New York | 1h 25m | Already closed

Cleopatra (Chelsea Music Hall)

From 2 critic and 93 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Ambitious, Edgy, Raunchy

About the show

Set to an original pop and EDM score spun by a live DJ, this immersive musical traces history’s most seductive and powerful ruler, mixing historical drama with an enveloping spectacle. More…

The legendary Queen of the Nile is throwing one of her famously lavish parties to celebrate the Empire’s latest triumphs over Rome, and you are invited to attend. Inside the palace, drinks flow and music seduces as guests are met with every indulgence. But outside the city walls, the alluring Marc Antony beckons, the nefarious Octavian lurks, and Cleopatra’s enemies plot a violent end to her prosperous reign. The Queen better watch her back.

"Cleopatra" is a high-octane fusion of music, dance, fashion, theater, and nightlife that welcomes audiences into a wholly interactive experience. An earlier staging of "Cleopatra" was produced last year at Theater for the New City.

1h 25m | Already closed | Chelsea Music Hall (Chelsea)


70
Time Out New York

"Billed as an immersive pop-musical experience, the show is less a full-fledged tuner than a glorified club concert...Inebriated audiences are invited to party like it's Nineteen-Ninety-Nile as quiptastic 'RuPaul's Drag Race' favorite Dusty Ray Bottoms emcees sexy interactive games, Nya belts like Beyoncé, and a sweaty multicultural chorus performs JT Horenstein's athletic moves...As dance-laugh-and-drink-the-night-away theatrical attractions go, 'Cleopatra' is campy fun." Full Review

70
Off Off Online

“’Cleopatra’ is equal parts drag show, pop concert, and Broadway musical, and, though it has some rough edges, it is surely a good time...Overall, Horenstein nails the punchy format of a pop concert but neglects to create more intimate theatrical moments of tension and passion between the play’s lead roles...’Cleopatra’ is a good time that should get even better as logistical kinks are ironed out, and perhaps some dramatic scenes are more fully realized.” Full Review


100
Enchanting, Must see, Resonant, Edgy, Epic

See it if You like shows that ignore traditional show structure, incredible music, fabulous dancing, and celebrations of queerness.

Don't see it if You prefer traditional musicals. You aren’t comfortable with black and queer excellence.

98
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Must see, Quirky

See it if you want the best fusion of a musical, a concert, and a drag show that I've ever seen. I'm going again ASAP.

Don't see it if you're looking for a standard staging/show, or can't handle loud music.

88
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Edgy

See it if Think you know Cleopatra and Mark Anthony

Don't see it if You have to stand most of the show

86
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Raunchy, Fun

See it if You like interactive pieces, especially if you like to DANCE! The actors perform the hell out of the piece and Nya, the lead is dope!

Don't see it if You like to only see theater from a seat, or you can't take people moving all around you and maybe touching you. The lyrics are not the best

85
Great dancing, Quirky, Great staging, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You like immersive theater and modern looks on historical figures. This is a dance show with modern music and no censors

Don't see it if You don't like standing the whole time, raunchy themes, or drag Queens

85
Entertaining, Great singing, Must see, Raunchy, Delightful

See it if you enjoy a musical story of cleopatra with choregraphed dancing.

Don't see it if you feel uncomfortable watching a drag queen as MC to a musical & dance show. You don’t have an open mind to a new experience.

82
Entertaining, Great singing, Ambitious, Great dancing

See it if you want to try something different, and want to hear some great songs with talented singers. If you like song and dance shows.

Don't see it if you can't stand for over 1 hour. You really need to be up close and to watch the dancers.

Also This show was not as immersive as I thought it would be. I wouldn't bo... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Edgy, Confusing

See it if You're into the idea of a club/bar turned musical/drag show venue with extreme belting, insane dancing, and audience participation.

Don't see it if Highly sexual situations are uncomfortable for you, you don't like standing in crowds, you prefer a more traditional theatre setting.

Also I had no idea what to expect - but I had SUCH a good time.

80
Edgy, Raunchy, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You want to be entertained by performers who dance and sing their butts off, in a cat walk club style show. You enjoy drag, and you are fun

Don't see it if You want a serious, linear musical. You can't stand young and old screaming at the outrageous acts. You don't like Hamilton style show.

78
Great staging, Raunchy, Entertaining, Indulgent

See it if You are into the musical form. OK show but could have done without the audience participation bits. History tells us it doesn't end well!

