Already closed | 2h 25m | Chelsea

Bastard Jones

From 61 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Clever, Funny, Great staging

About the show

The Cell presents a new rock musical based on Henry Fielding’s bawdy 18th-century novel "The History of Tom Jones." A rollicking adventure of deception, misunderstanding, and bed-hopping. More…

‘Bastard Jones’ centers on Tom Jones, a bastard-born charmer with a heart of gold and a knack for trouble, looking for love in all the wrong places. Tom gets banished from the only home he knows simply for expressing his true self, leading him to conscription in the army, a half-naked romp at a country inn, and a stint as the boy toy to an aristocrat.

2h 25m | Already closed | The Cell (Chelsea)

Member Reviews (61)


Entertaining, Great singing, Clever, Funny, Great staging
Avg Score

Ambitious, Confusing, Entertaining, Slow, Well acted & sung

See it if Boisterous musical adapt of Fielding's epic novel Small ensemble play multiple parts causing confusion Ruggiero's exuberant Tom carries show

Don't see it if Far too many songs drag show's momentum & cause fatigue Sightlines often hindered by tight stage but directed w/ vigor by lyricist Acito

Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy a musical based on the novel Tom Jones. Witty lyrics, catchy songs and a very talented cast. Great staging in small theater.

Don't see it if you like serious drama or dignified musicals. This has plenty of risqué humor but it's all in fun.

Also I would like to see this musical in a larger theater to do more justic... Read more Read less

Masterful, Hilarious, Great singing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a great small musical that could become a big one with a fantastic cast especially male lead.

Don't see it if You can't appreciate a diamond in the rough.

Clever, Great singing, Great staging, Edgy

See it if See a show that could have a further life staged in a very intimate space

Don't see it if Want big flashy musicals

Zany, Dizzying, High energy, A little slow, Amusing

See it if you want madcap, raucous fun and bawdy humor - with clever staging. Impressive disability-inclusive casting and witty writing.

Don't see it if you're not prepared for a high energy (and, at times, exhausting) romp. A bit long, but enjoyably (if sometimes frenetically) funny.

Clever, Quirky, Irreverent, Well & cleverly staged, Great singing ranges

See it if A spirited, fun, well-intentioned if obvious musical farce appeals, its fully committed cast largely fine with amazing vocal ranges.

Don't see it if You're disturbed by farce, a mostly unmemorable score or watching the lead actor literally screw on his actual prosthetic peg leg.

Also A lot of inventive staging manages to circumvent the extreme limitatio... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Resonant

See it if Some standout numbers satisfy you with this unique new take of an old tale

Don't see it if You expect a standard literary treatment of JONES.

Great singing, Great staging, Bawdy, Very silly, Entertaining

See it if you'd like Rocky Horror to marry Anything Goes and go back to the 18th century in a tiny off-Bway theater

Don't see it if you hate silliness, bad jokes, a lot of simulated sex, and Shakespearean-comedy-level misunderstandings

Also With a little work, this play is going to a bigger theater and a lot o... Read more Read less

Witty, Raunchy, Great cast, Entertaining, Inventively staged

See it if you appreciate endlessly resourceful staging and an irreverent, contemporary approach that is in keeping with the novel's social satire

Don't see it if bawdy humor isn't your thing or can't relinquish your memory of Finney in the Tom Jones film--which was great in an entirely different way

Also Space is tiny, arrive early for best seats. Acoustics are not great: s... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Confusing, Great singing, Dizzying

See it if You want to see a truly amazing performance by a young man named Evan Ruggiero, who lost a leg to cancer. He is a real inspiration.

Don't see it if More contemporary musicals are your thing. This is a take off on Tom Jones. If you're not a fan of the story, you may not enjoy this.

Also The actors do a great job, although the multiple parts played by them ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you want to feel like your friends are putting on a silly show in their living room; an admirable effort at acting, directing and composing.

Don't see it if you want a fully developed show in a traditional setting, you are in the mood for serious theater.

Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Gorgeous lights, Baudy!

See it if I loved it. Well directed and baudy fun. Great cast. Stage the size of a postage stamp and yet everything fit and worked.

Don't see it if you're offended by sexual references. I found it delightful.

