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Where Are We Now

From 30 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Funny, Masterful, Absorbing

About the show

In this US premiere cabaret piece, Sven Ratzke explores the music of David Bowie, backed only by piano accompaniment. More…

From the show:

Press and audience agree: no other artist comes as close to David Bowie as Sven Ratzke. In an intimate setting of only piano and voice, Ratzke unravels the songs of the master in all their beauty and pureness, and takes you to another universe with his poetic and hilarious storytelling. 


Member Reviews (30)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Entertaining, Funny, Masterful, Absorbing
87
Avg Score

91
Must see, Riveting, Entertaining, Masterful, Great singing

See it if You’re a David Bowie fan or if you enjoyed Hedwig and The Angry Inch. Not only is his voice almost exactly like Bowie’s his presence is too.

Don't see it if You’re not a David Bowie fan.

91
Great singing, Funny, Enchanting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if If you like the music of David Bowie sing magnificently with little stories in between the songs. Two very enjoyable hours.

Don't see it if If you do not like cabaret style musicals. If you dont like David Bowie songs.

80
Introspective, Touching, Funny, Great singing, Masterful

See it if Impeccable, lyrical versions of Bowie songs with creative piano accompaniment. Good audience connection. Funny improvisation.

Don't see it if You don't like solo cabaret acts. Perhaps too lyrical -- with just an artsy piano, and no drums, bass, or guitar, it lacked bite.

88
Reverential, Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if ur a Bowie fan & want to see an extraordinarily talented & charismatic Dutch cabaret performer salute The Thin White Duke in story & song.

Don't see it if you expect a playlist of greatest hits [Familiar songs are mixed with deep cuts]; you aren't a Bowie fan [Is there such a person?!].

Also Sven Ratzke: Remember that name. With a significant following througho... Read more Read less

82
Respectful, Vocally assured, Needs editing, Touching, Contemplative

See it if you love the David Bowie songbook & would like to hear a respectful but inventive exploration of a fraction of it.

Don't see it if you are expecting a play, or already know you do not like the David Bowie songbook, or can’t sit for 2+ hours.

Also Sven Ratzke has a rich, supple baritone that can soar when it needs to... Read more Read less

91
Edgy, Must see, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like voice and piano - this is an excellent cabaret act sung with passion and accompanied by the best piano playing I have ever heard!

Don't see it if you are looking for a play, do not appreciate the edgy Bowie songs or are not interested in how this all came about.

83
Otherworldly, Masterful, Enchanting, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if EU cabaret performer inhabits his subject with such intensity that only a true stan could articulate, and a devotee could appreciate.Piano!

Don't see it if The repertoire elects to mine gems that fit mood and story, not necessarily the ones that you think you're missing. Hauntingly eerie.

Also "You know. You know." Otherworldly.

81
Great singing

See it if You enjoy a tribute show where the performer gives his own take

Don't see it if You are expecting a typical play or musical. Or if you are hoping he will play the songs exactly as bowie did

Also Unlike the other tribute show I saw this week, this performer put his ... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Masterful, Great singing, Funny, Absorbing

See it if you love great cabaret shows or are a David Bowie fan. His renditions of Bowie classics are hauntingly dead on. GREAT piano arrangements!

Don't see it if you're not a fan of the cabaret format or need to have big spectacle. This is pure entertainment at its best.

86
Must see, Masterful, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a moving cabaret dedicated to Bowies life and music.. great pianist...

Don't see it if you don't like intimate cabaret style shows..

85
Funny, Cabaret without alcohol, David bowie tribute, Generous soloist, Dreamlike

See it if 2 acts, 2hrs, 1 intermission, 1 singer & 1 pianist (both highly talented); The actor has full control of stage, bring us to Berlin, London..

Don't see it if Plain set; Spotlight turns the room hot; Acoustic at La Mama basement is passable - thank god the singer is skillful with the mic!

Also I knew nothing about David Bowie or his music before the show. I will ... Read more Read less

78
Warm, Quirky, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if you're a big Bowie fan & you're open to interpretations of his songs. Sven is great when it comes to Bowie covers. Great song choices too.

Don't see it if you prefer cabaret shows with a big band & lots of musicians b/c this is intimate with just a piano accompaniment (though he's excellent!)

Also I saw the show on Sunday 12/15 & it was very WARM in the theater. I wa... Read more Read less

85
Intelligent, Great singing, Funny

See it if into a first-rate entertainer taking on Bowie

Don't see it if cabaret is just not for you

Also Many of Bowie songs are hard to cover - they are strongly connected to... Read more Read less

50
Too long, Dated, Slow, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You are a die hard Bowie fan and you want to hear his songs performed in a cabaret style.

Don't see it if You expect to hear more music than just talking. Plus the choice of songs could be much better.

94
Great singing, Masterful, Must see, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Charming Dutch talent, delivering rare perfor of 1ofthe most innovative musici ofthe XXcent,accomp by an It virtuoso pianist on a cozy set

Don't see it if uninterested in Bowie Classics like:"Let's Dance","Heroes","Ashes to Ashes"or"Where Are We Now".

Also I closed my eyes and for a few minutes Sven Ratzke brought me back to ... Read more Read less

90
Masterful, Edgy, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a great entertainer accompanied by a highly skilled pianist, doing Bowie

Don't see it if You can't sit on the most uncomfortable seating at any important venue in NYC for 2+ hours.

Also Sven is a super freak not be be missed . He will be great in the upcom... Read more Read less

90
Funny, Must see, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to be totally entertained and love the songs of David Bowie

Don't see it if You do not like one man shows or want a drama

85
Mr. ratzke is living his dream, Entertaining, David bowie would still approve, A certified audience seducer!

See it if You love the David Bowie oeuvre, BUT, even if you don't, you will still enjoy the show and all the songs will seem even fresher and relevant

Don't see it if Cabaret and night-club-like music acts are not to your liking.

Also Mr. Sven Ratzke goes beyond paying tribute to the songs of Mr. David B... Read more Read less

84
Masterful, Intelligent, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if If you like cabaret or David Bowie or go and be surprised or all three. Catch it now before he goes on world tour.

Don't see it if You don’t like cabaret, Bowie or pleasant surprises.

90
Enchanting, Entertaining, Exquisite, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you are a fan of David Bowie's career, music or even style.

Don't see it if you're not into tribute performances.

85
Enchanting, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if It was just talented Sven Ratzke and a great piano player for two enchanting hours about David Bowie and his music. It went by too quickly.

Don't see it if Even if you don’t know or don’t like about David Bowie’s music, you will be entertained.

100
Must see, Resonant, Romantic, Emotional

See it if you feel the world went to hell when David Bowie died & you want to have a profoundly emotional reunion w The Starman thru v gifted Sven

Don't see it if you expect a Bowie bio or big staging. This is pure piano, Dutch/German cabaret w David Lynch-ian storytelling & out of this world vocals

Also My 4thX (?) seeing Sven & I’ll never miss one of his shows if I can he... Read more Read less

90
Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you like the music of David Bowie and enjoy Cabaret shows with a great interpreter.

Don't see it if you want to see an expensive musical or a big show. This is an intimate show with an extremely talented performer.

88
Funny, Cute, Quirky, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you like David Bowie, cabaret shows, quirky performers, and great singing/piano playing

Don't see it if you don't like the music of David Bowie or one-man (plus a pianist) shows

90
Masterful, Funny, Great singing

See it if You love the music of David Bowie. You enjoy great storytelling and singing.

Don't see it if You don’t like one-person performances. You don’t enjoy the music of David Bowie.


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