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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
78
Avg Score

97
Must see, Profound, Relevant

See it if Not all top shows are on Broadway. Revisit a tough period, and the celebration of love. Great actors. A production in a perfect setting.

Don't see it if Show may already be sold out

95
Absorbing, Great singing, Great writing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You liked "Rent" and a good "pop-rock" soundtrack, you'll love this. Gr8 story-within-a-story. Very emotive. Entertaining' stop small a word

Don't see it if You dislike "historical" pieces, LGBT/drag queens, singing, small stage, SLIGHT immersive theatre. It's a must see. Sad endings. Must see!

62
Disappointing, Great set design, Great lighting, Overrated, Cliched

See it if you like imaginative set design & lighting effects. Compared to the Public Theater's 'Gently Down the Stream' this is a real disappointment.

Don't see it if you don't have comp tickets.

Also To be fair, the night we saw this there were three understudies substi... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Ambitious, Funny, Resonant, Immersive

See it if you enjoy immersive productions, LGBT stories, and original musicals with passionate scores! Part fantasy, history and refection. Go See it!

Don't see it if you don't like being up close and personal with a show or don't appreciate LGBT stories.

60
Great staging, Great singing, Messy, Confusing

See it if you want to see incredible singing, lighting and use of the space.

Don't see it if you're not interested in a lackluster book or an unfocused, messy story.

81
Ambitious, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if a serious musical about a nightclub fire and those who are remembered and those forgotten by a resentful threatened society at the time.

Don't see it if a story of gay life bothers you and your not to sympathetic to their struggles.

76
Unexpected, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Touching

See it if You have a heart, are open-minded, and enjoy semi-powerful musicals

Don't see it if LGBT topics are not to your liking

100
Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Must see, Relevant

See it if You need to be in the space of this play, need to feel the emotion. A poignant reflection of tragedy but also a stunning hope of our future.

Don't see it if You aren't willing to shed a few tears and are not willing to invest in the never ending fight for community, love, acceptance & dignity.

65
Earnest, Sad, Well meaning, Pleasant

See it if you care to spend 90 minutes at a "fabulous, tacky" gay bar in 1973 New Orleans.

Don't see it if you have no interest in gay history in the post-Stonewall period.

84
Immersive, Great staging, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if a campy, gay, and fun musical with a mildly preachy book. Also, if you like to be "transported"

Don't see it if you need the fourth wall separation to enjoy theater

87
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like musicals set in an intimate theater, good singing & acting, a fun & surprisingly moving history of LGBTQ issues in the 1970's

Don't see it if you don't like musicals

57
Cliched, Resonant, Slow, Trite, Ambitious

See it if you're like me & you enjoy exploring new Off-Broadway musicals, since that's where a lot of risks are taken. This show had a nice message.

Don't see it if you're going to be disappointed by two-dimensional characters, trite thematics & eye-rolling dialogue. This risk doesn't pay off.

Also I enjoyed the staging & the immersive experience. The cast is spirited... 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.

76
Cliched, Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy

See it if The lives of gay people in a bar in downtown NOLA., with many different characters. Music is good, acting is good.

Don't see it if Fringe and downtown vibe is not for you.

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

See it if you are interested in a community of LGBT people who are funny, brave, and full of life, despite the horrors they experience with a tragedy.

Don't see it if are uncomfortable with LGBT issues. Yet, as a human being, you can certainly relate to the joys/csorrows the LGBT characters experience.GO!

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

90
Ambitious, Clever, Funny, Must see, Refreshing

See it if You want to be entertained for two hours and have your own jaded modern sensibility torn away for a bit.

Don't see it if You can't overlook the message being pushed a bit too hard. You have floor seating and don't like being interacted with.

Also The View Upstairs has so much to say about gay culture then and now, a... 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

79
Time-traveling gay n'awlins "cheers" musical

See it if you want a look at pre-AIDS N'awlins with a ragtag gay CHEERS-mileau group of regulars. You appreciate good singing voices.

Don't see it if you think a nearly 2 hour musical with no intermission will drag (pun intended). You don't like gay-themed theater.

Also Based on a true story of a fire-bombing at a gay club in the French Qu... Read more Read less

85
Great staging, Relevant, Entertaining, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like LGBT shows, interested in some historical context, like immersive theater where actors interact with audience

Don't see it if you don't like LGBT shows, looking for big production numbers, looking for hummable tunes, don't like interacting with actors

Also This musical is perfectly set in the intimate Lynn Redgrave theater. T... Read more Read less

82
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in gay history. like musicals. costumes and setting where on point for that time.

Don't see it if you cant deal with gay story line

85
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Great acting

See it if you like musicals, gay themes, good acting, fun.

Don't see it if you are homophobic, don't like musicals and interactive shows.

Also A very funny, amusing play about a group of gay people. Based on a rea... Read more Read less

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Resonant, Refreshing, Absorbing

See it if endearing characters, several excellent songs, immersive production design, and surprising and still relevant story

Don't see it if don't like to be part of festival, environmental theater, think the characters are clichéd and familiar (but stick it out)

50
Ambitious, Confusing, Banal, Great singing, Slow

See it if You are interested in hearing some truly wonderful songs of love, loss and acceptance. You are a Frenchie Davis fan.

Don't see it if You can't appreciate individual songs and storylines held together by a ridiculous premise that needs some judicious editing

77
Absorbing, Great staging, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You like LGBTQ themes. Amazing cast, and also relatable to our current political situation. The ending is precious!

Don't see it if You don't like loud music or LGBTQ themes. There are no certain "plotlines" in the middle of the show, so I almost fell asleep (10 pm show).

Also Michael Jackson is going to be white, and our president is going to be... 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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