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Trip of Love

From 16 critic and 311 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging, Fluffy, Disappointing

About the show

The producer of Blue Man Group presents a new jukebox musical featuring hit songs of the 60s, chronicling a young girl's journey through America's most tumultuous decade. More…

Take a trip back to the decade that made a generation boom. It was a time when innocence was lost, love and war were at odds and people were born to be wild, giving rise to some of the most unbelievable movements in history. Experience it again through the all-new all-song-and-dance show about a young girl’s journey down the rabbit hole and up to a musical high.

2h 0m | Already closed | Stage 42 (Midtown W)

Musical Theater Review

"It’s a garish frolic that’s relentlessly entertaining and bolstered by some unexpectedly affecting moments…I found the proceedings to be elevated by the affection it demonstrates for this momentous decade...It also throbs with a great and unanticipated appreciation of the musicality of the pop songs of the period. Then there’s the cast, whose talents are pretty much jaw-dropping, working with great skill, energy and enthusiasm to deliver a damn exciting show." Full Review


"Attention baby boomers: Here is a show for all of you. Even your Broadway boycotting husbands will enjoy this one...There are 28 groovy tunes in total, and with each fabulous tune, a costume change that could fill the Fashion Week runway and then some. There really are no stars in this ensemble cast, everyone takes the center stage with their perfectly chiseled bodies and synchronized movements. This cast is having a great time with this, and it shows." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"Whether you lived it, or are a recent visitor to the songs of peace, love, psychedelic images, and go-go dancers, this trip down memory lane is a jukebox musical sure to stir up the 'Windmills of Your Mind...' Don’t expect anything you have to think hard about...All in all, it’s a mash-up of many nostalgic 60s tunes, a high-energy cast, some terrific dance routines and fabulous costumes." Full Review

Theatre Reviews Limited

"Neither thought provoking, nor particularly well structured, nor does it attempt to examine in detail a decade filled with dramatic social, cultural and political turmoil. There is no book nor does it credit anyone one for writing one and the presumed attempt to provide a storyline to connect the songs mostly fails...'Trip of Love' is fun, entertaining, almost perfectly and professionally executed, and has an incredibly talented cast of singers and dancers with irrepressible talent and energy." Full Review


"This unashamed presentation of evocative imagery and dance is 'Trip of Love's' greatest charm...It's all gleefully superficial, only daring to hoist a protest sign when it complements its fabulous knee-high go-go boots. Which is why it's so disappointing when the second act tries to say something profound about the extraordinary social change that accompanied this music, but only succeeds in alerting us to the absurdity of the show's premise." Full Review

The Huffington Post

"The flimsy storyline is the fabricated excuse for extravagant production numbers...From start to finish, the 'Trip of Love' cast members smile from ear to ear as if their paychecks depend on it. The non-stop grinning is more than might eventually be said of audiences who either remember the TV shows the enterprise is echoing or who wouldn't be interested in exposure to them now." Full Review

On Stage & Screen

"Potential audience members need to take a step back and ask if the point of a piece like this is to entertain or tell an accurate story of a complex decade. If it’s the former, then 'Trip of Love' is successful, but if it’s the latter, there are some gaping holes that over simplify complex emotions and history. " Full Review

Theatre's Leiter Side

"An overproduced, artistically underweight show that seems little more than a corny, faux-nostalgia, cruise ship extravaganza...This was the decade of widespread drug use, civil rights struggles, political assassinations, sexual freedom, Viet Nam, and so many other major issues. ‘Trip of Love’ has a conceptual emptiness that only makes more vivid how great an opportunity was overlooked in giving the show historical relevance." Full Review

The New York Times

"Somebody put a lot of money into 'Trip of Love,' an incongruous collection of Top 40 hits from the 1960s delivered by romping, writhing singer-dancers on garish sets. It’s too bad the investment of thought doesn’t match the investment of cash...There was certainly an opportunity here to make a more involving piece of theater. A barely-there, cliché-filled story line flits through. " Full Review


"Seen while having cocktails during a vacation on a cruise ship or in a Las Vegas showroom 'Trip of Love' might be viewed as an entertaining diversion. Its virtues in a large New York City Off-Broadway theater are debatable... As a well-mounted evening of innocuous retro song and dance, it does succeed and that might be enough for some audiences." Full Review


"When a director spends a paragraph explaining the story, he’s essentially admitting that what he’s put on stage isn’t clear. Walski also takes the easy way out, for there’s no simpler platform on which to build a show than 'a dream'...At least the songs that Warski chose demonstrate that the average hit of the ‘60s and ‘70s was substantially better than the musical gruel we’re fed today...As is almost always the case in shows like this, the situations don’t always fit the pre-existing lyrics." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"Calorie-free fluff is one of the hardest theatrical genres to ace because there's nothing to hide behind, and Walski hasn't polished his own content-free lark to a sufficiently blinding sheen. 'Trip of Love' premiered in 2008 in Osaka, where all this might have seemed fresher or less derivative than it does in the United States in 2015. But given this country's unique history with the Vietnam War and illicit drug use, shows like this one that go barely halfway with both just don't cut it." Full Review

Theater In The Now

"Thankfully for the 'Trip of Love' team there are smaller stakes involved because what creator James Walski has on his hands is a big ol’ flop...Sadly the style has left New York to make way for work that is more thought-provoking and smart. 'Trip of Love' should be shopping themselves to Las Vegas or a cruise ship. Had there been a through line in the journey, perhaps this is all a different story but in its current form, 'Trip of Love' misses the mark. There’s no need for confetti here." Full Review


