Tony nominees Laura Osnes and Will Swenson star in Waterwell's staging of vintage revues, originally created for and performed by WWII soldiers. Part of the Public Theater's Under the Radar festival. More…
Created by iconic musical theater artists of the era like Frank Loesser ('Guys and Dolls'), these original revues were designed as “blueprints” for soldiers to easily mount in the field. The Army packaged and distributed them as a complete script, with score and orchestrations, scenic and costume drawings, and instructions for how to put on the show. In a nod to the originals, 'Blueprint Specials' will be performed on the hangar deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, with a cast of showbiz pros and active military personnel and veterans. This will be the first staging of these musicals since 1945—and the first ever for the American public.
See it if Can-do musical sketches for WWII G.I.'s prove both entertaining & suprisingly patriotic. Ridgely's direction snappy & Connor's choreo shines
Don't see it if A little too long; sketches tend to blur & period humor flat but Osnes & Swenson bring star quality & Mattfeld steals the show as Sad Sack
See it if Top 1940s Bway & Hollywood creatives at the top of their games wrote & designed musicals for the troops to perform. Loesser's songs are more
Don't see it if Pro & amateur cast shine. The dancers are fab. Osnes is swell but Swenson is given little to do. Lovely 14 piece band. A unique experience
See it if you want to experience a fun site-specific show. See this for the experience and super talented cast!
Don't see it if you don't want to make the trek over to 12th Ave or enjoy more modern musicals.
See it if You like light comedy, sexual innuendo and a taste of 1940s variety show entertainment. Laura Osnes never dissapoints; the Intrepid is cool
Don't see it if You need a polished production; runs a little long and a little slow through the second half; very uncomfortable seats after an hour
See it if You would like to experience an entertainment show from the WWII era the way the servicemen did--this is as close as you will ever get!
Don't see it if Corny yet sweet dialogue and lyrics put your teeth on edge.
See it if want an old-fashioned musical, in a unique setting (a deck on the Intrepid) with a very good cast. It's a fun, hooky type of evening
Don't see it if don't like musicals of the 40's, want to hear Will Swenson sing more than one song.
See it if you want to experience a combo of historical military musicals that haven't been performed in years and never before for civilians.
Don't see it if you don' like shows that are mostly skits and songs and related to miltary matters.
See it if Liked USO shows fr WWII. Being on the Intrepid, respect the armed forces, like the military life. You like piazz and cleverness.
Don't see it if If you are looking for all the bells and whistles. Don't like military life or love America. You are not interested in corny jokes
See it if seeing a lost musical revue that has never been staged for the public interest you
Don't see it if sexist, misogynistic military jokes and references annoy you
See it if you're a history buff, love site-specific theater, just wish you could watch an extended version of that opening scene from White Christmas
Don't see it if You need a deep plotline to follow
See it if See Laura Osnes and Will Swenson in a small show. There's plent of great performers, don't know which are vets until curtain call. Go see it
Don't see it if You can't appreciate USO shows or allow yourself to be transported there via the Intrepid.
See it if you're fascinated with the idea of a prepackaged musical for troops to stage and are willing to take a sacrifice in quality for the concept.
Don't see it if you won't be able to overcome the simplicity, cliches and propaganda inherent in the content given that it was a midcentury military musical
See it if you are looking for a completely unique experience that aims to go beyond pure entertainment and make you think.
Don't see it if no reason not to see it unless you can't handle sitting on uncomfortable little wooden chairs for two hours!
See it if you want to experience a piece of musical theatre history or if you want to see Laura Osnes or Will Swenson up close and personal.
Don't see it if you want a strong plot- or character-driven story or can't handle non-padded seating in very close quarters.
See it if it gets restaged again somewhere else. You're feeling nostalgic and up for light-hearted entertainment.
Don't see it if you're anti-American.
See it if You enjoy WWII era music and humor. I felt like I was of the GIs in 'White Christmas' watching the troops perform. Silly scenes & patriotism
Don't see it if You need a fast paced show
See it if you want a truly mindless evening at the theater.
Don't see it if you want to actually engage critically with work at all and/or you want an interesting musical experience.
See it if you would like a glimpse into history. Experience the entertainment as if you were over seas during WWII watching your fellow troops perform
Don't see it if you don't enjoy silly scenes with a side of patriotism