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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)


Entertaining, Relevant, Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing
Avg Score

Clever, Funny, Hilarious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You're looking for a show that will make you laugh and appreciate what you have.

Don't see it if You're looking for a serious show. The show was designed to be fun and entertaining.

During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Relevant

See it if you love great talent and wish to see a story that had to be told The set is super.. Jeremy Pope is a star in the making (from Choir Boys)

Don't see it if you do not want to feel involved in a tale from 1973 New Orleans

Also Just saw the shoa 2nd Time. It is eveb better now. And I had been a Do... Read more Read less

During previews
Great music, Warm, Resonant, Lovely, Simple

See it if a really amazing pop-infused score will help you overlook a little bit of lazy storytelling. (I was bathing in the warm glow of the music.)

Don't see it if you value a play with dramatic drive over luxuriating in the development of a community of characters.

During previews
Powerful, Great writing, Great music, Must see, Touching

See it if you want an original and brilliantly-conceived musical about relevant social and political themes -- and with a heart as big as New Orleans.

Don't see it if you won't like a compelling story about a little-known (and painful) event in American gay history -- evoked through a great score & actors.

During previews
Exquisite, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful

See it if Rock opera with uber-talented cast singing great story of 1970's New Orleans gay community and challenges across decades to present day.

Don't see it if You only like Broadway shows with straight themes.

During previews
Ambitious, Cliched, Intelligent, Edgy, Overrated

See it if you might enjoy a fantasy / musical about a person transported 45 years back, to a gay bar in N'Orleans.

Don't see it if you are homophobic

During previews
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you enjoy new musicals that tackle socially relevant topics regarding the history of the LGBTQ community.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy new work, and are not a fan of a pseudo-immersive experience.

During previews
Profound, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You want to learn about history struggles that LGBT community suffered while trying to make the best of it.

Don't see it if If you don't agree LGBT rights are human rights.

During previews
Absorbing, Profound, Relevant, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You love theater that is intimate, interactive, and entertains you while provoking important topics/conversations.

Don't see it if You are trying to avoid the honest truth and/or don't support the LGBT+ community.

During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if You're a fan of social commentary/culture clash musicals, diverse casts, and intimate shows.

Don't see it if You'd prefer shows with an intermission or with less social commentary.

Also I went in with no expectations and was blown away by the original take... Read more Read less

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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