Don't see it if You don't like musicals or expect great acting from the lead. Some of the cast / ensemble are pretty good though.

75
Entertaining, Raunchy, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy clubbin and drag shows

Don't see it if you are looking for a straightforward musical or can't stnad for long periods of time

71
Entertaining, Funny, Raunchy

See it if If you like sensual lyrics,dancing and behavior.It was definitely for adults only.From the start of this to the end,it was sexually explicit

Don't see it if If you are a prude.It has quite a bit of sexuality to the dancing and singing.

70
Better vocals than acting, Sound hit or miss, Unsure of what it should be, Good music, Better direction needed

See it if you enjoy a handful of catchy pop songs/EDM in a fun (and younger) atmosphere - sung with an excellent an vocal from MYA.

Don't see it if you need a show with strong direction. focus needed.

Also Lead actress can sing. Okay actress.... Read more Read less

68
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated, Indulgent

See it if Like loud music that drowns out dialogue.

Don't see it if You like to understand dialogue.

65
Confusing, Disappointing, Great singing, Hi-end nightclub/lo-end theater

See it if you're big into nightclubs & the party scene. You care more about entertainment than theater. You're a big Dusty Ray Bottoms fan.

Don't see it if you're expecting traditional theater, real acting, or a plot that holds together. You're ok standing 90 min (or almost 2 hrs - starts late).

Also While parts of this show are great, they do not cohere into a whole. I... Read more Read less

65
Great singing, Uneven direction, Unfocused, Fantastic dancing, Entertaining

See it if You want to hear some truly great Top 40 quality singers, and some fantastic dancers and great club light design.

Don't see it if You long for a clear storyline and a clear narrative and fleshed out characters.

Also If I could give this show multiple scores I would give it 100 for the ... Read more Read less

58
Confusing, Dizzying, Edgy, Raunchy, Riveting

See it if You enjoy modern retellings of classic works; this is an electro-pop version of Shakespeare's Anthony and Cleopatra.

Don't see it if You are nervous about immersive performance (dancers are IN the crowd, you become a dancer too) and are bored by hairography as choreography

Also Do not volunteer to be pulled onto stage if you do not want a surprise... Read more Read less

40
Great dancing, Miserably uncomfortable, Monotonous, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You want a club experience, if you want to see some energetic dance moves and some really sexy costumes.

Don't see it if You’re not prepared to stand for more than an hour and a half in a crowded, loud, jostling mob of young people talking and rcding w/phones.

Also This was bad. The sound was bad. The lighting was bad. The principles ... Read more Read less

100
Great singing, Must see, Entertaining, Relevant, Sexy

See it if You want to see a nontraditional musical that’s bursting with life. You’re ready to be astounded by this talented (and sexy) cast!

Don't see it if You would rather see a classic Broadway show. Skimpy costumes offend you.

Also I loved the decision to set the last night before the fall of Cleopatr... Read more Read less

60
Absorbing, Quirky

See it if you're looking for a low-budget, random, unique night out filled with free alcoholic shots and audience interaction.

Don't see it if you like personal space and want a professional-feel.

25
Disappointing, Confusing, Excruciating, Fluffy, Great singing

See it if Don't see it. Save your time and money

Don't see it if If you expect a good show. Aside from the two leads having great voices , everything else was terrible.

100
Absorbing, Raunchy, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You enjoyed the groundbreaking creativity and genre melding of Hamilton and want to see it extended to other music genres.

Don't see it if You only like old school by the book musicals and don’t like to see shows that break the mold

90
During previews
Entertaining, Must see, Quirky, Epic, Ambitious

See it if You like pop and EDM. You enjoy immersive theater. You have fun partying. You love Beyonce, and Hamilton, but have no money for either.

Don't see it if Pop, EDM and synchronized choreography are things you don't like. You don't like the night club, party vibe, or interacting with performers.

Also My friend and I were super impressed with this production. It's a musi... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Refreshing, Riveting

See it if if you love expertly written and delivered POP/hip-hop music, and love the idea of theater immersed in a dance-club environment.

Don't see it if you are not into loud and flashing-light environments, or do not like standing in concert venues.

Also My wife and I entered this with ZERO expectations, and were blown away... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing

See it if You want to get out to the club, but can't find the time. It'd you want to see something fresh.

Don't see it if It's only standing and the show moves around.