10-Second NYC Theater Reviews — Always Succinct, Sometimes Snarky
Currently Running Broadway Shows
🎭 A SOLDIER’S PLAY –🍸A well-portrayed classic beginning with the murder of a black sergeant on a Louisiana army base in the 1940 and ending with various types of deep-seated racism, including an intolerance for less than stellar behavior in one’s own race. This slow-building plot portrayed by excellent acting makes this a must-see. With Blair Underwood, David Alan Grier and more. Directed by Kenny Leon; Written by Charles Fuller.January 21 through March 15, 2020. Roundabout/American Airlines Theatre.TICKETS/MORE INFO
🎼 AIN’T TOO PROUD – 🍸 The good news is everyone will enjoy this over-the-top talented cast portraying The Temptations and the backstory of their success, challenges, and friendships through the years. The bad news is that you’ll have to stifle the urge to sing along to all their powerful hits. An enjoyable show for all. See it!Open run. Linda Gross Theater.CLICK HERE FOR CAST/TICKETS/MORE INFO.
🎼 BEETLEJUICE – 🍸 HUGELY popular with fans of the movie and teenagers (one could say a cult following) and for those who enjoy a very funny, light/fluffy, (raunchy?) musical with great songs and special effects. Due to cursing and sexual innuendoes, Beetlejuice recommends this for children 10+. With Alex Brightman, Kerry Butler, Sophia Anne Caruso, Adam Dannheisser and more. Book by Scott Brown and Anthony King; Music and Lyrics by Eddie Perfect. CLICK FOR FULL CAST/CREATIVE. – Closing (or moving?) June 26th. Winter Garden Theatre.TICKETS/MORE INFO
🎼COME FROM AWAY – 🍸 This wonderful retelling of the planes and passengers delayed in Gander, Newfoundland in the days following the 9/11 attacks will leave you hopeful about humanity and grateful you saw it. Recommended for everyone. Directed by Christipher Ashley. Book by Irene Sankoff and David Hein; Music by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. CLICK FOR CURRENT CAST – Open Run. Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. TICKETS/MORE INFO.
🎼 FROZEN – Book by Jennifer Lee; Music by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez; Lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. CLICK FOR CURRENT CASTOpen run. St. James Theatre.TICKETS/MORE INFO
🎼 GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY – 🍸 We saw this in London wanting to love it but didn’t. Perhaps Dylan fans have an expectation to hear his music but this is not that at all. Story and acting didn’t grab us. Have heard great things from others so we’d like to give it another try.Lyrics/music by Bob Dylan. Conor McPherson director, book, and additional arrangements. Feb. 7 (previews). Opens Mar 5. Belasco Theatre.TICKETS/MORE INFO
🎭 GRAND HORIZONS – 🍸We went during previews with hopes of enjoying some of our favorite actors and their talent did not disappoint. An enjoyable script added entertainment, a few laughs, and a bit of self-reflection. Grab some discounted tickets and enjoy yourself! With Jane Alexander, James Cromwell and Michael Urie. Written by Bess Wohl; Directed by Leigh Silverman. CLICK HERE FOR FULL CAST/CREATIVES.Through March 1st.Second Stage/Hayes Theater.TICKETS/MORE INFO
🎼 HADESTOWN –🍸An immersive, nearly operatic, spiritual and emotional experience. Mythological stories and characters tell the endlessly repeating human condition through song and incredibly physical choreography. The jazzy blues music is distinctively American, but Hadestown touches all the light and dark reservoirs of humanity. Although the themes are dark — fear, doubt, confusion, servitude, death, death — the singing, movement and inhabited characters bring a sense of joy and optimism that infuse the whole experience. Rachel Chavkin and Anais Mitchell have created a theatrical experience for all to enjoy. See it! ~ Leanne R., Guest Critic. Developed by Anais Mitchell (Music) and Rachel Chavkin (Director).With Reeve Carney, Andre de Shields, Amber Gray, Patrick Page, Eva Noblezada and more.CLICK HERE FOR CREATIVE TEAM/CURRENT CAST.Open run. Walter Kerr Theatre. TICKETS/MORE INFO.
🎼 HAMILTON –🍸See it! The musical that set the bar at a height yet-to-be passed by any other. This show delights EVERYONE and is guaranteed to create a memorable, if not life-changing, experience for all. Creative team includes Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, Andy Blankenbuehler – CLICK HERE FOR FULL NYC CAST/CREATIVES. Open Run. Richard Rogers Theatre. – TICKETS/MORE INFO.
🎭HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD (PARTS 1 AND 2)🍸 You don’t have to have any Harry Potter prior knowledge to enjoy this FABULOUS production with OVER-THE-TOP THEATRICS and PLOT that will tug on any Muggle’s heartstrings. Seeing both parts in one day if you can! CLICK FOR FULL CAST/CREATIVESOpen Run, Lyric Theatre.TICKETS/MORE INFO.
