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The Apple Boys: A Barbershop Quartet Musical

From 3 critic and 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.



90
TheaterScene.net

"'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 Big Apple from Coney Island to Central Park and with its references to many famous New Yorkers. At a swift 80 minutes…a most diverting musical evening in the theater." Full Review

80
Off Off Online

“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 great, the songs are tremendous fun...but not memorable...As absurdity piles on absurdity, we just give in. Puns, slapstick, exploitation of old showbiz tropes—and it’s all happy-making.” Full Review

80
Theater Pizzazz

"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 so persuasive, It might even make the most jaded New Yorker nostalgic...It’s a thoroughly enjoyable 75 minutes." Full Review


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

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??

95
Delightful, Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Great staging

See it if You want to have a truly hilarious and wonderful night at the Theatre.

Don't see it if You have no sense of humor or heart.

Also This intimate new musical is a tourdeforce of storytelling and the mos... Read more Read less

95
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging

See it if you enjoy cleverly written and executed shows. It is fast paced. Four actors and a musician play many parts.

Don't see it if you have a poor imagination.

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.

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.

92
Quirky, Riveting, Refreshing, Hilarious, Great singing

See it if You love barbershop quartets, silly, quirky humor, and shows where actors (masterfully) play multiple roles.

Don't see it if You hate comedy and old-timey music; you can't keep up with quick humor

Also This was a masterpiece. I enjoyed every second of it and want to see i... Read more Read less

92
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if the singing was great

Don't see it if you dont like musicals

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.

90
Clever, Great acting, Hilarious, Great writing

See it if you enjoy witty humor in a whirlwind fable-esque farce; this show is incredibly enjoyable from start to finish, and the actors are fantastic

Don't see it if you don't like barbershop, or actors playing multiple characters bothers you.

Also I didn't really know what to expect from this show, other than it uses... Read more Read less

88
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great writing

See it if You like comedy & musicals!

Don't see it if Not into quartets & a little history about Brooklyn.

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

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

86
Clever, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you are looking for an odd story done really well and enjoy fun songs

Don't see it if you don't like old-time music, quick humor or you want a serious show, cause it's a comedy

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.

86
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You want to see 4 talented performers who can play multiple roles. The singing was great and it’s just fun! It’s a small intimate theater.

Don't see it if You don’t like barbershop quartet singing or you expect a major production.

Also Great for families!!!

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.

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.

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

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.

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

84
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You like strange, quirky old-time stuff with good barbershop style singing or you like to laugh out loud at a show

Don't see it if It's a comedy with old-time music, so if you want to see a serious show it's probably not a very good fit

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.

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.

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


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