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Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg

From 5 critic and 108 member reviews
Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing, Quirky

About the show

Mind the Art Entertainment presents a dark and twisted new musical about hope, family, whiskey, and reconciling the dreamer within. More…

In a land where the whiskey is always flowing, an ambitious young painter is faced with a life-altering choice: Give up on her dreams and embrace a carefree life, or lose her father, the powerful Mayor of Williamsburg. Will she leave behind the only family she's ever known? Or will she discover that in Williamsburg, it's easier to drink than to think?

Manhattan With a Twist

"From the director to the writer to the cast, everyone commits fully to the vision...A remarkable script combined with a fantastic ensemble and strong direction, 'Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg' is another triumph for the Mind The Art Entertainment team. One that shows that ten years after its conception, they are here to stay. Do not miss it!" Full Review

Local Theatre NY

"It’s a visually stimulating theatre experience that has so many beautiful elements that your eyes and ears won’t know what to do next...To me, the score, the songs, and the vocals are what makes this wonderful production magical. All else is gravy. The orchestration is clever, crisp, fresh, different and stimulating...The cast is focused, and they gel like a well oiled machine, delivering emotional performances through out. The direction is phenomenal." Full Review

On Stage Blog

"A vibrant, sweet celebration and a bitter truth, all in one shot...At first I couldn’t become at ease with the phantasmagoric setting and the odd plot...Then it hit me, 'Whiskey Pants' is a fairy tale and should be viewed as such. The engulfing, fast-moving music and spectacular visual designs might make you think for a second that it is all sheer entertainment. Then you realize that you are witnessing a coming of age story of a talented girl in an alcoholic family." Full Review

More Than The Play Blog

"Christian De Gre has composed an intense score that creates a distinctive and compelling environment. Book by Serrana Gay and lyrics by Joseph Reese Anderson weave a simple and intoxicating story line. The cast is a powerful ensemble with fervent singing voices...The pacing and staging keep the action flowing as the character progress on their journey toward a different perspective of their reality." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"A remarkably silly new work...And while some of the silliness leaves something to be desired, a lot of it is at the beating heart of 'Whiskey Pants', ultimately a very hardworking production...The work is fun, and while there are just a handful of jokes, the experience is a jovial one with a shot or two of the dramatic. Though a greater foundation would've done wonders for the piece, there’s still a ride of a time in Williamsburg 'Whiskey Town.'" Full Review

Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if The cast and band are so so so good! The story is refreshing and the lyrics are very witty.

Don't see it if You need to pee! There is no intermission.

Must see, Quirky, Great singing, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you are intrigued by the concept of Sweeney Todd meets Natasha Pierre. Solid score, stellar performances by new actors on the scene.

Don't see it if you're expecting a spectacle, huge musical; or if you're strictly a core theatre repertoire enthusiast.

Also This newest iteration of Whiskey Pants takes a show that Fringe Festiv... Read more Read less

Masterful, Must see, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you love operas, dystopian themes, hope and dreaming.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or operas; prefer plays; enjoy joyful themes.

Refreshing, Intense, Great singing, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in the ever-growing fad of immersive/360 degree theatre, and like free alcohol with your show!

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of operas, or have difficulty following a plot that isn't explicitly spelled out.

Also Wow! I had a feeling that I would enjoy Whiskey Pants, but it has exce... Read more Read less

Exquisite, Great writing, Great singing, Great acting

See it if A unique and powerful score that won't leave my head! It's a very strong musical piece with a stellar cast.

Don't see it if You hate dark fables. This feels like a fantasy world we could easily fall into. (Shrieks!)

Hilarious, Great singing, Great writing, Clever

See it if For its stellar voices, striking design and powerful music. A smart fable that feels part family drama part Urinetown.

Don't see it if Set is very minimal for what feels like a big musical and the sound design is inconsistent. There are some cringy lyrics that muddy up plot.

Also I loved the show and was very moved. The cast and crew were warm givin... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Epic, Great writing, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if For the music!!! A truly original sound backed by a very skilled design and great actors.

Don't see it if You want to see a play. This is a really good opera.

Great writing, Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You like out-of-the-box theatre with extremely original ideas and very timely views of our world . An immersive experience.

