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I Like It Like That - A Musical

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Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Great staging

About the show

Puerto Rican Traveling Theater presents a new tuner about family and music in '70s New York, starring salsa sensation Tito Nieves. Part of Teatro Fest NYC 2016. More…

The Rodriguez family is living in New York City’s El Barrio in the early 1970s, when music was a proud expression of Latino culture amidst neighborhood volatility and social activism. The story centers on patriarch Don Roberto, who tries to instill good values in his children, and faces down the grit and chaos of the era. He works hard to hold his family together, and all the while music and imagination keep their souls afloat. Featuring classic songs by Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Willie Colón, Héctor Lavoe, Rubén Blades, Johnny Pacheco, Pete El Conde, La Lupe, and others. Mostly in Spanish with English supertitles.


Member Reviews (136)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Great staging
85
Avg Score

70
Well sung, Animated, Superficial, Uneven tone, Dated

See it if you love Latin music. This jukebox musical is poorly plotted, but delivers lots of strong singing and dancing. Lots of stereotypes.

Don't see it if you don't know Spanish; ILILT is fully bilingual. The plot's thin; characters are sketches. Heavy and light moments seesaw.

Also I rated leniently since I am not the target audience.

56
Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Dated, Great singing

See it if you speak Spanish, especially if you lived in NY in the 70's and have great affinity for Spanish songs. They are excellent. Subtitles-AWFUL!

Don't see it if you don't speak Spanish. The subtitles are way too small and often just not there. When there, they are far too formal, often make no sense.

80
The audience loved this rousing, dynamic, narrative slim, jukebox musical

See it if You like latin themed family dramas. You can join the audience's love of this music and dont need a strong plot to hang the music on.

Don't see it if You dont like subtitles, obviously if you dont like latin music. Or tales of El Barrio

85
Entertaining, Great music, Fun, Great singing

See it if you like Latin music and are interested in stories about El Barrio and its culture.

Don't see it if you do not like Latin sterotypes or do not care for puertorican music.

100
Entertaining, Great dancing, Funny, Great singing, Great staging

See it if YOU WANT TO BE ENTERTAINED. YOU LIKE MUSIC. YOU LIKE SINGING AND DANCING LATIN STYLE. YOU WANT TO LAUGH. YOU WANT TO DANCE IN YOUR SEAT.

Don't see it if YOU DO NOT LIKE SINGING AND DANCING LATIN STYLE. YOU DON'T WANT TO LISTEN TO SPANISH DIALOGUE AND SINGING. YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE ENTERTAINED

Also THERE WERE TIMES WHEN I COULD NOT FOLLOW THE DIALOGUE BECAUSE I AM NOT... Read more Read less

88
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if You want to have a fun evening of theatre with lotsa rhythm and heart. You'll be up on your feet dancing by the end.

Don't see it if You want to see a serious play or have trouble following along with a show that uses English and Spanish with English subtitles.

90
Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Must see

See it if you enjoy melodic, rhythmic Hispanic music and book brilliantly performed, regardless whether you understand Spanish or can read subtitles

Don't see it if you do not enjoy Hispanic music regardless whether you understand Puerto Rican Spanish (subtitles difficult to see from any audience seat)

91
Delightful, Great music & singing, Entertaining, Joyous, Relevant

See it if you like Salsa & Latin music. Richer & funnier if you're Latino or know Spanish but it's not necessary for this fun, joyously performed show

Don't see it if you dislike Salsa, Latin music, PR culture, NY in the 70's or the rare chance of seeing this fun and hugely talented cast and amazing band.

Also A show celebrating the rich history of NYC's el Barrio and the Salsa m... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Must see

See it if You love salsa music & the PR culture or want to know more, want to hear great music or to have great night out w score to move your feet.

Don't see it if You hate having to translate, subtitles are really small and incorrect, if you need to know what every word means,

Also Truly enjoyed this show as I am a fan of Tito Nieves. Such great memor... Read more Read less

70
Entertaining, Lively cast, Great music, Stereotypes, Cliched

See it if For salsa fans, a great little musical. For those of us familiar with Tito Nieves and his musical predecessors, you will love it.

Don't see it if you are clueless about the Bronx & PR/Latino musical legacy; didn't like 'In The Heights"

71
Great singing, Entertaining, Cliched, Creative staging

See it if you like salsa music and want to see a show more for the music than the plot, which was thin and trite. Creative use of a simple set.

