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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

77
Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Edgy

See it if You want to see a play that celebrates the diversity of people that makes life so interesting

Don't see it if LGBT issues turn you off

Also Play could've been improved with some good New Orleans music of the ti... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious, Great singing, Entertaining, Quirky, Delightful

See it if great songs from a promising new musical writer, w/ some great over-the-top performances in a story that reveals some important gay history.

Don't see it if an annoying framing structure that inserts a modern twist into the more interesting gay historical part of the story is bothersome to you.

69
Entertaining, Great singing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you want to know more about gay history and like the idea of spending time in New Orleans.

Don't see it if you hate immersive theatre.

80
Clever, Funny, Great singing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a new, different show with great music and performances. You want to explore LGBT themes and history with a twist.

Don't see it if You can't tolerate plot holes and pacing inconsistencies. You are uncomfortable with (relatively minimal) actor-audience interaction.

55
Quirky, Cliched, Campy, Indulgent, Great design

See it if Campy humor, gay history, energetic. Fun-house set and a few polished performers.

Don't see it if A revue of second-rate songs about the gay community with an unconvincing story and cliche characters to hold it together.

73
Absorbing, Quirky, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if A musical by a promising young talent, composer/writer Max Vernon. Based on a forgotten episode in LGBT history of the 1970s.

Don't see it if Some music and dialog are predictable and forgettable but a new musical with heart and good performances, if the subject appeals

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.

94
Ambitious, Exquisite, Must see, Riveting, Great writing

See it if you want an evening of amazing songs in an interactive setting. Based on true events.

Don't see it if A bunch of gay people in a bar offends you.

100
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if GREAT ACTING AND VOICES MUSIC WAS GREAT

Don't see it if IF YOU ARE BIAS AGAINST GAY PEOPLE

77
Ambitious, Entertaining, Relevant, Romantic

See it if you like intimate, near-immersive shows; plays about community; great singing; amazing cast chemistry; history showcased via magical realism

Don't see it if you need a strong plot; you don't like works that paint a story (& many of its characters) in rather broad strokes; you are homophobic

Also the lead couple are stunning and practically sizzle throughout the sho... Read more Read less

70
Cliched, Slow, Profound, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you have a need to let out your frustrations since the general election.

Don't see it if you are intolerant others.

86
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy new musical about LGBTU issues.

Don't see it if You are homophobic, only like straight shows

Also I really enjoyed this show from beginning to the end. The main charact... Read more Read less

73
Profound, Ambitious

See it if you want to delve into the LGBT world

Don't see it if Do not want to delve into the LGBT world

79
Great singing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great set and lighting

See it if want to have a worthwhile experience in the theatre.

Don't see it if Are expecting a great score, or a perfect book.

Also This show has heart. It's not perfect. The songs, especially in the be... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you love to watch a great. talented ensemble elevate occasionally banal writing into art.

Don't see it if You don't care about gay history, hate the 1970s.

92
Resonant, Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You like great immersive sets, thoughtful musicals, interested in gay history

Don't see it if You do not like gay themed shows,

Also I thought this was much better than Kinky Boots and with some tweaking... Read more Read less

72
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Edgy

See it if you want to hear an up and coming composer, or if you are gay! Lot of fun references and characters!

Don't see it if You are highly offended by homosexual references. or if you are offended by drag queens. entertaining off broadway show!

80
Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining, Resonant

See it if You love musicals with a 70's flair. You want to see some great singing and have fun.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals. You don't like LGBT themes. You don't like fun.

89
Refreshing, Dynamic, Heart warming

See it if ..you like a good love story, gay or not ..you enjoy intimate immersive sets ..you want to laugh and cry over the course of one evening

Don't see it if Nothing to say here, everybody should consider going.

85
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Must see

See it if you want a beautiful and emotional night of theatre.

Don't see it if ...just see it..

86
Ambitious, Funny, Clever, Moving, Relevant

See it if you like semi-immersive theatre. A clever, empathetic, insightful take on both 70s gay subculture (nods to Rent) & millennial coming-of-age.

Don't see it if you don't like the over-the-top aspects of historic gay/drag culture. The music & lyrics aren't extraordinary (but the book & set are great)

92
Relevant, Must see, Great singing, Absorbing, Riveting

See it if You enjoy creative staging, and incredible singing/acting. Also if you like shows examining the LGBT community, and different time periods.

Don't see it if You don't like shows with intense subject material based on true events.

94
Enchanting, Masterful, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a well crafted musical about a forgotten piece of gay history that is sadly all to relevant even 30+ years later

Don't see it if No reason not to see it unless you can't before it closes soon

55
Cliched, Funny, Pedantic, Indulgent

See it if you don't mind some seriously boring lectures with your fun drag show.

Don't see it if you're looking for a coherent or moving gay fantasia. The cast is wildly uneven, songs are forgettable, story is muddled. Swing and a miss.

70
Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if you want catchy pseudo-pop musical theatre songs and some terrific performances (Nathan Lee Graham!) in busy but fun and flashy production.

Don't see it if you want to go deep. The overall idea is great, but the book needs help; it's a little too earnest to be as insightful as it thinks it is.


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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