a performance.

Don't see it if You want some substance in the story line Don't like silly stuff /don't have the patience to watch 2+ hours of theatre that should be 1 hr

August 1st, 2016
“Has the good-natured potential of a project still in the workshop stage...In essence, this is just the latest iteration of the 'motley crew of lovable misfits overcomes obstacles on its way to nationals' trope...Still, the magpie score amusingly flits around various pop styles, as if Mr. Sulliva...
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July 27th, 2016
"Desperate to tell you that you're having a good time, yet it seems to work just as hard to be off-putting...Smart choices and trackable logic do not abound here; the gang has obstacles at just the right time, and turnarounds occur because otherwise nothing would happen at all…What does it have g...
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July 31st, 2016
"A delightful new musical with a great deal to offer. Mr. Sullivan and his creative team have carefully thought through a musical that features an outstanding cast, a fully developed story with a clear dramatic arc, and an engaging theme that readily connects to the audience...Michael Bello direc...
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July 29th, 2016
"It’s fun! But do we really care about this story? Likely not. 'The Last Word' is a colorful musical that certainly knows what it is. The book though, can use some cleaning up...Michael Bellow had a strong vision for his creative team and his actors. His direction was precise, for the most part. ...
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