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Words and Music (Dream Up)

From 13 member  reviews
Members say: Disappointing, Slow, Cliched, Excruciating, Indulgent

About the show

Part of Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival: This new musical examines the lives of two aging men struggling to stay afloat in the rapidly evolving New York theater industry. More…

Ed, a piano tuner and composer haunted by visions of his late wife, is writing a musical with his ailing lyricist friend, Howie. Ed pitches it to several theaters hoping one of them will bite. However, after several rejections, Ed's mental health begins to deteriorate, turning his collaboration with Howie toxic. The show chronicles Ed's struggle to escape his past, in the form of his wife's ghost.

Member Reviews (13)


Disappointing, Slow, Cliched, Excruciating, Indulgent

Indulgent, Slow, Entertaining, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if you like the old story of the composer/lyricist team who keep trying for a hit and never quite get there; have a best friend;like kitsch

Don't see it if you expect a surprise ending;expect perfect singing and elegant lyrics; do not give small time playwrights/composers/lyricists a chance

Mediocre, Cliched, Some good songs

See it if You enjoy pale imitations of Sondheimesque life crises about two-dimensional characters who don't sing very well.

Don't see it if For the same price you can see a good movie.

Disappointing, Well-intentioned, Slow

See it if you want to experience well-meaning, affordable community theatre with a receptive audience?

Don't see it if you love music—you'll rarely discern melody in the mostly-spoken songs and vocal delivery painful; Kyle Hughes is the notable exception!

Good plot, Some weak singing, Good dialogue, Some weak acting, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy a story about male friendship and you don't mind some mediocre singing of nice songs, and some mixed levels of performances.

Don't see it if You are expecting highly professional singing and acting.

Cliched, Fluffy

See it if You're not very demanding when it comes to theatre shows.

Don't see it if You have high expectations in terms of acting, singing, production values, etc.


See it if You can appreciate actors who put their best foot forward. You want to support your local community.

Don't see it if You are looking for a cast that has effortless chemistry.

“Words and Music (Dream Up)” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

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