Already closed | 1h 30m | Chelsea

The Evolution of Mann

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Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Clever

About the show

This new musical comedy explores love in all its forms and how to build a lasting relationship in the 21st century.

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"The Evolution of Mann" follows Henry Mann, a thirty-something year-old single New Yorker eager to settle down…or so he thinks. After receiving an invitation to his ex-fiancée's wedding, he and his lesbian roommate embark on a quest to find his soulmate, his perfect date. Starring Max Crumm.

1h 30m | Already closed | The Cell (Chelsea)

Member Reviews (50)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Clever
78
Avg Score

70
Funny, Uneven, Unsatisfying, Great acting, Fluffy

See it if you're looking for a fast-paced rom-com on stage.

Don't see it if you're looking for something that has something to say about anything. This is pleasant but not revelatory.

90
Charming, Heartfelt, Enchanting, Refreshing, Company-esque

See it if you want to hear new songs that are hip (without the hop), sincere and touching and a story that is old, but made new here.

Don't see it if your heart has lost any notion of romance and/or sentiment along the way. This is touching in a way that old movies used to be--finally!

Also It reminded me of Company, in not only content, but I remember seeing ... Read more Read less

58
Run of the mill

See it if romantic comedy is your choice of hill to die on.

Don't see it if romantic comedy is not your choice of hill to die on.

77
Clever, Funny, Good acting, Delightful

See it if you like funny musicals about the modern search for love

Don't see it if if you don't like romantic comedies or if you get claustrophic in small tight theaters

83
Cliched, Great staging, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you like fluffy, funs shows about the ups and downs of dating. Yes, it is cliched but there are some nice twists too.

Don't see it if you are looking for huge laughs, dance numbers or high drama. This small show is cute, pleasant, and charming.

90
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great writing, Great singing

See it if You enjoy seeing a new original musical comedy that is well directed and has endearing characters.

Don't see it if You hate musicals, need heavy plots and high drama.

Also I went to see this show and had no idea what it was about. But from th... Read more Read less

68
Cliched, Great staging, Ambitious, Fluffy, Resonant

See it if ur curious & b aware it's a limited run; if u want 2 be part of a unique space. if u like 2 see costumes that both current & vintage.

Don't see it if cliche' lyrics r not ur thing; r if sometimes they get to "cutsy"

Also the company gave it their all & each actor was sincere & genuine in hi... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you are interested in quirky characters, some awesome character development, some great songs and some rocking vocals.

Don't see it if if your looking for something super intellectual or you dont like songs at all,

70
Ambitious, Good singing

See it if you enjoy shows in intimate venues off-Broadway

Don't see it if you prefer larger musical productions

69
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Great singing, Overrated

See it if You REALLY like this genre and don't want to miss yet another entry into it. Like the cast, they're good.

Don't see it if You want an engaging plot, tuneful clever songs, a show with something new to say. Don't want to see unfunny comedy and filler side plots.

Also This was disappointing. Many previous shows in this genre like First D... Read more Read less

100
Clever, Funny, Great acting

See it if You love hilarious musical comedies that are not only funny but also reflect the way people seeking relationships behave (and misbehave!)

Don't see it if You're looking for a serious drama or a show with a large cast.

100
Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Great writing, Great singing

See it if You enjoy seeing something new and clever, and where you get to see 3 performers with genuine talent, and you like good music and lyrics

Don't see it if You need to see millions of dollars splashed out on a stage, rather than a good product

100
Delightful

See it if Must see for fans of contemporary musical theatre. Charming and endearing performances. A well crafted 3 hander.

Don't see it if If you are cynical about relationships and young 20 somethings looking for love.

96
Delightful, Clever, Funny, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if Joyful and “bigger” than the intimate space it was in. Lyrics were smart and funny, music hummable, and better than some Broadway shows.

Don't see it if Don’t see it if you only appreciate over-produced, frothy musicals!

During previews
73
Entertaining, Fluffy, Predictable, Clever use of casting, Fun enough

See it if You want a lighthearted perfectly average little musical romantic romp. Some clever bits. Some interesting set and lighting design.

Don't see it if You’re hoping for anything new or original. You can practically write this one for them once you’ve seen the first few minutes.

During previews
66
Ambitious, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if you want a small theater, smaller musical. Some good singing.

