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Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg

Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing, Quirky
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Critics
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Members
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108 reviews
 

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

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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?

 

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Reviews (113)

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81
Avg Score

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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70
Quirky, Slow, Great singing

See it if you like small scale musicals and want free shots of whiskey. Some of the music is really good.

Don't see it if you want strong plot in musicals. Music also gets fairly repetitive.

76
Quirky, Fun, Sensual, Intoxicating, Boozy

See it if You love Whiskey and want some free booze, like a sensual show and great singing.

Don't see it if You don't drink, have little imagination, and/or need a full production

Also I loved it. They had me at free whiskey shots and sensual singer/dance... Read more Read less

85
Enchanting, Quirky, Great music, Great singing, Silly

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.

67
Disappointing, Overrated, Entertaining

See it if Wish for a quirky/cool happening.

Don't see it if Want depth and variation in the songs.

75
Ambitious, Weak story, Layered lovely music but not enough variety

See it if you enjoy sung through musicals with intricate orchestrations performed by terrific voices.

Don't see it if you need a plot that makes any sense, elaborate sets, or seek variety in your musicals. Most of the music was beautiful, but too similar.

65
Good singers, not so good score, worse lyrics, Promising premise that goes nowhere

See it if you like sung-through scores, stentorian singing, and resourceful set and lighting design...or whiskey (the free whiskey shots help)

Don't see it if you expect lyrics to carry cogent dramatic ideas; expect subtlety beyond the level of a feeble fable.

Also Wore out its welcome for me after fifteen minutes. This is basically a... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Relevant, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you are a fan of well done steam punk, opera and allegories.

Don't see it if you expect any spoken dialogue or multidimensional characters and plot.

85
Absorbing, Clever, Masterful, Great singing, Great staging

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

83
Original, Great music, Great singing, Talanted, High level

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.

80
Edgy, Quirky, Entertaining, Great singing, Spotty acoustics

See it if If you want next-gen musical mixed w/opera. You enjoy immersive theatre. You want to hear terrific singing.

Don't see it if You don't like sung-through musicals. You prefer more traditional musicals or opera. You prefer elaborate plots : this is a wiap.

Also I would've scored it higher if the sound balance was better. The band ... Read more Read less

80
Engaging musical about a drinking contest

See it if You like musicals, Williamsburg, and drinking. Score an extra 5 pts If you like a free shot before the show.

Don't see it if Your don't drink or like musicals.

78
Great acting, Refreshing, Slow, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you want to see some very talented actors and singers perform. The story was not great, but some songs were. Read the character descriptions

Don't see it if you can't sit for 1 40 minutes without a break. Don't want to see a show similar to Urinetown.

Also All dialogue is through song, which is nice, but the band over powered... Read more Read less

76
Disappointing, Excruciating, Cliched, Insipid, Great singing

See it if you appreciate expert singing and creative costumes and don't require intriguing plot twist or dialogue, elaborate set, or thought-provoking

Don't see it if you don't like musicals, you like only musicals with melodic scores/thoughtful lyrics, or you can't sit 100 min. w/o interval. I napped.

65
Slow, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You are looking for a shot of whiskey and some great voices. You are looking for something different with good energy from the actors.

Don't see it if If you are looking for a profound story.

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Clever, Thought-provoking, Quirky, 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.

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Entertaining, Great singing, Beautiful costumes, Wonderful score, Interesting and original staging

See it if You enjoy original musicals without a clear plot line.

Don't see it if You are looking for a typical big Broadway musical.

Also This show, despite its flaws (confusing plot and repetitive score) is ... Read more Read less

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Excruciating, Cliched, Slow, Opera alert!

See it if Opera is your passion despite incoherent lyrics, sets that get in the way, cartoonish costumes/makeup, awkward acting/dancing.

Don't see it if You're looking for reason, relevance, or something new, or if you seek credible motivation.

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Edgy, Intense, Quirky, Slow, Great singing

See it if you enjoy hearing excellent singing and music without much else; costumes were excellent, visually opulent; you love free whiskey.

Don't see it if you don't like sung-through musicals; you can't sit for nearly 2 hours without twitching; you aren't a whiskey fan who enjoys free booze.

84
Refreshing, Entertaining, Great music, Great singing

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.

85
Ambitious, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing

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!

85
Absorbing, Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Great singing

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.

82
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great singing, Great staging

See it if I was taken in by the music, Some seriously terrific voices and musicians there. At first, I thought the plot was silly but it's not.

Don't see it if if you want a linear plot

70
Ambitious, Great musicians, Clichéd, Great voices & orchestrations, Poor book & lyrics

See it if A great cast, great voices, costumes, musical & vocal arrangements & a shot of whiskey—but no book and only serviceable lyrics—are enough.

Don't see it if You're not up for another Steam-Punk styled musical with a repetitive score too heavily influenced by Sweeney Todd and/or Wicked.

Also There are a lot of good things in this show, not least the complimenta... Read more Read less

83
Ambitious, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing

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.

79
Quirky, Interesting, Entertaining, Great costumes, Great singing

See it if You don't mind a play that has no dialogue and everything is sung. You want to hear some great singing and see some great costumes.

Don't see it if You don't like sung-through theater. You need a play with dialogue. You don't like great singing. You don't want to see a play about whiskey

Also The band was awesome and the singing was great. I loved their costumes... Read more Read less