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THE GREAT GATSBY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews

chrishuyen
#75THE GREAT GATSBY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 5/5/24 at 5:01pm

Honestly the best way to enjoy the show is just to forget everything you know about Gatsby and just imagine you're going into a campy melodrama with 1920s escapism.

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#76THE GREAT GATSBY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 5/5/24 at 5:41pm

I read it in high school, but didn’t really care for it.  I don’t understand why people are so in love with this novel.  It was a complete flop when it came out, but for some reason people are so precious about it.  As far as the musical is concerned, they are clearly trying to replicate the success of Moulin Rouge which is why they keep emphasizing the party.  Except Gatsby is better than MR

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#77THE GREAT GATSBY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 5/6/24 at 2:22pm

They did a nice job on GMA.  It was much better than what Water for elephants and heart of rock and roll did. 

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EDSOSLO858
#78THE GREAT GATSBY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 5/6/24 at 2:36pm

 


Oh look, a bibu!

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dramamama611
#79THE GREAT GATSBY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 5/6/24 at 2:51pm


If we're not having fun, then why are we doing it? These are DISCUSSION boards, not mutual admiration boards. Discussion only occurs when we are willing to hear what others are thinking, regardless of whether it is alignment to our own thoughts.

BdwayLife
#80THE GREAT GATSBY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 5/6/24 at 8:14pm

Thanks Edsoslo! Gosh, I loved that show. Two weeks later, and it's the only one I still think about, of the five I saw. I hope to see it again, when I come back to the city, fall or early January (if they extend). 

PipingHotPiccolo
#81THE GREAT GATSBY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 5/6/24 at 8:25pm

that GMA performance wasnt half bad (though sounds like Jordan struggled with that note at the end).

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#82THE GREAT GATSBY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 5/6/24 at 8:32pm

PipingHotPiccolo said: "that GMA performance wasnt half bad (though sounds like Jordan struggled with that note at the end)."

I’m thinking about going to see this. I have hated almost every critically acclaimed show that has opened this season. Maybe I’ll be into a giant spectacle. 

lurkz2
#83THE GREAT GATSBY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 5/6/24 at 9:10pm

It wasn’t Jordan who struggled with that last note.

https://www.reddit.com/r/Broadway/comments/1clqqml/gatsby_on_gma/

 

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Broadway Flash
#84THE GREAT GATSBY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 5/6/24 at 9:30pm

Yeah it was her at the end, but I think his start was a little rough.  Still a lovely performance, hopefully it sold some tix!

getatme
#85THE GREAT GATSBY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 5/8/24 at 12:00am

Saw this Saturday evening and found the whole thing pretty abysmal.

Gone is any mystery behind Gatsby because every single character tells you exactly what their motivations are, how they're feeling, and what they're going to do the first second they come onstage. Gatsby's first song explaining that he created his image for Daisy strips the entire evening of any sense of mystery, and sets the tone for the rest of the show.

The music isn't tuneless at all, but it lacks any and all character. It's just modern musical theatre pop music with overly obvious and repetitive lyrics. The book has the same shape as the novel, sure, but again, lacks any and all nuance. So much of the book is what is not said, what's happening in the background. The musical brings everything to the light so there's never a chance to wonder where things are going to go. With Gatsby/Daisy's affair being played out right in front of the audience (and half the characters onstage), it takes away any amount of tension in the hotel confrontation.

Vocally? Sure, everyone is impressive, but not one person up on that stage is performing in the same show. They seem like a group of people who received their scripts at home and then showed up onstage at the same time.

Jeremy's mid-atlantic accent is--beside anachronistic--just one in a laundry list of baffling character choices. Gatsby being played as a bumbling, anxious idiot doesn't mesh at all with the way the man is described by the other characters. Eva Noblezada seems completely checked out already. Samantha Pauly delivers every line with the exact same dry intonation and never deviates. Noah Ricketts is trying, but this Nick Carraway has been so stripped of anything that might make him interesting (why, oh why, is the "relationship" between Jordan/Nick being treated as a genuine love story?) that he's facing an uphill battle. Sara Chase is largely fine, though she and Paul Whitty are saddled with the most insane Long Island accents I've ever heard. John Zdrojeski is the only one seemingly playing the role from the novel, but the writers so clearly hate Tom that they have removed him from any scenes that don't have anything to do with Gatsby/Daisy so we're left with a man who is just kind of...angry and onstage.

The set is large and flashy and mostly fine, if excessive. The costumes oscillate between lovely and incredibly gaudy and tacky.

