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)


Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Clever, Funny

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.

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.

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.

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

Great singing, Quirky, Fluffy, Disappointing

See it if A good musical to take children that have never seen a live performance. If you want to see seasoned, amazing talent on stage.

Don't see it if You expect more from the incredible creators of the show and you don't want to be disappointed.

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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)