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The Unsinkable Molly Brown

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Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting, Great staging

About the show

Transport Group presents a revitalized version of the musical tale of Margaret “Molly” Brown.

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From the show:

This is Molly as she really was: vibrant, progressive, and ready to fight for the underdog as a champion of women’s rights, labor rights, and immigration reform. Transport Group’s production, starring Beth Malone, marks this show’s off-Broadway debut, and the first production in New York since its Broadway premiere in 1960.


Member Reviews (283)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting, Great staging
83
Avg Score

100
Epic, Must see, Riveting

See it if This show deserves 100. The star cast, the songs old and new, the story...parts of Act 1 had me on the edge of my seat!

Don't see it if traditional musical theatre is not your cup of tea, although this show is like drinking tea with whiskey ;)

85
Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you've never seen the amazing Beth Malone before; you like strong female characters and diverse casts packing a big play onto a small stage.

Don't see it if nonstop energy exhausts instead of invigorates.

85
Ambitious, Refreshing, Great writing, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy musicals. Can follow a story that condenses about 60 years into 2 and a half hours (which was done really well)

Don't see it if you don't like musicals, or very strong female characters.

Also This really felt like an On-Broadway musical. Acting, singing, staging... Read more Read less

83
Classic, Resonant, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you enjoy old school musical comedies and/or shows that chronicle the lives of real people. (Also see for Beth Malone’s star performance)

Don't see it if you prefer more modern musical theater that deviates from the same tired musical comedy formula or only like shows that are large spectacles

85
Great singing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if the show was a delight. great acting, singing, staging..delightful feminist quips. a lot of very talented people!!

Don't see it if no reason not to see it

82
Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You want a fun night of theater

Don't see it if Musicals aren't your thing

Also I really really enjoyed the show! Two and a half hours flew by. The le... Read more Read less

100
Refreshing, Great singing, Funny, Delightful

See it if You enjoy great singing great acting

Don't see it if you don't enjoy theater or musicals

Also This was a wonderful production with exceptional Talent! The acting si... Read more Read less

78
Delightful, Dated, Entertaining

See it if Pleasing show well performed with modern updates

Don't see it if You don't like old fashioned music and plot

88
Absorbing, Delightful, Great singing

See it if you love Beth Malone. She is absolutely amazing.

Don't see it if you dislike traditional musical revivals.

90
Enchanting, Fluffy, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if This classic musical theatre done right. The production shines in this first rate revival. Beth Malone is a force to see.

Don't see it if If you find traditional musicals boring then this is not the show for you.

Also This production harkens back to the golden era of musicals and the sta... Read more Read less

89
Delightful, Relevant, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You want a fun night out. Beth Malone is super. Music is very upbeat. A lot of dancing, staged well. Good costumes and sound system.

Don't see it if You expect a revival of the 1960 show or the 1964 movie. -- the book of the show is very different. Or if you are turned off to immigrants.

Also Running time 2.5 hours, including intermission. Theatre downtown on Gr... Read more Read less

88
Masterful, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You love a gritty piss and vinegar gal with a beautiful voice and a full heart. Lots of star moments in dance and song.

Don't see it if you want a serious drama or don’t enjoy a woman wanting to save all souls.

75
Quirky, Dated, Funny, Slow, Great singing

See it if You're a Beth Malone fan who enjoys Meredith Wilson musicals. It's not going to knock your socks off, but it will leave you with a smile.

Don't see it if You expect musicals to cast people who can sing AND act.

90
Must see, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like a Terrific, solid Bway musical—or if you don’t—this might convert you. Beth Malone is amazing as is the cast, choreo & direction.

Don't see it if You’re too attached to the original which didn’t do Molly Brown justice. Fresh new show, this; modern, feminist & fun, amazing voices. Go.

83
Confusing, Ambitious, Great singing, Dizzying, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy historical dramatization and musicals.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy musicals.

Also While the historical accuracy may be a bit off, this was a fun romp. B... Read more Read less

67
Overrated, Dated, Slow, Fluffy, Great singing

See it if You like old musicals with a fluffy plot

Don't see it if You prefer contemporary musicals with a faster pace and a more robust, fleshed out story

1
Indulgent, Fluffy, Excruciating, Dated, Cliched

See it if you dont mind one good song surrounded by really bad writing & one dimensional characters. Mind blowingly bad writing. 10 yrs in the making?

Don't see it if you need real human drama with your music. This writer proselytizes and treats the audience like children. Insulting all around. My 1 is

Also for the cast and what they had to endure under this writer's pen. Mayb... Read more Read less

92
Masterful, Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if If you want to see great talented actors do a terrific job and leave in a better mood!

Don't see it if No reason unless you don’t like musicals.

During previews
81
Entertains/enlightens, Delightful score, Uneven tone, Great staging, Malone dazzles

See it if for spirited, spectacular Beth Malone. What a voice! Rousing prodn numbers by K. Marshall. Moving ending. Molly's gr true-ish American story

Don't see it if you want a gr book; still problematic. Gets draggy; needs cuts. Ensemble didn't gel. Ugly costumes/sets. Very enjoyable, but room to improve

During previews
77
Long, Old fashioned, Nice music, Good story, Great singing

See it if Great talent. Well produced show.\ with an interesting story. Malone & Damane are superb. very traditional

Don't see it if The music is not particularly great nor memorable. It could stand a 15 min cut at least to pick up the pace.

During previews
77
Traditional, Overly long, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You have never seen Molly Brown. I enjoyed the story & found it interesting. She let quite a life. Very talented cast, great voices.

Don't see it if You aren't in the mood for a traditional or classical show. The book was updated but I felt they should have shortened it.

During previews
91
Must see, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful

See it if You’re a fan of old style musicals. This has it all...great singing and dancing, great music, lovely sets and costumes, great direction.

Don't see it if I think the only reason you wouldn’t like this would be if you were looking for a play rather than a musical or looking for something edgy.

Also I say this is an “old style” musical meaning it’s not got a lot of fla... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if Way better than expected. Solid story. Beth Malone and David Aron Damane are fantastic. I could see a Broadway run from this.

Don't see it if You don't older style musicals.

During previews
79
Slow, Old-fashioned, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if u want to see the indefatigable Beth Malone in a fresh & lively (if overly long) revitalization of Willson's classic (& dated) musical.

Don't see it if ur a linguist [Accents are all over the place]; ur not a fan of unabashedly corny, old-fashioned musicals; u expect Willson's original show.

During previews
79
Relevant, Slow, Quirky, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if Malone is indeed unsinkable even as this redo of Willson's original is tonally adrift Engaging & energetic (male chorus) it's all Molly!

Don't see it if Scanlan's "thoroughly modern" remake (book & new songs) highlights the new woman yet it can't seem to unite book to music & solid staging


February 26th, 2020
"‘The Unsinkable Molly Brown’ Has Its Ups and Ups: A 'revisal' of a Meredith Willson musical has a strong female lead who doesn’t quit, and her unrelenting energy makes for a static production."
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February 26th, 2020
3/5 Stars "A feminist-forward revisal...Malone...is enchanting...The book scenes often feel sluggish. You wait impatiently for Malone and the talented company to start singing and dancing again. When they do, this new 'Molly Brown' doesn’t just sail, it soars."
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February 26th, 2020
"Lifeboats and Lifelines: Two Musicals Make the Case for Not Giving Up"
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February 26th, 2020
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