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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

69
Funny, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy shows that are based on an actual event, want to learn a bit of gay history, see actors who perform their hearts out.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with seeing gay characters lead their lives, want to see lots of dancing, need a lot of character and plot development

Also Overall I thought the show was enjoyable but it was a little uneven. I... Read more Read less

87
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Resonant

See it if Knew nothing about this incident but glad I know now

Don't see it if Gay issues

69
Entertaining, Hilarious, Relevant, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if you are into the LGBT culture and you like glam-rock. There are some great numbers in this show.

Don't see it if you don't like over-the-top acting. The transition from scene to scene felt unbalanced and forceful sometimes.

Also The protagonist of the show is unlikable. As well as some of the other... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Funny, Touching, Absorbing, Great set/costume/lighting design

See it if you want to see some hugely talented and likeable performers on an uber-fabulous set (of a '70's gay dive bar).

Don't see it if you have no interest in a little-known event in gay history

Also The show is broadly written - no subtlety here - but it is brilliantly... Read more Read less

71
Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You can overlook the flaws. It is a bit like FOLLIES meets HOT L BALTIMORE.

Don't see it if You can't get past the grisly.

60
Cliched, Disappointing, Funny, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if This is essentially a cabaret act using a major historical event in gay culture as an excuse to show off some vocal talent.

Don't see it if If you're looking for the story of the fire at the Upstairs Lounge in New Orleans, it is barely mentioned. Hard to get why the show exists.

78
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you are interested in LGBT issues and like strong ballads and fun staging.

Don't see it if You want singers that never go off-key, or are homophobic.

75
Resonant, Intense, Refreshing, Entertaining, Vibrant

See it if you'd love a high-energy 70s rock score that explores the connections between the struggle for gay rights then and now.

Don't see it if you're a Trump voter, I guess.

59
Loved the set and lights...and that was about all

See it if You love a set that emcompases the theatre making you part of 'the action.' Nathan Lee Graham gives a great monologue... Lighting is great.

Don't see it if You don't like prose set to music, songs are unmemorable, lyrics even worse. Lead actors who can't sing, but look good, Avoid this.

Also The story should be told, it's good...how they tell it is not handled ... Read more Read less

78
Clever, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if you like fun, 70s inspired music, you are interested in LGBTQ issues, you like thoughtfully designed shows with strong performances

Don't see it if You are looking for the next RENT, you can't stand a little preaching on contemporary issues

90
Entertaining, Great singing, Funny, Quirky, Great staging

See it if You think you'd like a lively musical about gay history, set in New Orleans.

Don't see it if You don't like shows about gay people.

94
Clever, Great singing, Intense

See it if You want to be entertained, hear great voices and learn from an actual event

Don't see it if You don't like seeing musicals in small spaces

100
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great singing, Absorbing, Riveting

See it if You like great music, scene stealing characters and timely commentary.

Don't see it if You're homophobic.

76
Absorbing, Dizzying, Great singing, Intelligent, Romantic

See it if You love love

Don't see it if You don’t want to cry

85
Great singing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if The music is Fan-Fuckin_tastic! So are the performers. Not a weak link in the bunch!

Don't see it if If you're not into gay themed hisotric subject matter, then I'd pass.

85
Absorbing, Funny, Great staging, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in learning about an piece of LGBT history. This show has a lot of heart, some wonderful songs, & an intimate atmosphere.

Don't see it if You are not interested in LGBT history. With some reworking, this could transfer to Bdway. Sexual and profane language: not for children.

90
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a terrific ensemble show with excellent performers, great production values, and a timely message.

Don't see it if Are averse to learning about a devastating chapter in gay history.

Also The entire theater bas been meticulously transformed into this '70's g... Read more Read less

92
Cute, Sweet, Funny, Poignant, Intimate

See it if you'd like an intimate show based on a true tragic event in LGBT history, a bit fantastical but endearing with pleasant catchy music

Don't see it if you're unforgiving towards cliches or silly jokes, or not a romantic at heart

79
Ambitious, Great staging, Cliched

See it if You enjoy immersive theatre and don't mind actors potentially touching you. Also if you enjoy LGTBQ storylines.

Don't see it if You prefer to be more removed from the action. The book is a little all over the place and some songs fall flat.

75
Entertaining, Great singing, Relevant

See it if Fun emotional well sung scores

Don't see it if You are not forgiving of rough around the edges performances

70
Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Trite, Dated

See it if You want a LGBT history lesson set in New Orleans, pre-Stonewall. Reminds me of CHEERS (TV show), but it's a gay bar set in the 70's.

Don't see it if You're not into low budgeted musical history lessons.

91
Important, historical, heartbreaking, timely

See it if You care about LGBT history and storyline being portrayed by very talented actors

Don't see it if why would you not care?

88
Ambitious, Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Clever

See it if You like hilarious queer tragi-comedies that deal with painfully timely issues; you don't mind shows trying a little too hard to be profound

Don't see it if You're bothered by sexual jokes (nothing explicit), bright lights, or smoke effect

Also Could do with some cutting, especially near the end, but overall a cle... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Entertaining, Indulgent

See it if a millennial's fantasy of 70s gay archetypes cleverly staged with a serviceable pop score, great sets and costumes intrigues you.

Don't see it if your'e expecting a history lesson or you might be offended by the use of tragic event as the basis for fluffy entertainment.

Also While the evening was enjoyable and all of the actors were very good, ... Read more Read less

72
Heartfelt, Uneven, Cliched, Indulgent

See it if You're a member or ally of the LGBT community. You don't mind a musical that's a bit preachy or on the nose.

Don't see it if You can't deal with self-absorbed millennials, because the protagonist is pretty insufferable.

Also If you're not looking for something edgy or profound, it's a nice bit ... 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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