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The View UpStairs

From 235 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Relevant, Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing

About the show

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.


Member Reviews (235)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Relevant, Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing

20
Cliched, Banal, Excruciating, Plodding, Slow

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.

47
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Based on important history

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.

Also This production is tedious -- poorly constructed and badly produced. I... Read more Read less

38
Disappointing, Bad book, Poor singing, Nice set

See it if you have to see every LGBT-related show playing in the city. However this one is not worth seeing.

Don't see it if just don't waste your time. There is nothing really enjoyable about this show except a cool set. Book and singing are poor.

35
Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a great set and see a couple of good performances (in an ill-conceived show)

Don't see it if You need a realistic (or even remotely believable) plot. Also, several of the performers were really disappointing.

Also I really wanted to love this show and was so disappointed. The concept... Read more Read less

40
Excruciating, Cliched, Awful, Corny, Choppy

See it if 70s era pasticche, gay and lesbian themes

Don't see it if amateurish

30
Confusing, Disappointing, Edgy, Overrated

See it if you're curious. Also see it if you want to be confused about a story and just want gay content.

Don't see it if you want it to be about the actual event that occurred at the UpStairs Lounge with authentic accents.

30
Banal, Disappointing

See it if You like to see talented actors struggle with a wretched book

Don't see it if You expect stressed syllables in lyrics to fall on stressed beats, or if you expect any detail to scansion at all.

Also This had so much wasted potential. Love the production design and perf... Read more Read less

25
Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if You like clever set design and enjoy being preached to by one dimensional stereotypical characters. Sparks of creativity that never catch.

Don't see it if You are an intelligent, savvy New York theatergoer who likes clever, intelligent books who would rather infer themes/ideas. Lame book.

Also Although there were moments of creativity, the book and music never al... Read more Read less

15
Dated, Confusing, Cliched, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You like good sets.

Don't see it if You like good writing.

11
Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Slow

See it if We couldn't wait for it to end. I haven't heard so much out of tune singing in a long time. The overacting deserves an award of some kind.

Don't see it if You love theater.


March 7th, 2017
“The show consists of Wes learning valuable lessons about gay and lesbian history, as well as the importance of connecting in real life…The show, directed by Scott Ebersold, becomes bogged down in heavy-handed lecturing toward the end, and favors quips over plot. But Mr. Vernon’s score, which dra...
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March 3rd, 2017
"A lot of disparate characters to pack into a one-act musical, which may be why they're painted and (mostly) played in such broad strokes under Ebersold's unsubtle direction...Clearly a passion project for book writer, composer and lyricist Vernon. He's definitely got talent: His eclectic '70s-st...
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March 3rd, 2017
"'The View UpStairs' sags at times. A few minor characters’ forgettable songs could easily have been cut, ideally to make room for more of the absolutely scene-stealing, uproarious bits from 'old queen' Willie...Still, the show swells with heart, and its characters and the history they represent ...
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February 28th, 2017
"Vernon is egalitarian in his songwriting, giving everyone a number (although not all are of equal quality)...As fun and informative as these songs are, we can never quite escape the sense the playwright-composer is desperately trying to get us to learn something from this experience, making the ...
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