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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

During previews
91
Intelligent, Great acting, Great singing, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if 95% and 87%. Great talent esp .Beth Malone &David A. Damane. Other 14 were almost as talented. Story had to be retold. 25 delightful songs

Don't see it if Leg room in theaters of yore need work. Missed the emphasis on the Titanic and the rowboat scene (seems to be diluted.) ALSO

Also Dances wonderful. Could not have been better. Transport most often use... Read more Read less

During previews
84
Refreshing, Great staging, Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you like earlier style musicals - this one updated with great costumes and choreography, a talented, energetic cast and a good orchestra.

Don't see it if you expect the happy-go-lucky film version - here the story is adapted to real life with additional songs and adapted music. Long first act.

During previews
77
Fluffy, Overrated, Great acting, Funny, Ambitious

See it if you're a fan of the original, curious about a new version, fan of Beth Malone or director Marshall, interested in story of Molly & Titanic

Don't see it if not a fan of traditional style musicals or big musicals adapted for a smaller stage, want biographical shows to adhere closely to truth

During previews
95
Social relevance, Great choreography, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want a fantastic evening of musical theater! The amazing performers act, dance, sing & move furniture with grace. The costumes delight.

Don't see it if you hate the long trip to the lower east side. Other then that you'd be missing a great performance.

During previews
77
Breakout lead performance by beth malone as the ”unsinkable” one in entertaining but hokey musical

See it if Kathleen Marshall provides charming choreo; Malone acts/sings/dances up a storm; pro-immigration message gives middle finger 2 Donald T

Don't see it if cornball; not enough great tunes; tho revamped as feminist, Molly remains cartoon saint; missing sizzle & polish of Bdway production

Also This musical by Meredith Willson/Music Man draws inspiration from a co... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if See a talent cast performance, it's funny. Touch of yesterday, with some things that are today.

Don't see it if It a 2 1/2 hour show. You dislike musical.

Also It was refreshing to me, love the cast. Love that classic story. Debbi... Read more Read less

During previews
92
Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you’re looking for a classic show that’s also relevant. Themes of female empowerment, immigration, workers’ rights, and class.

Don't see it if you don’t like old-fashioned musicals, or you’re wanting to see a Titanic story (it’s not).

Also Despite all the themes, they don’t feel forced and work well together ... Read more Read less

During previews
86
Refreshing, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Classic

See it if You want to see this rarely-staged classic gem in a Broadway-caliber production (save the sets) w/ a refreshing new book & 2 stunning leads.

Don't see it if You dislike uplifting American classics like The Music Man, Bells Are Ringing, The King and I, Wonderful Town, etc.

During previews
91
Molly brown for president!

See it if you enjoy a very cleverly revived musical. Bravura performance by Beth Malone and David Aron Damane. Wonderful singing and acting.

Don't see it if you don't like any changes to lyrics in musicals.

Also Molly Brown is revived not just as sassy and strong woman but a very e... Read more Read less

During previews
96
Absorbing, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Super talented Broadway cast play multiple roles in this fun musical adaptation. Adventures include finding gold, heading to Denver etc.

Don't see it if You don't like large cast musicals that are Broadway quality. You don't like modern themes injected into the original musical. High energy!

During previews
69
Overlong, Overstuffed, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched

See it if you want to see a revisal of this classic musical. It takes the original in a new direction, maybe for the better, maybe for the worse.

Don't see it if If you do not like musical theatre classics or revisals.

Also Unfortunately, I wanted to love Beth Malone, but here she is giving a ... Read more Read less

During previews
81
Malone, wow!, Good voices, able cast, Delightful choreography, Entertaining

See it if Want “old-fashioned” musical helmed and played by Bdwy stalwarts. Score not memorable but engaging. Good, fun theater.

Don't see it if Revs to orig script are better but still not great. Songs not organically meshed to story. Staging good on inadequate set. Still, go.

During previews
89
Really well done.

