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Betty and the Belrays

From 5 critic and 1 member reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

About the show

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

It's 1963 Detroit. Betty Belarosky, aganist her parents’ wishes, forms an all white girl group, *a la *the Ronnettes, to get a record deal at Soltown--a black record company. Can Betty bring a segregated city together through her music? She ventures to the Negro side of town, where she encounters The LoveJones, a black girl trio. The two groups, now rivals, go down south together to join the civil rights protests.

The Angry Redheaded Lawyer

“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.” Full Review

Front Row Center

"I heartily recommend this musical. It’s full of pleasant surprises as it prompts one to think." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

“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.” Full Review


"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." Full Review


“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.” Full Review

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.

Don't see it if you're not interested in segregation issues or a Motown musical

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