Don't see it if you don't speak some Spanish (or don't mind not catching everything). Spanish lyrics and some dialogue projected on the wall but hard to see

72
Disappointing, Overrated

See it if If you like listening to salsa music for over two hours with actors who are not good, except for 1 female dancer, and 1 female singer.

Don't see it if If you are used to good singing and dancing.

83
Delightful, Great singing, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if If you like Latin music and want to laugh. Culturally appropriate for all.

Don't see it if You don't want to read some subtitles. (Not that many) or are not a fan of musicals or Latin music

90
Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing, Hilarious

See it if you want to have the time of your life and enjoy the great salsa hits from the 70s.Great ensemble cast ,exuberant music,and Tito Nieves!

Don't see it if you don't like to have fun.

80
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Delightful, Cliched

See it if You are a salsa fan, enjoy great musicianship and singing, can enter into another cultural time and place and have mucho fun!

Don't see it if Can't deal with not understanding the Spanish lyrics and the seemingly hysterical Spanish asides; you like staying in your own cultural box

75
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if you speak Spanish (subtitles available, but you still miss stuff), you like Latin music (specifically Salsa), you like Tito Nieves

Don't see it if you don't speak Spanish and don't care for Latin music. It's basically a jukebox musical featuring Salsa hits with a very thin story

75
Funny, Great singing, Cute, Enjoyable

See it if Like Latin music and easy evening out. Older actress is a comic gem- wish she was on more

Don't see it if You do not exhuberant but frequently amateurish production. Very poor story line

72
Entertaining, Funny, High energy, Scrappy

See it if you enjoy salsa music and understand spanish -- the songs are all in spanish and the subtitling (projected onto the stage) is inconsistent.

Don't see it if you are not fond of loud, exuberant audiences -- expect alot of Wepa! outbursts throughout the performance.

83
Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Funny

See it if U want to c 35 (!) songs seamlessly interwoven w/a heartwarming tale centered on a Puerto Rican family in El Barrio NYC 1970s. Swell energy!

Don't see it if It drives u crazy 2 miss out. 100% of asides, all jokes from which deep laughs came etc, were in Spanish. U feel excluded & don't want 2 be~

86
Funny, Great singing

See it if you understand Spanish or like Spanish music and dancing.

Don't see it if you don't understand Spanish as you will miss a lot of the dialogue.

80
Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Great singing, Great musical score

See it if entertaining, with a Latin musical score rhythmic and sophisticated, and a compelling story.

Don't see it if can’t hear due to a medical condition.

80
Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like the music of Tito Nieves and other artists like him

Don't see it if Don't speak Spanish

79
Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging, Quirky, Great dancing

See it if you love salsa music, ingenious scenery, and a talented bi-lingual cast of great singers and dancers. It's a great show for Spanish speakers

Don't see it if you get annoyed not understanding all of the dialogue. This show is great theater anyway.

70
Great singing, Great staging, Confusing

See it if You enjoy salsa and are into the culture of The Barrio of the late 70's.

Don't see it if You don't have a working knowledge of Spanish. A lot of the dialogue is lost to non Native speakers. Translations not enough.

89
Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Resonant

See it if you enjoy Latino culture and music, family drama, and stories set in El Barrio.

Don't see it if you dislike Latino culture or dislike the Spanish language.

Also The cast and orchestra did an amazing job! Subtitles are available if ... Read more Read less


September 22nd, 2016
"It's a delightful jukebox extravaganza certain to have you on your feet by the end of the show...'I Like It Like That' suffers from many of the same flaws seen in other musicals that attempt to shoehorn a parade of hits into a manufactured plot: The exposition is clunky, with no plot line gettin...
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October 7th, 2016
"Audiences at jukebox musicals can be remarkably forgiving; mostly they just want to hear the songs they know and love. So it is with 'I Like It Like That'...The songs are delivered with brio by an an excellent band and the cast...It's hard not to feel that a fine opportunity has been squandered;...
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October 21st, 2016
"Maldonado and Jáquez have crafted a flavorful and sturdy scenario that, though hackneyed, is emotionally involving. Most importantly, they’ve created a framework for the performance of over 30 salsa songs...The combination of Jáquez’s solid direction and lively choreography yields a fast-paced a...
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October 8th, 2016
"A lively musical about the '70s that's a true feast of salsa packed with exhilarating fun and the people’s genuine love for El Barrio...A simple, moving story set against a complex historical background...'I Like It Like That' has much to offer in diversifying New York's musical theatre scene. T...
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