Jamaica NYC Reviews and Tickets

66%
(27 Reviews)
Positive
41%
Mixed
48%
Negative
11%
Members say
Dated, Entertaining, Disappointing, Ambitious, Slow

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

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

58
Disappointing, Dated, Jamaican accent is non-existent, Very low budget, No memorable songs

See it if you like a boy-meets-girl play; you're a fan or Harold Arlen & Yip Harburg; themes of forgiveness & transformation warm your heart

Don't see it if bad acting or lack of excitement puts you off; you're from Jamaica because there were no Jamaican accents nor relatable West Indian themes Read more

Critic Reviews (1)

Theater Pizzazz
September 12th, 2017

“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.”
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