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From 27 member  reviews
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. More…

'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.

Member Reviews (27)


Dated, Entertaining, Disappointing, Ambitious, Slow

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

Also Saw it 12/22/2018. "Jamaica" is still onstage in East Harlem & not clo... Read more Read less

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.


See it if you want to support the HRT. Some cast members are really good.

Don't see it if you want a "broadway" experience. This was very low budget. Some of the mics were not working properly.

Also I like to leave the theater singing a song from the show. THis was not... Read more Read less

During previews
Disappointing, Ambitious, 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

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Don't see it if You don't want to see a very low budget rendition of a wildly outdated and comically illogical show.

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

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?

During previews
Weak book, Cliched, Dated, Fluffy, 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.

During previews
Cliched, Dated, Great singing, Slow, 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

During previews
Disappointing, Overrated, Ambitious, Cliched, 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

During previews
Dated, Slow, Fluffy, Amateur

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 .

During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, 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

During previews
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Fluffy, Banal

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

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...Choreog...
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