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. More…
Josh Cohen just can’t get a break. He’s single, broke, and to top it all off, his apartment’s been robbed of everything but a Neil Diamond CD. Soon, though, his luck takes a turn when a mysterious envelope arrives that changes his life forever.
“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.” Full Review
“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.” Full Review
"An irresistible laugh-out-loud rock-musical rom-com with a positive message that will leave you exiting the theater with the biggest of smiles on your face. I know I did...The smart writing, infectious humor, and sweet underlying heart are flawlessly delivered by the pair of thoroughly engaging stars and an across-the-board terrific live on-stage band that doubles as the zany supporting cast." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"The humorous, witty, superlatively clever production...With a versatile cast portraying many roles and Hunter Foster consummately directing, the show smashes audience funny bones with brio, and thankfully, what a pleasurable way to go!...Foster manages to stage this musical with an economy that boggles the imagination, and he makes these characters transcend time, place, and space with shimmering brilliance." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"Proof that life is a comedy of tragedies. You have to laugh at its madness in order not to cry, and you also have to ponder at it so as to see its strange balance. With each song, the musical shows that life has a way of resetting its scales; as if every bumpy road leads to a smooth one. Hence, musically, every song flows into to other like an exuberant plot point...Every song is hilariously poignant, and backed by a phenomenal cast of actors/musicians that can do everything." Full Review
"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." Full Review
“Wetherhead is a standout as are the two Josh's, who are also the the composer, lyricist and book writers. For that matter the whole cast is a well rounded troupe of chameleons. Hunter Foster’s hones this piece in and gives it a delightful spin on a story many of us have gone through, minus the check. Though scrappy and tongue in check you will find yourself chuckling more than once.” Full Review
"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." Full Review
“Cheery revival...The show not only explores the limits of otherness, it literally runs on it...The multi-talented supporting ensemble is led by the very funny Wetherhead...Portraying various mean girlfriends and kind hearted Jewish mothers. Louis Tucci, when not busy on bass guitar, is both Josh’s landlord and his father. Darnell, Elless, and Nestlerode all turn in fine performances in sporadic appearances." Full Review
"The potential for irritation is high, but in keeping the musical’s complaining, mulling, and resolving to a brisk 90 minutes and by keeping its charm and 11 songs witty and sunny, 'The Other Josh Cohen' succeeds with a humble and open-hearted modesty. The musical, directed with a ditzy energy by Hunter Foster, won’t shake up your world. It doesn’t reinvent musical theatre either. But it’s a lark and a polished lark at that." Full Review
“This perky, hopeful new musical with catchy tunes makes even this critic-grouch optimistic...With melodic songs, quirky charms, and a gee-whiz sweetness, it’s an appealing small-scale musical with delightful performances from its seven-member cast...While the material can be hokey at times, so can its inspiration: Neil Diamond. The musical is utterly aware of this. The winks, nudges, and sequins are part of it.” Full Review
"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." Full Review
"A sweet and winning musical comedy...'The Other Josh Cohen' bounces from song to song with high energy and infectious humor. The very able cast plays multiple roles as well as their own instruments, and the costume and wig designers do great work. One of the show’s greatest virtues is its modesty; it’s not a theatrical groundbreaker but uses its small scale to great advantage to deliver an enjoyable and funny 90 minutes." Full Review
“’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.” Full Review
"The musical has an interesting book and relatable lyrics; however, the music seems very much the same except for a couple of numbers which thankfully vary in tempo and style. Director Hunter Foster moves the action along at breakneck speed despite some scenes seeming overlong and overwrought...The musical’s themes of the need to 'Hang On' and to embrace change are important and always timely. It just takes a bit too long to get to that resolution." Full Review
“Mildly entertaining...Yet somehow, the humor in ‘The Other Josh Cohen’ often feels cliché and dated...Rosen and Rossmer have glorious chemistry onstage. Real-life childhood friends, it is easy to tell that they are basking in the glory of the show’s success...Talented cast. Not only are they gifted with comedic timing, but they also work a double shift, serving as the onstage band. Musically, there is some catchy material.” Full Review
for a previous production “A funnier-than-fiction, 90-minute-long musical comedy...Under the direction of Foster, sentimentality reigns, the music is catchy, songs are relatable, and laughs are plentiful in a seamless and well-conceived production that guarantees you will leave the show wearing your happy face...They never missed a beat, and their high energy was palpable...they cut through the material at high speed, using pantomime to fill in the blanks or give punchlines the occasional steroid boost." Full Review
for a previous production “90 minutes of high-speed plot development, witty banter, more than 10 finger-snapping tunes, and a seriously multi-talented ensemble. The musician-actors play every song live and the instruments woven into the plot feel like the musical ‘Once,’ if it had the cultural humor of ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’...The ensemble.not only nails the comedic genre, but also plays an instrument (or three) throughout the show...Sharp comedy and a profoundly talented cast.” Full Review
See it if you like a good story with songs that advance the plot and a dynamite ending; you love it when the actors are also the musicians;
Don't see it if you have a Bah! Humbug! personality; you don't like musicals at all
See it if you yearn for a character whose journey you care about, in a modern setting, with good energy and touching message. I was so happy!