🎼JAGGED LITTLE PILL – 🍸 BLOWN AWAY by the way this production deftly handled a range of current day issues (which I won’t reveal — no spoilers — except a warning that sexual assault content may be a trigger or inappropriate for youngsters). The music and vocals rocked the house and the story is for everyone from teens to parents and more. You DO NOT need to be a huge Alanis Morisette fan to enjoy this show. You only need to be human. Music by Alanis Morissette with Glen Ballard. Directed by Diane Paulus. CLICK FOR FULL CAST/CREATIVE – Open Run, Broadhurst Theatre.TICKETS/MORE INFO.
🎼 MOULIN ROUGE! – 🍸A spectacular feast for the senses bubbling with high sexual energy. Set, costumes, and choreography combine to lure the audience into a seductive fever dream. Cleverly interwoven recognizable songs create a multi-faceted reminder of love and romance. Vocals wowed us at opening and only got better through final curtain. Great for all lovers of musicals or sexy date nights (this is no “Death of a Salesman”). With Karen Olivo, Aaron Tveit, Danny Burstein and more. SEE FULL CAST/CREATIVE HERE. Open Run. Al Hirschfeld Theatre. TICKETS/MORE INFO.
🎭MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON –Stunning solo performance from Laura Linney (and just how does she memorize all those lines???). A study in human relationships, particularly between mothers and daughters. What is the long term effect of the breakdown of that relationship? For fans of Linney, of the book by Elizabeth Strout, of solo-performances and for those for whom noise and aren’t required for an enjoyable thought-provoking theater experience. Stage seats available for those wanting a more personal experience with Laura Linney (and can handle making prolonged eye contact with an icon). With Laura Linney. Written by Elizabeth Strout; Adapted by Rona Munro; Directed by Richard Eyre.Closes February 29. Manhattan Theater Club/Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.TICKETS/MORE INFO 🍸
🎼 SIX – 🍸 Recommend overwhelmingly! The energy and unabashed joy of the performances is infectious. And for the audience the all too infrequent pleasure of seeing the celebration of women’s lives (and occasionally deaths) is a great gift. CLICK HERE FOR FULL CAST/CREATIVEFebruary 13 (previews). Opens March 12. Brooks Atkinson Theatre.TICKETS/MORE INFO.
🎭THE INHERITANCE – 🍸Spectacular, moving, gorgeously acted and staged. This history and present story of gay men is wonder inducing. Anyone not moved to tears by the Part I finale has no soul. Spectacular Broadway debut for Samuel Levine as Adam/Leo. Heart rending performances from Paul Hilton, Andrew Burnap, Lois Smith,Kyle Soller and John Benjamin Hickey. Solid performance for all the supporting cast. Do not miss this play. Written by Matthew Lopez; Directed by Stephen Daldry. With Tony Goldwyn and more – CLICK FOR CURRENT CAST. Closing: Ethel Barrymore Theatre. TICKETS/MORE INFO.
🎼 THE LION KING – 🍸Theater’s gateway drug. Get your little one’s hooked on Broadway with this extravaganza for the senses. Recommended for ages 8 and up but I know 4 year olds who were able to sit through these 2 hours and 30 minutes absolutely mesmerized and frozen in their seats in awe. Creative team includes Julie Taymor, Elton John, Tim Rice.CLICK HERE FOR FULL CAST/CREATIVE – Open Run. Minskoff Theatre. TICKETS/MORE INFO.
🎭 TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD – 🍸This production resulted in a deep discussion among the three of us during early previews. Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation creates an experience with several important differences from the book and/or movie that we have known for years, and he’s given many interviews explaining why. For some, these changes may create a less enjoyable experience, while others accept these changes. But what we can agree on is that the story stands as a relevant drama. A different Atticus Finch, Tom Robinson, and Calpurnia, beautifully portrayed by Jeff Daniels (replaced by Ed Harris), Gbenga Akinnagbe, and Tanya Richardson Jackson as well as differences in the trial, the narration split between the three children (controversially played by adults), and a slightly different but more timely message. Perhaps it should titled, “Not Quite the Mockingbird You Remembered: Based on Characters Created by Harper Lee.” See it. Written by Aaron Sorkin. Directed by Bartlett Sher. With Ed Harris. CLICK HERE FOR FULL CAST/CREATIVES.Open run. Shubert Theatre.TICKETS/MORE INFO.
🎼 WEST SIDE STORY – 🍸We saw WSS in early previews December 14th wanting to love it. We appreciated Ivo Van Hove’s contemporary direction, but hope for several production/casting adjustments before the February 20th opening allow us to give it the thumbs up. Fingers crossed! Directed by Ivo van Hove; Choreographed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. CLICK FOR CURRENT CASTIn previews. Opens February 20, 2020. Broadway Theatre. TICKETS/MORE INFO
🎼 WICKED – 🍸 Memorable long-running, intro-to-Broadway musical. Experience a well-known story from a different perspective. Fabulous score and conversation-starting themes of bullying, self, friendship, loyalty. Great for families and children 8 and up. A MUST for all kids (especially girls) before they start middle school! Book by Winnie Holzman; Music/Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz; Directed by Joe Mantello. CLICK FOR CURRENT CASTOpen Run. Gershwin Theatre.TICKETS/MORE INFO.