Members say: Dated, Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow, Cliched

About the show

Harlem Repertory Theatre presents a revival of this 1957 Calypso musical by Yip Harburg and Harold Arlen ('The Wizard of Oz') which was a hit for Lena Horne.

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'Jamaica' centers around a beautiful island girl named Savannah. She dreams of leaving her simple home for bustling New York City. But when a NYC businessman asks for her hand in marriage, she's not sure she wants to go. The production examines how an isolated community navigates the perils of love, family, and relationships while confronting the increasing pressures of American commercialism, class struggles, and racism.



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75
Theater Pizzazz

“A colorful, exuberant revival...Grant saw the relevance of ‘Jamaica’ for today’s world and mounted an entertaining, meaningful production with a spirited, bright, and enthusiastic ensemble cast...'Jamaica' still has plenty to say and this smart HRT production communicates it with gusto...Choreography was entertaining, if not groundbreaking...Lighting and sound were both uneven and often distracting.” Full Review


79
Ambitious, Relevant, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if Harold Arlen’s music and Yip Harbug’s book & lyrics interest you.You enjoy an uneven, energetic cast try to make sense of a 60 yr old show.

Don't see it if You’re not engaged by community theatre performances, can’t stand bad sound design, or are not interested in the Arlen/Harburg collaboration

Also I am an Arlen lover from way back. He is the most sung yet least sung ... Read more Read less

70
Funny, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if want to experience a refreshing trip to the west indies

Don't see it if do not enjoy calypso

70
Ambitious, Resonant, Slow, Dated, Well staged & danced

See it if Arlen/Harburg's 1957 musical about what "island folks" are like Very dated (how could it not be?) Highly energetic choreography adds a lot

Don't see it if First act vintage 50's musical; 2nd act gets too socio-political but classic 'happy ending' Three leads work hard to keep show on track

69
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if You are curious about the Arlen score.

Don't see it if You are a purist and cannot deal with semi-professional, essential community theater.

42
Indulgent, Lost

See it if you want to support an ambitious theatre company.

Don't see it if you're expecting the 1957 musical Jamaica.

82
Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant

See it if I THOUGHT THERE WAS A LOT OF GREAT EFFORT ON THIS MUSICAL CONSIDERING A DATED BOOK, THE LEAD ACTRESS WAS GREAT

Don't see it if IF YOU DONT LIKE CULTURAL MUSICALS THAT TOOK A CHANCE ON OLDER MATERIAL

87
During previews
Delightful, Romantic, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you are not familiar with this seldom seen musical. Has lots of heart, some wonderful songs/music, and a very enthusiastic group of singers.

Don't see it if you expect a big Broadway/style musical. Sets are simple but evocative with special video to complement the great singing and acting.See it.

87
During previews
Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if Love romance, dancing, singing and history

Don't see it if You have trouble understanding Caribbean accents

76
During previews
Ambitious, Dated, Entertaining, Great staging, Great dancing

See it if you are a student of historic forgotten musicals. The production did a great job with a dated and problematical book. Fun evening.

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional happy musical. I applaud the company for bringing this musical to light and showing its relevance to today

75
During previews
Absorbing, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if you like not slick or fancy but sincere shows, and if you appreciate the genius of Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg, who wrote it.

Don't see it if You demand Broadway slickness and perfect sound quality and famous names who are frequently over-rated.

68
During previews
Amateur, Slow, Dated, Fluffy

See it if If you are a supporter Harlem Rep Theater. A family friendly show lots of singing an dancing.

Don't see it if You want a grand scale production . It dragged on at times. The theater is okay,but the sound system could use some improvement .

65
During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you want to support HRT or you are curious about the show.

Don't see it if You want to see a well-produced show. Cast needs more rehearsal time. Technical difficulties were very distracting.

Also I was surprised and disappointed with this show. There audio was terri... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Dated, Great singing

See it if You want to watch a talented cast do their best to work with the show.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a very low budget rendition of a wildly outdated and comically illogical show.

60
During previews
Cliched, Dated, Fluffy, Weak book, A rarity

See it if You want to visit a rarely-performed Arlen-Harburg musical that was a star vehicle for Lena Horne on Broadway 60 years ago. The band is good

Don't see it if U want grand sets. It's more community theater w/earnest but uneven performances & audio bugs. The play wants to be South Pacific-it's not.

60
During previews
Disappointing, Cliched, Slow

See it if you know someone in the cast and want to support them or if you don't mind not being able to hear the lyrics due to the poor sound system.

Don't see it if you are looking for a high quality musical experience

58
During previews
Cliched, Slow, Dated, Great singing, Waste of talent

See it if You have an historical interest in outdated musicals and the occasional great song turn.

Don't see it if You want to care about characters and are curious about "50's mores

55
During previews
Nice staging, disappointing

See it if you are curious about old Broadway musicals, particularly ones with African-American casts and ones by Arlen and Yarburg.

Don't see it if you expect a hidden treasure rather than one whose obscurity is well-deserved, notwithstanding that Lena Horne starred in the original.

Also The night we saw it there were problems with the sound. The actor-sing... Read more Read less

51
During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Cliched, Overrated, Slow

See it if You are from the islands and.will be able to understand the accents. And if you feel strongly about supporting the Harlem Rep theater.

Don't see it if You expect a polished musical production, strong visual sets, good choreography.

Also Saw Raisin in the Sun" Expected a better production. Some of the voice... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Dated

See it if You absolutely have to see every musical you haven't seen (as I do) but despite some nice dancing, this ones a big dud. Maybe w/ Lena Horne?

Don't see it if You hate insipid musicals books. The cast tries so hard but alas....You hate to ask yourself why?

49
During previews
Disappointing, Dated, Amaturish

See it if you enjoy a less than high school production of a dated piece!

Don't see it if you love Musical Theatre!

39
During previews
Dizzying, Quirky, Confusing

See it if mediocre acting

Don't see it if great perfromances

66
During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Dated, Fluffy

See it if U like a simple, predictable, love story.

Don't see it if U expect to see much about Jamaica. That's why we were disappointed in the show


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