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The Robber Bridegroom
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The Robber Bridegroom NYC Reviews and Tickets

82%
(472 Reviews)
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90%
Mixed
7%
Negative
3%
Members say
Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great staging

About the Show

Roundabout Theatre Company presents an irreverent, playful, and, at times, raunchy tribute to the con men, hucksters and charlatans that created our great nation.

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70
Fluffy, Manic, Entertaining, Broad, Well-sung

See it if you are entertained by fluff. Fun songs, well performed. Very handsome, talented leads. I enjoyed it, but I'm not proud of myself.

Don't see it if mugging annoys you. This show demands the audience laugh at stupidity. Less would have been more; this production tried too hard.

74
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Clever

See it if Your looking for a fun, funny light night of theatre. Original and great music.

Don't see it if You're looking for a serious show.

Critic Reviews (40)

March 13th, 2016

"Alex Timbers’s exceedingly high-spirited revival of this 1975 musical will not be to everyone’s liking. But even those allergic to Southern-fried shtick are unlikely to go away feeling entirely empty. Mr. Timbers uses visual wit and gleefully macabre gags to provide awakening jolts during this sustained singing hayride...'The Robber Bridegroom' is not asking you to think deep. Mostly, it just clomps, two-steps and square dances along its relentlessly exuberant way."
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March 13th, 2016

"There’s nary a lull in Alex Timbers’s exuberant revival of 'The Robber Bridegroom', a raucous hootenanny set in a fanciful version of 18th-century Mississippi...It is a delightfully inventive reimagining of Alfred Uhry and Robert Waldman’s 1975 musical...Like many of Timbers’s previous projects, including 'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson' and 'Peter and the Starcatcher', 'The Robber Bridegroom' loves putting on a show."
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March 13th, 2016

"Timbers draws from his usual bag of magic tricks, prop jokes, and winking meta-theatricality to keep the eye and attention engaged at all times. Even so, the story, having been pulled away from any real engagement with its dark fundamentals, now seems like an excuse instead of the point. That inversion makes for some very uncomfortable juxtapositions...I’m not sure that story should have been made into musical comedy in 1975; making it a better one now only makes it worse."
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March 13th, 2016

"Combining hyperkinetic rowdiness and spirited self-mockery with the larkish low-tech Story Theater tricks, the production imposes the director's signature wink-wink style on the material to a suffocating degree. The show boasts a hardworking cast, a rousing five-piece band and gorgeous design elements. But this twangy 1975 bluegrass musical comedy works way too hard at stealing hearts."
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March 13th, 2016

"Roundabout has produced a 'Robber Bridegroom' that is totally stylish, deeply entertaining, and almost vanishingly slight. That’s not a criticism, entirely...Timbers has made this musical a rollicking good time, a goofy, high-spirited hootenanny. It’s a mighty Mississippi of fun...But Timbers has also stripped out whatever darkness and complexity Uhry’s script once contained...It doesn’t make much of a case for why 'The Robber Bridegroom,' a forgotten musical, deserves to be remembered."
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March 13th, 2016

"Having fun shouldn’t be as exhausting as director Alex Timbers makes it out to be in his overly antic production of 'The Robber Bridegroom'...The show is so overdirected, the unassuming charm of the humble material is crushed like a bug...Having started from the premise that more is more, Timbers won’t stop with anything less than comic overkill. The characters gain nothing, however, and actually squander their appeal when overplayed in a style so broad it becomes total caricature."
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March 13th, 2016

"The Roundabout’s exceptionally charming revival of 'The Robber Bridegroom' is exactly the kind of intimate extravaganza you would expect from Alex Timbers, among the most inventive young directors working today...'The Robber Bridegroom' is a highlight of a season that’s fast becoming a landmark for musicals...The score is fun if not exactly memorable. The show rests on committed performances and an atmosphere that inches up to cute without diving into it whole hog."
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March 17th, 2016

"Set to a wonderfully catchy country-bluegrass score this 'Mississippi fairy tale' is the kind of show where a talking head is kept in a box...[Director] Timbers goes to town, piling up the gags, and setting a breakneck pace — while giving the slower, more serious songs space to breathe...The cast rises to the challenge, including Pasquale. But even he’s eclipsed by Leslie Kritzer’s gold-tooth-flashing wicked stepmother. She gleefully goes over the top, and then over the top of the top."
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March 13th, 2016