Don't see it if you don't like romantic comedies, surprise endings, delightful, relatable characters, being in a theatre full of satisfied and happy people.
See it if you love original musicals that are clever and will leave you feeling better about the world.
Don't see it if you like your musicals big and splashy. This is an intimate show in a nice space.
See it if .. you love a clever script and very funny lines. ..you appreciate very talented performers who can play multiple roles and many instruments
Don't see it if ..you want a big splashy Broadway musical.
See it if You enjoy performers who are also musicians and singers all at the same time! Looking for a Fun-time musical entertainment
Don't see it if You don't like performers who are also the musicians and who are also the singers, and don't like silly but fun story line
See it if You like well acted musicals with a lot of heart. Very entertaining. Great music, talented musicians and a great story.
Don't see it if You don’t want to see a musical or prefer larger theaters
See it if you want a fun show to brighten your mood. Great songs, cute shtick, fun plot all performed by an energetic and talented cast.
Don't see it if you like your gloomy mood and don't want to do anything to interfere.
See it if It was amazing - very witty, while also being very moving. All the actors were fabulous. And the songs were hummable too!
Don't see it if you simply hate musicals, even the kind that hang together well
See it if You want to see a great, new musical that everyone can identify with that has a good message. I hope this moves on to broadway!
Don't see it if You don’t like musicals.
See it if you like quirky humor, actors playing multiple characters and instruments, upbeat music, and up close storytelling (without interaction).
Don't see it if you're offended by playful mention of porn, cursing, or want a big spectacle show. You need more than modest, thoughtful designs.
See it if you like quirky, funny, well done musicals.This slice of NYC life is as delightful as it gets.Entire cast is terrific.Don't miss this one!
Don't see it if you are looking for a serious, intense play.This is marvelous fun.It has a story to tell and a point to make.It does both very, very well.
See it if you're an optimist at heart and love a story with a happy ending, you appreciate a clever premise & a well-executed production. Great cast!
Don't see it if you're looking for a traditional musical or you're wanting something dark and deep.
See it if looking for a fun show. The cast is very musically talented. All of them took up acting, singing, and playing multiple instruments.
Don't see it if you are looking for a serious show. This is a fun story with some campy humor, but still enjoyable for all ages.
See it if you enjoy schadenfreude humor, energetic acting/singing/dancing, inventive premises, or intimate theater experiences
Don't see it if you don't want to see the actors sweat and spritz, to hear clever lyrics set to pedestrian rock music, or to have the fourth wall broken
See it if you enjoy small-scale musicals with lots of laughs and heart. Talented ensemble plays a variety of characters and the 2 leads are perfect.
Don't see it if you only like big, splashy musicals. Otherwise, go see it! It'll tickle your funnybone and warm your heart.
See it if you want to see an uplifting musical done in a unique style. The staging was fun & the actors played several parts & also played the music
Don't see it if you don't like loud music or if you don't want to see something with a lot of Jewish humor.
See it if you enjoy musical comedy and great comedic acting with a heartwarming message at the end
Don't see it if you want a full blown musical spectacle; this is a smaller ensemble musical, but still packs in a lot of humor and energy!
See it if you like originality and talented actors and just want to go home smiling.
Don't see it if you need something more serious. Also you might have a problem catching some of the words when they are singing.
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Tickets regularly $59 - $89. Offer valid for performances thru 3/24/2019. Blackout dates may apply. Not all seats are discounted. Prices include a $1.50 facility fee. All sales are final - no refunds or exchanges. Offer subject to availability and prior sale. Not valid in combination with any other offers. Normal service charges apply to phone and internet orders. Cast and performance schedule subject to change. Offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. Limit 10 tickets per order.
Valid for tickets regularly priced at $89. Offer valid for performances thru 2/24/19. Blackout dates may apply. Not all seats are discounted. Prices include a $1.50 facility fee. All sales are final - no refunds or exchanges. Offer subject to availability and prior sale. Not valid in combination with any other offers. Normal service charges apply to phone and internet orders. Cast and performance schedule subject to change. Offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. Limit 10 tickets per order.
Valid for tickets regularly priced at $89. Offer valid for performances thru 12/23/18. Blackout dates may apply. Not all seats are discounted. Prices include a $1.50 facility fee. All sales are final - no refunds or exchanges. Offer subject to availability and prior sale. Not valid in combination with any other offers. Normal service charges apply to phone and internet orders. Cast and performance schedule subject to change. Offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. Limit 10 tickets per order.
Orchestra seats are now $49 (reg. $89)
Extra fees are $8 per ticket and $3 per order, but that's the standard charge on all tickets. Book by Feb. 16. Restrictions may apply. Offer valid for performances through Feb. 24. Blackout dates may apply. Not all seats are discounted. Prices include a $1.50 facility fee. All sales are final — no refunds or exchanges. Offer subject to availability and prior sale. Not valid in combination with any other offers or for previously purchased tickets. Normal service charges apply to phone and internet orders. Cast and Performance schedule subject to change. Offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. Limit 10 tickets per order.
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