Blueprint Specials
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Blueprint Specials

Blueprint Specials NYC Reviews and Tickets

(20 Ratings)
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Entertaining, Dated, Delightful, Great singing, Funny

About the Show

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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (20)

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212 Reviews | 150 Followers
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great singing

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

194 Reviews | 38 Followers
Delightful, Great staging, Great singing, Fluffy, Atmospheric

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

360 Reviews | 76 Followers
Historically important, Dated, Entertaining, Energetic, Resonant

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. Read more

80 Reviews | 26 Followers
Entertaining, Dated, Fluffy, Great singing, Slow

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.

58 Reviews | 8 Followers
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great singing

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!

79 Reviews | 30 Followers
Great singing, Refreshing, Nostalgic

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. Read more

197 Reviews | 73 Followers
Delightful, Dated, Entertaining

See it if you are interested in old school musicals and Laura Osnes. She always shines.

Don't see it if you are expecting a modern show. It's dated but it works!

524 Reviews | 133 Followers
All aboard the intrepid for a trip back in time

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

Critic Reviews (10)

The New York Times
January 9th, 2017

"The new production retains this informal, let’s-put-on-a-show air, with simple sets and a spirited cast that includes professional performers alongside former and current members of the military...The book scenes are stuffed with hoary or musty jokes. But they fill the space between songs with sufficient good humor, as performed with winking gusto by the likable young cast. Still, 'Blueprint Specials' is not likely to maintain a foothold in the repertoire...Much of it has naturally dated."
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The Hollywood Reporter
January 9th, 2017

"Although the broad, unsophisticated humor hasn’t aged particularly well, the show is nonetheless great fun, both for its time-capsule qualities and the catchy score...Unsurprisingly, veteran performers Osnes and Swenson are terrific...Watching the show aboard the massive aircraft carrier that was decommissioned in 1974 after serving from World War II through the Vietnam War is an uplifting and novel experience."
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AM New York
January 9th, 2017

"This is an impressively elaborate production, with a full-size jazz band and a 34-person cast that includes active and veteran members of the U.S. military...The songs and dialogue may not be especially noteworthy today, but it was based upon a rare pairing of musical theater talent and the armed forces that is unlikely to ever be repeated and deserves to be recognized in such a loving fashion."
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January 10th, 2017

"An unmissable historical curiosity, if not a particularly great musical…An old-fashioned physical comedian, Mattfeld runs away with the show...Unfortunately, not every actor pops quite as much, and Ridgely's breezy direction leaves some performances blowing in the wind. Still, there is a DIY spirit that feels appropriate…The intent of the work doesn't always translate to a modern audience…Theatrical slack aside, 'Blueprint Specials' is mostly watchable and undoubtedly fascinating."
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Talkin' Broadway
January 11th, 2017

"The artists behind the original works were uniquely gifted…The wispy, of-its-time plot is crazy but delightful…It is absolutely, gloriously priceless and irreplaceable. The songs are electrifying…And there's no fault to be found with the cast…For writing that was considered all but disposable and inconsequential in its time, it reminds us more than any show in recent memory just how stirring, important, and even transformative musical theatre can be at its most honest and most uplifting best."
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January 11th, 2017

“While the topical material (mainly by Auerbach) and the 20 musical numbers (eight of which are by Loesser and two by famed Hollywood composer Alex North) are dated and relate to the army and army life, particularly the then recent addition of the WACs (Women's Army Corps, the first women other than nurses to serve within the ranks of the U.S. Army), the jokes still register and the unfamiliar melodic and syncopated songs are delightful.”
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Theater Pizzazz
January 10th, 2017

"It’s 95 minutes of non-stop tunes, sketches and comedy skits, some that land well, others that definitely feel 70-years old, with a talented cast of singers and dancers…'Blueprint Specials' is a wonderful piece of American history that many would find exciting and especially heartwarming to see given that the ensemble is made up of a compendium of some retired and active military who morph seamlessly into a body of professionals."
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New York Theater
January 9th, 2017

"Could not be more deftly staged, from the creation of a pop-up theater on the hangar of an actual World War II aircraft carrier (the Intrepid, now a museum) to the casting of both bona fide Broadway stars and active duty military officers and Armed Forces veterans...Are these Blueprint Specials replicable now beyond the few performances of the theater festival? It would not surprise me at all if this soldiers show were given a promotion to Off-Broadway."
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