We're Gonna Die
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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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668 Reviews | 155 Followers
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

470 Reviews | 112 Followers
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.

471 Reviews | 74 Followers
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.

423 Reviews | 99 Followers
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

387 Reviews | 132 Followers
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

407 Reviews | 67 Followers
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.

376 Reviews | 53 Followers
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.

367 Reviews | 63 Followers
25
Excruciating, Confusing, Insipid, Disappointing

See it if and only if you want to experience a "piece" (notice I didn't call it a show or play) that is in need of a huge re-write and a proper ending

Don't see it if you are contemplating suicide. It will send you over the edge by the time this 70 minute "piece" is over. RIP 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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