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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 .