White Rose: The Musical
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White Rose: The Musical
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White Rose: The Musical NYC Reviews and Tickets

80%
(541 Ratings)
Positive
81%
Mixed
8%
Negative
11%
Members say
Absorbing, Relevant, Ambitious, Great singing, Thought-provoking

About the Show

A new musical telling the inspiring story of young activists defying Hitler in Nazi Germany.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (201)

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772 Reviews | 148 Followers
100
Great acting, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great singing

See it if A story that very important stand up and taking action.

Don't see it if No reason not to. Read more

54 Reviews | 6 Followers
93
Great singing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a show that is very relevant while it is entertaining and has lovely original music

Don't see it if You are bothered by unpleasant eras in history Read more

66 Reviews | 24 Followers
90
Riveting, Resonant, Profound, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want to watch a super engaging and important story be told

Don't see it if some of the musical numbers felt forced into the plot for the sake of including a song

63 Reviews | 13 Followers
90
Resonant, Relevant, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you liked “Les Miserables”, and stories about friendship and meaning.

Don't see it if you want to see a super production with great sound system, already tuned in as a masterpiece. This one is worth watching for sure.

236 Reviews | 174 Followers
90
Great singing, Great staging, Intelligent, Masterful, Relevant

See it if It is disturbingly relevant. Let’s not forget that Hitler was elected to office.

Don't see it if You are a MAGAt

1208 Reviews | 486 Followers
90
Epic, Uplifting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You want to see a true Nazi resistance story that is unfortunately very relevant but leaves you with an uplifting sense.

Don't see it if You’re anti semetic or one of the modern day Hitler youth known as MAGA. You need to see and understand but you won’t. Read more

545 Reviews | 81 Followers
89
Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if An important show. Something rarely seen off Broadway, especially as a musical.

Don't see it if You want fluff, this will not be the show for you.

55 Reviews | 13 Followers
87
Absorbing, Riveting, Profound, Intense, Intelligent

See it if you like moving historical pieces, pop-rock musical scores, and bold choices that make clear parallels to today's society (90min, no break)

Don't see it if you're jaded to period pieces, want big production musicals, or want to leave feeling happily entertained

Critic Reviews (8)

New York Theatre Guide
January 25th, 2024

"The history-based 'White Rose: The Musical' has its heart in the right place."
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Lighting & Sound America
January 26th, 2024

“[It] boils down a wrenching and complicated historical episode into a strenuously earnest, cliché-ridden manifesto. Seemingly conceived and executed with the best of intentions, it turns real-life figures into one-dimensional musical theatre ingenues who are forever looking to the stars, seeking truth in their hearts, and finding their voices…The story of The White Rose is deeply important, especially so today, but this version is simply a mistake.”
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TheaterScene.net
February 1st, 2024

While we are presented with characters who are doing a noble thing and can be touched by what they go through to accomplish their task, Brian Belding’s book and lyrics repeatedly take us out of 1942. In breaking up a fight between her brother and her old flame, Sophie blurts, “Are we seriously doing this?!”…Seriously? The tone is not “then” in 1942, it’s a university student of present day. When Willi walks in on the scene, he asks “What the f*@k is going on?!” We don’t doubt the impulse behind it, but was that really the vernacular in 1942? Natalie Brice’s score has its moments with some of the solos, but the full company songs sound like retreads of "Les Miserables" chorus numbers.
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Front Row Center
February 2nd, 2024

"This is a story we need to hear. Alas it is one White Rose fails to tell."
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C
January 25th, 2024

"...it’s more a call to arms with some contemporary parallels."
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T
January 26th, 2024

" 'White Rose: The Musical' is a serious misfire, its tensionless book, mediocre performances (several decent voices aside), uninspired direction..., middling “movement direction”..., and generic score often teetering precariously on the borderline of amateurishness. Despite several actors whose resumes would seem to hold some promise, none have the kind of gravitas or period feeling required; the result is more like an MFA production than a professional one on 42nd Street. "
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Pages on Stages
February 2nd, 2024

White Rose contains moving ideas and beautiful moments, but its current form needs some structural revision to put more emotional power and connection into the show. The leaflets dropped near the end contained powerful words and I would have loved to hear more about these ideas, rather than the vagueness of being part of a subversive group. The audience lacked clarity about what treasonous things were being said and why everybody’s neck was on the line, which made it difficult to feel invested.
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Off Off Online
February 6th, 2024

White Rose is…worth seeing...its salience… and its theatrical significance are undeniable.
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