Don't see it if You like classically staged theatre with all the usual types of sets, scenery and costumes.

Great singing, Great staging

See it if You like a richly entertaining contemporary apocalyptic opera which dares to ask you if "it's dangerous to dream"

Don't see it if You don't like cast members giving you free whiskey shots

Also This show makes the proverbial apocalyptic "event" less central than t... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Great writing, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if For its incredible score. Its unlike anything else out there. Its Sondheim and Bernstein and Malloy and Wagner. What a thrill!

Don't see it if You want a pop fun musical. This is gritty and smart and different.

Refreshing, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy theatre a little on the avant-garde side, the score is like Sondheim, Jason Robert Brown, and Intrabartolo (BARE) had a baby.

Don't see it if You enjoy traditional staging and traditional musical theatre

Entertaining, Edgy, Masterful, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy being immersed in the setting of a story and interacting with the characters in an intimate environment.

Don't see it if you are adverse to theater in the round staging.

Great music, Great staging, Original, Quirky, Edgy

See it if you like Phantom of the Opera and sung-through shows, and a free shot of whiskey to boot!

Don't see it if you can’t sit 100 minutes without an intermission

Thought-provoking, Amazing costumes, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You like gorgeous music beautifully sungby a uniformly talented cast

Don't see it if You want to see a traditional piece of theater or don’t like productions without dialog.

Thought-provoking, Quirky, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you enjoy a rock opera with a very talented cast. It was thoroughly enjoyable, and everyone gets a shot of whiskey when you walk in.

Don't see it if you are a teetotaler who doesn't like rock music.

Entertaining, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if you like immersive theater, with a distopic setting, and minimalist setting that makes you focus on the actors.

Don't see it if you prefer classical musicals with huge scenography, a large ensamble, and a more joyful plot.

Also I really enjoyed this show. The plot is interesting, not cliched, and ... Read more Read less

Incredible singing & score, Entertaining, Absorbing, Ambitious, Original

See it if EXCEPTIONAL music sung flawlessly by a super talented cast! Story is unique & the staging & performances really immerse you into it's world

Don't see it if You dislike sung-through musical. The music is Sondheim-esque, reminded me a bit of Sweeney. VERY IMPRESSIVE complicated beautiful score.

Also See this gem of a show if you can. The space and staging is very intim... Read more Read less

Impressive, Must see, Surprising, Outstanding music, Exceptional singing

See it if Outstanding show. Superb music and voices. Simple but beautiful staging. Simple story done really well. What an amazing surprise.

Don't see it if you don't like complex music and musicals. You don't care for drinking.

Also I can't stress enough how professional this music is. This is beyond B... Read more Read less

Silly, Great music, Enchanting, Quirky, Great singing

See it if Powerful, complex operatic music. Rich orchestra and vocals. All the performers were excellent musicians. A music “high”.

Don't see it if Story is a family drama about being in denial (drowning in whiskey), that doesn’t come together. Silly ending.

Also You don’t need to like whiskey.

Masterful, Great staging, Great singing, Absorbing, Clever

See it if Want to see a new superb opera. Masterful singing and staging elevate this intimate opera

Don't see it if You don't like opera

Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if Broadway-level operetta with talent to match. #1&2 on this site’s leaderboard recommend it. They are right! See this wonderful show!

Don't see it if While the music is Broadway quality, the story is a little weak, especially the ending. Don’t let this stop you - this show is worth seeing!

Absorbing, Quirky, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if if you would enjoy a really good musical that has great voices, songs, costumes and orchestra,

Don't see it if you can't handle a musical without dialogue.

Great music, Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if Amazing singing of a Broadway caliber score makes up for a thin plot and overly minimal staging. The singing is wonderful. Solid cast.

Don't see it if You don’t like sung through musicals or need sing along time music. You prefer elaborate productions.

High level, Original, Talanted, Great music, Great singing

See it if you enjoy melodic and original music, and great voices. Male singers are especially outstanding. High level production-thumbs up!

Don't see it if you need a large-scale show and care less about quality and talent. Don’t like unique and unusual but yet melodic scores.

Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you like relatively light, immersive musicals/operettas, like ensemble heavy shows

Don't see it if you don't like whiskey. cannot emphasize this enough.

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