"The rollicking new production of the 1975 Broadway musical offers numerous delights. One of them is the bluegrassy score. The bouncy music, performed by an onstage band, is just right for a frisky backwoods Mississippi fairy tale. Director Alex Timbers and the design team fashion a cheeky theatrical world...Leslie Kritzer’s antics as Rosamund’s scheming step-mother, Salome, is another blast...The rest of the cast playing ne’er-do-wells and knuckleheads are all terrific."
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March 13th, 2016

"'The Robber Bridegroom,' which bills itself as 'a Mississippi fairy tale,' is not so much a standard musical as it is a rollicking barroom jamboree where a bunch of storytellers and musicians come together to fool around and have a good time...The chaotic storytelling offers unexpected insight into the freedoms found in role-playing and the cultural identity of the South. The production is directed with atmospheric flair and nonstop playfulness by Alex Timbers."
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March 23rd, 2016

"'The Robber Bridegroom' is refreshingly frisky. Robert Waldman’s twangy, jangly music lends itself to sprightly dance and slapstick comedy...Alex Timbers’ giddy staging makes use of a tireless ensemble and onstage band for maximum foot-stomping, skirt-twirling joy...Who knows if 'Robber Bridegroom' will enter the canon of great American musicals, but it’s a rip-snorting hoedown, one guaranteed to steal your heart."
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March 13th, 2016

"Despite an enjoyable production from director Alex Timbers, we can understand why this Mississippi fairy tale isn't often rehashed...While levity reigns, it is difficult to ignore some of the more questionable passages...Timbers wisely mitigates this ick factor by keeping everything light and irreverent...The result is a snappy, concertlike revival...Even if 'Bridegroom' causes you to cringe at certain moments, it's saved by a cast of talented musicians and the incomparable Kritzer."
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March 13th, 2016

"With director Alex Timbers' rollicking and sexy new Off-Broadway production, this underappreciated gem should prove popular with audiences looking for a swell time...An ensemble of present-day players and musicians gather to tell the story of their Mississippi ancestors along the Trace, using broad-stroke comedy, inventively basic stage craft and the occasional accents of slapstick...'The Robber Bridegroom' will steal your heart, and definitely do it with style."
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March 14th, 2016

"'The Robber Bridegroom' is a slender, foolish entertainment that, even at a mere 90 minutes, suffers from the curse of overmusicalization...Because the score is largely delightful, the problem is understandable, but, given that the starting point is too much of a good thing, it is unnecessary and inadvisable to lay on the gags with the overcaffeinated gusto that marks Timbers' production...In the end, 'The Robber Bridegroom' doesn't entertain; it exhausts."
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March 13th, 2016

"The South...certainly still seems like a place where miracles can happen regularly. And the two biggest of those, amid a production that otherwise has no shortage, go by the names of Alex Timbers and Leslie Kritzer....Kritzer is the heart, soul, and fullest embodiment of the aesthetic that Timbers's ' Bridegroom' celebrates, and the main reason it seems like a musical-comedy curative than a quaint, antiquated curiosity."
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March 24th, 2016

"The score is an enchanting mix of Broadway style with folk and country idioms, and the cast handle the songs with gusto...Despite all of these successful elements, 'The Robber Bridegroom' has some jarring problems, including its gender politics...Without the uncomfortable misogyny factor, 'Bridegroom' would be all pleasure and no pain. Timbers and his solid cast are having a ball, and when the show stays away from nasty stereotypes and sexual assault jokes, it’s irresistible."
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March 13th, 2016

"Timbers has managed to bring visual flair, superb storytelling ability, and first-rate acting work to the stage consistently so that any piece can sparkle in its brightest light. And now he’s done it again with 'The Robber Bridegroom' turning this lesser-known 1975 folk-musical into what I suspect will be one of the biggest crowd-pleasers of 2016...It will steal your heart."
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March 13th, 2016

"The corn (but not the kind on the cob) is as high as an elephant's eye in the Roundabout's robust, rib-jabbing revival...The top-drawer cast can't be faulted for being super energized under the relentlessly frenzied direction of Alex Timbers...The show offers its folksy wares gleefully and is performed as if the company is aware that the audience is watching them. Unfortunately that conceit looks just a little labored, a sign that rather defines the show in general."
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March 20th, 2016

