The Streets of New York
Ends Jan 30 2h 25m
The Streets of New York
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The Streets of New York NYC Reviews and Tickets

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Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging, Great acting

Dion Boucicault's famed play about a middle class family who falls subject to financial ruin. 

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Indulgent, Some glorious silliness, Needs editing, Melodrama, Great fun

See it if you enjoy melodrama when taken past stereotypes into hilarious extremes. Some very good performances.

Don't see it if the social philosophy of poverty is a dealbreaker in entertainment - lots of comments about the nature & purpose being "the poor".

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Delightful, Clever, Funny and sertious, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you like an old fashioned musical with great use of a small stage and a talented cast of characters. Story about ruthlessness relevant today

Don't see it if you like a sophisticated modern musical or big dance and musical numbers. Read more

75
Melodrama, Overrated, Disappointing, Ambitious, Great staging

See it if Melodrama with music that can't decide to be serious or self parody is your cup of tea. Very ambitious for its small stage.

Don't see it if This is not a musical of today's taste, Very old fashioned, indeed.

85
Great staging, Dated, Funny, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you want a very enjoyable but confused mashup of pathos mixed with humor. Imagine Dickens meets the Marx brothers.

Don't see it if you need a big theater with extravagant numbers. Read more

75
Charming, Confusing, Fluffy, Great singing

See it if you want to see some phenomenal performances in an unevenly written 19th century melodrama set to 20th century music

Don't see it if you want anything from the 21at century Read more

86
Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you are curious about this 1800s melodrama. A score has been added and it's both a lot of fun and well-performed. Laughs plus a timely point

Don't see it if you don't like old-fashioned plays. This melodrama has lots of silly plot twists and doesn't always make sense. But it is fun & well-done.

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Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You like to see an old-fashioned melodrama as a 'new' musical. Great fun and appropriate for all. Great for the small stage.

Don't see it if You want a meaningful theater experience or a big theatrical musical - it isn't.

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Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if One of the better Productions put on by the Irish rep. Very entertaining, good acting , singing and staging as well. The play runs

Don't see it if Two and a half hours with a 15-minute intermission. A holiday Musical that takes place in the 1800's that you can still relate to today.

Critic Reviews (6)

Time Out New York
December 14th, 2021

"The Streets of New York’s opening number sets the wrong tone, and it takes a while for the show to properly settle its tongue into cheek. But it clicks in with “Oh How I Love Being Rich,” a spoiled-brat aria sung by Bloodgood’s daughter, Alida (the marvelous Amanda Jane Cooper), who is wickedly bent on marrying Mark. It’s mostly good, silly fun from then on, buoyed by a talented cast of 12—they're an entertaining lot—and a six-piece band that includes a harp; Linda Fisher’s splendid costumes and Hugh Landwehr’s witty set add to the charm."
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Theatermania
December 6th, 2021

"The songs are, in fact, the very best part of The Streets of New York...When's the last time you left a new musical humming the score? If you've seen The Streets of New York at the Irish Repertory Theatre, you're probably humming to beat the band--and praying for the original cast album to come out. Actually, one of these two critics isn't just humming the music to this Off-Broadway show, he's obsessed with it. He can't get it out of his head! No matter that many of these tunes are reminiscent of other, familiar musical theater songs; the point is that the melodies are catchy and the lyrics oftentimes lilt toward the lovely and careen toward the comic."
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TheaterScene.net
December 14th, 2021

Cue the Irish Rep and its remounting of artistic director Charlotte Moore's musical The Streets of New York, which the theatre first premiered twenty years ago in the aftermath of September 11. An affectionate adaptation of Dion Boucicault's 1857 melodrama The Poor of New York, it returns in the wake of a different tragedy--a global pandemic that has claimed nearly 800,000 American lives and more than five million human beings worldwide--sharing the same social conscience as the Dickens classic but also encouraging the audience to do something more fun and cathartic: hiss at the greedy old man. Perhaps it's the Christmas story we actually need this year.
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CurtainUp
November 20th, 2021

"The script is suitably adorned with asides, irony, tongue-in-cheek satire and even pointed understatement. A simple line, "You will find her cheek paler than it used to be", is uproarious in its context, as are so many magical moments, including stylized chases and faints, a vivid tenement fire supported by musician Mark Hartman's adrenaline-charged arrangement (it would fit a silent movie climax sublimely), and a rousing upbeat finale. The artful welding of style and entertainment warrant many weeks, no, months of deserved bows for Ms. Moore and her tremendous troupe."
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Front Row Center
December 19th, 2021

"It is a shout-out to the city of New York and its residents who occupy those spaces of poverty and greed. It is two hours of pure entertainment. It is resilience, human want and need, kindness, and caring, it is having so much fun, laughing, and tapping feet and hands to this wonderful WONDERFUL musical that you bounce out of the theater and down 22nd street smiling at all you meet. And it is what we cherish most, family and friends."
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New York Theatre Guide
December 22nd, 2021

"The Streets of New York, a musical revival adapted from Dion Boucicault’s 1857 play The Poor of New York, is a festive production full of melodramatic storytelling and poppy tunes delivered with merriment by an unforgettable cast."
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