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Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg

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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?


Member Reviews (108)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing, Quirky
79
Avg Score

86
Exceptional singing, Outstanding music, Surprising, Must see, Impressive

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

87
Original, Ambitious, Absorbing, Entertaining, Incredible singing & score

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

39
Excruciating, Confusing, Ridiculous!, Unintelligible, Slow

See it if You like theatre that thinks outside the box and tries very hard to look and sound different.

Don't see it if If you want any sort of coherent book or score or lyrics. It’s next to impossible to understand anything that’s being sung.

84
Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing, Great music

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
Great singing, Quirky, Enchanting, Great music, 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.

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

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

69
Great singing, Edgy, Intense, Quirky, Slow

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.

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.

75
Skilled, Talented cast sings its guts out for 1 hour 50 minutes without intermission, Sung through, Stylistically unvarying, Nothing stands out

See it if Before their excellent human voices give out to the demands of unrelentingly score, & great orchestrations & immersive theatre thrills you

Don't see it if you fear singers will start to hemorrhage B4 1hr50Minutes has passed, or if you like shifts in tone, volume & landmarks in storytelling

80
Clever, Great singing, Relevant, Entertaining

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.

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

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

88
Great singing, Entertaining, Clever, Quirky, Thought-provoking

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.

95
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing

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.

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!

67
Disappointing, Entertaining, Overrated

See it if Wish for a quirky/cool happening.

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

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

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

76
Great singing, Excruciating, Insipid, Cliched, Disappointing

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.

70
Ambitious, Clichéd, Great voices & orchestrations, Great musicians, 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

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

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

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

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

83
Great singing, Original, Quasi-immersive, Quirky, Clever

See it if you enjoy modern, quirky theater. Sung-through piece with a simple story. Great singing and music. Reminded me of early Great Comet.

Don't see it if you have issues with drinking. If you like more traditional shows or more plot-heavy work.

83
Great singing, Great music, Talanted, Original, 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.

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

53
Banal, Too loud, Indulgent, Repetitive, Overrated

See it if Do not mind singing so loud that often unable to make out the lyrics- and do not mind absence of wit.

Don't see it if Like a good story and clever lyrics. Do not find repeated depictions of drunkenness to be endlessly amusing

30
Mayor of williamsburg believes you should drink your troubles away ... and that it's "dangerous to dream"

See it if the ambitious score beautifully showcases these incredible vocalists; unconventional story telling; theater "in-the square"

Don't see it if music will definitely captivate you; lyrics extremely repetitive (how many times did they say "whiskey"?); it's worth future development.


October 16th, 2017
"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 sho...
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October 14th, 2017
"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 m...
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October 8th, 2017
"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 ...
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October 19th, 2017
"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 af...
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