Ends Dec 30

This One's For The Girls

Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy, Funny, Disappointing
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9 reviews
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39 reviews
 

This new musical is a high-energy celebration of American women, and an exploration of their changing role from 1900 to today as illustrated through pop music.

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‘This One’s For the Girls’ carries the audience from the codependence of ‘I Will Follow Him’ to the anger of ‘These Boots are Made for Walking,’ to the cynicism of “What’s Love Got to Do with it,” and finally to the strength of ‘Hero.’ Combining excerpts of 60 songs with women’s own stories about finding dreams, lost love, relationship issues, entering the workforce, gaining independence, and more, this show is a lively look at music’s depiction of women, as they go from codependence to independence.

 
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Reviews (48)

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Times Square Chronicles

"Erickson keeps this show at a clip and allows us to see all the archetypes we have become through out the ages. Her choreography is perfection, as she follows the dances though out the centuries...I can see this high-octane celebration of the American women and where she’s come from and where she’s going, having a long run...Great-grandmothers can take their grandmothers, mothers, and teens. It is a bonding experience." Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

“Dorothy Marcic pulls off a feat of theatrical legerdemain, writing an entertaining jukebox musical that also has an important message. Using 40 Top 40 hit songs of the past 100 years, Ms. Marcic's ‘This One's For the Girls’ cleverly exposes how women were and are perceived-by themselves, men and society-during different periods, beginning with ‘My Man,’ Fanny Brice's 1921 masochistic lament, and its 1967 sister song, ‘It Must Be Him,’ through the drippy, square 1950's ‘Que Sera.’” Full Review

70
DC Metro Theater Arts

“What becomes evident is that...it’s overwhelmingly about the boys, in the vast majority of 'women’s' lyrics...Consequently, the most effective segments in the show are the parodies...The contents of the songs are supported by entertaining segments of period-style dance, themed vintage accessories...and back panels and projections with images of the times and the people who contributed to our socio-cultural view of women and ‘the soundtrack of your life.’” Full Review

85
Diandra Reviews it All

"One of the brightest Off-Broadway shows I have seen. It is filled with an innocent vibrance that brims with hope and a childlike glee. This musical is so joyful it might take you aback, but the audience, scoped in ages, was eager to hear the music that defined their era and share a few sweet laughs...'This One’s For The Girls' truly lives up to its name and aim to show loving your womanhood defines female confidence." Full Review

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Theater Life

"The amusing new musical is a series of witty snapshots...Takes a sassy jaunt down the memory lane of the women’s movement with chart topping hits from the past 100 years to punctuate memorable strides by women...Wonderful cast of four women...With hardly a lull in the spirited evening the women sing their hearts out on a host of nostalgic songs." Full Review

80
Stage Buddy

"A few songs become stories, giving each of the other three female performers opportunities to showcase their skills...Besides the wonderfully familiar music, the show makes effective use of photos...As the ladies sang, we found ourselves identifying the famous people...The show moves quickly and is quite entertaining...It knows how to hit all the right buttons...A show written about women for women. It makes for a great girls’ night out." Full Review

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ThisbroadSway

“Marcic takes us on a historical journey in this high energy ‘let’s hear it for the girls' new musical...It’s all cleverly told with a colorful list of classic song arrangements that touch on women’s roles that changed history and shaped the world...The set is enhanced by a rear projection screen that helps move you through time as does the lively choreography by Erickson who also directs this little gem...Get ‘Over There’ and show your support today.” Full Review

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Washington Square News

"The show promotes female empowerment through the lens of the ideal woman from every time period and leaves the audience feeling inspired and nostalgic for these songs performed by amazing women...This play is perfect for anyone of any age. The bounty of amazing songs means anyone could relate, regardless of age or gender. People were singing along and clapping throughout the entire show." Full Review

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Theater Pizzazz

"It’s for anyone who loves music that makes you want to jump out of your seat and dance...The show features four dynamic and talented women...Each of these ladies shine as they take their turn in the spotlight. They make a strong ensemble with their tight harmonies and also performing solo numbers...A joyful musical aimed at a wide audience. The show is well directed by Tamara Kangas Erickson, with musical direction by Zachary Ryan." Full Review

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65
Ambitious, Indulgent, Disappointing, Excruciating, Entertaining

See it if you are really bored that night

Don't see it if off key singing doesn't bother you. Half the cast can really sing, the other half really shouldn't. Some parts were quite painful, sadly.

50
Ambitious, Indulgent, Disappointing, Slow, Fluffy

See it if you want to see the same kind of musical revue again and again of girl pop songs.

Don't see it if you are looking for a unique story, clever use of tunes and high energy.

Also I am all for girl power and find it odd that pop music from 1900-today... Read more Read less

75
Funny, Relevant, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you like pop music and women's empowerment pieces.

Don't see it if you are expecting more than a frothy good time.

Also The theater is narrow and deep without the requisite incline and acous... Read more Read less

60
Banal, Disappointing, Dated

See it if You know someone in the cast. It’s a small theater and they’ll know if you don’t show up. Perhaps it’s a workshop for friends and family?

Don't see it if Just don’t. I’m trying to find something nice here...the music when you enter is great...Dusty, Petula, Aretha...then the show started.

