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Fabulous! The QUEEN of New Musical Comedies

From 9 critic and 3 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great acting, Fluffy, Riveting, Funny

About the show

Vintage musical comedy meets modern farce when two female impersonators start working as showgirls on a cruise ship. More…

Two female impersonators meet a near-disaster after backing up Sue Flay, the worst drag diva in Paris. Now jobless and homeless, their salvation arrives in the form of a job offer as fabulous showgirls on the Queen Ethel May, a wacky cruise ship. The catch? They must keep their male identities a secret from everyone: the crew, the passengers, and some very determined male suitors. It's madcap adventure all around in the tradition of "Some Like It Hot" and "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes."

2h 30m | Already closed | Times Square Arts Center (Midtown W)

Arts and Leisure News

"A delightfully fun adventure awaits you with a cast that entertains from curtain rise to its truly fabulous grand finale. The premise is risible and works with its magnificent charm and talent that hits every note through synergy and lighthearted tomfoolery. Fellow zany passengers, a hilarious story-line, strong musical flair and laughs that keep coming make for a sure you don't want to pass you by." Full Review

The Public Reviews

for a previous production "That the first scene takes place in Le Merde Hole perfectly sets the tone for this fun, witty, and wonderfully campy new musical...Fabulous! will leave you smiling from the time the lights come up to well after you leave the theatre, so put on your pumps and wigs and do the Humpa Daisy all the way to the Times Square Arts Center for a gender-bendingly good time!" Full Review

The New York Times

for a previous production “''Fabulous!' piles such silliness upon silliness that it’s almost impossible not to sit there for more than two hours with a stupid grin. Some of the songs aren’t great. Some of the voices are off key, maybe deliberately. But Rick Hamilton has directed with a sublime sense of goofy innocence that fits this second-floor Times Square theater just perfectly." Full Review

Broadway Blog

for a previous production "While 'Fabulous!' may not be breaking ground in the genre, it is most certainly a guilty pleasure worth seeing...For a fun homage to the old days of musical comedy, 'Fabulous!' offers a refreshing evening of light-hearted fun, plenty of laughs and more sequins than a Cher concert." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

for a previous production "'Fabulous', a slightly confused parody/pastiche musical is good natured, energetic and lots of fun...A lot of suspension of disbelief—and good sense—is necessary to enjoy the hijinks of 'Fabulous'...The production is sweetly second rate." Full Review

The Huffington Post

for a previous production "'Fabulous!' is a silly, over-the-top trifle...Yet it's so zany, the cast so sincere and the four dancers toe-tapping their hearts out, 'Fabulous!' registers a kooky charm all its own. There are some sweet songs and the bar even offers some Fabulous! cocktails." Full Review

Time Out New York

for a previous production "'Fabulous!' is a big, corny, messy, shabby, silly queen of a show, and it’s often a lot of fun...It is unabashedly nostalgic for a bygone time when Broadway musicals asked you only to check your cares and your brain at the door...Best not to think about the twists that ensue in the overlong plot, and just give yourself up to the familiar zip of Michael Rheault’s melodies, the daffy spirit of musical comedy and the kick of watching twinky sailors girly-man the decks." Full Review

Total Theater

for a previous production "Madcap, yes, but witty? Not so much...'Fabulous!' is aimed as a salute to the Golden Age of Broadway but feels more like slapdash, overworked silliness. Not a total shipwreck, thanks to some catchy, if derivative, tunes...The fun-loving cast makes Fabulous! The Queen of New Musical Comedies, not fabulous but, in its own way, fun." Full Review

Stage Buddy

for a previous production "You have to give it points for its optimism and energy. Its execution however, leaves a bit to be desired.. We keep meeting more and more characters as the plot advances little, all of this making for a show that’s certainly filled with jokes and insanity, but lacks in profundity...'Fabulous!' was trying hard to please everyone but in the process just like its characters it forgot to come up with an identity." Full Review

Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Hilarious, Fluffy

See it if You want a hilarious comedy that's a sendup of "Anything Goes" in drag. Really the perfectly fluffy good time.

Don't see it if You want something serious, and don't enjoy characters who are caricatures.

Banal, Cliched, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if like colorful productions

Don't see it if you like more substance to your theater

Clever, Great acting, Refreshing, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if You like glam

Don't see it if You dislike glam

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