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I Like It Like That - A Musical

From 136 member  reviews
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)


Great singing, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Great staging

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.

Entertaining, Confusing, Relevant, Great singing

See it if If you understand spanish and know the background of the music and culture.

Don't see it if If you DON'T understand spanish and know the background of the music and culture.

Also This is coming from someone who just spent two hours scratching his he... Read more Read less

Great singing, Disappointing, Cliched, Overdone, Great band

See it if You love salsa music and aren't bothered by canned, overdone acting and boring dialogue.Disclaimer: Left at intemission so missed 2nd half

Don't see it if You get bored when there isn't a compelling story/developed characters and dislike extreme, caricatured acting in an intimate venue.

Also Would have been better in a larger venue (where the caricatured acting... Read more Read less

Cliched, Dated, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love Salsa music. Tito Nieves and the rest of the cast voices are phenomenal.

Don't see it if If you don't like Salsa music. Feels dated and cliched, story does not flow well.

Banal, Disappointing, Great singing, Overrated, Thought-provoking

See it if you like Latin music and song.

Don't see it if forced/overacting, and uneven flow of relevant topics is not for you.

Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You don't like south american music.

Don't see it if You don't know the actual story of the show. It's not very self-explanatory...

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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