Opens Nov 11

Jamaica

Members say: Dated, Disappointing, Slow, Cliched, Ambitious
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Critics
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0 reviews
Members
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16 reviews
 

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.

 

Cast & Creatives (17)


Reviews (16)

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Avg Score

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!

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Don't see it if You don't want to see a very low budget rendition of a wildly outdated and comically illogical show.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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 .

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

39
During previews
Dizzying, Quirky, Confusing

See it if mediocre acting

Don't see it if great perfromances

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

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

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