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This Ain't No Disco

From 135 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Disappointing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Cliched

About the show

This world premiere musical from Stephen Trask ('Hedwig and the Angry Inch') and Peter Yanowitz (The Wallflowers) is part rock opera, part impressionist tone poem set in the nightclubs and art world of 1979 NYC. More…

'This Ain’t No Disco' interweaves the stories of strivers, dreamers and drifters searching for their place at Studio 54 and Mudd Club, the art scene, and downtown lofts. In their uptown/downtown quest for revelry and kinship, this disparate group, in different stages of becoming and falling apart, find themselves and each other in a city on the verge of a massive cultural shift. Directed by Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak ('A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,' 'Anastasia').

Member Reviews (135)


Great singing, Disappointing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Cliched
Avg Score

Great singing, Quirky, Cliched, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if You like musicals that are overstimulating, but not at all deep or thought-provoking.

Don't see it if You want the next Hedwig. This is a complete mess on every level & will likely go down in history as a flop people wish they’d seen.

Great singing, Great staging, Disappointing

See it if you wish to see a show about the rise and fall of Studio 54. The singing is very good and some of songs are memorable.

Don't see it if you like a well developed musical. This one needs work, especially in the first act. Fewer numbers and more character development necy.

Also More research in hair styles and fashion necy for years 79-80. This sh... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like rock musicals filled with terrific singing, great choreography, & a truckload of talent.Book is a bit of a muddle, but show is FUN!

Don't see it if you are offended by LGBT issues, or are looking for a revival of yet another Golden Age of Musicals show.This is fun and edgy.Amazing voices

Ambitious, Cliched, Great acting, Great singing, Indulgent

See it if you’re a fan of Trask. The music’s good; the book (especially Act 1) needs A LOT of work. Samantha Ware & Peter LaPrade are appealing leads.

Don't see it if you don’t connect with the popular trope of people desperately seeking validation through gaining admittance to Studio 54.

Indulgent, Cliched, Ambitious, A high aim and a regretable missing of the target

See it if and only if you have been missing the days when you when getting ready and going out to a disco was what you lived for.

Don't see it if you have FOND memories of getting ready for the "club" and then being disappointed once you get inside. SKIP this trip down memory lane!

Fresh, Clever, Raw, Raunchy, Entertaining

See it if you like historical epochs, like to see real figures portrayed in a fictional setting, and like New York's colorful 1970's history.

Don't see it if you don't like long musicals, don't like overstaged productions, don't like stories where many characters are interwoven.

Also I enjoyed this musical so much. I think that the Andy Warhol and the S... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Curious, Talented cast

See it if Strong cast and pedigree. Atlantic Theater Company.

Don't see it if Misses the mark; the artist is the most compelling character, but only flourishes at the end. Keep mise en scène intact, rewrite book/songs

Raunchy, Overrated, Dizzying

See it if you want to see an ode to Studio 54 & Andy Warhol with original, but not disco music. Good dancing and singing.

Don't see it if you are hoping for a coherent story with disco music.

Entertaining, Great singing, Banal, Disappointing, Great staging

See it if You are a Rent-head. Very similar feel. You are looking for a show that explores and pays homage to Studio 54.

Don't see it if You dislike shows that deal in archetypes and stereotypes rather than fully human characters.

Also A group of hedonistic bohemian artists alternate between singing rock ... Read more Read less

Dizzying, Great singing, Raunchy, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you like loud music, erotic dancing, vocal talent, predictable storyline, happy ending

Don't see it if you find too much going on at once confusing;

Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Quirky, Too long

See it if you like visually interesting and well sung Rock Operas. If you are interested in stories surrounding Studio 54 at it's heyday.

Don't see it if dislike rock music and complicated plots. If you don't care about the "Disco Days" of the 80's.

Also 80% of it was good, but there was also 20% that was slow and seemed un... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you don't mind sitting through 2 hours of redundant choreography & annoying music to see and hear 1 great number sung by The Artist.

Don't see it if You have seen the movie Studio 54. That movie tells the same story much better.

The dark side of the disco ball...

See it if The glamour and controversy surrounding the nightlife at Studio 54 sounds like a great concept, but this needs a better book, lyrics, music

Don't see it if DISCO is absent in this show; needs more development. (p.s. How many words rhyme with clarinet?)

