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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

90
Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Great music, Refreshing

See it if you like-latin/salsa music-jukebox musicals-showed where audience gets take existed and settings along on several songs-bilingual shows

Don't see it if you don't like-reading super titles-occasional jokes/lines lost in translation-lively audiences. you want-strong story/character development

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Great music/singing

See it if you love Salsa/Latin music in the context of an endearing if slightly clicheed comedy drama, with wonderful singers and a great orchestra.

Don't see it if you expect great acting. The performers are wonderful singers-not great actors, but all gave endearing performances and sang wonderfully.

Also Salsa veteran Jorge Maldonado was the stand-in for Tito Nieves as the ... Read more Read less

58
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.

84
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Riveting

See it if You like Latin music with a good cast

Don't see it if You hate subtitles or some Spanish lines

85
Delightful, Refreshing, Great singing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You like great singing which gives you a real taste of the Puerto Rican barrio of the 70's. The singing and dancing were excellent.

Don't see it if You don't like a show which is bilingual Spanish with subtitles, although the subtitles at times are very clever. Small seats quaint theater

95
Entertaining, Great singing, Hilarious, Absorbing, Delightful

See it if You want to feel alive with the passion of joy, humor, heartache in a story woven with Latin music.

Don't see it if You are not interested in Latin music or the Latinx experience.

Also Phenomenal show. So many favorite parts....The verbal sparring in Cont... Read more Read less

73
Cliched, Relevant, Funny

See it if enjoy learning about another culture living in America

Don't see it if ethnicity is an issue or singing and acting are mostly in Spanish.

94
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you love Spanish singing and dancing and musicals

Don't see it if you dont understand Spanish life and characters in the Barrio

80
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love Salsa, are interested in Ouerto Rican culture & NYC history (also if u speak Spanish)

Don't see it if You don't speak Spanish and don't appreciate reading subtitles or salsa.

86
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Funny

See it if you like musical period pieces that are family oriented and are truly entertaining for all.

Don't see it if you like dramas or intense shows that will have you on the edge of your seat.

92
Entertaining, Cliched, Great singing, Absorbing, Delightful

See it if You are a fan of Salsa music. The singing is fantastic. It allows you to forgive some of the cheesy stereotypes they dish out.

Don't see it if You are expecting a big budget production. Also, the translations are terrible. Knowing Spanish made this more enjoyable for me.

Also It was a fun show on a Friday night. The singing is top notch, and whi... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Funny, Must see

See it if You want to see a story about a family living in east Harlem in the 70s. Great staging, singing and performance!

Don't see it if Want to see a serious drama with no singing and dancing.

70
Great staging, Entertaining, Confusing

See it if You have a good command of the Spanish language and want a lively well staged musical. It's a small theater so all seats are great

Don't see it if You mind reading subtitles and if you mind missing out on some jokes told in Spanish.

75
Ambitious, Cliched, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if You love salsa music from the 70s, and a feel-good musical.

Don't see it if You don't speak Spanish.

89
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Cliched

See it if You love Tito Nieves, and enjoy Salsa music with a great band (that unfortunately you really don't see!)

Don't see it if you get upset when parts of the dialogue are in Spanish, or you have no interest in great salsa music!

78
Entertaining, Great singing, Absorbing, Delightful, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy taking in other cultures, or if this is your culture that is being celebrated - fantastic salsa music and an enthusiastic cast!

Don't see it if you don't like loud, lively music sung in Spanish.

100
Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if ...you want to enjoy a fun-filled evening, replete with great acting, music and comedy. A must see!

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

98
Great singing, Great staging, Hilarious, Resonant, Wonderful

See it if You love Salsa, love wonderful acting and singing, and want to be totally lost in the moment. I did not want this show to end!

Don't see it if You're dead, or prefer to be miserable.

Also Every single singer in this show was outstanding. The music was sensat... Read more Read less

93
Absorbing, Ambitious, Delightful, Funny, Great singing

See it if Love musicals. Exceptional singing capturing the essence of 70s NYC Bario. Audience breaks into song and laughter. Thick w Hispanic culture

Don't see it if You have no interest in Hispanic culture and have difficulty understanding thick Latin accents.

94
Entertaining, Great singing, Must see, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if You like Latin music and dancing

Don't see it if You mind songs in Spanish

96
Exquisite, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You like music with rythm and heart. You like Spanish music and rhythms. You don't mind reading subtitles. You want to hear some great music

Don't see it if You hate music. You hate reading subtitles. You want a serious drama. You have no rythm and don't care for rythm.

100
Riveting, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You love Salsa and Bomba y Plena music from Puerto Rico, great dancing and singing and the 1970s vibe!

Don't see it if You don't like any of the above!

74
Delightful, Great singing, Intense

See it if You like salsa music and stories of the Puerto Rican experience.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals in English and Spanish.

90
Entertaining, Funny, Nyc way back

See it if You like musicals and Tito Nieves. If you ever wondered what it's like to be Puerto Rican and how we live or are raised. Want a good laugh.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals or City life back in the 70's. Cursing.

100
Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging, Relevant

See it if you enjoy Latin music and culture, great singing, and a serious topic presented in a very entertaining vehicle.

Don't see it if you don't like salsa music or a mixture of English and Spanish (although there are English titles for the Spanish).


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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