New York | 1h 10m | Ends Jun 22

Midnight Street

From 6 critic and 18 member reviews
Members say: Disappointing, Excruciating, Banal, Indulgent, Confusing

About the show

In this new musical, amid the dark and dangerous underbelly of the city, a trio plays out a seductive and lethal turf war against a vivid musical landscape.

Pup's Books

“The stunning music, Cohen’s lovely, poetic dialogue, and Afton’s breathtaking vocalizations, were skillfully integrated, flowing from words to notes to the hearts of the audience...Afton’s part...could easily stand on its own as a song cycle in a concert...Had the men been integrated into the plot a little sooner, it would not have seemed quite so jarring...That said, the two men were extremely effective...A lovely, thought-provoking production.” Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"All three actors in 'Midnight Street' offer very capable performances, but unfortunately, the script is too thin and underdeveloped to allow them to shine. None of the characters have any depth or dimension...Clearly, 'Midnight Street' is not trying to offer a realistic depiction of what it means to be a prostitute. But if not, then why this story and these characters? We don't ever learn. I have to wonder what compelled Cohen to romanticize prostitution in the year 2019." Full Review

On Stage Blog

"'Midnight Street’ follows the prostitute Danielle through an hour of an essentially glorified, convoluted monologue...The musical simply does not address what its message or purpose or characters truly are, leaving audiences to scratch their heads and bolt from the theater unassuming of any larger meaning or impressions...An amalgamation of caricatures, poetic meanderings, and pretentious language with confusing symbolism—a bold but perplexing flop.” Full Review


"Cohen is clearly an intelligent, well-read man, familiar with the twists and turns of different periods and styles. 'Midnight Street' is chock full of ideas, poetic meanderings and some worthwhile melodies but just doesn't add up. His direction can't overcome the pretentious language and heavy-handed symbolism. Only a Lotte Lenya or, perhaps, a Patti LuPone might have given Mr. Cohen's songs the right gravity, not to mention finding sense where none exists." Full Review

Times Square Chronicles

"This is not a musical, but a cabaret with some beat poetry...We have the main character, a prostitute played by Emily Afton, who sings well, but has no acting skills. Every song sounds the same...The seventy minutes of this show seemed like two hours and sadly there is nothing to recommend it." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"Danielle…rambles on in…artificially inflated prose, sometimes bordering on abstraction, talking about her disillusion with men, her use of her body to make money, her attraction to women…Barely any narrative is expressed as Danielle goes on and on, valiantly singing one instantly forgettable song after the other…sometimes screeching the high notes…Half the time it's hard to figure out what anyone is talking about or to accept anyone as being human enough to care." Full Review

Quirky, Confusing

See it if you want an odd experience seeing 3 talented people struggle to make sense of an under developed book.

Don't see it if If you want to hear memorable music and song.

Also The 3 actors were impressive enough trying to make something of the we... Read more Read less

Vanity project gone off the rails?, Inane, Slow, Misguided

See it if If you know/support a cast member? Setup: shallow fem. prostitute singing banal songs; 2 harassing thugs; random vile rant on Jewish faith.

Don't see it if Just don't. Disjointed & distasteful in every way; lyrics lame & sounding underrehearsed; characters utterly dislikable. Actors seem pained.

Quirky, Disappointing

See it if You like offbeat drama

Don't see it if You like comedy or musicals

Define a musical!

See it if Flashes of talent.

Don't see it if Is it a musical if only one person sings? Is it a cabaret if there are two other characters who don’t sing? Is it worth seeing? No.

Also Chanteuse-type solo singer laments life on the game. Anti-Semitic-spou... Read more Read less

Insipid, Indulgent, Excruciating, Banal, Disappointing

See it if you like singing under any circumstances

Don't see it if you want a good show with good writing; singing was ok but not enough meat to the show

Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Overrated, Slow

See it if you don't mind an extremely slow-moving musical/drama with decent singing and a pointless story.

Don't see it if you're expecting a decent story with good performances, and at a fast pace

Also This was perhaps the worst show I've seen in years, very slow moving, ... Read more Read less

Terrible, Disappointing, Terrible acting, Terrible singing, Excruciating

See it if You want to support someone in the cast, crew or creative team.

Don't see it if You value your time.

Also I’ve never before tonight thought to myself that I felt certain I coul... Read more Read less

Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You want to see a short, amateurish show in a nice venue with actors who tried hard.

Don't see it if You want to see a meaningful, well done off-Broadway show which this is not

During previews
Insipid, Indulgent, Great singing, Cliched, Banal

See it if NY pro sings laments of disappointed love refrains. Backing her are rabbi ("I'm spiritual, I care") and anti-Semitic off-key black marine.

Don't see it if Too many similes. Plenty of anti-Semitic diatribes courtesy of the untalented Jewish playwright and director, Arnie Cohen. Don't stay up.

Also "Like all the yesteryears that never were." Don't support hate.

During previews
Excruciating, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You do not care what kind of performance you are seeing. If a story does not be any good. If over smiles and to many words attract you.

Don't see it if If you like singing that is on key or if you want a good coherent plot line. Story throws up a lot of varied non essential things.

During previews
Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if An hour of vla-singing - if you like it

Don't see it if An hour of vla-singing - if you like it

During previews
Hilarious, Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if Show really is a score of 30, however, I feel really badly for everyone. This is just like the creators other two shows.

Don't see it if Themes include prostitution, anti-semitism, lesbianism, violence and disparaging woman. Performances where not even. Music had limited range

Also I disliked his other two shows. I came two years later hoping this sho... Read more Read less

During previews
Excruciating, Confusing, Cliched

See it if An all around terrible show. 70 minutes that I will never get back. Lyrics and story didn't make sense...terrible script..just terrible...

Don't see it if Not worth seeing unless you have a friend involved in the production and they paid you generously to sit through this painful production.

During previews
Disappointing, Insipid, Excruciating

See it if Really no reason to see it, only if you like to hear repetitive thoughts of a prostitute

Don't see it if Not recommended at all to see

Also I could not wait for the "musical" to end.

During previews
Slow, very slow, Indulgent, Excruciating

See it if No, don't see it. At times it seemed as though the singers (especially the woman) were making up the songs on the spot.

Don't see it if you're looking for a cohesive story line and songs that advance the plot. Only 70 minutes, but it seemed much longer. Much longer.

During previews
Songs all sound very similar, Disappointing, No real story

See it if you know the playwright. I hardly ever give negative scores and feel for the actors who tried but at times it seemed off-key. Bad writing.

Don't see it if you have anything better to do.

During previews
Quirky, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you like a show that is very confusing. There seemed to be a few themes with no connection. Good singing by actress.

Don't see it if you do not like intense anti semitic and anti Christian rant by the two male characters. What a waste of my 70 minutes.

During previews
Insipid, Indulgent, Banal, Excruciating

See it if you want to see and hear what non-talent is all about.

Don't see it if you have anything better to do.

Also When the music, lyrics, libretto and direction are all by the same per... Read more Read less

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