Already closed | 1h 30m | NJ

Pamela's First Musical

Across 40 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Clever, Funny

About the show

Two River presents this world premiere family-friendly musical about a young girl who heads to NYC to see her first Broadway musical. Featuring a book by Tony Award winners Wendy Wasserstein and Christopher Durang. More…

The musical tells the story of Pamela, an unhappy, imaginative young girl whose mother has died. Her father, though well-meaning, doesn't fully understand his creative, unusual daughter. When Pamela's eccentric and fabulous Aunt Louise sweeps her away on her birthday to see her very first Broadway musical, Pamela meets many of the colorful personalities of the New York Theater world. In meeting them and watching a clever musical-within-a-musical, Pamela discovers her tribe and the place where, as she sings, "all the pieces fit"-the world of musical theater.

1h 30m | Already closed | Two River Theater (NJ)

Member Reviews (40)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Clever, Funny
76
Avg Score

79
Disappointing, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing, Dated

See it if You want to see a valentine to Broadway with a delightful young lead and a group of veteran musical performers

Don't see it if You want real comedy and depth of character , this is okay but wants to be great

Also I wanted it to be so much funnier , it just felt like it was trying to... Read more Read less

75
Enchanting, Entertaining, Disappointing, Great staging, Great singing

See it if wish for a family friendly love for the theater show with inside theater references. done by a fun and good cast

Don't see it if music is still not quite there. could only really see this being done regionally or by high-school and colleges

80
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if you want to see a solid, children's musical with great pedigree before it makes it way to Broadway.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a show that still needs some additions and refinement before it takes its next step

Also A talented adult cast is led by an extraordinary eleven years old Sara... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you love theatre, love great singing love seeing new work

Don't see it if you are put off by the hour train ride from NYP to Red Bank. The theater is a block from the station with lots of restaurants nearby

60
Cliched, Disappointing, Insipid, Quirky

See it if you want to see some great Broadway performers in a very comfortable theater. The music by Cy Coleman is nice.

Don't see it if if you want a coherent musical with a plot and concept that work together and makes sense. The musical needs a total overhaul.

73
Ambitious, Refreshing, Great singing, Funny, Well cast

See it if You want to see a talent cast have a great time.

Don't see it if You want a complex or original story.

82
Delightful, Entertaining, Fluffy, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if you like theater insider jokes (the leading lady is Mary Ethel Bernadette) and want to see a star in the making in Sarah MicKinley Austin

Don't see it if you are looking for something with deep meaning or don't like underdeveloped characters

70
Cute

See it if kinda cute kinda funny carolee was great

Don't see it if .

69
Ambitious, Dated, Disappointing, Unmelodic, Witty lyrics

See it if you are a big fan of the children's book, David Zippel's lyrics, Carolee Carmello, Howard McGillin, Andrea Burns, and David Garrison.

Don't see it if you are expecting the usual high standard of the late Cy Coleman's music, an interesting book, you don't want 2C a dated Auntie Mame clone.

70
Entertaining, Clever, Fluffy

See it if you like kids' shows or want to see the latest by Coleman, Zippel and a great cast of Broadway pros

Don't see it if you can't stand kids' shows or a trip to New Jersey

Also The show was a lot of fun with lots of theatrical in-jokes for the gro... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing, Funny

See it if If you want a family friendly, delightful story with lots of inside Broadway jokes and if you enjoy Broadway musicals.

Don't see it if you don't like Broadway musicals and are looking for a profound, serious drama.

Also Cy Coleman's music was great and along with the lyrics, both added to ... Read more Read less

74
Fluffy, Quirky, Too much at points, Odd staging, Fun

See it if you want a fun night. Also great for any child's first musical. Solid acting overall.

Don't see it if you are looking for something serious and thought-provoking. It is what it is.

Also Okay, I first have to say that I had a great time seeing this! Also it... Read more Read less

84
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Great writing

See it if you enjoy classic musicals with a cheeky edge to them, sort of like Hairspray mixed with Drowsy Chaperone and Annie.

Don't see it if you prefer serious and dramatic musicals or can't stand children in leading roles.

