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The Apple Boys: A Barbershop Quartet Musical

From 47 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful

About the show

This world premiere musical explores the uniquely American art form of the barbershop quartet. More…

Set in Coney Island at the turn of the 20th century, "The Apple Boys" features four diverse actors playing over forty characters. The story centers on Jack Chapman III (Johnny Appleseed’s grandson) who sets out to save his family apple orchard by enlisting the help of Nathan Handwerker (founder of Nathan’s Hot Dogs), Warren Lincoln Travis (“The World’s Strongest Man”), and Lina “Hank” Beecher (designer of the first looping roller coaster). Together, this very different group of friends discover the magic of a new kind of music: barbershop harmony.


Member Reviews (47)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful
85
Avg Score

80
Clever, Well staged, Well sung, Fluffy, Broad self-referential humor

See it if you enjoy quartet harmonies w clever lyrics. AB is silly AND smart. Slightly annoying at outset, it keeps getting better. You'll laugh.

Don't see it if gender bending bothers you, or you only enjoy dramas. Almost no set, but well-used props, good lighting. Talented pianist. High energy.

85
Clever, Goofy, Funny, Delightful, Great singing

See it if This was a hoot. Silly yet absorbing story with original barbershop music and lots of puns. Four delightful actors in multiple roles.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy goofiness on stage without a serious theme. You don't like barbershop music. Small theater w/minimal staging.

84
Clever, Great singing, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Plucky historical musical comedy featuring 4 very talented actors wearing multiple hats(literally).There's a lady present on this Boardwalk.

Don't see it if As expected, beautiful blended barbershop harmonies in turn-of-the-century Coney Isle. Predictable and surprising. Vaudevillian. Still fun.

88
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Quirky

See it if How a barbershop Quartet came together at Coney Island to save a apple farm.

Don't see it if you dislike barbershop quartet style music. Not in a big theater. Actors play more than one part.

Also This is funny and entertaining. All cast are multiple talent. Its take... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy a very witty and funny story. Four people with different goals come together to raise money for an orchard. The results are clever

Don't see it if you like sophisticated comedy or drama. This is a very small stage but used very effectively. I loved the use of the hats.Cast very talented

83
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Hilarious

See it if You want a tight 70min of fun and song. An absurd story and fun songs, go for the enjoyment of a silly story done really well.

Don't see it if You don't want to travel for just a 70min play. The story is light and fluffy and doesn't have a ton of depth. Go for the fun.

75
Delightful, Funny, Quirky

See it if You enjoy silly, self-aware musicals for an NYC audience.

Don't see it if You want something perfectly polished. You can only get matinee tickets, I think this probably plays better at night/maybe at a bar-theatre.

93
Clever, Delightful, Great singing, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if You like barbershop. You like quirky old-timey stuff. You like good singing. You like to laugh.

Don't see it if You only like theater if it's super serious, I guess. This was so funny and clever. So much fun.

81
Adorable, Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if You're interested in a charming show with each actor playing multiple characters (clever prop usage) and great singing. Fluffy and sweet.

Don't see it if You want something serious, don't like small stages or want a large production. This is a perfect lighthearted show for the holiday season.

96
Delightful, Enchanting, Must see, Great acting, Great singing

See it if No ifs! Go!! Be utterly charmed by a terrific troupe in multiple roles & relating a delightful tale w/ verve, sass, glee & hilarious lyrics.

Don't see it if you're averse to spending 80 minutes swept up by an insanely talented ensemble in a cozy venue off-off Broadway & to walking away grinning??

91
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a fun show. I enjoyed this as well as the singing. The cast plays multiple characters, and does a great job telling a story.

Don't see it if you are looking for a serious show. This is a comedy. I recommend checking it out for something different.

88
Clever, Funny, Great singing, Refreshing, Fun

See it if you like barbershop singing, horrid puns, basic productions that tell a good story simply and very well

Don't see it if you hate barbershop harmony, are looking for a full scale musical

85
Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if You want to hear about the "history" of Coney island. NYC fans, those who love puns, and lovers if beautiful harmonies should see

Don't see it if You don't like silly, playful performances. You like big showy productions.

55
A story told in four part harmony...

See it if barbershop quartet enters an amateur contest after they fall short trying to raise money on the Coney Island boardwalk, turn of 20th century

Don't see it if you think barbershop inspired harmonies are old fashioned;the cast of four play multiple characters, many work, but several could be trimmed

85
Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You want a quick enjoyable musical.

Don't see it if You don't like barbershop music.

71
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if you like energetic farces that are meta about theater and itself and NYC. Enjoy barbershop quartets and funny songs.

Don't see it if you are bothered by skimpy shows with thin costuming and lots of the same players playing different roles. Don't enjoy humor that is meta.

85
Clever, Funny, Great singing, Silly, Fluffy

See it if You like barbershop harmony, and cheesy humor

Don't see it if You're expecting huge production

Also My friend and I found this production to be a sheer joy. Silly, but we... Read more Read less

75
Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy

See it if You enjoy an ensemble cast with great harmony.

Don't see it if You don’t like barbershop quartets.

86
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great writing

See it if You enjoy light, funny, and witty lyrics in very enjoyable songs sung by four very good singer/actors.

Don't see it if You are looking for a serious night of deep thought.

78
Cute, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you're looking for a fun, inexpensive show to see with kids that adults can also enjoy.

Don't see it if you don't have a high tolerance for cheesiness.

Also This is a show that, luckily, doesn't take itself too seriously. Every... Read more Read less

95
Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Funny

See it if you like small theater, enjoy barbershop quarters

Don't see it if you are looking for a huge production, don't like minimal sets, or you don't like actors who play multiple characters.

92
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if the singing was great

Don't see it if you dont like musicals

100
Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Great singing. All about Coney Island. Very funny. Id see it again. A fun event.

Don't see it if You dont like barbershop quartets

82
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Earnestly subversive

See it if u like close harmonies, gender bending, & loosely accurate American history. Charming score, great cast. Kid friendly but fun for adults too

Don't see it if don't like sitting next to a twelve year old. Can't lean into the cheesiness

80
Absorbing, Delightful, Great singing, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if You like a capella or music generally; great original songs; talented actors-singers; story flows well, tightly written

Don't see it if You prefer larger productions; you do not like the music genre; show is on the shorter side


December 13th, 2018
"'The Apple Boys' is a surprisingly entertaining tall tale that makes excellent use of this uniquely American art form. The talented and hard-working cast brings to life 40 characters from turn-of-the-last-century New York, often without catching a breath. The musical is also a valentine to the B...
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December 17th, 2018
"It’s an incredibly well-designed experience. Like pocket cabaret, it has elements of surprise and comedic bits. However, it’s so complete in form. Direction by David Alpert makes great use of the space...While the device of getting to the big show is common, it’s largely successful. The story is...
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December 10th, 2018
“A delightful little musical...Don’t look for cohesive musical storytelling here; ‘The Apple Boys’ is more of a vaudeville, a vehicle for silliness, quick changes, and most of all, an optimistic spirit that’s noticeably scarce in 2018. They provide giggles right off...The writing’s good but not g...
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