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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

75
Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You love Spanish music, with a cast of wonderful Singers and great Staging...though a weak underdeveloped story.

Don't see it if Don't like Spanish music, culture and a brief history of El Barrio!

95
Great singing, Must see, Refreshing, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy lively classic salsa music

Don't see it if You dislike salsa and/or are offended by profanity

52
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

91
Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Funny

See it if You want to see a fun show with great singing. You love 70's salsa music.

Don't see it if You do not like 70's salsa music. You want a show that is all in English. (it does have super titles).

70
Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if Understand Spanish and enjoy lyrics to salsa music. Some really good singing but not a great storyline.

Don't see it if Have issues reading the English subtitles on a small screen which is at times obscured by the actors. If you don'tike salsa:skip

82
Refreshing, Lively music, Engaging, Delightful, Several strong singers

See it if You love Latin music and a mostly-music musical (and Tito Nieves!), and if an "In the Heights" style show is appealing to you.

Don't see it if You don't appreciate shows with urban settings, or having to follow some English translations (cleverly placed throughout the set).

78
Delightful, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if you want to enjoy an absorbing family story, performed by a powerful charismatic ensemble, set to the greatest salsa of the 70s

Don't see it if you are expecting a slick production & perfect dramaturgy; if you don't already love the music; if you want to miss some great performances

54
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

93
Clever, Great singing, Must see

See it if If you're latino or from el barrio or love Latin music.

Don't see it if If you don't like Latin music or understand the culture. If you don't like Spanglish plays.

Also This was incredible. This play is now on my top 10 list. So much fun

90
Delightful, Great singing, Funny

See it if you love experiencing a wonderful culture and like salsa music preformed with a lot of humor and energy

Don't see it if you want a tight story-line, it meanders a bit to get in the music but the music is great!

92
Great singing, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You're curious about The Puerto Rican Traveling Theater! You enjoy Latin song and dance with a story about El Barrio in the 70s

Don't see it if You're looking for ready for broadway theater. You don't enjoy the audience singing along to some of the songs which are Spanish w/subtitles

65
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.

70
Entertaining, Cliched, Delightful, Fluffy

See it if you like salsa, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri. The band is great and so are some of the actors.

Don't see it if not understanding Spanish or cultural references would bother you. The plot seemed very contrived, made to fit songs they wanted to use.

90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Funny, Delightful

See it if Love Salsa meringue, and the sounds of Puerto Rican music. Explosive, amusing, down right entertaining.

Don't see it if Don't like if you don't want to be ethnicaly label.

80
Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if you are Latino, or like salsa music and want to be entertained.

Don't see it if loud music bothers you. You are phobic about latino culture. Non spanish speaking audience does not get full benefits of the show.

Also I have especially enjoyed Chachi Del Valle in Controversia and... Read more Read less

100
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Funny, Refreshing

See it if you like musicals you love Latin music

Don't see it if you don't like bilingual musicals

100
Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Must see, Entertaining

See it if YOU LIKE LATIN MUSIC DANCE AND A GOOD STORY

Don't see it if DONT LIKE LATIN MUSIC

80
Delightful, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if You like upbeat musicals, with talented singers. You like cute themes and light hearted jokes. If you like Latin music!

Don't see it if You don't like Latin music or if you don't like yo spend 2 hours dancing in your seat

75
Great singing, Entertaining, Good music

See it if you understand Spanish and enjoy musical shows

Don't see it if you don't understand Spanish

Also I didn't read the last line where it states that most of the show is i... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy SALSA performed by a great band and singers! A must if you're Puerto Rican! Like stories about family and community.

Don't see it if Latin music is not you're thing.

70
Entertaining, Great singing, Fun

See it if you like In The Heights. And enjoy latin music (how can you not like the rhythm??).

Don't see it if you don't like shows that play into stereotypes. Or don't like latin music.

79
Ambitious, Confusing, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You enjoy the music, the history of the barrio. The play makes great use of the projector during the Spanish parts.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy slice of life plays. Many story threads feel unfinished.

78
Delightful, Great singing, Energetic

See it if you like latin and salsa music. The entire company have beautiful, strong voices, it is worth it to see them alone. Great energy throughout.

Don't see it if you need a strong story. Like many jukebox musicals, it's difficult to produce a compelling story line. This one is serviceable.

Also The projections were a nice touch, and I thought could have been utili... Read more Read less

81
Entertaining, Exquisite, Great singing, Delightful

See it if You love great live Latino music.

Don't see it if you expect a musical theater play. This is more like a concert, but a great concert of Latino music.

83
Relevant, Refreshing, Must see, Great singing, Edgy

See it if You want to see what it was like being raise in the heights trough a hard year

Don't see it if If you don't understand Hispanic culture


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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