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Cherchez La Femme: The Musical

From 4 member  reviews
Members say: Great music, Ambitious, Great choreography, Entertaining, Too long

About the show

La MaMa presents a musical extravaganza by '80s pop star Kid Creole about one man's loss, another man's gain, and the powerful women who made it all possible. More…

This madcap, semi-autobiographical adventure features music by August Darnell (better known as the front man for the band Kid Creole and the Coconuts) and Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band. Set in New York City and the Caribbean in the '80s, the show explores dark themes (abandonment, sibling rivalry, unrequited love) and titillation (sexual healing, the pursuit of happiness) while inviting you to shake your head and tap your toes to neo-urban-jungle grooves.

Member Reviews (4)


Great music, Ambitious, Great choreography, Entertaining, Too long
Avg Score

Entertaining, Great music, Great dancing, Too long, Great choreography

See it if the Kid Creole catalogue appeals, in a well meaning but uneven yet entertaining show with great dancing. An early draft that needs cutting.

Don't see it if enduring a work in progress doesn't appeal, or needlessly complicated plot lines & weak dialogue upset, in spite of a game, uneven cast.

Ambitious, Enchanting, Dizzying, Great acting

See it if Great show

Don't see it if Not great show

During previews
Nice dancing, good music, lame script

See it if The title song was a great fave of mine. A hokey script is draped around it. The star, Isaac Gay, is talented and nice to look at

Don't see it if The music is recorded. The live singing sounds weird over it. The show would have been better if it was simply a concert. Some fine music.

During previews

See it if you like dance music.


May 29th, 2016
"Although performed with infectious gusto, the musical features a plot that’s both scattered and labored...The dialogue, while sometimes frisky and funny, is also overwritten and often seems to be going in circles...The up-tempo musical numbers give the convoluted plot nice jolts of energy and ar...
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June 6th, 2016
"Accurately described in its program as 'a musical excuse', which is fair…The vibrant music has been accessorized with a thin plot that flirts between being a throwback to early Broadway (the early ones which don’t get revived because they are too simple or incoherent) and just plain old fashione...
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May 31st, 2016
"With live vocals accompanying prerecorded tracks, the show takes us from the Pudd Cub (based on the NYC new wave haven the Mudd Club) all the way to an appearance on 'Sunday Nite Live' (you can figure what that’s based on), all colorfully costumed by Coconuts’ cofounder (and Darnell’s ex wife) A...
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May 29th, 2016
"The music is recorded, but the singing is live and jumpin’—the party is in full swing...The many threads of the story require a suspension of disbelief...Other aspects are also less than credible...The music is where the juice is...While it’s evident director Kristic brought a lot to the product...
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