Don't see it if If you want something more seasoned, more complete. a bigger production.

During previews
80
Funny, Cliched, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Cute characters, enjoyable music, smart and funny. Cliched theme, but well done. Allie Trimm was captivating in her multiple roles.

Don't see it if You have had enough of 30-something NY'ers seeking soulmates. You don't want to see a small lighthearted musical.

During previews
79
Cliched, Entertaining, Great singing, Pleasant

See it if u want to see a trio of talented actors playing amiable, relatable 30-somethings in a familiar story of modern dating woes (w/a cute twist).

Don't see it if you're tired of the typical sitcom/rom-com take on the "anguish" of millennial dating in the big city.

Also The lyrics (by Douglas Cohen & Dan Elish) are cleverer than your avera... Read more Read less

During previews
77
Entertaining, Quirky

See it if Lead guy is great singer & charismatic. Loved the lady who played different roles (the "girlfriends"). Fast-paced 90 minute musical comedy.

Don't see it if Harsh bright lighting, strobe lights, and poor U-shape seating area (plus 2 level "set"). Lots of uncomfortable "looking up" - neckache!!

During previews
76
Quirky, Entertaining, Funny, Fast-paced

See it if A millennial guy goes through several girl friends trying to find the one before it’s too late, and may be figuring it out in the end.

Don't see it if You want something more than a three-hander musical.

During previews
50
Banal, Cliched, Fluffy, Well sung

See it if you think originality is overrated, you like average sitcoms

Don't see it if you realize being 30 without any real responsibilities was actually pretty bland

Also There’s nothing really wrong with this, but it’s been done ad nauseam.... Read more Read less

During previews
76
Cliched, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you are looking for a boy meets girl sort of show. Max Crumm is charming, w/ fabulous voice. Allie Trimm played multiple characters adeptly

Don't see it if A cliched piece will bug you. I Love You Your Perfect Now Change, and Blind Date do a better job with the subject. Staging had issues.

Also The theatrical space was a 3/4 thrust with the raised wide runway as t... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Great staging, Very enjoyable

See it if You like musicals. You want to laugh. You want to see a fun, cute, enjoyable performance by a talented cast. You want to enjoy a night out.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals. You don't want to be entertained by a great cast in a great space.

During previews
85
Clever staging / very entertaining, Cool lighting & projection, Relevant / touching / absorbing, Great singing & acting / fine music & witty lyrics, Funny / sweet / refreshing / enchanting

See it if you like musicals &/or romantic-comedies. Very funny best-friend lite-fare, w/moments of warmth & tenderness. Ok damn-it, I teared-up twice.

Don't see it if you're not into cutesy 'he-better-grow-the-F-up-soon' stories. This one's worth seeing. Ok damn-it, I have a man-crush on Max Crumm. Sue me.

Also Rolled my eyes when we 1st walked into The Cell...... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Delightful, Entertaining, Cliched, Fun

See it if you want to see show with good off-Broadway potential with a little intelligent editing

Don't see it if If you need a fully developed show with a cast with Broadway quality voices.

Also Allie Trimm is brilliant with a wonderful voice and handles her multip... Read more Read less


October 7th, 2018
"The cliché-ridden new musical...Henry’s biggest challenge involves deciding who is meant for him...Common sense dictates the answer, but musicals, and love, don’t run on common sense. Still, watching a handful of romantic comedies for guidance would have saved a lot of anguish...Elish collaborat...
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October 5th, 2018
“A romantic comedy about dating and love in the 21st century...The cast moves effortlessly amid the scenes with some impressive vocal stylings...The telling of Henry's story is clichéd at times...but thanks to the authenticity of the actors' portrayals, it's easy to invest in the story...’The Evo...
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October 5th, 2018
“It feels stuck in its own personal time warp...If the score wanders all over the map in terms of quality, it does have a few nice things...We're supposed to be charmed by the self-involved, immature Henry, but it's an uphill battle...He's a pro, but, really, there's a limit to what anyone can do...
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October 10th, 2018
"The writers often veer into clichés, but explore them with freshness and candor, even dealing with Henry's embarrassing reaction when he embraces Christine after their first date ('Hard'). There is one shtick, a much-repeated dirty phone call, that was unnecessary and increasingly annoying. Mean...
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