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I Like It Like That - A Musical

From 8 critic and 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.



85
Entertaining, Energetic actors

See it if You enjoy the Sharks and their girls in West Side Story. I loved the dancing and energy!

Don't see it if You do not appreciate Hispanic culture.

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

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.

85
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like latin music and amazing singers. The story line has important history in it.

Don't see it if you do not mind understanding few words in spanish here and there. Sometimes they are not translated with subtitles

Also it is a very entertaining show, there is so much talent on that stage.

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.

85
Funny, Great singing, Great staging, Epic

See it if you enjoy musicals, spanish music, dancing, great acting/singing, want to laugh for 2 hours, like projection screen staging, want $5 beers.

Don't see it if You hate musicals. One annoying fact: Some spectators were being too loud/disrespectful by speaking/yelling loudly during the performance.

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.

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

84
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if If you love Salsa music, good singing and dancing by the performers and a fun show that the audience appreciates...

Don't see it if If you do not enjoy Salsa music and some Spanish dialogue/lyrics or if you want a well-developed story line...

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

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

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~

82
Great singing, Fun, Thought-provoking

See it if you love Latin music or are just looking for a upbeat musical score.

Don't see it if you hate Latin music or your name is Donald Trump.

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).

81
Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you love Latin music and speak /understand Spanish.

Don't see it if if you don't speak/understand Spanish. They have English sub-titles but you have to sit on the right hand side in order to read them.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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, 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

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.

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79
Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy

See it if You want to hear live renditions of classic Spanish songs and are looking for a simple, entertaining show centered on music.

Don't see it if You don't understand Spanish all too well, are not into Spanish music, or are looking for a riveting, deep storyline.

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.


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