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With a Little Help...It's John Belushi

From 24 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Great acting, Disappointing, Entertaining, Quirky

About the show

This East Coast Premiere of this biographical multimedia show takes the audience on the journey of John Belushi's rise in a piece complete with live music, videos, and stage sweat. More…

From the show:

John Belushi rose from indie college performer in 1968 to American entertainment icon in just 12 years.

This East Coast Premiere of the award-winning multimedia show takes the audience on the journey of John's rise in this unique narrative piece complete with live music, videos and stage sweat.

Come celebrate his life in the first live work of narrative storytelling to share how John came to be the American  legend.

2h 0m | Already closed | Theatre 80 (East Village)

Member Reviews (24)

MEMBERS SAY:

Ambitious, Great acting, Disappointing, Entertaining, Quirky
73
Avg Score

76
Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if The story of john Belushi. From second city to SNL. His life. Good acting okay plot. If you like Belushi and his comedy.

Don't see it if If you do not like biographical plays about a person's life.

65
Sketchy, Disappointing, Ambitious, Excruciating (at times), Confusing

See it if to see an anarchic (or is it just slipshod?) bio of the anarchistic (or was he just reckless?) 70s comedy legend.

Don't see it if you want to get a true sense of what made Belushi tick, what made him so funny & iconic, or what really led to his premature demise.

Also Major cheers for Jack Zullo's energetic, fearless performance as Belus... Read more Read less

85
Needs better direction and staging, Great singing, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you are willing to tolerate direction that does not meet the demands of this incredibly complex show/topic.

Don't see it if a great band, excellent singing, solid acting are not enough to hold your interests. Or you don't know comedy history(and don't want to)

Also The show does need to get more of its biographical facts correct and n... Read more Read less

95
Riveting, Raunchy, Hilarious, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if you remember John Belushi, if you are a "Boomer", if you want to see how he became who he was.

Don't see it if You are a millennial or a Gen Z. You probably have no idea who he was and if you do, it is because you parents and (horrors) grandparents d

Also I loved this show. Yes, it is a little rough around the edges. Jack Zu... Read more Read less

65
Lots of badly aged toilet humor, Poorly directed & poor script, Great acting, Wish sandwich w/ 2 slices of bread & no meat

See it if To see Jack Zullo do an outstanding impersonation of Belushi, cast of 13 work very hard, nice blues band.

Don't see it if You’d be bored by a poor script strung out by poor & seemingly interminable film clips that in total fail to take on Belushi’s drug habit.

Also Jack Zullo does an amazing job and brings Belushi to life on stage.... Read more Read less

65
Unfunny with jokes that have not aged well, Manic energy but no depth, Weak script, Hard-working cast of 13 & musicians, The elephant in the room, his drug abuse, is not addressed

See it if you're a Belushi die-hard; you support indie theatre; biographical plays intrigue you; you enjoy a kick-ass blues band & 1st-rate musicians

Don't see it if you expect to laugh a lot; you're impatient with plays that don't dig deeply into a person's core; escalating drug abuse is a trigger

Also An energetic cast of 13 + a 1st-rate blues band can't rescue a weak sc... Read more Read less

50
Good-natured fan reenactment

See it if you are OK with improv-level performances in theater context; "Belushi" could have been better in a more focused vehicle. The band was cool

Don't see it if you want "theater"; seek to understand the genius that Belushi was and you have access to Wikipedia and Youtube.

91
Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You like John Belushi, the 70s, origins of SNL, second city, blues brothers, a great band, good story good acting. So much going on!

Don't see it if If you don’t like the above

75
The actor playing the improv legend needs a strong director's disciplined approach, Holds great potential but still very rough!, A show that is still searching for its true identity: one-man show or ensemble cast?, Needs a professional playwright's intervention

See it if You loved John Belushi the comedian who died too young. The show barely hints at the real man behind the outrageous behavior and drug abuse.

Don't see it if You expect a polished, thoroughly workshopped show. What's on display is still a very rough draft on what could become a good bio-pic film.

Also The Blues band that accompanied this show was so phenomenally good we ... Read more Read less

92
Like seeing old friends you haven't seen in a long time.

See it if You are a fan of John Belushi and SNL. It's like reliving great memories and finding out the backstory you never knew.

Don't see it if You are looking to see a lavish Broadway musical.

79
There’s something there..., Refreshing, Ambitious

See it if You like biographical shows. Liked John Belushi. Enjoy a small experimental show with a lead actor working his ass off! Live music.

Don't see it if Want a big show Hate small theaters. Don’t care for bio re-enactments

Also There something there in this show and story. Could use some tightenin... Read more Read less

68
Quirky, Entertaining, Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You seriously love all aspects of John Belushi, as this play takes far too much time detailing his early years. He was good, not spectacular

Don't see it if You dislike John Belushi's style of comedy and have no interest in the various casts and production of TV's Saturday Night Live show.

Also I really loved the band that plays on stage - they are super!

76
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of John Belushi and Saturday live. Also if you like musicals based on a true story with a live band performing all the music.

Don't see it if If you are not a fan of John Belushi and if you don't like musical plays.

60
Disappointing, Indulgent, Excruciating, Ambitious

See it if You don’t mind sitting through painful skit after skit followed by outbursts of historical data delivered by a underwhelming cast.

Don't see it if You mind seeing bad theatre. An insult to the memory of a great comedian.

49
Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing, Cliched, Fluffy

See it if You like a band on stage and you are fond of Belushi’s Killer Bee

Don't see it if You are expecting a script, or something funny and thought provoking. You Will learn nothing about Belushie

88
Quirky, Clever, Ambitious, Great musicians, Great acting

See it if You're a John Belushi fan, this covers his rise to fame and downfall with loving nostalgia. A great band on stage plays music throughout.

Don't see it if You don't care for John Belushi, SNL, or their type of humor.

59
Slow, Raunchy, Disappointing

See it if You love John Belushi and like sophomoric plays

Don't see it if Dont like John Belushi

75
Edgy, Ambitious, Slow, Quirky

See it if To learn about John Belushi

Don't see it if You like an easy to follow strait play

Also First act very slow and minor characters didn’t seem to be warmed up s... Read more Read less

62
Cliched, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if If you are a dyed in the wool Belushi fan.

Don't see it if Does not flow. Too fragmented not well written. Some attempts at humor did not come off.

Also Many of the actors did fine work with their parts. The back up band wa... Read more Read less

100
Must see, Great acting, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if If you’re a fan of great skit comedy and want to see John Belushi return from the dead! I found myself believing that Jack Zullo was John!

Don't see it if There’s no reason not to see it!

54
Disappointing

See it if You like plays that are historical, and ambitious, bio pics. Dreadful writing, lackluster performances.

Don't see it if You have standards, or any standards. This is a vanity project. It should have never been put on the stage.

66
Overrated, Dated, Great acting, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you want to learn more about John Belushi. The actors and the band are very talented.

Don't see it if you want a play that is connected and has an arc. This play is fragmented. It needs to be edited.

85
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Edgy, Dizzying

See it if If you grew up during the time or are interested in the roots of American contemporary comedy.

Don't see it if If you're looking for a large budgeted Off Broadway play.

94
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You want a Broadway show at Off Broadway prices! LEad character was phenomenal! Strong supporting cast. The band was sensational!

Don't see it if I was a little unclear in one scene in act one, why is why I didnt give it 100. I'm going back to see it again. Broadway bound?


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