The Last Word (NYMF)
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The Last Word (NYMF)
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The Last Word (NYMF) NYC Reviews and Tickets

77%
(66 Reviews)
Positive
88%
Mixed
11%
Negative
1%
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.

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Member Reviews (66)

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507 Reviews | 1867 Followers
60
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.

406 Reviews | 188 Followers
86
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

430 Reviews | 114 Followers
85
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.

410 Reviews | 74 Followers
76
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

414 Reviews | 69 Followers
76
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.

276 Reviews | 58 Followers
77
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.

235 Reviews | 230 Followers
54
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.

258 Reviews | 42 Followers
75
Entertaining

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.

Critic Reviews (5)

The New York Times
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. Sullivan was fiddling with the dial on a vintage AM radio. With more muscular arrangements and a crisper sound design, he might well be onto something.”
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Talkin' Broadway
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 going for it? A killer last number that, for the only time in the evening, drops all pretense and just embraces the unbridled enthusiasm that musical theatre conjures better than almost anything else."
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T
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 directs with a careful and sensitive hand throughout...Raises rich enduring questions about loyalty, letting go of the past, new beginnings, and the importance of friendship.”
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Theater In The Now
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. He allowed the story, however convoluted it may be, to shine through…The choreography was exceptional...'The Last Word' had some mighty high highs and some mighty low lows."
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CHARGED.fm
July 28th, 2016

"'The Last Word' manages to evoke the heart of the 1970s without overdoing it. It also successfully captures the fun and energy of a road trip narrative, a challenge for live theater. The music and dancing is a mixed bag, sometimes innovative and other times feeling simplistic and dated...What the cast and crew have managed to achieve in the time given is remarkable. This isn't just a musical that will make you smile; it will leave you wondering what friendship really means."
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