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FIRST DATE BROADWAY REVIEWS
Opening Night: August 4, 2013
Synopsis: Broadway’s new musical comedy about the most dangerous human endeavor in existence: the dreaded blind date. When tightly wound Aaron is set up with cool girl Casey, a quick drink turns into a musically hilarious dinner.
NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW:
"Who doesn’t love a blind date? Of course, by this I mean, who does?
I had one the other day, with the new Broadway musical “First Date.” I’d heard little about the show, and its authors were entirely unknown to me.
Didn’t go so well.
"An awkward blind date has the potential for great comedy — as long as it's not happening to you. In an alternate world, such a date might unfold amid a series of snappy musical numbers with irreverent lyrics. As the clumsy encounter unfolded, maybe the couple's inner baggage would even surround them with song and dance."
"It's not surprising to read in the Playbill for Broadway's First Date that book writer Austin Winsberg has extensive television credits, including Gossip Girl and Jake in Progress. This romantic musical comedy -- first seen in a co-production by Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre and A Contemporary Theater -- has a definite sitcom-like quality. But it also displays a genuine wit and musical flair that marks a refreshing change from the onslaught of overblown musicals permeating Broadway these days.
"When they meet for drinks at a Manhattan restaurant in the new Broadway musical First Date, Aaron (Zachary Levi) and Casey (Krysta Rodriguez) have very little in common aside from a shared interest in a long-gone NBC action series with a cultish following. You'd be forgiven if you thought that show might be Chuck — the short-lived series that made Levi a star, at least among the Comic-Con set. (It's actually Quantum Leap.)"
"“First Date,” a romantic musical comedy about the horrors, humiliations and occasional happy surprises of blind dates, is cute (but not too cute) and sweet (but not too sweet). So, indications are that this appealing show will do well (but not too well) on Gotham’s Main Stem, despite having come out of nowhere and been assembled by no one you’ve heard of. "
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