The Mad Ones
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The Mad Ones
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The Mad Ones NYC Reviews and Tickets

73%
(89 Reviews)
Positive
66%
Mixed
26%
Negative
8%
Members say
Great singing, Cliched, Great acting, Disappointing, Entertaining

About the Show

59E59 and Prospect Theater Company presents this new musical that immerses audiences in the complex inner life of a young woman and asks: when every choice feels like life and death, how do you turn the key?

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Member Reviews (89)

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1002 Reviews | 412 Followers
91
Great singing, Profound, Absorbing, Riveting, Tear jerker

See it if You liked Next To Normal. This seemed to push a lot of those same buttons for me, maybe a bit more light hearted, at least at first.

Don't see it if You don’t understand metaphor! Or if you don’t remember what it was like to be 17 years old and have your whole world seen so possible.

546 Reviews | 1881 Followers
90
Great singing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You liked next to normal or dear evan Hansen. Has a vibe of both if stripped down. Amazing performances. Needs tweaks but still loved it.

Don't see it if You don’t like emotional stories about high schoolers and teen angst.

don
506 Reviews | 1001 Followers
90
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Resonant

See it if you like to see 4 talented singers perform as a team. Also some wonderful lighting.. And Jack K. lives again. H.S. to Univ. prob lives ..

Don't see it if If you need more scenery or if you never faced the H.S. graduate problems.

534 Reviews | 132 Followers
69
Has potential, Good singing, Slow, Repetitious music

See it if You like stories about high school friends and the bonds they develop and share; you are OK with sad stories told with heart and humor.

Don't see it if The play has potential but developmentally, it is in its infancy. Needs more story and editing. Some of the music works but repetitious.

475 Reviews | 260 Followers
0
Excruciating, Banal, Indulgent, Tedious, 100 minutes of your life you will never get back

See it if you enjoy hearing the shrill voices of women singing the boring songs.

Don't see it if you are smart. This is not high-quality entertainment. Read more

470 Reviews | 113 Followers
55
Slow

See it if Scenes with the mom (including her extended song) are great.

Don't see it if The 2 younger actresses have screeching voices. Bright lights constantly shine into the audience's eyes. Show drags (1 hr 45) & needs cuts!

Nic
457 Reviews | 87 Followers
90
Great acting, Great singing, Funny, Moving, Underrated

See it if you’d enjoy an affecting musical gem w/a great score & A+ performances. The audience audibly sniffled at the end. P.S. I NEED A CAST ALBUM!

Don't see it if you’re wrongly influenced by the inexplicably low Show Score average. I am normally in agreement w/the majority here, but NOT in this case.

414 Reviews | 74 Followers
67
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if a musical with an unimaginative plot about teenage angst with minimal staging and generic songs (with 1 or 2 exceptions)

Don't see it if you want a deeper plot or expecting a smaller version of Dear Evan Hansen Read more

Critic Reviews (17)

The New York Times
November 20th, 2017

"'The Mad Ones' is a nonstarter...It feels like a claustrophobic, overheated road trip. We’re the ones stuck in the car...Too much rewriting has over-narrowed the characters into one-note clichés...Their tuneful songs reward flashy vocalism and are generic enough to flatter many kinds of interpretation. But only sometimes are they truly theatrical...The rest of the 14 songs, stacked like pancakes and nearly as identical, glop together...Plays are not playlists."
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Time Out New York
November 16th, 2017

"Kerrigan and Lowdermilk are good at crafting catchy theater pop...Under Stephen Brackett’s fluid direction, the vocally gifted performers deliver the songs with conviction. But Samantha is a cipher, and the show is weighed down by stock characters, familiar metatheatrical devices and multiple clichés. Although 'The Mad Ones' might be enjoyable as an original cast album, on stage it has the same problem as many an angsty teen: It’s not as original as it thinks it is."
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Theatermania
November 16th, 2017

"Musical cliché...Kerrigan and Lowdermilk set their confused story to a generic musical theater score...Director Stephen Brackett's staging is efficient...After sitting through 100 minutes of muddled plotlines and passionate wailing, it is hard not to see 'The Mad Ones' as a musical tribute to YOLO...If you want to see a great musical, I suggest you hit the road, Jack."
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BroadwayWorld
November 20th, 2017

"The production has a well-developed story, great staging, and a memorable score...People of all ages can relate to this touching and humorous story...The four-person cast of 'The Mad Ones' is a dream team...These Broadway stars master the thoughtful, clever dialogue along with the charm and spirit of the musical score...Rich, contemporary songs with live musical accompaniment that beautifully express the themes in the show."
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Lighting & Sound America
November 17th, 2017

“Kerrigan and Lowdermilk lay bare Sam's dilemma with considerable tenderness and wit...The first half is both intriguing and a little bit frustrating...But the second half suddenly, sharply comes to life...Brackett handles this material with sensitivity, keeping the first half from seeming too precious and zeroing in on the conflicts that drive the action to its conclusion...It takes some time to get going, but, on its own terms, it has some exquisite moments."
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Talkin' Broadway
November 16th, 2017

“The unpretentious little musical, has almost no dramatic tension, with a thin plot that serves mostly as a frame for showcasing the songwriting team...The performers deliver on all the charm, energy, and humor they can muster. With the exception of two of the numbers, however, the score itself is mostly unmemorable theater pop...If Kerrigan and Lowdermilk want to ramp things up, they would do well to listen to the kinds of heart-thumping musicals the cast members have on their bios.".
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TheaterScene.net
November 17th, 2017

“The drawn-out opening number is a young woman alone on the relatively bare stage singing a lackluster song about driving. It’s not a very promising start...The mostly harsh music is heavy on the strings and has repetitive, thumping motifs. The lyrics are simple and declarative and inspire the cast to at times border on yelling...It’s only fitfully compelling but could strike a chord with those have an affinity with the subject matter.”
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Theatre is Easy
November 16th, 2017

“A fun and heartfelt musical road trip through a young woman's mind...What carries the show is the relationship between Sam and her best friend...The chemistry is quite effective...Occasionally a sort of ‘concert tone’ takes over, and all this musical flair begins to detract from the story...A fun show with great music and an honest message about being your own person...If you like new musical theatre at all, or even just good music in general, don't miss ‘The Mad Ones.'”
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