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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)


Entertaining, Relevant, Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing
Avg Score

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you want to feel connected to a warm welcoming community and be empowered to work towards equality.

Don't see it if you're conservative and/or homophobic.

Cliched, Banal, Ambitious

See it if You are interested in new musicals

Don't see it if You want a well-written book

Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing

See it if You love new and well written shows

Don't see it if No reason

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if You are interested inLGBT history, want to see a diverse cast, like to laugh, and want something that's going to call you to action.

Don't see it if You have no interest in LGBT stories. This really seems to be writing for queer folks and not as accessible to straight allies.

Ambitious, fresh, compelling, timely, historical, Sad, galvanized, inspired, impressed, Uplifted, energized, humbled

See it if you want to understand the context of a singular incident in the history of LGBTQ struggles, and the importance of community for us all.

Don't see it if you are close minded, or unwilling to learn from the past.

Entertaining, Intense, Quirky

See it if You want an LQBTQ history lesson with lots of camp and glitter

Don't see it if If you're looking for a dance show

Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if SO funny and SO sad.

Don't see it if Anti-gay.

Clever, Entertaining, Cliched, Quirky

See it if I thought the show was fun and had a great story. I wish they had given out programs BEFORE the show, so I knew it was based on true events.

Don't see it if You aren't up for a naught, LGBTQ piece that celebrates diversity. Its all about love and acceptance - a great message.

Clever, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if You enjoy comedy and great music

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with same gender relationships

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a well made, interactive show

Don't see it if you don't want to laugh, cry and have a good time

Dated, Confusing, Cliched, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You like good sets.

Don't see it if You like good writing.

Edgy, Relevant, Quirky

See it if you want to see a fresh, driving musical that will stay with you and really tug at all your heartstrings

Don't see it if you're looking for something run-of-the-mill and ordinary.

Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to learn about life in the 70s for gay men.

Don't see it if You don't want honest depictions of gay men's feelings in the 70s. So,glad life is changing.

Ambitious, Cliched, Entertaining, Great singing, Romantic

See it if you like musicals in progress, social messages, romance.

Don't see it if you only like polished finish products, dislike musicals, or are made uncomfortable by shows that address social injustice.

Clever, Hilarious, Relevant, Romantic, Quirky

See it if you want to see something that pulls from the past yet has some real parallels to today.

Don't see it if you're not that into LGBTQ+ history and stories.

Absorbing, Relevant, Riveting, Delightful, Ambitious

See it if You like incredible immersive performances (on-stage seating is definitely worth it!) and want to learn about often forgotten LGBT history.

Don't see it if You voted for Trump.

Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you are frustrated with our country's current political climate and love to learn a bit of unknown history

Don't see it if you're a conservative...

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious, Great singing

See it if you love queer folks, you hate queer folks, you want to have your mind changed/expanded, you wanna learn some queer history, fuckin' see it.

Don't see it if No, just see it. It's an important show. Go. Everyone should see this: the tribe, the troops, the allies, the enemies. Go.

Great singing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Funny, Edgy

See it if LBGT topics

Don't see it if Dislike current topics

Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Slow

See it if We couldn't wait for it to end. I haven't heard so much out of tune singing in a long time. The overacting deserves an award of some kind.

Don't see it if You love theater.

Ambitious, Clever, Great singing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want to be on the forefront of the next big thing! Edgy exciting show!

Don't see it if You're expecting traditional musical theater.

Ambitious, Great singing, Must see, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if You care about forgotten LGBT history and how the struggles of the 1970s are still relevant to our politics under Trump today.

Don't see it if You enjoy sleepy and dated musicals. This is no Rogers & Hammerstein show. Its originality, however, will speak to a younger audience.

Enchanting, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in a new voice in musical theatre, LGBTQ community, story narrative

Don't see it if homophobic

Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to time travel to a fabulous 1970s gay lounge, immerse yourself in a diverse community, & brush up on queer history via showtunes

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with strong political statements or immersive staging

Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing, Delightful

See it if You have always wanted to experience a 1970s gay club in New Orleans or if you like you history with a little human interest.

Don't see it if You do want to now what it was like to grow up gay in the south.

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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