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The Other Josh Cohen

From 307 member  reviews
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. 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.


Member Reviews (307)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great singing
82
Avg Score

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.

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

Also Although pleased with the show, I again blame my anticipation.. When t... Read more Read less

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+

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

Also Be careful not to sit on the side sections close to the band (its on e... Read more Read less

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

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.

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.

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.

Also Sample lyric: "I was broker before he broke in."

78
Clever, Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You're looking for a fun evening, to escape from MSNBC. Small scale musical that is charming.

Don't see it if You're looking for a Broadway scale production musical or serious drama.

80
Hilarious, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you like small character driven musicals with appealing characters and a few catchy tunes.

Don't see it if you need big production values and epic themes.

69
Very very cutesy.

See it if You like very light fluff musicals

Don't see it if You want a really good musical story.

65
Banal, Great acting, Great singing, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if You want a pleasant night of fluffy musical theater with live music and talented actors/musicians/singers

Don't see it if You want an interesting night of theater. The story is silly and a little disappointing, none of the songs are memorable, but they're cute.

82
Schlemeil and alter ego sing up a storm

See it if Clever musical by and starring a great duo with 5 talented backup musician/actors. Sweet treatment of dating & self-esteem issues.

Don't see it if Josh's family is a riot. Very lively musical. This is a fun, very New York show. The audience loved it.

90
Clever, Delightful, Great singing, Great staging, Fun!!!

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.

73
Raucous, talented group non stop with a slim rationale

See it if You like nonstop action, in this rather silly undertaking with an underlying ethical message. Audience liked it better than I.

Don't see it if You aren't dazzled by nonstop action at a high decibel level.

Also West side Theater is an old venue. A smallish stage packed with instru... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Clever, Refreshing

See it if a small, very uplifting show with a lot of humor & some touching moments, well-written by the 2 actors playing Josh (one serving as narrator

Don't see it if don't want actors playing more than one role as well as instruments, want something dark or with deep social issues, want big production*

Also * great set for such a small theater & production

77
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if Sweet show with a good cast. An enjoyable time at the theater with little effort . Sit back and go with it.

Don't see it if Light ethnic comedy .

95
Refreshing, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You love musicals. Original smart show. Steve Rosen wonderful. Costumes & characters & staging good. Twists & turns. Sad & funny & happy.

Don't see it if You don’t like loud music. That is probably the only negative so if you can overcome that, you will enjoy.

91
Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Romantic

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.

95
Clever, Relevant, Sweet, Romantic, Joyful

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.

54
Lightweight, Barely funny musical comedy, Pedestrian music, Trite story, Enthusiastic performers

See it if you like musical comedy with a very appealing enthusiastic cast, somewhat silly humor and pleasant "lightweight" characterizations.

Don't see it if you desire comic musicals with some depth to the characters, consistent humor, a more than mediocre score and a less manipulative plot.

78
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing, Romantic

See it if A refreshingly original take on the perils of finding love as portrayed by a multi talented cast

Don't see it if You have become cynical to the possibility of finding the right person

75
Entertaining, Fluffy, Funny

See it if You enjoy light entertainment, with talented actors playing multiple parts and multiple musical instruments.

Don't see it if You need something of substance. This was fun but not memorable.

86
Super talented cast, Very funny, Clever lyrics, Delightful

See it if You like well-crafted comedies. This one will keep you laughing from start to finish.

Don't see it if If you want something serious.

Also I wouldn't call this a groundbreaking comedy, but not everything has t... Read more Read less

72
Dated, Fluffy, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if you want to see a schmaltzy, fun little musical that reminds you of Catskills humor from the 50s through 70s.

Don't see it if you want a serious book with a memorable score and lyrics


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 an...
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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 p...
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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 an...
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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, fun...
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