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The Mad Ones

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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? More…

Mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved...Samantha Brown balances on the edge of her future, car keys in hand. As she sits in the driver's seat, she faces a choice: will she follow in her mother's footsteps, or take the dare of her impetuous best friend and chart a new path?


Member Reviews (89)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Cliched, Great acting, Disappointing, Entertaining
73
Avg Score

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.

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.

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.

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.

Also For a show that has been around for a while, "The Mad Ones" seems like... Read more Read less

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!

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.

79
Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing, Cliched

See it if you want to see the great performances from the two leading ladies. Generous score mostly for entertainment value; other elements lacking.

Don't see it if you're looking for great songs. Most were pleasant, yet forgettable. The play itself is entertaining throughout, but cliched/predictable.

90
I loved this bright, inventive 4 hander with a very talented score and cast.

See it if You like relatable, accessible music. You like to see good singing, well directed in a small minimal stage. Great band, nice orchestration.

Don't see it if You mind screeching. The lead sometimes oversings but she has a delicate soft modulation so the screech can be unlearnt. You want BIG..

Also This is actually a nice turn on a tale of youthful discovery. The clas... Read more Read less

88
Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Refreshing, Pop-y

See it if you want to discover & become a fan of Kerrigan and Lowdermilk

Don't see it if you hate newfangled pop musicals, want a big orchestra sound, dislike indecisive protagonists

Also This show has “early work” all over it to me—in the best sense. The ta... Read more Read less

74
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great singing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You're a fan of Kerrigan & Lowdermilk; a fan of extreme belting and a few lovely songs; have strong memories of teenage uncertainty

Don't see it if You want a fully developed musical with a compelling book; are seeking diversity of song

Also As a long time fan of Kerrigan & Lowdermilk I was both pleased to hear... Read more Read less

49
Cliched, Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid, Banal

See it if Terribly shrill voices, thin and banal storyline. The target audience is white , middle class, 12 to 16 year old females.

Don't see it if Do not see if you expect adaquate singing and acting.

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.

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

Also The actors were clearly emotionally invested in their characters but t... Read more Read less

58
All the songs sound the same, Good performances, Adolescent angst, Characters not developed

See it if You’re 17 years old.

Don't see it if You like shows in which something happens.

75
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great singing, Slow, Intense

See it if You are looking to see a show with an amazingly orchestrated contemporary theatre score sung to perfection.

Don't see it if You want to see a "big" show. You have a limited attention span.

Also I don't know if I've ever been more conflicted about a show than The M... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Funny

See it if you would like to see a good off-broadway show. The show can be improved upon a little but still we all enjoyed it. The singing was great.

Don't see it if you can't sit for 1 40 mins without an intermission. The show can be trimmed a little. The lyrics for the songs get repetitive.

60
Cliched, Boring

See it if you want a show about teenage angst.

Don't see it if you want a show where the characters hold your interest. Most songs sound alike and are overly dramatic, some bordering on screaming.

98
Clever, Great singing, Refreshing, Sad

See it if you love talented singers, with more singing than dialog; you enjoy stories about high school seniors

Don't see it if you don't want to see a show that might make you sad (hint, one of the teens dies but you know that early on)

90
Absorbing, Great singing, Must see, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You're a fan of great singing in a story that speaks to the place of women today

Don't see it if you don't like plays without an intermission or are looking for a traditional big musical with a chorus and dancing

75
Intense, Great singing, Great acting, Good songs

See it if you want to see a completely origina musical with some nice songs.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals that explore darker subjects

83
Entertaining, Great singing, Resonant, Great acting

See it if A women’s coming of age Kerouac On The Road musical. Good music,staging, In the style of Next to Normal

Don't see it if You don’t want to be reminded how fragile life can be

70
Great singing, Cliched

See it if You want to see a beautifully scored musical that doesn't have a lot of new things to say.

Don't see it if You are looking for a more focused, driven show that packs the punch it intends.

69
Groupies glad, rest plain mad

See it if You are under thirty or love musical theater more than life itself.

Don't see it if You hate angst ridden teens or having a ghost on stage. Show badly needs either an intermission or cut. Last half hour cast shows off pipes.

Also Some beautiful, toe tapping songs. Young crowd loved show, older folks... Read more Read less

80
Great singing, Non-existent set, Melodic, Nice harp, Engaging cast

See it if you like melodic songs and enjoy good voices and singing. The ensemble - harp, violing and guitar - is great. Decent musical experience.

Don't see it if you are interested in a story more than in music. It also gets somewhat repetative towards the end. The male role is cut too short.

91
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great writing, Resonant

See it if You like small musicals about emotions and real life. You want to see something fresh with a great score and songs. You like DEH.

Don't see it if You want a musical with big production numbers or a fancy set. You can’t sit still for over 90 minutes!

Also Frankly I thought the songs and score were far superior to DEH, and th... Read more Read less


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 interpre...
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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 cl...
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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 YO...
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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 spir...
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