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Betty and the Belrays
East Village
93

Betty and the Belrays NYC Reviews and Tickets

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Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing

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In this new 60s-set new musical, three white female singers challenge a racially divided society by singing for a black record label.

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Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you're interested in segregation issues, Motown music, white/Negro '60s girl band history.

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Critic Reviews (5)

February 11th, 2019

“The creator of ‘Betty & The Belrays’, now at the Theater for the New City, pretty much dares you to compare his well-meaning, but cartoony, new musical to ‘Hairspray’, a comparison in which the new musical fares poorly. Written - book and lyrics - and directed by William Electric Black, with music by Black, Valerie Ghent and Gary Schreiner, ‘Betty’, like ‘Hairspray’, tells the story of a white high school-aged girl, the eponymous Betty, living in a racially divided city, here 1963 Detroit.”
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February 13th, 2019

“The show originally ran in 2007, but 2019 seems like the perfect time to bring it back because many of its themes still ring true...The music transports the audience right back to the 60s...The pop songs, capture the sweet, feminine style of 60s girl bands...It’s a wonderful, important show full of heart that’s suitable for the whole family, especially during a time when the themes of racism, allyship and standing up for what is right are so relevant.”
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February 7th, 2019

"I heartily recommend this musical. It’s full of pleasant surprises as it prompts one to think."
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February 17th, 2019

"Betty’s decision, and its consequences, make 'Betty and the Belrays' something other than a series of scenes that showcase a wonderful cast, ensemble, and musicians, and a cute group of songs...Really a lesson in the history of race relations in the past fifty or so years...Pity that’s still necessary...A bubbly, humorous 60s girl-group story, and a dark tale of segregation and civil rights makes for an odd combination, but author/director William Electric Black pretty much pulls it off."
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February 18th, 2019

“A must see...The set dress, costuming, songs and actors were awesome. Zipgun was hilarious...One of those shows where performers came into the audience so you felt like you were part of the action...The show itself balances the social commentary with great musical numbers.”
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