The Streets of New York
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The Streets of New York
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The Streets of New York NYC Reviews and Tickets

81%
(65 Reviews)
Positive
92%
Mixed
3%
Negative
5%
Members say
Entertaining, Great singing, 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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Member Reviews (65)

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906 Reviews | 924 Followers
77
Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Entertaining and enjoyable

Don't see it if could use some 20 min cut. Sometimes slow.

884 Reviews | 1014 Followers
77
Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy period musicals.

Don't see it if You aren't in the mood for a longer 2 act show.

754 Reviews | 124 Followers
84
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".

697 Reviews | 106 Followers
84
Funny and serious, Delightful, Clever, 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

640 Reviews | 127 Followers
100
Great acting, Quirky, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Funny at times with singing and some dancing. Story about rags to riches, riches to rags. This is over 2hours, but it didn't feel long.

Don't see it if Over two hours, if you dislike singing.

496 Reviews | 727 Followers
79
Quirky, Refreshing, Funny, Campy, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy stories of old New York, campy musicals, or wish The Gilded Age were more fun.

Don't see it if you’re looking for a holiday show. This is marketed as such, but there’s barely anything holiday about it. Read more

460 Reviews | 117 Followers
85
Enchanting musicalized version of 19th century melodrama

See it if Moustache-twirling melodrama of evil banker and sweet victims set to new music played by lovely ensemble including a harp. An Irish Rep gem

Don't see it if Wonderfully old-fashioned and lengthy, which I love -- but be prepared. Nifty staging on a small space. Nostalgic and great entertainment.

466 Reviews | 65 Followers
76
Campy

See it if Light, twisty plot of the rich struggling in hard economic times. Best musical number's from rich, bratty characters. Lovely harp playing.

Don't see it if Hard to feel sad about rich people in harder times; confusing beginning; bigger plot holes; theater's too small for large cast. Read more

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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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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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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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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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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CurtainUp
November 20th, 2021
For a previous production

"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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