Invisible Wall Productions presents a provocative new musical about a vibrant '70s gay bar in New Orleans' French Quarter. More…
This forgotten community comes to life in all its gritty, glam-rock glory when a young fashion designer from 2017 buys the abandoned space, setting off an exhilarating journey of seduction and self-exploration that spans two generations of queer history. Inspired by one of the most significant yet all-but-ignored attacks against the LGBTQ community, 'The View UpStairs' examines what has been gained and lost in the fight for equality, and how the past can help guide us through an uncertain future.
See it if Interesting historical imagining on real LGBT tragedy. Great staging, costumes. Ensemble songs are great & fun. Touching for the most part.
Don't see it if The mains actor is excruciatingly unlikable. An overdone cliched performance. Acoustics are not the best. Some lyrics get lost.
See it if You like LGBT themed shows. The staging &set design are great and immerse you into the setting & there are some great musical numbers
Don't see it if The lead character is unfortunately not likable and some of the actors are not on the same level. It could also use 15min of trimming.
See it if You lived through the plague years or have an interest in musicals with a big heart that take on politics and civil rights. Great staging.
Don't see it if You don't like an "informal" setting. This is not interactive or immersive but very cleverly staged so you are right there in it.
See it if Vibrant musical slice of gay history well told (despite tragic ending) Book a little shakey but ultimately holds up Lead couple endearing
Don't see it if One or two songs less would tighten dramatic flow & supporting characters could be more finely drawn Set is a knockout but hinders dancing
See it if you like to learn about an historical event and be entertained by a hard working cast.
Don't see it if you cannot relate to a story being told with present day intervention.
See it if you're interested in forgotten events in LGBTQ history, curious how a real tragedy is musicalized, like stories about close communities
Don't see it if you don't like unremarkable music and passable lyrics in a rock vein, LGBTQ characters as retro-cliches and victims, predictable plots
See it if you're into LGBTQ themes, gay history (stories inspired by real events), and immersive theatre.
Don't see it if you can't stand it when a theme bludgeons you over the head. The writing is super heavy-handed. No subtlety. Loud and proud, I guess.
See it if you enjoy musical theatre that is on the amateurish level. The actors work hard, but they are let down by an awful book.
Don't see it if you like a strong book and strong songs to carry the evening. This show does not have either.
See it if Have some awareness of '70's gay community & want to learn more. Characters are fairly true-to-life "types", w tender stories, some sad.
Don't see it if You know what it's about & doesn't appeal. It's EXACTLY as it purports to be, w some classic musical tropes/songs. Nothing graphic/no nude.
See it if A tribute to lives lost in New Orleans Upstairs Lounge fire, Orlando Pulse massacre, and recent Oakland Ghost Ship fire is in your heart.
Don't see it if A portrayal of true to life characters just before lives were lost is too poignant.
See it if you like new musicals with LGBTQ themes and some moving wonderful performances in a fun immersive setting, off the beaten track.
Don't see it if you're bothered by a choppy plot, uneven singing of relatively unmemorable songs or LGBTQ themes.
See it if A well performed, immersive musical set in a gay bar in New Orleans in 1973. Based on a true incident.
Don't see it if you have no interest in LBGT history. The show is somewhat formulaic, though always enjoyable thanks to winning performances.
See it if you want a little show that can. When its on target, it explodes with wit and enchantment. Serious at times.Nathan Lee Graham is amazing.
Don't see it if don't like in your face, Literally in your face, shows about the gay life with many cliched characters.
See it if you want to see a new off-Broadway musical. This show is worth seeing for the fabulous set design and talented actors.
Don't see it if you don't like shows that try too hard or take the easy way out. This show uses "funny" quips to avoid facing the uncomfortable.
See it if You enjoy rock musicals that are both enjoyable as well as socially relevant. Great performances by a talented cast. Serious issue but fun
Don't see it if you are offended by open expression by members of the gay community or you prefer heavy drama to fun singing.
See it if You want to learn about an episode in LGBT history that deserves attention done in an engaging immersive manner
Don't see it if You expect perfection , cast is uneven and not particularly strong vocally . Saw two understudies which may have been the issue
See it if fun music, campy comedy, deeply-touching & historical scripts touch your heart. Teared-up 5x w/reminders of long-gone friends & loved-ones.
Don't see it if you want perfection & you don't have a feeling-bone in your body. It's not perfect, the 4th wall's obliterated, but it gives you a huge hug.
See it if you are interested in a little known tragedy that occurred in a New Orleans gay bar in 1973 told through the eyes of patrons in musical form
Don't see it if you are not a fan of serious gay subjects done in musical form.
See it if You love ensemble musicals. You want an investigation of the hardships of the past vs today's challenges.
Don't see it if You dislike shows with an element of fantasy. You want shows that promote change and action.
See it if Have an interest in LGBTQ history (and yet are not easily offended by the hyper-stereotypical portrayal of gay men).
Don't see it if You have high expectations for acting, singing, writing, or production quality.
See it if You’d like a glimpse of gay bars and life in a pre-AIDS world; wit, camp & community contrasting with our isolated smart phone present.
Don't see it if You're completely homophobic can't suspend disbelief, don't like smart musicals sparkly lights or camp with serious intent under the glitter
See it if you like polyester pants. Or want to support new original work
Don't see it if you expect modern references to actually be modern. Or characters burried in cliche bother you.