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Billy and the Killers

Billy and the Killers NYC Reviews and Tickets

(23 Reviews)
Members say
Great singing, Entertaining, Intense, Edgy, Slow

About the Show

A play meets a rock band in this world premiere alt-rock musical about a pair of misfit lovers and a bloody crime of passion.

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Member Reviews (23)

Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You love loud rock music and play in a loud rock band.

Don't see it if Dull plot, bad acting, heavy smoke effects burn the eyes, music way too loud & people had fingers in their ears. Torture on all the senses.

Insipid, Raunchy, Quirky, Slow, Cliched

See it if You like raucous musicals

Don't see it if You're sensitive to loud music

Critic Reviews (3)

November 12th, 2017

“But then the music stops, the dialogue returns, and it's back to dullsville, with Shankman's nonlinear story mostly vacillating between the insipid and the inane. Although one part does cover both bases: the explanation for why Billy is in that orange jumpsuit. It seems a detective (Paul Sadlik) thinks he killed someone, and neither Billy's ex-con father (Tom O'Keefe) nor his shifty lawyer (Sean McDermott) can prove him innocent, at least not until a groan-inducing deception is revealed.”
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November 11th, 2017

"A lackluster and mopey affair...This production is guilty of several crimes. These include harboring an uninteresting minor, operating a fog machine with intent to choke, lyric writing without a poetic license, and, most egregiously, failure to rock when given the right of way...All the cast is under-served by the score. Stopschinski’s music had the audience sitting still for 100 minutes while Shankman’s lyrics are a downward spiral of end rhymes."
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November 11th, 2017

"The music is 80’s rock, which if it weren’t so loud and had better lyrics would have been enjoyable. It is well sung...Another problem is the songs do not seem to fit the plot...The book is generic and the dialogue thin...The direction does not help, as the dialogue breaks into song for no reason at all except to put on a concert...If you are looking for an indie pop concert, this will be up your alley. If you are looking for a musical with substance, you might find want to bring a aspirin or two."
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