Diva: Live from Hell
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Diva: Live from Hell
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Diva: Live from Hell NYC Reviews and Tickets

85%
(37 Ratings)
Positive
97%
Mixed
0%
Negative
3%
Members say
Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Great singing, Great acting

About the Show

Theater for the New City presents Sean Patrick Monahan's solo musical about a homicidal teenage diva doomed to retell his story for all eternity as a cabaret act in Hell.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (37)

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205 Reviews | 108 Followers
95
Delightful, Great singing, Great writing, Riveting, Hilarious

See it if you delight in a one-person show where a young diva brings his music/camp to the cabaret venue. Lots of energy and elan. So much fun!

Don't see it if you dislike one-person shows that get very campy, very loud, and very insane! I need a drink!

82 Reviews | 37 Followers
92
Great staging, Great singing, Funny, Clever, Must see

See it if you like charles busch-esque dark comedies, excellent live music, a bit of meta in your musical theater, & BRILLIANT cabaret performance

Don't see it if you're triggered by even the campiest rehash of high school bullying; you don't like one-man shows (but oh, make an exception for this one!)

Also in a word: ENCHANTING. i haven't enjoyed an up-close-and-personal solo act this much since carrie fisher was last on broadway. diva... is intelligently written, super dark, hilarious, sharp, and utterly charming. (among many gems, there's a great bit about cultural appropriation in casting, and an incredible song about... well, cancer.) sean patrick monahan's performance is mesmerizing, confident, and pitch perfect in a range of roles he portrays, and his comfort with the intimacy of the venue keeps you immersed in desmond's story every second of the show. the production has minimal staging, but A+ direction achieves impressive atmospheric depth & texture with outstanding light and sound design. the band is great, and the cabaret seats were terrific (no uncomfortable interaction, so feel free to sit up front). get there early to check out the diva's pics hung on the curtains; grab a drink from the lobby; and if you happen to know kevin kline... bring him to this show. seriously.

HLS
80 Reviews | 18 Followers
91
Great writing, Hilarious, Entertaining, Twisted, Clever

See it if a cabaret from hell sounds like a good time! Super fun original story. It's a riot! Especially hilarious if you did theater in high school.

Don't see it if you don't like one-man shows, or would be turned off by its dark sense of humor.

332 Reviews | 41 Followers
89
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great band

See it if You want to laugh and be thoroughly entertained. You want to hear good singing and great characters by this performer.

Don't see it if You don't like a cabaret style show. You don't want to laugh. You don't like a one man performance. You don't want to have a fun night out.

Also This performer was very entertaining. Every time he switched characters he did such great job. I was thoroughly entertained. I enjoyed this performance. Many laughable moments.

133 Reviews | 36 Followers
88
Clever, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if you enjoyed Glee, High School Musical, etc. A one man powerhouse of a show lands its punches below the belt; sequins fly in all directions!

Don't see it if high school musical clubs or musical theater in general aren't your thing. It's a spoof that hits it target; but it's not for everyone.

276 Reviews | 604 Followers
88
Great acting, Great singing, Fluffy, Black comedy

See it if you like a great performance! One man show, playing each character with believability and aplomb. Directed by Danny Bernstein - I'm a fan.

Don't see it if you don't like Black Comedy, Cabaret shows, one man shows. Tongue in cheek direction. I had a blast.

253 Reviews | 35 Followers
84
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky

See it if Like unusual entertaining one man shows.

Don't see it if Want serious or thought provoking.

122 Reviews | 23 Followers
82
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like comedies.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of comedies

Critic Reviews (5)

TheaterScene.net
April 4th, 2017

"'Diva: Live From Hell,' an energetic, campy variation on the 'All About Eve' theme, is performed with manic glee by Sean Patrick Monahan who also wrote the book and created all the colorful characters. His partner in crime is Alexander Sage Oyen who provided the music and lyrics. Sex (requited and unrequited), ugly violence and dark humor are all thrown into the story which is told by Desmond Channing (Monahan, who also plays virtually a high school's worth of characters)."
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Theater In The Now
April 2nd, 2017

"The quintessential show for musical theater lovers...With odes to the Golden Age, jazzy lounge numbers, and some exquisite showstoppers, Sage Oyen has brought new vivacity to Monahan’s colorful characters...This show would not be possible without the brilliance that is Sean Patrick Monahan. Both as a performer and writer, he has a strong ability to paint the players. They may be over-the-top but they are genuine and accessible. As a performer, Monahan is transformative."
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CHARGED.fm
March 30th, 2017

“A brilliant new one-man musical…Although technically a one-man show, it doesn't feel like one. Monahan has a definite gift for mimicry to the point where other characters in the plot seem to have a palpable presence…The songs by Oyen are clever and vibrant and flow seamlessly with the script. Monahan delivers the songs with élan and a well-honed, confident voice...A precocious achievement for Monahan. The script and his performance demonstrate a laser-like intelligence."
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T
March 31st, 2017

"A dark comedic send-up of madness directed with smart intensity...Monahan moves seamlessly from one character to the next embodying each one with consummate flair. His voice is terrific, and when he launches into song his brave performance and 'Diva' comes fully alive. Unfortunately, although initially witty, Desmond is such a shallow lout that you quickly lose all compassion for him. Despite all the talent involved his story ceases to amuse and you couldn’t care less."
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Z
March 28th, 2017

“A winsome cabaret performance…Mr. Monahan, who also wrote the terrific campy book, shines as Desmond. He artfully assumes the personas of the other characters in the story, too. As the playwright, Mr. Monahan infuses his tale with wonderfully reverent and sometimes rapid-fire cute references to other shows and actors, demonstrating his endearing and enduring love for theatre…The music by Alexander Sage Oyen is superb.”
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