"There’s very little of the anguish of those days incorporated into this show, and for the most part, that’s OK. Where 'Trip Of Love' goes off the rails is the jarring misinterpretation of the most seminal music of the times....While 'Trip of Love' is obviously meant for sheer entertainment, it’s also important to be able to reflect on the tempestuous time period it represents." Full Review

The Hollywood Reporter

"There aren't enough drugs on the planet to make 'Trip of Love' anything but a bad trip. James Walski's musical revue celebrating the pop songs of the 1960s opens off-Broadway after receiving its world premiere in 2008 in Osaka, Japan. There, according to the program, it received the 'generous support of the city of Osaka.' Unlikely to receive similar beneficence on these shores, this ghastly show is destined to become merely the latest in a long line of bombs presented at Stage 42." Full Review


"A horror show named 'Trip Of Love' has taken over the Little Shubert Theatre, recently renamed Stage 42 possibly so patrons will forget that nothing here has ever won the love of critics or theatergoers. New name or no new name, the theater remains the Bermuda Triangle of shows — in this case, deservedly so. 'Trip Of Love' will quickly disappear into the floposphere. This hallucinogenically vacant mish-mosh of Sixties hits would, however, fit perfectly on the Las Vegas Strip." Full Review

Great staging, Entertaining, Must see, Delightful, Great singing

See it if You really love popular and mostly upbeat songs from the 1960.

Don't see it if You like going to see traditional musicals with typical story lines. This is mostly a show which showcases the 1960s Greatest Pop Hits.

Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing

See it if excellent show should be on broadway excellent songs dances and music must see

Don't see it if if you dont like 60s music or musicals

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Must see

See it if You like Sixties music, fun staging, dancing, singing, absorbing staging.

Don't see it if You don't like Sixties music.

Entertaining, Great staging, Delightful, Funny, Fun-tastic

See it if If you loved flower power and the hippies

Don't see it if your a classical person

Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Exquisite

See it if I have seen this show multiple times and keep going back and bringing family and friends everyone enjoys it ! The costumes the catchy tunes!

Don't see it if You hate 60s music, this is not a play but a musical review of one song after another with beautiful choreography , set design, costumes.

Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Must see, Refreshing

See it if You love the 60's music and dancing. I loved it. Loved the costume and the stage. Very entertaining and colorful.

Don't see it if If you want to see a show with talking. There is only music and dancing.

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Must see

See it if You love to hear music from the 60th, 70th music

Don't see it if You don't like sex, drugs and rock'n'roll

Entertaining, Exquisite, Great staging, Edgy

See it if You lived in the 60s

Don't see it if If you don't like 60s music or events

Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging, Brings back memories!

See it if You enjoy nostalgia from the 60's and you like hearing old favorites sung well with terrific dancing to match.

Don't see it if you are looking for a great story, as there is hardly a story here, just more of a concert.

Delightful, Funny, Masterful, Must see, Entertaining

See it if you love 1960's music song and played well and excellent dancing as precise as it gets

Don't see it if you can not be open to a hoot of a show and to enjoying something light yet well done

Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You are a fan of music from the 60's. It is a fun, cruise ship style review. The singing and dancing are what make this show really pop!

Don't see it if You don't like 60's music or require dialogue to follow a story-line. This is wall-to-wall music...good music.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if you enjoy being transported back to the Age of Aquarius with costumes reflecting the times and songs that make you relive those moments

Don't see it if you hated the Aquarius love era

Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing, Must see, Indulgent

See it if you love nostalgia and are a lover of 60's music.

Don't see it if . you do not like 60's music.

Ambitious, Delightful, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like music of the era or can marvel at outstanding staging

Don't see it if dance totally always bores you

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing

See it if Like great singing, great acting and classic songs from the 60s!

Don't see it if You hate music and musicals!

Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Witty, Fun

See it if A terrific dance show full of wit and amazing choreography and costumes performed by a talented, gifted and gorgeous ensemble cast.

Don't see it if You need a plot or are confused by quirky - it originated in Japan after all - or don't like the 60's, or have lost all sense of joy and fun

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Masterful

See it if you want to be thoroughly entertained by talented and professional singers and dancers.

Don't see it if you want to see a musical with a story.

Ambitious, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You enjoy great choreography and ballet

Don't see it if You don't enjoy 60s music

Romantic, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if If you like music of that time, an it made me want to get up an shake my hips.

Don't see it if If you don't like music of that era,an have a problem with semi nudity.

Delightful, Entertaining, Clever, Enchanting, Great singing

See it if you are someone that enjoyed music from the 60's, think it's best if you are 40 and over but really anyone will enjoy it. Nice simple show!

Don't see it if You're young and not interested in the 60's music. It's a light, entertaining show, fun for a night out but maybe not for everyone.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Romantic, Quirky

See it if You appreciate sexy oldies...some good dancing and vocals

Don't see it if Not for you if you do not appreciate exposure to the naked body

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if You like old surfer music in a fast paced setting.

Don't see it if Your not into campy musicals.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you enjoy live music and dance with on-target costumes and sets.

Don't see it if you'd rather forget the music of the 60s.

Delightful, Great staging, Quirky

See it if You enjoy show that is strictly musical

Don't see it if You don't enjoy 60's music

Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Quirky, Original

See it if Fun musical. Great music

Don't see it if You don't like 60's music

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