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First Date
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Reviewed November 22, 2013

Very enjoyable night! Fun story line, good singing. The star is the title character from the TV show Chuck which we also loved. The cast did a nice job, and we had a great time.

Thank terpshockey77
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Reviewed November 21, 2013

First Date, the new 90 minute, intermission-less Broadway musical, has a simple premise—what could possibly go right but, more often then not, what could go wrong with that initial meeting? The show, at first, is quite funny even though it mines typical first date embarrassing and mortifying moments for quick laughs. However, as the musical, the first book show of the new Broadway season, progresses the production becomes more like a bad, real-life first date—when will it end?

We are introduced to Aaron, uptight and painfully uncomfortable; and Casey, cool, calm, and collected with a decidedly downtown aura. The mismatched duo, played winningly by Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez, painfully portray the missteps and blunders associated with these virgin rendezvous. Unfortunately, the laughs and awkward situations, enlivened by a four-person ensemble playing a number of different roles, cannot be sustained for a full hour and one-half. The show veers into serious, semi-confessional tones that put a damper on the would-be couple’s potentially blooming relationship as well as the production itself.

Zachary Levi, making his Broadway debut, has a solid stage presence, great comic timing, and a good theatrical singing voice. It would be interesting to see what he could do with a more substantial role. Krysta Rodriguez, more edgier, exuding both self-confidence as well as a certain vulnerability, is the Ying to Levi’s Yang. Or maybe the oil to his vinegar. While both performers do their best with the material written for them the interactions, most of the time, seemed forced rather than natural.

The book by Austin Winsberg has its moments, but the scenes, while springing from personal experiences, lacks a cohesive and consistent view, which ultimately provides an unfulfilling storyline. I also wish Winsberg would have trusted his plotline and ended the show with more subtlety instead of the “big” finale. The same could be said for the score by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner. The songs, peppy with the occasional ballad, are serviceable without much wit and creativity.

Director Bill Berry is somewhat stymied by the set-up—two people mostly sitting in a bar trying to make small talk. The action is broken up, primarily, by the supporting cast, nondescript patrons of the bar, who come to life singing and donning various guises throughout the show. Otherwise, Berry pushes along the production without much shape and character.

First Date, not the worst initial encounter with a Broadway musical, but certainly not the best.

Thank W-Hartford_CT
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

Wife and I spent a few days eating our way around Manhattan and checking out some Broadway shows. I enjoyed the television show Chuck so when I saw that the person who was Chuck was the lead in this play I bought the tickets. This is a funny musical that lets you feel like you are a bystander watching a first date unfold. The man is a great guy, the lady a serial blind dater. Play was contemporary, funny, great music and tons of laughs. Theatre is small so there is no bad seat in the place.

1  Thank joeworf
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

Very hip show about navigating the first date and dating in general. VERY FUNNY!!!

Seats are extremely uncomfortable, but it is a very old & beautiful venue! Purchased our tickets online through the box office and was a good experience.

1  Thank Newfiechick1
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

Make plans, take the time, fit it in your schedule; you will be glad you did. You will have a blast! Great ensemble cast with two outstanding leads! Everyone will make you laugh and you will leave the theatre will a smile. BEST TIME ON BROADWAY TODAY!

Longacre Theatre - 220 West 48th Street
New York, New York 10036
Phone (212) 239-6200
Website http://FirstDateTheMusical.com

Thank Rod P
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