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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

75
Entertaining, Relevant, Great score, Meh book, Low stakes

See it if you can turn off your dramaturgical brain and just enjoy this immersive musical theatre experience happening around you.

Don't see it if you go to shows to pick them apart. Despite its flaws, the show has a lot of heart and promise. I hope it gets further developed!

80
Ambitious, Relevant

See it if you're interested in new musicals fascinatingly weaving relevant discussions in today's world with devastating and important past events.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of new musicals in development that are a bit chaotic and still learning how to be at their best.

85
Absorbing, Cliched, Profound, Resonant, Indulgent

See it if you are interested in gay history, you like good music

Don't see it if you can't look beyond cliches to see the heart of the show

80
Relevant, Resonant, Profound, A bit preachy, Edgy

See it if you are interested in LGBT history and culture

Don't see it if you are easily offended by political statements on stage

100
Great acting, Intense, Must see, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you are interested in the LGBT history, are empathetic, want to have your mind opened and awakened

Don't see it if you absolutely do not want your views to change, are not in the mood for politics

88
Absorbing, Ambitious, Funny, Quirky, Resonant

See it if A lesson about an important part of LGBT history, as told through the interactions of a extravagant set of bar flies sounds like fun.

Don't see it if You want a light hearted show, that will just make you feel good about the night. It has funny moments, but isn't necessarily a funny show.

70
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if If you like shows with some edge to them, with good writing, and good acting, and unusual stories, interesting characters.

Don't see it if You like happy ending, amusing plays with don't care much about characters.

81
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Relevant

See it if you are interested in a gay history. Amazing cast and beautiful lighting. I felt a little bit long, but basically funny and very sad ending.

Don't see it if you don't like LGBT topics, looking for a big dance number or something like that.

90
Delightful, Relevant, Original, Indulgent, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy stories about LGBT+ characters or history, you enjoy very contemporary musicals, or are interested in new promising NY artists.

Don't see it if You prefer classical or even early contemporary musicals, you prefer stronger books in musicals. Or if you can't handle a fierce drag queen.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you love immersive theatre

Don't see it if you don’t wanna cry

25
Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if You like clever set design and enjoy being preached to by one dimensional stereotypical characters. Sparks of creativity that never catch.

Don't see it if You are an intelligent, savvy New York theatergoer who likes clever, intelligent books who would rather infer themes/ideas. Lame book.

Also Although there were moments of creativity, the book and music never al... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing

See it if I loved this show ..Seeing it for the third time this Tuesday . The cast is so talented .

Don't see it if If you don't like honesty pure and amazing .....

80
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You enjoy... singing, intimately performed shows, lgbt centric shows, comedy with a witty sardonic edge

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with liberal conversation

70
Entertaining, Great singing, Resonant, Caricatured, Preachy

See it if You're interested in a fictionized true story of a tragic event that is often overlooked in gay rights history. Very strong ensemble cast.

Don't see it if You don't like long one-acts, audience interaction, and a well-intentioned, but often times cliché and preachy book.

75
Edgy, Great staging, Quirky, Raunchy, Resonant

See it if enjoy edgy, exuberant musicals, sublime lighting and authentic staging, riveting performers.

Don't see it if you are homophobic and/or uncomfortable with actors interacting/sidling up to you in the show

75
Absorbing, Great staging, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Indulgent

See it if you like to be immersed in the show. You love vibrant, clever, funny characters.

Don't see it if You hate millennial cliche's and overly preachy dialogue. It's not the whole show, but there are moments it's a bit heavy-handed.

72
Entertaining, Delightful, Cliched, Ambitious, Funny

See it if if you enjoy high energy musicals with colorful characters.

Don't see it if you like shows with consistently strong music and a solid book.

82
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if You are a fan of: Gay History, 70's era, Bar scenes, MultiArc Storylines.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of: Drag, close interaction with the audience, no intermission.

100
Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Must see

See it if Must seeeeeeee

Don't see it if You're ignorant

92
Exquisite, Funny, Great singing, Resonant, Riveting

See it if You like an intimate theater experience. The music and vocals are rich & complex. Brilliant staging, stunning actors and a beautiful story

Don't see it if You're homophobic or have no compassion for your fellow man.

78
Relevant, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if you want to support off Broadway productions, enjoy musicals esp in a smaller setting

Don't see it if you want to see a show that is not somewhat political, are uncomfortable with LBGTQ topics

100
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you support the LGBT community

Don't see it if you're narrow minded

85
Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Profound, Relevant

See it if you like catchy toons with great voices and acting. Also very politically relevant at the time.

Don't see it if you are not LGBTQ+ friendly because the show is based out of a gay bar.

100
Clever, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Intense, Great staging

See it if love immersive historical musicals that are both educational and captivating.

Don't see it if LGBTQ subject matter doesn't interest you.

100
Masterful, Must see, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Moving

See it if you're part of (or an ally of) the LGBT+ community, you're looking for a moving show, you're looking for a show with real meaning

Don't see it if you don't like musicals, you're uncomfortable with same sex relationships, you're looking for a happy show


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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