Clever, Great singing

See it if You like good singing and the disco era.

Don't see it if You don't like the dark side of the 1980s disco scene.

Quirky, Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You enjoy trite lyrics, wobbly scaffolding, uneasy staging & unenthusiastic applause. If 2 hrs & 20 mins of your eve isn’t important to you.

Don't see it if You want to see wasted talent of the fabulous Samantha Marie Ware. She is a star. She deserves more than this musical had to offer her.

Ambitious, Clever, Great staging, Raunchy, Loud

See it if you'd reconnect with the disco era and the debauchery of Studio 54. There are tender moments within the raunchiness, and wonderful singing.

Don't see it if you don't like loud or scantily dressed performers [but no nudity].

Also Exhibits the desire of some seeking fame at all costs ... and with mus... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Ambitious, Confusing, Great dancing

See it if you want to see a show that aims to examine the Studio 54 party kids culture in a way that seems influenced by RENT/Michael Greif.

Don't see it if you take issue with content and choreography that is often highly sexualized, and scenes that represent a particular subset of drug culture.

Great singing, Epic, Intense

See it if you enjoy seeing new musicals even if they aren't quite working. or if you want to see a very talented cast. Huge props to the singing

Don't see it if you're expecting something approaching Hedwig's transcendence. This is not that. But there are definitely enjoyable moments.

Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful

See it if you enjoy wonderful singing and acting. Also, if you want to learn a bit of disco history and be transported back to Studio 54 days.

Don't see it if the period is not your thing. Also, the singing at times overpowered the microphone and it was hard to understand the words.

Absorbing, Clever, Great singing, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you enjoy disco music and the culture of the "Studio 54" seventies era.

Don't see it if you want a more traditional musical (it is a rock opera).

Disappointing, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy off broadway musicals where a talented cast try to make the best out of a hot mess

Don't see it if Don’t care about studio 54 or the 70s

Great singing, Disappointing, Dated

See it if You like the whole Studio 54/Mudd Club era

Don't see it if It it too much like Rent and Hedwig. Disappointing.

Great singing, Edgy, Raunchy, Entertaining, Hilarious

See it if You like musicals. You were alive in NY in the late 70’s and 80’s. You liked the music in Runaways.

Don't see it if You expect disco music (This ain’t no disco.). Raunchy gay scenes offend you.

Also I don’t think that this show deserves all of the bad reviews. I though... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Interesting, Edgy, Creative

See it if you are interested in re-living the disco club days where appearance was everything and nothing at the same time. It's a trip back in time.

Don't see it if you cannot relate to the disco days of Studio 54 and nightclubs in NYC during the disco era.

Also Although the story line is thin and not developed, the original songs ... Read more Read less

Cliched, Long, Disappointing

See it if I liked some of the songs and laughed at some of the banter.

Don't see it if If you are expecting a cool show like Hedwig because it falls short.

Also I was expecting more because of the creatives. I appreciated how much ... Read more Read less

July 24th, 2018
“The tone-deaf, cliché-clogged rock opera...From the joyless frenzy of its opening number...’This Ain’t No Disco’ wears its retributive grimness like a suffocating, Lycra spandex shroud...Screeches like a repressive, single-message scold. Its electronic music repeats key phrases with an insistenc...
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August 3rd, 2018
“Tresnjak’s production adds to the sense of fiasco with Brown’s busy but formless choreography and Sherwood’s you-are-nowhere set which at one point wobbles scarily when someone dances on it, providing the show’s single moment of genuine suspense. The cast is attractive and the music has drive, b...
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July 24th, 2018
“While there’s plenty to look at, there’s seldom much of substance to hold on to. And despite a host of strongly sung performances, what’s there often feels flattened by a high-energy but unmemorable score and a storyline anchored by cliché...Struggles to get us invested in its cast...A lot of pl...
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July 24th, 2018
“Despite the impressive pedigree of talent...’This Ain't No Disco’ seriously flounders...The show's main problem is its diffuse, unfocused book. Overstuffed with characters and subplots that we never care about...Tresnjak's staging and Brown's choreography prove more busy than exciting...A handfu...
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