"Steven Pasquale, as Jamie, brings the heat. He is every woman’s bad boy—at once hot and funny…While the plot is predictable, the action is salted with some raucous characters…Alex Timbers’s slick directorial hand polishes up this 'Robber Bridegroom' with humor and precision. When the lights come up, you realize you are exhausted and wondering how the performers are still on their feet."
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March 19th, 2016

"A bit of a hokey side show of a show, but I took it as if it was a traveling actor troop rolling into a small town to entertain us with this funny tall tale...like a wild and raunchy jamboree party is just beginning and a wild ride of a story is about to be told in a big hilarious way...Condensed into a fast and furious 90-min honky-tonk musical and my guess is that this length suits this show perfectly. It’s just the right amount of silliness and fun, without wearing us down."
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March 20th, 2016

"I truly believe you can be shticky and yet smart and witty all at the same time. I confess I did not find that magical combination with 'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson' and I don’t find it with 'The Robber Bridegroom.' But hey, I am all for people going to live theatre when they visit New York, and if they don’t demand much more than 90 minutes of pure escapism, more power to them."
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March 13th, 2016

"The actors and musicians occasionally seem to be having more fun performing than some of us do watching...Despite the director’s missteps, and the show’s occasionally cringe-worthy attitudes towards women, Timbers deserves credit for turning 'The Robber Bridegroom' revival into a trim 90 minutes of country music heaven, featuring a jaunty five-piece band that sounds contemporary enough so that you can tap your toe without feeling like a hayseed."
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May 22nd, 2016

"This adaptation of a novella by Eudora Welty has been given the full Alex Timbers treatment...Everything is geared to being relentlessly entertaining and the effort shows. A Mississippi folk tale of a gentleman by day/robber by night turns into little more than an animated cartoon set to loud bluegrass music...Maybe I just got up on the wrong side of bed, but I found the entire production tedious. It was a long 90 minutes and I had a headache when it was finally over."
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March 13th, 2016

"For ninety minutes of banjo-twangin', thigh-slappin', gut-bustin', down-home fun, head over to 'The Robber Bridegroom'...The score is pleasantly tuneful with a country twang, with some true beauties mixed in with an assortment of delights. And the cast does them full justice...The production offers a continuous stream of laughs and sight gags, some of which threaten to knock you out of your seat...'Bridegroom' is an inventive, unconventional, corn-full delight."
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March 13th, 2016

"'The Robber Bridegroom' isn’t a very good musical, frankly. Uhry’s book is not only slight, it’s a mess. Timbers stages 'Bridegroom' as a show within a show, but there’s no story for the first 20 minutes, which is a problem for a musical that’s only 90 minutes long...Except for Pasquale, the cast appears to have come down with a bad case of 'Hee-Haw.'"
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March 23rd, 2016

"This intentionally silly folktale about the romance between a charming rogue and a Mississippi plantation owner's daughter has drawn considerably higher marks from most critics. But I found its fun to be a bit forced...Everyone seems to be working so hard that I could almost see the beads of sweat...I smiled a little. I tapped my foot some. But I couldn't help wishing that they'd been more at ease and that I'd been having more fun."
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March 13th, 2016

"The revival amounts to 90 minutes of icky-sweet, grating, perky tedium that not even the major gifts of omnipresent TV star Steven Pasquale can redeem...Director Alex Timbers has turned genres gleefully on their edges. Right now, however, he is back in his sappy mood, with manic characters creating props in faux Story Theater style and a humor that, except for the raunchy bits, seems more like a show for children than — what’s the cliché? — for the child within us all."
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March 14th, 2016

"It's a show that you'll probably like or not depending on which side you stand on the whimsy issue...I'm in the anti-whimsy camp. And I did, indeed, find the show, with the exception of several appealing melodies, jokey, tiresome, and offering little reason to try to follow its convoluted story. However — there were more than a few people in the audience who seemed to having a great time. So, there's that."
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March 21st, 2016

"Dubbed a Mississippi fairytale, the off-Broadway revival at the Laura Pels Theater boasts a lively bluegrass score and Alex Timbers’ trademark frenetic direction....You get a sweet, somewhat hokey show. Admittedly, it’s a thin premise, but its hardworking cast delivers on the entertainment front. 'A Robber Bridegroom' makes up for in energy what it lacks in sensibility."
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March 13th, 2016

