We're Gonna Die
Closed 1h 5m
We're Gonna Die
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We're Gonna Die NYC Reviews and Tickets

74%
(117 Reviews)
Positive
71%
Mixed
24%
Negative
5%
Members say
Great singing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing

About the Show

Second Stage presents Young Jean Lee's non-musical/non-play/non-concert that is not about dying.

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Member Reviews (117)

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78
The band can cook, A little thin, Chic lounge act, Rhythmic, Slick

See it if the idea of a set of songs, interspersed with stories, about converting life’s darkest moments into something productive, interests you.

Don't see it if you’re looking for a play, or something much deeper than a tight set performed by an arty, accomplished lounge act. Read more

90
Absorbing, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You enjoy great singing & poignant stories by the lead. Full band. Would love to hear a soundtrack released.

Don't see it if You don't like tons of balloons being released at the very end of the show.

76
65 minutes long, Intersting, but...!, One woman show, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if you like loud rock music and a WONDERFUL singer.Plot is pretty much non-existent.Choreo is fun.

Don't see it if you are expecting a coherent story line.Cast is enthusiastic, but there just isn't much here, other than a very talented young woman.

80
Absorbing, Expressive, Uplifting, Resonant, Refreshing

See it if you'll spend a well-paced hour glad to not be dead! A hard look at dying w/ rhapsodic consolation. No cliches (“look on the bright side").

Don't see it if Retail prices too steep. This is more like a fast, tasty entree than a sit-down 3-course meal. Get discount tix for the most bang for buck. Read more

82
Intelligent, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy a song cycle/story telling performance that lights up the stage in 65 minutes

Don't see it if SPOILER ALERT Songs/stories about death and dying are not your cup of tea.

90
All the greats! gorgeous lighting., Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if This is a raucous, high energy, one woman show with a great ensemble backing her. Sing they do. She has a lovely voice easy to listen to.

Don't see it if This is loud. Sad. As in Straight White Male, we are bombarded with hits echoing death and dying. Lights flash and players MOVE. Read more

50
Pretentious, Good musicians, Superficial "messages", Very loud music, Fine actor/singer/story teller

See it if you can like "ear splitting music," a talented singer & musicians, story telling and themes involves life learnings.

Don't see it if you can't tolerate very, very loud music, one person story telling and superficial, rather than profound, lessons on life.

79
Refreshing, Great staging, Great singing, Quirky, Clever

See it if if you want to see a great performance by Janelle McDermoth, a true life-force in a show about death. Some great staging and a terrific band

Don't see it if you're looking for a full-fledged play. Only 60 minutes, more like a cabaret act. Read more

Critic Reviews (12)

The New York Times
February 25th, 2020

"In ‘We’re Gonna Die,’ Pop Songs for the Reaper: Young Jean Lee offers upbeat tunes about downbeat lives and inevitable ends."
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Time Out New York
February 25th, 2020

4/5 Stars. "'We're Gonna Die' is in no way sentimental, but it's full of earnest emotion. As our guide and avatar, McDermoth is charming and sounds great, and the band behind her gets our blood pumping even when our hearts are breaking."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
February 26th, 2020

"Lifeboats and Lifelines: Two Musicals Make the Case for Not Giving Up"
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Theatermania
February 25th, 2020

"Face Your Mortality the Fun Way: With Young Jean Lee's 'We're Gonna Die' Janelle McDermoth stars in Second Stage's new production of Lee's theatrical concert."
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Lighting & Sound America
February 26th, 2020

"The sounds are as mellow as good whiskey enjoyed in the midnight hour of a troubled day that is swiftly receding into memory."
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Talkin' Broadway
February 25th, 2020

"This uncategorizable show...presents one of the frankest reflections on death, aging, rejection and isolation that you are likely to see on stage. Yet, it also happens to be one of the most exhilarating, reassuring, and life-affirming performances you may experience this year."
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New York Stage Review
February 25th, 2020

4/5 Stars. "A surprisingly lively look at death, 'We're Gonna Die' directly confronts human mortality with some songs, a few stories, and a matter-of-fact attitude."
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New York Stage Review
February 25th, 2020

4/5 Stars. "If I said you were going to have a great time at a musical called 'We're Gonna Die,' you probably wouldn't believe me. But Young Jean Lee's show will send you off with a smile on your face."
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Theater Pizzazz
February 25th, 2020

"The interconnected stories of the Singer's past, not only serve as effective cautionary tales; they are also designed to bring some form of comfort to those who have been or are in pain. But it's the show's songs that really drive Lee's singular message home."
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Front Row Center
March 10th, 2020

Score: 90%. "It seems like no accident that this show has arrived...just in time to pair with the COVID-19 epidemic that is reminding us all of our mortality. Life and death are opposite sides of the same coin. As long as that is the case - why not blow up a few balloons and have a party!"
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New York Theater
February 25th, 2020

"We're all in pain…and playwright Young Jean Lee wants to offer us some comfort…the counterintuitive philosophy behind Lee's approach - we all suffer; let's celebrate! -- might actually work for some in the audience. Others will surely at least find it entertaining."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
March 8th, 2020

"It almost makes its depressing subject enjoyable. Which isn't to deny I thought it…uncomfortable…Yes, we're all going to die. We know it. But we spend our lives trying not to think about it. Do we really need not only to be reminded but to sing and clap about it?"
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