The Other Josh Cohen
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The Other Josh Cohen
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The Other Josh Cohen NYC Reviews and Tickets

82%
(311 Reviews)
Positive
90%
Mixed
9%
Negative
1%
Members say
Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great singing

About the Show

David Rossmer and Steve Rosen play the hapless-yet-warmhearted title character – one eventful year apart – in their musical romantic comedy about courageously owning the hand life deals you, and making your own luck.

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706 Reviews | 200 Followers
79
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Funny, Cliched

See it if you want 90 minutes of light comedy in a predictable story, with live music by the actors who also sing while playing multiple instruments.

Don't see it if you do to like things on the silly side or lots of fast action where most of the cast play multiple parts. Some music is loud.

691 Reviews | 212 Followers
85
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

See it if Lonely, kind New Yorker is having a tough time, then gets a surprising letter. Adorable sentimental story with upbeat catchy pop/rock music.

Don't see it if You are looking for something darker or more substantial. This is a fun small musical.

687 Reviews | 113 Followers
80
Well acted & staged, Fluffy, Delightful, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Charming chamber musical about self esteem, family, karma & Neil Diamond! 'Before & After' lead duo most appealing w/ tiptop backup ensemble

Don't see it if Plot can get a bit cloying & songs are slight overall but players glide effortlessly over any reservations Use of multiple instruments A+

657 Reviews | 147 Followers
86
Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like chamber musicals with clever plot & structure & 2 amiable leads, musicians doubling as ensemble, stories about "schlubs" succeeding

Don't see it if small musicals are not your thing, you get confused when band members play many roles, can't relate to a loser who does the right thing Read more

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506 Reviews | 1002 Followers
85
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Refreshing

See it if Waited years.Kindness rules.Listing of roles fun.Again super talented Writer/Actors.Catch pre-show & Neil songs post show. ALSO

Don't see it if Loo on 2nd level. Some loud songs. Playbill misnamed the two Josh Cohens beneath the photo. ALSO Read more

593 Reviews | 264 Followers
78
Made to look like a goofy college musical, don’t be fooled: this a clever work w an optimistic core

See it if endearing/laugh out loud story of character unlucky in love/life; talented cast dashes around stage 2 act/sing/play instruments, wow!

Don't see it if not heavy; music is forgettable; structured as an unpolished college show; but, heh, that’s part of its immense charm

567 Reviews | 146 Followers
85
Profound, Great staging, Great acting, Great singing, Delightful

See it if Rollicking pop/rock mistaken identity musical: If your ship leaves without you, you can steer it back to you. Superb upbeat Steve Rosen.

Don't see it if Good supporting ensemble work, but the scattered family members diminish focus on the main Cohen. Phone calling on stage never works. Read more

585 Reviews | 220 Followers
83
Fluffy, Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want to have a feel-good time at a musical comedy that has a touching message and fun story.

Don't see it if You don’t like tiny, shoestring, quirky shows that feel like they should be in a fringe festival and nothing more.

Critic Reviews (20)

The New York Times
November 12th, 2018

"If the songs never quite develop a signature sound, except for a few that aptly invoke Neil Diamond, they make up for it in their off-center point of view...The style recalls that of musicals like '[title of show]' and 'Spelling Bee,' with their apparently spontaneous digressions into the odd and outré...'The Other Josh Cohen' is a charmer, touching on real issues without pummeling them. It doesn’t need to push harder or further; in knowing itself, it has already found its beshert."
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Theatermania
November 12th, 2018

“The show's story of sad sack Josh Cohen, a hilarious modern-day Job, has returned...and it feels as fresh and relevant as ever...With its cartoonish brand of comedy and zippy performances from the cast, ‘The Other Josh Cohen’ is the deliriously fun musical we all need right now...With terrific performances, a quirky story, and memorable songs, ‘The Other Josh Cohen’ is a fun ride that delivers a few good messages along with its feel-good vibe.”
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BroadwayWorld
November 15th, 2018

"A labor of love from the true friendship and life experiences of Steve Rosen and David Rossmer...The score, written by Mr. Rossmer and Mr. Rosen, contains some very clever lyrics and catchy melodies. Having all the actors double up on instruments makes it even better...The show is fun, lively and kept a smile on my face the whole time...This is quite an undertaking and deserves to be seen and experienced...A remarkable night of theatre."
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Lighting & Sound America
November 13th, 2018

“’The Other Josh Cohen’ isn't just high concept, it's all concept...The songs are mostly agreeable time-fillers...Anyone looking for an undemanding hour and a half of Seinfeldian shtick, even if some of it has crept by its sell-by date, will probably get his or her money's worth. It's a fast, funny evening, but don't be surprised if, the next morning, you don't remember what you did the night before.”
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New York Stage Review
November 12th, 2018

"Cleverly written by Rossmer and Rosen, 'The Other Josh Cohen' is a light and lively diversion that’s probably going to keep a smile on your face for its 95-minute entirety. Unpretentious in its style and scope, the musical brightly bounces along from one upbeat song to another...Meeting 'The Other Josh Cohen' won’t change your life, but this certainly will give you a dandy time, enhanced by the deceptively casual excellence of the off-Broadway production as nicely staged by Foster."
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New York Stage Review
November 12th, 2018

"I can’t believe I have fallen for a schlub with a cheesy mustache and a Star Wars shower curtain. But, hey, I’m not the only one who’s succumbed to the silly charm of 'The Other Josh Cohen'...Luke Darnell, Hannah Elless, Elizabeth Nestlerode, Louis Tucci, Kate Wetherhead play all the supporting roles...Between lickety-split wig and costume changes, they also play just about every instrument you can imagine. They deserve all the Valentine’s Day candy."
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Theater Pizzazz
November 16th, 2018

“Small in scope, big in heart, ‘Josh Cohen’ is a name that you won’t soon forget...A supporting cast of stellar comedic actors provide an adorably twisty backstory...The current production benefits from the addition of Hunter Foster’s excellent direction. He has made powerful moments more poignant through subtle actions, and added entertaining, clever choices to its delivery...It would be extraordinarily difficult to dislike ‘Josh Cohen’...The best show audiences will have seen in years.”
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CurtainUp
November 15th, 2018

"This little musical that manages to combine a big heart, fun, and laughter and a message has journeyed to many stages...It's light but not too light to have something meaningful and hopeful to say...Much of the fun comes from the verve with which Rossmar and Rosen's musician/actors play all those people in the Josh saga. That includes Josh's family who are hilariously brought to life..If you go, and I think you should, plan to get there a bit early."
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