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Head Over Heels (San Francisco)

From 10 critic and 9 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Disappointing, Delightful, Fluffy, Funny

About the show

Tony Award winner Micheal Mayer directs this new musical comedy set to the songs of the iconic rock act The Go-Go's in its pre-Broadway run. More…

An mash-up of posh and punk, 'Head over Heels' is an unpredictable Elizabethan romp about a royal family that must prevent an oracle's prophecy of doom. In order to save their beloved kingdom, the family embarks on an extravagant journey where they are faced with mistaken identities, love triangles, sexual awakening, and self-discovery. 'Head Over Heels' features the classic tracks "We Got The Beat," "Our Lips Are Sealed," "Vacation," and many more.

Already closed | Curran Theatre (CA)


"Can a minor late renaissance play be the inspiration for a successful modern musical, written in iambic pantameter, utilizing the music of an all girl 80’s pop punk band? You better believe it!...When the court of Arcadia opens the festivities with 'We Got The Beat,' joy takes the stage and never lets go...Maintaing iambic pantameter and combining it with the musical beat of The Go Go’s was a stroke of genius...The fun is infectious." Full Review

Theater by the Bay

"This show is an enchanting romp through Elizabethan language and ‘80s girl-power anthems. That may seem like an odd combination, but it all works thanks to the show’s killer mix of a fabulous script, great acting and never taking itself too seriously...The script, the staging, the actors, the songs and their compositions all come together perfectly to a laugh-out loud musical that also touches your heart and makes you think without losing the show’s freewheeling spirit." Full Review

Stage and Cinema

"You will absolutely delight in one of the most original and moving musicals to come along in a very long time...An unpredictable, jam-packed, raucous tale full of dance and a steady beat...The entire cast win you over and over again with a jovial spirit to match their talent....The overall result is quite moving...The characters are not nearly the same people that began the journey. We are all so much better off for having accompanied them on this spectacular musical adventure." Full Review

Theatre Eddys Blogspot

"A fabulously entertaining, eye-popping, foot-stomping musical extravaganza...Mayer directs eight leads and eight ensemble members with a penchant to be just enough naughty to tantalize and tease and with tongue enough in cheek to bring out all the chuckles the Shakespearean-sounding dialogue and lyrics can elicit...The music of the Go-Go’s will thrill the group’s fans in the way it folds so easily into this fantasy story of old with all its modern new twists." Full Review

On Stage Blog

"Redefines the musical comedy with this funky Elizabethan story...The score’s energy is matched by the incredible ensemble of dancers, singers, and comedians...The prose and story with the likeness of a Shakespearean comedy, along with the edge and electricity of jukebox musical, creating a harmonious synergy that celebrated both mediums...This musical is truly one of a kind and with some more work, is well on its way to finding its beat to become a smash hit." Full Review

SF Examiner

"A fizzy, athletic, stylish, and very funny night of musical theater...What makes the show click is its outstanding cast and director Michael Mayer’s keen sense for just how far to milk a gag and when to pluck the heartstrings. It’s a seamless mix of low comedy, romance, and transgressive messaging, bringing 'the other' from the periphery to center stage empowerment...A welcome message and solid comic theater-making is at its heart and the beat is extra!" Full Review


"Every bit as ridiculous as it sounds, and that’s a good thing, for the most part...The action is spread out enough among the ensemble that audiences may spend some time trying to figure out who the protagonist is, but that proves to be a fool’s errand...It’s a treat to see how speedily Mayer can advance the subplots and shenanigans...I’m guessing that most who prefer their musicals to take a straighter path will come out as allies." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"Often hilarious, sometimes silly, always sumptuously designed, featuring selected hits of The Go-Go’s, the show deserves to be seen...The show has the feel has the feel of a Shakespearean comedy, iambic pentameter verse and song (except for those by The Go-Go’s), gender switching and confused identities. Director Mayer and his cast and crew have handled the complexities of the show well. If the first act can find its focus, they may well have a Broadway hit on their hands." Full Review

SF Chronicle

"Needs some tweaks to rise into the cream puff it wants to be...The characters might be silly, eyeballs darting wildly back and forth, but paradoxically, that silliness needs to be grounded in watertight logic to register...Bookwriter James Magruder fails to launch the show with a clear focus...Mayer’s direction affords plenty of joys...If the caliber of singing varies, Socha’s voice spins gold...she proves what fans already knew: that the Go-Go’s music was ripe for musical theater." Full Review

The Mercury News

"This disjointed period romp is part jukebox musical, part picaresque fantasy and often thoroughly bizarre...This is a hot mess shot through with moments of guilty pleasure, glitter and nostalgia for the tubular days of yore...That cheesy state of bliss is soon interrupted by a narrative that doesn’t flow, songs that seem out of place and some slack pacing...Many of the romances here feel shoehorned into the narrative for effect and that undercuts the magic of its artful stagecraft." Full Review

Entertaining, Hilarious, Great singing, Great dancing, Must see

See it if You like a humorous musical with an outstanding, talented cast, that's a little raunchy. I loved it.

Don't see it if You are offended by profanity or are homophobic.


See it if love music by The Go-Gos

Don't see it if you're expecting a play about the The Go-Gos

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if If you enjoy music by he Go Go’s, and just want an entertaining musical.

Don't see it if You prefer dramatic, serious and thought provoking shows.

Delightful, Edgy, Refreshing, Profound, Great staging

See it if you want to seek some laughter​

Don't see it if expect something serious

Fluffy, Insipid, Disappointing, Delightful

See it if You got good deals on the ticket and you’re just deperarate to see a show in NY just for the sake of theatre experience

Don't see it if You’re looking for something intense and thought provoking. It was quite insipidly boring for my taste, like a cheap comedy rerun

Disappointing, A waste of talent

See it if you like sophomoric humor, making fun of women who are overweight, and not funny bawdy humor.

Don't see it if you have any taste at all. Seriously, what a waste of talent. The costumes and scenery are the best part of the show.

Also Rachel York, Peppermint, Taylor Iman Jones, and Jeremy Kushnier are th... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Cliched

See it if Whether you're a fan of the Go Go's music or not you should this lively fairy tale with a contemporary twist on romance.

Don't see it if If your uncomfortable with same sex romance and actor's speaking in faux old english dialect you might have a tricky time keeping up.

Campy, Colorful

See it if you like the music of the Go-Go’s and would be entertained hearing the songs performed in the setting of a musical

Don't see it if you are expecting a show that is more than just fun or entertaining or hope to see a show with a strong story or characters

Also I thought overall the cast was strong and I enjoyed the comic performa... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Fluffy, Slow, Relevant, Funny

See it if you love the go-gos.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy sub-par story lines and minimalist staging and sets. This show was very disappointing in all layers - book, music, sets...

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