Closed 1h 30m
Playing Hot
Midtown W
77

Playing Hot NYC Reviews and Tickets

77%
(41 Reviews)
Positive
88%
Mixed
10%
Negative
2%
Members say
Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing, Refreshing

About the Show

Pipeline Theatre Company presents the world premiere of this jazz concert-party-play hybrid, which takes you inside a brassy New Orleans dance hall, where the untold story of the birth of jazz is brought to life.

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Member Reviews (41)

75
Fun, Absorbing, Dizzying, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if fascinating and tragic true story of a musician lost to history told through music, parade, and live concert venue

Don't see it if don't want to stand--or want an immersive experience. Read more

70
Thought-provoking, Fun, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you love jazz, love New Orleans, want to learn more about the history of both

Don't see it if you want a fully developed musical; play is many small pieces stitched together

Critic Reviews (3)

May 2nd, 2019

"Endearingly messy...Offers a composite portrait of Bolden that is decidedly PG and largely good-humored. The show, directed by Bradley, keeps changing viewpoints in an enthusiastic if unruly manner...'Playing Hot' often trips on itself by wanting to take on too much, and some of it borders on cartoonish, as if the authors and director weren’t sure of what they want to say or how they want to say it...But the show also knows when to stop the merriment, and ends on a quiet note."
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May 3rd, 2019

“Clearly the work of young, enthusiastic, but relatively inexperienced theater-makers. Johnson and Armento’s book is erratically structured and unintentionally borders on parody. Even the central character...comes across as two-dimensional...Despite these criticisms, I nonetheless still ended up having fun. Indeed, when 'Playing Hot' drops its pretensions of being a musical and commits to simply playing Bolden’s music, it thrillingly lives up to its title..”
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May 6th, 2019

“It’s almost like the show is a way to actively learn about this lesser-known piece of jazz history while also having a fun evening out...The dance breaks where cast members...encouraging audience members to let loose make for a lively show...The performers are all solid, particularly the musicians. The music is fabulous...Part play, part dance party, and part jazz concert, Pipeline Theater’s ‘Playing Hot’ is an invigorating theatrical experience.”
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