Susan Blackwell, Jeff Bowen, Heidi Blickenstaff & Hunter Bell. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
Zak and Molly saw [title of show] with the intention of writing a Point/Counterpoint review; turns out they both really liked it and there wasn't a Counterpoint to speak of. So in the self-referential spirit of [title of show], here's why Zak and Molly highly recommend it. (The following is an excerpt from the conversation they had online after seeing the show.)
Zak: How should we write this review?
Molly: I don't know, it would've been easier if one of us didn't like it.
Zak: Too bad it was actually good, it's harder to write a positive review than a negative one.
Molly: Yea, I have nothing to slam or mock, this feels weird. It's refreshing to see new, original musical theatre...but I think they bring that up in the show so now I'm just paraphrasing their script. Well, I feel the need to get people out to see it so what can we tell them that will make them buy a ticket?
Zak: If we wanted to be cheesy we could say, "it's a love letter to Broadway for anyone who has ever had a dream." Or we could just say it's pretty damn good. Orrrrrr we could use the standby: "you'll laugh, you'll cry, it was way, way better than CATS."
Molly: I'm pretty sure you stole that. Do you think [title of show] is too inner-circle? There are a lot of jokes that you'll only get if you're in the theatre industry. I'm not sure German tourists would get it.
Zak: Do a lot of German tourists visit theatreiseasy.com?
Molly: Good point.
Zak: But it's true, it's a little inner-circle. But I still think the "every man" will enjoy themself. It's about four people trying to make the best of their lives in the city, trying to do what they love and be happy. So I think everyone will find something to relate to.
Molly: There is a "human" aspect to it.
Zak: Of course, an avid theatre goer or anyone remotely associated with the arts will hardcore flip their shit over it, which is what it seems like they want to achieve with the show (and I think they fully succeeded). We should also mention that you immediately love all four of these people.
Molly: It's true, you see yourself in all of them.
Editor's note: this conversation continued for another half-hour but was waaaaay too redundant to warrant placement in this review. Suffice it to say Zak and Molly really enjoyed [title of show] for myriad reasons. They definitely think you should see it because it has a ton of heart and is really super funny and self-deprecating. And it's also extremely relatable and uplifting. It's a full Broadway musical with 4 cast members, 4 chairs and a guy on a keyboard and it's brilliant in its simplicity. [title of show] is the story of the 2 guys in the show writing a musical called [title of show]. And that's really all you need to know. Hope you love it too!
(Check out [title of show] at the Lyceum Theatre, 145 West 45th St. Shows are Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri., Sat at 8pm; Sat. and Sun. at 3pm and Sun. at 7:30pm. Tickets are $26.50-$101.50...buy them at telecharge.com or by calling 212.239.6200. [title of show] also does a front row ticket lottery...click here for more info and scroll to the bottom of the page. Visit titleofshow.com for more show info and to see some YouTube clips.)