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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

82
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Great staging

See it if You are a fan of small place productions. Your are interested in gay history. Also if you enjoy more interactive theater.

Don't see it if You are offended by LGBT themes. Only like traditional staging.

80
Enchanting, Delightful, Entertaining, Indulgent

See it if a fresh new musical with a young voice is what you are craving.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals.

75
Delightful, Work-in-progress, High-potential

See it if You are interested in gay culture & shows with great potential in their infancy; strong off-Broadway feel, with several great moments.

Don't see it if You are looking for a fully-realized production or story; this one is rough around the edges but worth a look.

Also It didn't ALL work for me, but there are moments of briliance and some... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Relevant, Resonant

See it if are interested in themes about historical struggle that are relevant to modern times and want to support a great cast and crew.

Don't see it if you are not interested in LGBT themes and history.

72
Clever, Ambitious, Relevant, Great staging

See it if you enjoy history being told through music. A story that needs to be told but somewhat disappointing, at times. Great effort by the cast.

Don't see it if LGBT issues don't interest you.

69
Entertaining, Cliched, Funny, Disappointing, Relevant

See it if You want some gay and lesbian history and meet a cast of likeable characters

Don't see it if If you expect singers to be on key and you dont want to be preached at

82
Enchanting, Edgy, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in seeing a new piece of musical theater, that examines a historical incident that most people know nothing about.

Don't see it if you are opposed to pushing the boundaries of musical theater. It is not yet a Broadway caliber show, but it is well on its way.

60
Cliched, repetitive storyline and pat songs obscure the intention to create a rivetting perspective on gay american history

See it if A crisis in the history of gay oppression in America merits your attention, or you want to examine an ambitious new musical.

Don't see it if You need a strong throughline in your musical dramas.

60
Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to know more about a time in gay history that seems just as relevant today.

Don't see it if You don't want to see & hear just about every gay cliche in the book & if you don't mind good music performed by less than good singers.

80
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You enjoy serious subject matter lifted up with funny moments and great singing. Cozy, immersive staging. Surprisingly delightful!

Don't see it if You're not interested in LGBTQ issues, don't like musicals or are unwilling to suspend disbelief of overlapping time periods.

86
Delightful, Enchanting, Must see, Great staging, Resonant

See it if you want to see a gay-themed production so joyous, it hardens back to the original production of RENT in its power.

Don't see it if gay stuff makes you feel weird inside, you don't care about LGBT history or if you have no soul.

60
Confusing, Fluffy, Quirky, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you want to see a bit of gay history imagined in musical form.

Don't see it if you can't get discounted tickets

Also I really liked the subject matter and the actors all did a fine job bu... Read more Read less

78
Absorbing, Indulgent, Resonant, Funny

See it if you cherish LGBT history

Don't see it if you expect to hear all great voices in musicals or see actors who are truly immersed in their roles...she phoned it in...

99
Exquisite, Great singing, Great acting, Masterful, Resonant

See it if you want something different & unexpected. It's both thoroughly entertaining & thought provoking. Witty, clever lyrics and memorable music.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy intimate venues or one-of-a-kind up-close-&-personal theatrical experiences. Honestly can't think of 1 reason not to see it.

85
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Relevant

See it if You like musicals based on true stories that are just as important now as they were when they occurred. You like an intimate theater.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with LGBT topics.

Also I was sad that I didn't know this story and really enjoyed the show. I... Read more Read less

70
Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if You have a connection to the Upstairs club, or are interested in musicals about the plight of gay men.

Don't see it if You are homophobic, can't sit for 90 minutes (there is no intermission), or expect a traditional musical.

80
Relevant, Resonant, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You're at all interested in queer history, you don't mind a story that gets a little dark.

Don't see it if You're homophobic???

80
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great staging, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to be transported back to a time when support for gay rights was still kept in the shadows.

Don't see it if You don't support the rights for all to live freely in society as the person they are proud to be.

90
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Romantic, Intense

See it if You love small-scale shows, with incredible music, great characters, and a wondrous set. Intense and powerful twist towards the end.

Don't see it if you aren't about fringe shows, and LGBT plots don't interest you.

75
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing, Edgy, Intense

See it if You follow LGBT community. Setting is very interesting with all small details. I saw it with 2 understudies.... wanted to see original.

Don't see it if You don't like a drug show. The story is from the LGBT support bar that was persecuted.

50
Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if Half the show is well acted and sung with some exciting new songs...

Don't see it if The other half is not strong. The lead is unlikeable as a character and he could not sing the songs written for him the night I saw it.

Also By choosing to focus on modern protagonist, the show cheapens the memo... Read more Read less

81
Absorbing, Exquisite, Relevant

See it if You want to see a thought provoking story where the mores of today collide with the 70's in the LBGT community. very well done

Don't see it if You are anti gay. It needs some work, but oveall kudos to writers and actors

82
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Edgy

See it if You like high camp shows with serious undertones that take place in a gay bar

Don't see it if You are not interested in gay issues. It is an important history of the gay movement done with humor and poignancy.

81
Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Relevant

See it if Are looking for a new and interesting show that is relevant.

Don't see it if You are looking for an uplifting story. The story is a little choppy.

82
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if you are looking for a real look into this true event.

Don't see it if you are looking for a high budget production.


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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