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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

85
Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Touching, Intense

See it if you enjoy vibrant music, great performances, strong layered characters & relationships, and an important historical moment brought to life.

Don't see it if you dislike gay themes, music, intimate theatre with a touch of interactivity, and don't like seeing the backstory of historical moment.

Also While this is based on the true life horrific arson which killed 32 at... Read more Read less

80
Great singing, Great staging, Edgy, Moving, Great music

See it if This was fantastic! Amazing ensemble of talent. Incredible voices. Score is groovy. I want the CD! Both an entertaining & touching story.

Don't see it if You're a homophobe, hate musicals, or prefer your theatre less realistic. This is based on a true story.

79
Resonant, Fun, Sexy, Tuneful, Relevant

See it if you consider LGBT rights civil rights; you like your politics with a little camp; you like your camp with a little earnest reflection.

Don't see it if you can't forgive an uneven patch or two; you don't like moments of broad comedy; you're uncomfortable around sexy, singing queers.

30
Banal, Disappointing

See it if You like to see talented actors struggle with a wretched book

Don't see it if You expect stressed syllables in lyrics to fall on stressed beats, or if you expect any detail to scansion at all.

Also This had so much wasted potential. Love the production design and perf... Read more Read less

75
Entertaining, Dated, Cliched, Resonant

See it if You enjoy a good hearted story about a true story with catchy music

Don't see it if You're over seeing cliched stories portraying what a gay life is like

86
Absorbing, Enchanting, Funny

See it if You love stories about alternative families and want to see an emerging writer/composer who has written some beautiful songs

Don't see it if You don't like message plays

85
Clever, Insightful, Educational, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in the gay rights struggle over time. Great performers act and sing through life in a New Orleans gay bar in 1973.

Don't see it if don't want to relive tragic events from the past or you want a highly polished production.

90
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Profound, Relevant

See it if you want a refreshing take on LGBTQ history that keeps you dancing in your seat

Don't see it if you don't love fabulousness

69
Clever, Entertaining, Cliched, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if U like gay history, good singing, clever staging and unique setting

Don't see it if U want a story line, real characters not stereotypes, memorable songs, or want to avoid being preached at

80
Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Delightful

See it if you like to hear a new voice in musical theater. It still needs work but this show a lot of promise and was very enjoyable.

Don't see it if you don't like a heavy message and happy, corny musicals. Also there's some audience interaction which some people don't like.

71
Entertaining, Confusing, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy seeing new musicals and are interested in learning more about a piece of LGBTQ history.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy loud music; it's club setting lends itself to having loud music.

84
Relevant, Ambitious, Great singing

See it if you like a traditional musical with an edgy story; you like LGBTQ history and want a show that really speaks to your experience. I loved it.

Don't see it if LGBTQ subject matter turns you off.

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Resonant

See it if You like edgy musicals, are interested in the gay rights movement, and are open to seeing the development of numerous characters.

Don't see it if You like traditional plays and characters.

Also I was impressed that the many leads each had a song to him/herself tha... Read more Read less

73
Great acting, Disjointed, Relevant

See it if you're wanting to hear some great voices/actors - and if you need to learn about LGBTQI history.

Don't see it if you have a difficult time following stories.

85
Ambitious, Absorbing, Relevant, Profound, Intelligent

See it if want a view into the past in relation to the direction this country is moving under this current administration.

Don't see it if a homophobic, right wing bigot

Also While the play could be tightened up a bit, it is an absorbing glimpse... Read more Read less

95
Edgy, Must see, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a back in time 70's musical about the gay community in New Orleans. Stellar performances.

Don't see it if You're not going to buy the premise of going back in time.

Also I've seen this show 3 times. I've seen the actors switch roles & still... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Profound, Resonant

See it if You are interested in learning a piece of LGBTQ history, or you lived through the 70's as a queer person, especially in the south.

Don't see it if Honestly, I don't know why you wouldn't see it.

75
Ambitious, Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if You want to hear about a very important event in gay history in America.

Don't see it if You don't like gay themes.

88
Absorbing, Great singing, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy musical theater which will take you on a ride and surprise you with a twist of reality.

Don't see it if You don't want to be touched by love and compassion.

86
Absorbing, Profound, Riveting, Vibrant, Relevant

See it if you're interested in a moving homage to LGBTQ+ history, spirited/high-energy music reminiscent of the era, strong performances

Don't see it if you prefer to maintain the fourth wall, dislike a specifically gay story line, need an intermission

Also I saw it back in early March and was enthralled with the immersive, ti... Read more Read less

98
Great acting, Must see, Resonant, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You have a pulse

Don't see it if You're the racist homophobic uncle your family never wants to invite to the reunions

77
Dated, Cliched, Great singing, Great acting, Slow

See it if Love gay history

Don't see it if If you dont love gay history

96
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you want to hear great songs performed in a energetic, concerned heart felt piece that explores gay issues now and past.

Don't see it if you're not open minded

83
Ambitious, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if You like new musicals relevant to today while still educating about past culture in a fun atmosphere. A great combination of musical styles

Don't see it if Gay culture upsets you. You dislike loud music. Unfortunately throughout the show, the levels of the musicians were overpowering the vocals.

95
Absorbing, Exquisite, Edgy, Intense, Must see

See it if you want to hear about an under-publicized important part of gay history, and enjoy pop-rock-synth music.

Don't see it if you are easily offended or want a simple night out on the town


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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