Entertaining, Bawdy, Raucous, Great staging, Indulgent

See it if Energetic, silly, vulgar. Likable cast & musicians, captured the story, cleverly staged, likable score. Lots of talent.

Don't see it if Runs out of steam, exhausting over-the-top-campy performances, endless dirty jokes, songs go on forever. Lose an hour.

Clever, Ambitious, Relevant, Fun, Smart

See it if You like social relevance in the style of Peter And The Starcatcher. Also, 50 seats in Chelsea in a classy environment!

Don't see it if You don't like a few actors playing many parts.

Great staging, Raunchy, Hilarious, Delightful, Must see

See it if you like light farcical comedy, close-up view of some tremendous performing talent, innovative use of tiny space & minor props, diverse cast

Don't see it if raunchy humor does not appeal to you; you have an issue with small space and not very comfortable seating (such as bar stools)

Also GO SEE THIS SHOW! you'll enjoy it even if you don't like musicals: it'... Read more Read less

Fluffy, Hilarious

See it if You want a fun and silly show

Don't see it if You prefer a more sophisticated or serious show

Quirky, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Slow

See it if you enjoy quirky staging and clever choreography highlighted by a few excellent performances.

Don't see it if you prefer a more polished final product.

Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Raunchy, Edgy

See it if You love Ave Q edgy style musicals , just more hard edge

Don't see it if Dramatic shows are what you are looking for that night.

Cute, Great singing, Raunchy, Bawdy farce, Catchy upbeat songs

See it if You like seeing very talented diverse actors in a small, scrappy, less polished/designed show. If you don't mind raunchy, vulgar sex humor.

Don't see it if You like things to be conservative and classy. If you only like big produced musicals! If you don't like tiny theaters w/only 40 seats!

Clever, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a raucous, rocking, re-telling of a classic tale told by a sexy/funny/talented cast in a unique style with a ton of heart.

Don't see it if you don't like pop rock musicals or you think you need to know the source material (which you don't!)

Also See it before it inevitably heads uptown. This piece has serious talen... Read more Read less

Funny, Great singing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You love clever, fast-moving entertainment , well-written and perfectly pitched performances.

Don't see it if You seek realistic representational theater- or don't have a sense of humor! Or don't like rock and roll...

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious

See it if You love absurd musical comedies that have great singing, dancing, and farce. Incredibly funny and dirty, you'll really enjoy yourself!

Don't see it if You're looking for a nice; wholesome family show. Or if you don't like inappropriate humor and situations.

Raunchy, Quirky, Great singing

See it if You like crazy weird sloppy theater

Don't see it if You expect high production values

Entertaining, Creative staging, Talented cast

See it if you like a crazy funny musical w/ a lot of simulated sex on stage for art's sake! It reminds me of sexy fun of Avenue Q but w/o the puppets!

Don't see it if you feel prudish about sex on stage & in music ...but if you'll keep an open mind, ears & eyes, you will not regret any second of this show!

Funny, Great singing, Quirky, Clever

See it if You want to see a diverse cast, with diverse staging, rock out to some great music. Remember that it's a comedy!

Don't see it if You're not into more intimate experiences, and if you are opposed to some adult content.

June 26th, 2017
"Mr. Acito mostly succeeds in turning the Cell company’s limited resources into an aesthetic choice...Harder to overcome are the venue’s trying acoustics, which make it difficult to fully appreciate the score by Engelhardt...But you can still tell that catchy songs, reminiscent of Lloyd Webber’s ...
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June 23rd, 2017
"'Bastard Jones' is randy yet ingenuous; it’s like a very bawdy Disney movie, with hummable pop music to match. Staged with few frills, it relies mainly on the talents of its diverse and impressive cast of nine...If this smartly plotted and irrepressible musical moves beyond the Cell, there is wo...
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June 25th, 2017
"An incredibly clever, zany, sexy, and raucous show that is as funny as it is profound...This is just the sort of guilty fun that everyone is looking for and, for a little over two hours, will bring such joy to your heart and a 'tingle' to everywhere else...With a score that is heart-pumping, con...
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July 6th, 2017
"Dispiritingly, the dialogue is loaded with the kind of gags not heard since Minsky's Burlesque was shuttered forever...Suffice to say that a full evening of these smirkers is enough to induce vows of chastity in audience members looking for some semblance of adult wit. The songs don't provide mu...
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