Red Bank | Ends Oct 07

Pamela's First Musical

17 Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Clever
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About the show

1h 30m | Ends Oct 07 | Two River Theater (NJ)

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.


“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 electrifies the stage with their musical prowess and wonderful character portrayals...The musical score of the show is an ideal complement to the story along with the lively dance numbers.” Full Review

Out in Jersey

"This show is, in a word, wonderful...The score is rich with more-than-occasional wit...If you love musicals, especially the ins and outs of their creation, you should see this show. If you know girls and boys who are interested in the theatre or are highly imaginative, you should take them to this show...The show is corny, and charming, and utterly irresistible. Allow yourself to be perfectly delighted by this gem of a production." Full Review


"Director and choreographer Daniele delivers all the necessary camp and pizzazz, but also gives us beautiful moments of stillness...'Pamela’s First Musical' transported me back to when I was a similarly precocious child seeing my first Broadway musical, a feeling of nostalgia that is, to me, more than worth the price of admission. While the show is written for a theatre-savvy crowd, it can still be enjoyed thoroughly whether this is your first musical or your thousand-and-first." Full Review

Upper Wet Side

"The book of 'Pamela’s First Musical' is a breezy affair, packed with plenty of knowing in-jokes for Broadway buffs, and hitting all the bases for a kid-centric story...Call it a 'meta'-musical experience, although don’t strain to overthink things if you do. At its best, 'Pamela’s First Musical' is exactly what it aims to be — a family entertainment that’s genuinely 'fun for all ages,' and a great little intro to a magical world that’s just made to order for that special Pamela in one’s life." Full Review

Scene on Stage

“While ‘Pamela’s First Musical’ boasts credentials equal to those precursors...The show, if not the production, suffers in comparison; that storied foursome are not at the top of their game...It is entertaining, but not, one suspects, to the extent it must have been to those creators...It’s essentially an extended inside joke..It remains a collegiate enterprise, albeit an accomplished one...A striking production...with eye-catching sets." Full Review

Broad Street Review

“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 falling in love with the art form...More pointedly, neither play nor production gives a strong sense of what Pamela longs to escape from...Essentially a piece of fluff.” Full Review

Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining, 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.

Delightful, Enchanting, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing

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

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great writing, Great singing

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

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

Refreshing, Disappointing, Dated, Entertaining, Great singing

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

Enchanting, Disappointing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

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

Great acting, Slow, Dated, Entertaining, Fluffy

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 !

Quirky, Disappointing, Cliched, Insipid

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.

Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You love to be a kid again! you love musical theater! You enjoy being entertained for 90 solid minutes!

Don't see it if You only enjoy serious plots. You don’t like to laugh. You don’t like to leave a theater happier than when you walked in!

Banal, Disappointing, Cliched

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

Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great singing

See it if You like Broadway musicals

Don't see it if You like serious plays.

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if a love letter to Broadway and musical theater!

Don't see it if If you hate to laugh!

During previews
Great acting, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if I took my 4 yr old niece to see this show last night. We sat front row center and LOVED every second. Amazing performances across the board

Don't see it if If you don't like shows for the young at heart this one issn't for you

During previews
Funny, Clever, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if you enjoy a whimsical approach with inside humor along with great singing and clever songs.

Don't see it if you prefer a more dramatic approach and structured story line.

Also The show was a great centerpiece for Carolee Carmello. She performed h... Read more Read less

During previews
Funny, Great singing, Nostalgic, Fluffy

See it if you’d like to see a wonderful cast sing a love letter to Broadway

Don't see it if you’re seeking something profoundly thought-provoking

Also This work is essentially a vehicle to showcase songs commenting on eve... Read more Read less

During previews
Funny, Delightful, Refreshing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Loved the show. Very uplifting and the singing was Broadway quality. Highly recommend to all.

Don't see it if Can't think of a reason

During previews
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to have the most fun possible in 90 minutes

Don't see it if You need something more serious and don't want to laugh.

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