See it if You appreciate a good staging of an old musical with terrific singing and performances.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals.

During previews
84
Worth it, Beth malone = national treasure, Revisalized, Well done, Joyful

See it if want 2 feel sense of joy from BWY musical, appreciate effort 2 make it better, like traditional Bway musical tropes, 2 leave feeling better

Don't see it if dislike BWY musical form, think that historical figures aren't worth musicalization except 4 HAMILTON, need your life 2 parade on stage B4 U

During previews
81
Surprisingly big production, Well cast, Riveting, Fluffy, Cheerfully progressive

See it if An enterprising character & script campaigning for democratic causes pioneered ~1900 that continue today. A LOT of story unspooling quickly.

Don't see it if This musical is rooted in the same time that produced Hello, Dolly! There’s a blitheness & innocence in the show’s dna that maybe doesn’t...

Also tap all the dramatic dimensions Beth Malone (of Fun Home fame) is capa... Read more Read less

During previews
86
Malone is a dynamo lifting a classic musical

See it if Large, high energy cast led by an excellent Beth Malone in a tuneful Meredith Willson musical with lively Kathleen Marshall choreography.

Don't see it if Beth's Molly is an all-out feminist but some of the themes that interested me, may not appeal to Gen-Xers -- like unions and social standing

During previews
84
Definitely worth seeing, Never boring, Manic, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in this icon of turn of the century US. Vastly different Molly-suffragette, union advocate,social reformer.

Don't see it if You dont like overmic'd singing in a small theater. Malone's Molly was always on, manic.

Also This mic'ing even made me dislike Whitney Bashor. ... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You love to see Beth Malone channeling her best Reba McIntire. David Aron Damane is a huge pleasant presence with a big basso voice

Don't see it if Corny musical that steal melodies from its composers other more well known work dont float your boat

During previews
85
Revamped, Energetic, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if Terrific performance by Beth Malone & fine supporting cast with great voices elevate this rethought revival. Simple but effective staging.

Don't see it if Show slows down towards middle of act 2 but recovers with a hokey yet rousing finale that touches on contemporary immigration issues.

Also The book & some of the lyrics have been altered to embrace social refo... Read more Read less

During previews
55
Disappointing, Ambitious, Dated

See it if You want a fun easy musical. Cast good, costumes interesting, very watchable.

Don't see it if You want a well written new molly brown version. This is not it. Seems as if all scenes stolen from past musicals. Too wordy. Way too long.

Also Malone good but miscast as Molly. She overacts. Acts like Annie from A... Read more Read less

During previews
88
Romantic, Historical, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you enjoy a high quality off-Broadway revival of a Broadway show. Great cast, Singing, choreography and an engaging plot.

Don't see it if you don't like small venues or musicals.

During previews
96
Great sound design, Great writing, Great singing, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you want to see a wonderful old fashioned musical w/a diverse cast led by the indomitable Beth Malone.

Don't see it if you need a rock, pop, hip hop score.

Also An incredibly good first act followed by a fine second act that could ... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Fun, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You like musicals with great talent. You want to see some great dancing and hear some great singing and want to enjoy this performance.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals. You don't want to see a show with talented performers that sings, dances and performs very well

Also I enjoyed this performance so much. The time flew by. It was such a cu... Read more Read less

During previews
79
Great beth malone performance, Fluffy

See it if you liked the movie. It is in the same over-the-top style.

Don't see it if you didn't like the movie's style. I felt like I was watching a Disney movie - from the over-colorful clothing to the repetitive score.

During previews
77
Great staging, Entertaining

See it if Super independent force of a woman becomes rich and tries to fit into high society by funding charities and causes. Excellent cast.

Don't see it if 1950s era music/lyrics wasn't my thing. I assume some edits to make it less cringy for current times. Story revolves around rich people.

Also Diversity: White female lead character, Black male lead. Super rich vs... Read more Read less


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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