The direction is poor. The choreography is good but so incredibly modern with no attempt to place it in the appropriate era.

As long as Rachel Chavkin/Florence Welch/Martyna Majok's Gatsby is even remotely palatable, it can't be worse than this dreck.

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EDSOSLO858
#86THE GREAT GATSBY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 5/10/24 at 5:23pm

The company will perform on Jimmy Fallon this Wednesday. 


Oh look, a bibu!

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#87THE GREAT GATSBY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 5/10/24 at 5:59pm

 

Updated On: 5/10/24 at 05:59 PM

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Broadway Flash
#89THE GREAT GATSBY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 5/16/24 at 8:03am

Another stunning performance. Their marketing has been masterful 

Owen22
#90THE GREAT GATSBY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 5/16/24 at 8:55am

Broadway Flash said: "They did a nice job on GMA. It was much better than what Water for elephants and heart of rock and roll did."

Because, simply, The Great Gatsby has consistently better songs than any other of the big spring shows.  You can argue about the adaptation, but this musical has a way better ratio of catchy uptunes and gorgeous ballads. The opening number has already taken over Tik Tok and the idea that Gatsby's score wasn't even nominated for a Tony is ludicrous.

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DAME
#91THE GREAT GATSBY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 5/16/24 at 5:23pm

Owen22 said: "Broadway Flash said: "They did a nice job on GMA. It was much better than what Water for elephants and heart of rock and roll did."

Because, simply, The Great Gatsby has consistently better songs than any other of the big spring shows. You can argue about the adaptation, but this musical has a way better ratio of catchy uptunes and gorgeous ballads. The opening number has already taken over Tik Tok and the idea that Gatsby's score wasn't even nominated for a Tony is ludicrous.
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Sadly; it’s not a very high bar.  I left this show not remembering one song .  And Tik Tok is not the measure of anything.   Tony nominating committee got it right.


HUSSY POWER! ------ HUSSY POWER!

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#92THE GREAT GATSBY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 5/17/24 at 10:36am

Maybe it's because the comments and reviews posted here lowered my expectations tremendously, but I saw this yesterday and enjoyed it! Is it a good adaptation of the book? No. But it's a spectacle of a production, and entertaining in its own right.

The set design is incredible - I loved how they blended the practical sets and projections. The costumes deserved that Tony nom. Jeremy, Eva and Sam all sounded fabulous - Eva was the main reason I ended up deciding to go (well, that and the fact that it has a Thursday matinee), and she delivered. I love how her voice fills a room, and her duets with Jeremy really soared. We had an understudy for Nick, who was okay. The main drawback to the show for me is that the ensemble songs just don't work at all tonally, especially contrasted with what Nick is narrating, and it's jarring in a bad way.

I would certainly appreciate a Gatsby adaptation that is more in tune with the novel, and I hope the upcoming version fits that bill. But if you are on the fence, I'd recommend checking it out for yourself. We're in the middle of a week in the city checking out this season's shows, and while this wasn't my favorite by a long shot, I'm glad we saw it.

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Skip23
#93THE GREAT GATSBY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 5/17/24 at 10:34pm

Why is everybody in this show doing a scream fest?   Stand Center stage and scream your song into the void.
 

One of the more annoying shows of the season

 

Not an ounce of subtlety  - and any relationship to the original material is purely coincidental  

 

 

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dramamama611
#94THE GREAT GATSBY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 5/17/24 at 11:29pm

My son referred to it as the solo scream box.


If we're not having fun, then why are we doing it? These are DISCUSSION boards, not mutual admiration boards. Discussion only occurs when we are willing to hear what others are thinking, regardless of whether it is alignment to our own thoughts.

PipingHotPiccolo
#95THE GREAT GATSBY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 6/16/24 at 2:09pm

ok yall, i am shocked by how much i liked this. its v flawed and ultimately maddening, but in terms of did-you-enjoy-your-2.5hours.... i did. 

in fact, this reminded me alot of Lempicka-- a, because everyone i usually agree with hated it, and i didnt, but b, because the performances and the over the top flashiness and song/dance worked even though c, the writers have alot of nerve butchering a story so gallingly.

Like Lempicka, someone made a decision to warp the story to fit a preconceived notion of what the story should be--here perverting a classic piece of literature, which is just as grave a sin, to me, as rewriting history to turn nazi collaborators into lesbian activist heroes.  That was a crime, but i still enjoyed the messy flawed result.

