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
"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
"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
“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
“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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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 !
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.
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!
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
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.
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