70
Funny, Cliched, Entertaining, Fluffy, Poor staging

See it if you want a feel-good revue that uses popular songs by women to tell the history of women's struggle for equality.

Don't see it if you expect a deeper examination of the female rights' movement. You want a polished production with great staging.

Also Don't sit too far back if you're short. The lack of rake in the theatr... Read more Read less

78
Funny, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you enjoyed Sistas (same author) or if you like feminist issues, specially told through songs, or if you like pop music, old and new.

Don't see it if you are not into feminism and female issues or you do not enjoy popular music.

25
Disappointing, Excruciating, Dated, Sistas part 2

See it if yet again, just like sistas, you want to be preached to with stories of ‘ol, & snippets of i-am-woman-hear-me-roar songs.

Don't see it if you’re looking for a fresh/fun show with an actual story that weaves in nostalgia via music (e.g. marvelous wonderettes). this is NOT it.

Also the singing was pretty bad. for example, the older woman who sang the ... Read more Read less

71
Riveting, Entertaining

See it if you' like musical revue that surveys attitudes toward girls and women from the early 20th Century through today via pop and rock songs.

Don't see it if you want something surprising or unpredictable.

Also The three young women had nice voices, particularly Traci . Aneesa and... Read more Read less

60
Disappointing, Nostalgic music, Nice story line

See it if you want to hear the main character try to sing and not quite hit it. Others sing beautifully and should have been utilized more.

Don't see it if you don't like songs of the 60's and 70's.

50
Delightful, Cliched

See it if This One's for the Girls, or This One's for any Cruise ship. Four talented ladies in a jukebox musical singing a predictable song list.

Don't see it if Standout is Traci Bair who adds humor and necessary entertainment to this old show horse under the heading of empowering women via pop songs

75
Cliched, Dated, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if You want a well-sung collection of female songs. You want a non-offensivr show for multiple generations. You want a pleasant revue.

Don't see it if You don't like the revue format. You want a contemporary and/or original portrait of women: we've seen this many times before.

75
Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy revues of women's progress through the past century.

Don't see it if you expect a well-staged production, good sound and sight-lines.

Also The theater seating is problematical. I stood in the side aisle for mo... Read more Read less

70
Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy, Clunky

See it if Clunky, but sweet, revue of excerpts from 100 years of pop music that infused the struggles and triumphs of American women

Don't see it if This makes the cut for basic NYC entertainment if you want to get out of the house, but keep your expectations in check.

81
Clever, Entertaining, Fun

See it if If you can relate to following the role of women from the 30s to the 80's with historical moments and relevant music

Don't see it if if women's rise to other than housewives role is irrelevant

63
Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Resonant, Disappointing

See it if You can sit through a problemed production with an audience that is predominantly composed of very badly mannered women.

Don't see it if You find it difficult to sit with women constantly checking their messages and explaining the play to their neighbor three seats away.

Also This show is pregnant with potential.however it desperately needs a ne... Read more Read less

40
Relevant, Confusing, Slow

See it if into the 'women are strong" movement, and if you like pop songs from some of the eras covered.

Don't see it if you're thinking you're getting a top-notch theatrical production and performers. Two of the four cast members were off-b'way caliber.

Also I thought most of the book was VERY trite and boring. I was ready to t... Read more Read less

78
Entertaining

See it if you like popular music. Very good performances make this show easy to watch. Choice of music is appropriate. Not too heavy with the message.

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

85
Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if You want to see an entertaining summary of the women's movement told through song by four talented women

Don't see it if You want a traditional or thoughtful provoking play

76
Funny, Clever, Relevant, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy a show about the progress women have made since 1900. Some musical numbers very witty and funny. Nice use of videos.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy shows about women's progress. This show is mostly for women but men (who are tolerant) can also enjoy it.

Also I sat in first row but had trouble seeing some of the videos since the... Read more Read less

80
Funny, Relevant, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You are interested in women's topics on self, love and independence and like popular songs from the 40's through the late 80's.

Don't see it if you are not interested in the historical conflicts women have had with men. If you expect a grand scale musical and stage production.

74
Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like pop songs of various genre and listening to good singing.

Don't see it if you like neither pop songs nor women's issues.

90
Funny, Delightful, Resonant, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You enjoy songs about women’s roles and place in society through the decades.

Don't see it if You want a straight storyline or a big Broadway musical.

Also Fun, nostalgic, empowering with bittersweet remembrances...the changin... Read more Read less

75
Cliched, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you want to see an enjoyable mix of popular songs interspersed with stories of women's progress from a personal and historical perspective.

Don't see it if you want a polished production. There are issues with sound and sight lines. Images projected onto the stage are often blocked by actors.

84
Refreshing, Entertaining, Fun, Great singing

See it if You are looking for an evening of song and humor. The performers were charming and talented, and the premise was entertaining.

Don't see it if your hearing is good - because the sound was way too loud and actually painful. The mikes distorted the singer's voices.

81
Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Fluffy, Catchy toons

See it if Enjoy musicals about women, feminism, and a trip down memory lane with the soundtrack.

Don't see it if If you are not into musicals with female leads.