Also It's rare to find an all-new musical that is engaging and charming and... Read more Read less

74
Entertaining, Fluffy, Slow, Dated, Great acting

See it if You wish to take a young musical lover to see a show that is fluffy, entertaining but not deep. The child actor is phenomenal & Ms Carmello.

Don't see it if If looking for great musical . Music and story are dated, could use a production streamline with more depth. Fantastic Cast though !

45
Disappointing, Fluffy, Great singing

See it if You have a child who has never seen a Broadway show

Don't see it if You don't care about the story but you want to hear great singing

74
Missing something, Quirky, Enchanting, Great acting, Cute

See it if It's closed, so you missed your chance. It has a nice score and had a wonderful cast. It was just missing an "umph."

Don't see it if You can't at the moment. But it is more family-based, if that helps you in the future.

76
Clever, amusing, good cast,cliched, disappointing

See it if You love Wendy Wasserstein & Chris Durang at their silliest, want to see a light family musical, enjoy amusing references other shows

Don't see it if You're looking for a great new musical, sophistication and involving work

Also Wendy Wasserstein had two modes: astute social critic and silliness. U... Read more Read less

51
Banal, Insipid, Dated, Overrated, Slow

See it if You want to see genuine Broadway talent performing material that is beneath them.

Don't see it if Annoyed by musicals without even a minimal dramatic through line.

94
Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing, Smile inducing, Valentine to the theatre

See it if you love wit, grand music, wise lyrics, a phenomenal cast, a tale for kids of all ages, plus Wassersteinian and Durangian verbal magic.

Don't see it if you are a stick in the mud with an inability to let a grand musical help you forget your sorrows and allow u to fly away to a land of glee.

80
Delightful, Cute, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if You want to see a show with an incredibly talented cast & creative team with great pedigree. Family-friendly but fun for all theater lovers

Don't see it if You don't enjoy a show-within-a-show. Pamela goes to see her first musical, which is a whackadoodle mash up of theater tropes & jokes

Also Best scene was the recreation of Sardi's. Lots of theatre insider joke... Read more Read less

90
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if You want to see a pleasant, entertaining show that you can take your granddaughter to.

Don't see it if You want a serious play that you will think about afterwards

64
Disappointing, Excruciating, Quirky, Slow

See it if You have nothing better to do and want to hear some great singing. Do not expect a memorable show. The cast makes this show tolerable

Don't see it if You have anything better to do

70
Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Quirky, Slow

See it if If you like plain little off broadway musicals

Don't see it if If you expect a broadway musical

96
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Must see

See it if you love Broadway, you have a child you loves Broadway, you want a fun night out

Don't see it if you don't like Broadway, Les Mis is your favorite show

Also WOW!! I'm absolutely in love with this show! A great score and book pl... Read more Read less

49
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a talented cast in a lovely NJ theater.

Don't see it if You are looking for a strong deeply moving musical.

Also We were looking forward to this joint effort by Wasserstein, Durang & ... Read more Read less


October 2nd, 2018
“A delightful production...Daniele directs this production like a Broadway musical in miniature. All the pieces for something bigger are here: a great cast, memorable songs, and a fast-paced, exciting narrative. But for a show about the Great White Way, ‘Pamela's First Musical’ feels small...Yet....
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September 18th, 2018
“Musical theatre lovers and many more will be delighted by this dazzling, enthralling production...A show that will surely be enjoyed by a broad audience of theatergoers including families with youngsters...’Pamela's First Musical’ is spirited and heartfelt...The highly accomplished company elect...
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September 26th, 2018
“Nearly everything a parent could want in a child's first theater experience...The show boasts a creative team with a miles-long list of accomplishments...But...This roster of theatrical titans seems to have preferred...a dramatized children's story told with a stripped-down simplicity...The cast...
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September 19th, 2018
“Bland and unmemorable at best and shockingly tone-deaf at worst. Those who harbor warm feelings toward Wasserstein or Coleman should stay far away, lest their memories be spoiled...Although Daniele manages to stage an entire musical-inside-a-musical, she never captures the sense of a little girl...
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Cast & Creatives (26)