Beardo
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Beardo NYC Reviews and Tickets

80%
(99 Reviews)
Positive
85%
Mixed
13%
Negative
2%
Members say
Ambitious, Quirky, Entertaining, Great singing, Clever

About the Show

Pipeline Theatre Company presents the NYC premiere of this rock musical about Rasputin, the infamous mystic who helped topple the Russian royal family. Featuring music by Dave Malloy of 'The Great Comet' fame. 

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85
Funny, Raunchy, Quirky, Clever, Entertaining

See it if Biographical farce based on Rasputin. Wonderful music and clever verse. Lots of sexual humor. Original and different.

Don't see it if You don't like raunchy silly comedy. You are looking for something more serious or dramatic. Read more

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Quirky, Ambitious, Clever, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if for the wonderful innovative score and the hilarious 2nd act. Arrive early to get a seat with a clear view of the stage.

Don't see it if the G train is terra incognito, 3 hours on church pew offends your delicate posterior or historical inconsistencies disturb you.

61
Overrated

See it if Has some interesting songs and scenes such as the feast at the large table...

Don't see it if ...but it runs 2 hours 45 minutes and needs deep cuts. Way too long.

79
Uber talented cast, Quirky, Echoes of great comet of 1812, Unexpectedly laugh out loud, Strange

See it if want to be on Dave Malloy bandwagon, experience a super talented cast that lands near all possible comedic elements of the tale of Rasputin

Don't see it if drowning, poisoning, shooting, black swans, hemophiliacs, the Russian revolution, assassination, sex, nudity or men in tutus, give you pause

75
Clever, Entertaining, Great music, Needs editing

See it if you like good music, good performances, and quirky staging.

Don't see it if you are not able to sit through a long play that needs editing or if one dimensional characters bore you.

95
Masterful, Intelligent, Must see

See it if Dave Malloy. Incredible dedication and talent. Hopefully, only the beginning.

Don't see it if Need to stick to the conventional

80
Bizarre, Edgy, Indulgent, Intelligent, Raunchy

See it if you liked Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812, know of Rasputin ('Anastasia' will do), or like Russian history.

Don't see it if You have sensitive tastes, dislike dick jokes and absurdism, or possess an unwillingness to suspend disbelief or break third walls. Read more

81
Clever, Great singing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if like intelligent musicals; it's the story of Rasputin, performed in an old church. It's a better Natasha, Pierre and Great Comet.

Don't see it if aren't interested in Russian history or a weird take on the Rasputin Story

Critic Reviews (10)

The New York Times
February 12th, 2017

"A louche, lewd and assertively weird fantasia on the life of Rasputin...Those lacking familiarity with pre-revolutionary Russian history may find themselves befuddled...This ought to be dark, ribald, rambling entertainment. And it is. But it also isn’t...Heyman approaches the material with gusto, conjuring some visual and sonic surprises, playing down the politics. But art alters as times change, and this show now seems less bouncy, more hollow and more queasy than intended."
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Time Out New York
February 12th, 2017

"Scruffy and messy, which is fun for a bit—before you start yearning for dramaturgical focus and stronger direction to bring out a decent musical...Director Ellie Heyman has fine individual ingredients to work with: Craig’s goofy-eerie dialogue and lyrics, Malloy’s folksy pop and a cast bursting with talent. It’s the integration of those elements and themes that doesn’t work...A novelty-song cycle grafted onto an absurdist historical fable, 'Beardo' needs trimming."
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Theatermania
February 12th, 2017

"A wonderfully strange new musical...Overflowing with mystery and mirth, this tragicomic riff on a familiar tale is an unforgettable theatrical experience...Malloy employs an eclectic mix of styles for a score that is both tuneful and daring...Surprises abound in Heyman's earthy production...'Beardo' thrillingly leaves us to ponder what we just saw and to distrust any immediate conclusions we might make about it."
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Lighting & Sound America
February 21st, 2017

"The entire enterprise suffers from a deficit of wit and the absence of a point of view...That 'Beardo' doesn't become entirely tiresome until late in the second act is largely due to Malloy's music...There isn't much that the director, Ellie Heyman, can do to impose any order on such often chaotic proceedings...Neither a comic romp, a pointed satire, nor a gripping historic episode, 'Beardo,' the musical, is little more than a superficial display of look-at-me cleverness."
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Stage Buddy
February 21st, 2017

"The production is sometimes adventurous, sometimes euphoric, and sometimes downright ludicrous...Craig can be surprisingly clever and sometimes the songs are oddly touching. The cast is terrific in its commitment to the eccentricity of the work...Damon Daunno shines as the protagonist...Even when the book provides no context for the action leaving the audience bewildered, Daunno keeps us grounded. Director Ellie Heyman creates a wonderful atmosphere for the actors to play in."
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New York Theater
February 12th, 2017

"Some of the elements familiar from 'Great Comet' are present, most notably Malloy’s classically tinged, eclectic score offering everything from rock ballads to hearty drinking songs, as well as a game and talented cast. But 'Beardo' feels in comparison like a work in progress. The book and lyrics are playful, sometimes clever, silly, ribald, deliberately anachronistic, joyfully shocking and in-your-face weird. They are too accomplished to be labeled juvenile but 'adolescent' might fit."
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Theater In The Now
February 20th, 2017

"'Beardo' is a dangerously evocative musical that is breaking the mold...There are some flaws. A bunch. Some whiffs in the script. Is there room for trimming? Absolutely...This company certainly had a blast...'Beardo' is a beautiful mess of a musical that knows exactly what it is. And that’s what makes it, well, charming. If you take the show at face value, you’ll likely not get it. If you do a tad bit of research and allow yourself to embrace it for what it is, you’re bound to appreciate it."
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Paste Magazine
February 14th, 2017

"Adventurous but unfocused...Two and a half hours of a horny mansplainer who seemed to feel zero compassion for anyone and viewed himself as flawless...Most of the jokes in 'Beardo' go on for far too long...Rasputin has long been the subject of cultural fascination...but modernizing him through adolescent humor and cheap jokes, and making him nothing more than an entitled man-child, is not an effective or creative way to explore this subject."
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On Stage Blog
February 12th, 2017

"An entertaining and fascinating evening of theatre...So much about this production works well...The cast is exemplary...What didn't work for me was nit-picky. The repetition employed throughout the score and book is cute the first time, but I suspect would fall flat with repeated viewings...I'll always seek out a Malloy show from now on. It's a guaranteed unique, high value and immensely original experience."
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Daily Beast
February 13th, 2017

"'Beardo' is near brilliant, played with pitch-perfect timing by the cast, particularly Damon Daunno, in a star-making turn...If this is kept from falling into juvenilia, or just pure silliness, it is largely a credit to the tight direction from Ellie Heyman. Comedic stunts like those pulled here can grow tiresome, but they never do...It is pure pleasure, and doesn’t leave the audience with much to argue over on the way out the door."
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