Closed 1h 5m
We're Gonna Die
Midtown W
75

We're Gonna Die NYC Reviews and Tickets

75%
(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)

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.

Critic Reviews (12)

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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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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February 26th, 2020

"Lifeboats and Lifelines: Two Musicals Make the Case for Not Giving Up"
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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