"A sexy leading man and inventive director collaborate to charm audiences in 'The Robber Bridegroom'...Steven Pasquale and Alex Timbers deserve an extra helping of applause for the Roundabout revival now on the boards because the thin-ish plot and bluegrass score of this eccentric tuner are not to everyone’s tastes...Certainly one of the season’s lighter offerings, but if in-your-face, rural slapstick is your thing, it could make off with your heart."
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March 19th, 2016

"Director Alex Timbers and a cast of top-notch gleeful talents put a bright and especially frolicsome shine on 'The Robber Bridegroom'...Waldman’s tunes pair seamlessly with Uhry’s adroit lyrics that mix the literate with the colloquial...The cast wonderfully carries through Timbers’ intentions, keeping things bubbling at every turn...Sound and sight gags abound, sometimes shamelessly, but never tiresomely. It all manages to retain that mysterious essence called charm."
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March 13th, 2016

"It is a thigh-slapping, buckdancing hoedown. This is one 'lying, two-faced musical' shindig you just have to see...It’s like injecting pure undiluted joy right into your veins...Basically every moment is so perfectly crafted you feel alive on a cellular level...This cast exemplifies the definition of ensemble. A tight, frolicsome, physical team of impact players."
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March 24th, 2016

"The pure joy and toe-tappin' excitement over at the Laura Pels Theatre at Roundabout Theater Company is absolutely not to be missed...And tap your toes you certainly will...This production is triumphantly successful at having fun and entertaining its audience. When the actors themselves all appear to be having fun, you know the show is going to be a delight."
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March 15th, 2016

“This is a down-home Southern fairytale boasting raucous music, crisp choreography, and sight gags galore. What it doesn't muster is a compelling reason for its queasy-making politics…Sure, fairytales are frequently disturbing, but such darkness is usually rich with meaning. Perhaps a more nuanced bandit would lend complexity to the tale. Without such nuance, though, this 'Robber Bridegroom' offers pushy comedy with little purpose. Something's being satirized, but what?"
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March 13th, 2016

"For this Alfred Uhry–Robert Waldman musical, Timbers returns to the scrappy, ensemble-reliant style he so expertly used with 'Peter and the Starcatcher' and 'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.' In doing so, he gets to the core of what theatre is about—a group of people working in concert to tell a story. It's full of glee and giddiness, and you'll have a blast for the too-brief 90 minutes you're in Timbers's care...Make your way to this delightful romp of a musical while you can."
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March 21st, 2016

"An excellent revival...The truth is that this is a beautifully performed, fun-filled ninety intermissionless minutes that sparklingly showcases this neglected musical...All of the songs in 'The Robber Bridegroom,' enhanced by Justine Levine and Martin Lowe’s washboard and tub- thumpin’ orchestrations, are worth hearing. One of the best is Rosamund’s insistence that there’s 'Nothin’ Up.' She’s wrong; there’s plenty up right now at the Laura Pels."
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April 12th, 2016

"I fell head-over-heels for this show...This revival, in the hands of Alex Timbers — the most inventive theater director working today — comes across as a barrel of fun. And I’d pay good money to hear lead actor Steven Pasquale sing his face off any day. The fact that the entire ensemble is so strong (special shout-out to Leslie Kritzer for doing incredible work) is icing on the cake...I hope to get back again before it closes."
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February 25th, 2016

"One's response to this production will depend a lot on whether one enjoys Alex Timber's relentlessly inventive direction. There's no question of Timbers' love of theatre, nor is there any question of his ingenuity. However, he throws so much clever stuff at the audience at such a fast pace in this show that it can get exhausting...The music is delightful, the story amusing, the production highly imaginative. It just needs to relax a little."
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March 26th, 2016

"'The Robber Bridegroom' is 90 effervescent minutes of unabashed fun...Timbers proves himself the go-to director for wildly creative, highly energetic theatre. Sight and sound gags abound, and although their execution is entertaining in its own right, all of the effects are there to serve and propel the story...This is clearly Timbers’ show...The racy content and devilish pace make 'The Robber Bridegroom' an all too rare adult treat."
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March 19th, 2016

"This hilarious musical adventure takes fans into the heart of a good old-fashion folk tale and it’s an adventure you don’t want to miss…'The Robber Bridegroom' delivers high comedy and beautiful music in a short period of time...Pasquale gives an astounding performance as he brings a modern flair to a classic character. His beautiful voice breathes new life into Waldman’s incredible music…Kritzer shines in the role of Salome."
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