Already closed | 1h 20m | Midtown W

Liberty: A Monumental New Musical

From 87 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Relevant, Slow, Original

About the show

Inspired by historical events, this family musical chronicles how the Statue of Liberty became an immigration icon and symbol of freedom. More…

Lady Liberty was not always a beloved national landmark. She originally arrived on our shores in the middle of a heated immigration debate and a terrible recession, and political forces quickly aligned to deport her. With a strong resolve and a mighty spirit, she battles to gain acceptance and a place in our society. In this family musical, best for ages 8 and up, the Statue of Liberty comes to life as a wide-eyed teenage girl.

1h 20m | Already closed | 42West (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (87)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Entertaining, Relevant, Slow, Original
66
Avg Score

68
Earnest, Tuneless, Topical, Distracting, Arrive early & bring a sweater

See it if Good singers, bad songs; strained story, great message. Headache inducing digital display is primary setpiece. Very talented teenage lead.

Don't see it if General admission with chairs being scraped around by late arriving tourists chatting with their kids, FREEZING a/c, pretty unendurable.

82
Relevant, Charming, Delightful, Fluffy, Cliched

See it if you'd enjoy a blatantly unsubtle yet surprisingly moving story of the value of immigration to America.

Don't see it if you're lactose intolerant. There's a fair amount of cheese for one show. But the actors are talented and earnest, and perfectly cast.

70
Entertaining, Ambitious, Educational, Absorbing, Relevant

See it if you're cool with little-known US history facts & anecdotes. Enjoyable, & if you pay attention you'll learn a lot. Young A Shapiro's amazing.

Don't see it if you don't want to see another history-lesson musical. Fun & fact-filled afternoon (NO INTERMISSION), with good singing. Perfect family show.

85
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You need to entertain a child...many elements of the story are brought forth, leaving paths for profitable conversation.

Don't see it if You don't have a child with you.

61
Relevant, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You want to learn a bit abt the statue of liberty. Great voices, some songs slower than they should be.

Don't see it if You are plan to bring young children, or are expecting a fast paced show.

75
Original

See it if you want to enjoy a show that is educational ,entertaining,original,and fun for the whole family.Great cast,especially Tina Stafford.

Don't see it if just see it!

10
Banal, Dated, Fluffy, Heavy-handed, Disappointing

See it if you want family-friendly theater. This is a very sentimental & simplistic show at the expense of being smart, clever, or interesting.

Don't see it if you hate uneven productions. It focuses too much on cloying monologues. It’s one-dimensional with no stakes. I lost interest very quickly.

59
Confusing, Disappointing, Original, Slow, Quirky

See it if you are dressed for winter and appreciate the fiction in historical fiction and feel that accompaniment is more important than words.

Don't see it if you have any knowledge of the story behind the plot and you are not dressed for winter.

70
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You like heartwarming stories about early America and you enjoy small, intimate theater experiences. Nice way to spend 80 mins on a hot day.

Don't see it if You are looking for a large-scale theater production with very high production values.

70
Relevant, Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy history and like original musical. It is a a nice paced musical with a talented young lady to play the Statue of liberty

Don't see it if You like live orchestra musicals, need elaborate sets...its done well paired down.

75
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Original

See it if The music and songs were creative and entertaining.

Don't see it if If you aren't interested in the history of the Statue of Liberty and the time period involved around immigration

49
Disappointing, Insipid, Slow, Great singing

See it if you seek educational kid friendly shows; it teaches about immigration by presenting the Statue of Liberty as if she were a human immigrant.

Don't see it if you want good musical theatre - the actors are very talented, but the songs and story are not fully developed, not engaging, and need work.

77
Entertaining, Original, Patriotic, Family-friendly, Great singing

See it if you like-great singing, a take on a historical event that resonates today, a piece where actors/singers juggle multiple roles & do it well

Don't see it if you-want live music,are looking for character development,(this is about ideals,competing patriotic narratives),want an elaborate set design

85
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Enchanting, Clever, Charming

See it if You like a charming, historical story; you have kids into theatre and history

Don't see it if You want something more adult

70
Entertaining, Overrated, Slow, Original, Great singing

See it if You like historical musicals

Don't see it if You dislike child actors

60
Disappointing, Slow, Overrated, Great singing

See it if You want a family friendly show to bring older children that have patience to sit through a slow moving show. Does pick up toward the end.

Don't see it if You want a fast moving, uplifting exciting show. This was slow moving.

71
Clever, Intelligent, Original

See it if You are interested in history and dramas.

Don't see it if You are looking for bells and whistles or a lot of dancing

67
Confusing, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy a show that tetters on the border of confusing and mind numbingly boring. Actors and actress' are beyond talented, story is poor

Don't see it if If you enjoy quality theatre and paying a fair price for the show you are seeing

72
Clever, Entertaining, Original, Slow, Great singing

See it if Like history musicals

Don't see it if You do not like to be entertained

45
Disappointing, Fluffy, Slow, Great acting, Inconsistent

See it if You like simple shows.

Don't see it if You want a well written and intriguing musical.

83
Ambitious, Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You like musicals it is a cleverly written piece of American history. Good singing. Good cast There is 1 80munute act no intermission.

Don't see it if You dont like musicals. Or if you Want a big extravagant set. It's a sweet story about the Statue of Liberty

55
Entertaining, Disappointing, Quirky, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if you're fascinated by the story of the statue of liberty, you are interested in a little show, or you are just looking for entertainment

Don't see it if , as many other members have said, you are excpecting Hamilton

60
Slow, Relevant, Great singing

See it if You want to hear a small but strong ensemble do a great job, both vocally and playing multiple parts.

Don't see it if You like elaborate staging and sets, or don't want to struggle with thinking of a statue as a person.

35
Disappointing, Slow, Great staging

See it if you get super cheap seats and have nothing better to do but be prepared to freeze in the theatre space.

Don't see it if you are looking for another "Hamilton."

75
Clever, Historical, Great singing

See it if You love musicals and history. My daughter is eleven and enjoyed it. Abigail Shapiro was excellent.

Don't see it if If you do not like history and musicals.


July 8th, 2016
"Earnest, sentimental and intermittently charming, this family production offers a slice of American history that here tastes mostly like apple pie. Whether the show engages you will partly depend on how easily you accept a walking, talking statue...The strengths of 'Liberty' include its songs..I...
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July 8th, 2016
“Designed to spoon-feed a young audience the idea that immigrants are good and those opposed to them are bad...The idea of a girl statue offering little homilies gets old pretty fast, and the show's creators have little more to offer in the way of drama. The songs favor an '80s-'90s middle-of-the...
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July 4th, 2016
"Because Liberty isn't really a character—and certainly isn't a person—her quest is as meaningless as it is preachy, which is to say quite a lot. And given the stiff posture, unyielding facial expressions, and stilted singing voice Shapiro brings to the part, she's not even especially likable. (S...
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July 13th, 2016
“The question is: who is the intended audience? It is too simplistic for adults and has too little action for children. With a bouncy score and easily accessible lyrics, ‘Liberty’ is pleasant without being exceptional. It does prove timely with lines like ‘America, America for the real Americans,...
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