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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

93
Absorbing, Funny, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You enjoy Salsa and musicals. The theme was heartwarming and fun.

Don't see it if Have a hard time with subtitles. They were hard to read on the stage, and not always a clear interpretation as most of the show is in spanis

99
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Intense, Resonant

See it if you like Spanish music, lived in the hood or empathize with the Puerto Rican plight.

Don't see it if Don't like Latin music. Urban lore makes you uncomfortable.

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

See it if You like the 1970's , listening to Salsa music , and family.

Don't see it if You don't like Salsa or if you don't enjoy watching shows that take place in the 70's.

87
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You like stories about New York, salsa and laughing out loud

Don't see it if You want a tragedy or major surprises

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.

70
Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Delightful, Fluffy

See it if You are interested in the NYC origins, specially on the Latin ones.

Don't see it if You don't understand a word of Spanish, since some jokes are mixed in English and Spanish.

88
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if you remember El Barrio in the '70s, you love salsa music, you enjoy strong, high-energy singing and dancing. Knowing Spanish is helpful!

Don't see it if you aren't into salsa, this is basically a revue with a very obvious plot. It's an excuse to hear classic songs performed brilliantly!

87
Delightful, Entertaining

See it if I love Latin music...

Don't see it if Don’t like salsa

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

See it if You love Salsa and great Singing and Band

Don't see it if You don't like Salsa

100
Entertaining, Funny, Riveting, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if You want to explore the Latin culture and enjoy the singing and dancing. Makes you proud to be Latino!

Don't see it if You are not interested in seeing a production with predominantly Latin language and songs.

90
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Must see, Great singing

See it if It highlights the Puerto Rican culture of El Barrio (East Harlem ) in the 70's & 80's. It's about Family life and Community.

Don't see it if A must see

85
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Edgy

See it if You love salsa, understand Spanish, love music. A must see for anyone who grew up in NYC and the history of Spanish Harlem.

Don't see it if You aren't into Salsa!

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

See it if Once again this is a latin show based on where i grew up. So i loved it. I saw it with Tito Nieves who is a fantastic artist we all love.

Don't see it if If you don't like latin

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Hilarious

See it if you love Salsa music and a little bit of history of the Latin struggle of the 70's. Great singing and dancing. Will have you on your feet!

Don't see it if Tito Nieves is not the lead. Domingo Quiñones was horrible. Not surprised.

Also Since the musical is actually based not on the original movie, but on ... Read more Read less

89
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great staging, Must see

See it if you want to laugh, enjoy the music, and get a small glimpse of Spanish Harlem back in the 70's. It was entertaining from beginning to end!

Don't see it if You don't know any Spanish. There are subtitles but you will miss the performance while reading.

92
Epic, Hilarious, Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you like classic salsa music and an electric atmosphere. the show is nonstop music with a great salsa band and wonderful singers

Don't see it if you don't like productions in foreign language. some lines/jokes get lost in translation. you don't like minimal set design.

100
Absorbing, Great singing, Refreshing, Catchy, Authentic

See it if you like authentic VOICES telling Latino/a stories, concert-quality live Latin MUSIC, CHEER and express yourself!!

Don't see it if you don't like music or El Barrio.

Also I have seen this show now three times, every time a new lead actor/sin... Read more Read less

100
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if I totally love the characters from the play because they were people that were close to my heart in my old neighborhood along with the music

Don't see it if You can relate to it's theme or if you can't laugh at it's sense of humor about love.

100
Entertaining, Great singing, Hilarious, Must see, Epic

See it if I've been a Tito Nieves fan for many years. I was able to relate and enjoyed it. Music was awesome especially when you know all the songs!!!

Don't see it if If you didn't experience El Barrio in the 70's don't bother seeing it!

75
Delightful, Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if It was awesome Recommend to everyone

Don't see it if NA

100
Delightful, Absorbing, Funny, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy great acting and singing and a good story to boot!

Don't see it if You wouldn't want to explore slightly off Broadway at its best!

100
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Hilarious

See it if OMG If you love Latinx theater/music. I'm so glad I came last night with my husband!

Don't see it if If you are the silent type.

82
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Delightful, Great singing, Resonant

See it if You enjoy fun, salsa music. I have a new appreciation after seeing this show!

Don't see it if You want every word in English. Parts of the show are in Spanish with the English translation proejcted.

100
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You love musicals. This one is SPECIAL!

Don't see it if Don't like Latin music

95
Great singing, Indulgent, Must see, Masterful, Riveting

See it if Tito Nieves sing his song, excellent performances by his cast n really appreciated how they showed our Latino culture . we went down mmemoy.

Don't see it if you dont like 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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