Here, too: The WHOLE POINT of Gatsby, and indeed the tragedy, is that Gatsby reinvents himself to become A Rich Guy only to learn that Class carries the day, and more tragically, that his love chooses Class and Status over him. Its an indictment of a segment of society that remains searing today.

But here, they cant let Daisy be emblematic of that ugliness. They must redeem her--and the song she sings at the end is lovely and makes the point well, but this rips the very point of the story out from under the show, AND leaves Daisy a complete shell of a character that never quite comes together. Eva sounds incredible, start to finish, and is perfect on stage. None of this is meant as criticism of her at all.

These changes were meant to Make The Show Acceptable To Modern Audiences but they reek of desperation and fail. With Lempicka I suspect a deluded writer/director got lost in their passion for the project; with Gatbsy I suspect a more calculated business decision was made. Either way, for shame. Daisy is tough, and its hard to convey her mysteriousness/conflict but thats what song is for! Give her some moments to reflect on that choice, or preview her struggle for us! We get none of that. 

And that also makes Gatbsy seem unhinged and almost childish in his silly optimism. To be fair, i saw Jeff Kready in the role, and while he looks and sounds the part perfectly, there is a charm/ease that was missing there, and I do not doubt that Jeremy Jordan would have built the character better. But the story ultimately makes little sense as they constructed it, no matter who is playing the role. 

And what kills me is that in the areas where i think they CAN/SHOULD play around with the text, they don't. Myrtle, not Daisy, is a nice vehicle to explore the absence of choices for women back then. But they pass that up. (Sara Chase is great). Noah Ricketts wowed me in terms of singing/acting/charm, but I was sure they were making Nick at least sexually fluid until they abruptly had him fall for.... the butch golfer? Yes, Sam Pauly was incredible, and deserves as many roles as we can find for her, truly a natural in every way. And she nails this character--aloof, uninterested in men, critical of the world around her... but then, BAM, thats out the window and we get another insanity: forcing these two into a romantic relationship. Neither Ricketts nor Pauly are served well by this silly romance, which detracts from everything else it seemed they were successfully trying to do. 

And after that entire rant, Im still surprised at the lukewarm reception. I thought the sets were big and flashy in all the right ways, I loved the projections, the cars were more than just set pieces and were used well given the plot (another Lempicka comparison!), and while the score wasnt nearly as good/unique as Lempicka's, I certainly enjoyed it a hella lot more than many other more lauded shows this year. 

we sat extreme left orchestra, full house (unlike Lempicka, this shows making millions a week, and the audience was beyond enthusiastic start to finish, lots of old ladies from Long Island and groups of high school kids, enthralled). Didnt miss much but obviously the show is best seen from farther back then our Row F. Did not appreciate two ushers siting and whispering throughout act 2- get it together.

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#96THE GREAT GATSBY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 6/18/24 at 4:21am

A few of the songs from the cast recording have been released, they all sound great.  I don’t think this show has gotten nearly enough credit for having a 19 piece orchestra on broadway.  They sound beautiful. Full cast recording out on Friday. 

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CATSNYrevival
#97THE GREAT GATSBY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 6/18/24 at 4:57am

The album is out next Friday. June 28th.

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MCfan2
#98THE GREAT GATSBY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 6/19/24 at 2:41pm

Not a review, but I thought this was the best place for it: 

"How dueling ‘Great Gatsby’ musicals got the green light" 
By Andrew Zucker in The Washington Post

https://wapo.st/4esuHZc
(Link gifted)

Excerpt:
Could dueling “Gatsby” musicals running concurrently on Broadway somehow boost both productions’ prospects, creating buzz and making Midtown Manhattan the place to be for “Gatsby” fans from across the world? It’s more likely that they could confuse audiences, according to Andrew Lippa, a Broadway composer-lyricist. In 2000, Lippa’s off-Broadway musical “The Wild Party” ran at the same time as the Broadway musical “The Wild Party,” both based on Joseph Moncure March’s 1928 epic poem.

“From a marketing perspective, it's a problem,” he explained. “A friend says, ‘You should see “The Wild Party,”’ and somebody says ‘I'll go buy tickets,’ and then you go look for tickets and you’re like, ‘Wait a minute. There are two?’”

“We never had to deal with that issue because our show did not transfer to Broadway,” he added.

singer234
#99THE GREAT GATSBY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 6/19/24 at 9:26pm

Sara Chase announced that she will be on medical leave to focus on her chemo thru the end of August-strong woman. Hoping she makes a full recovery and is able to return.


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