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July 18, 2008

What on earth is this show doing on Broadway? That question is confronted head-on in the peculiar and quite adorable musical called [title of show] that opened on Thursday at the Lyceum Theater.

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Newsday
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April 22, 2014

Created and performed by two self-described "nobodies in New York," the first entry of the new season is a clever and often adorable little invention about writing a musical about two nobodies writing a musical while performing the musical. Got that?

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Usa Today

April 22, 2014

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April 22, 2014

A cute little workshop musical that was inoffensive in its downtown setting catering to its downtown claque, [title of show] stands pathetically naked on Broadway.

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New York Daily News
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April 22, 2014

People often wonder how a show gets to Broadway. One way is to come up with a quirky idea: Make a musical about making a musical and enter it into a theater festival, where you get noticed. That leads to a shot Off-Broadway, more buzz and avid fans. You keep pushing and after four years, you finally arrive at the Lyceum Theatre, where you opened last night.

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New York Post

April 22, 2014

ORIGINALITY isn’t what it used to be. Take [title of show], a Broadway musical – 95 minutes long, top ticket price $111.50 – about people writing about people writing a Broadway musical.

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April 22, 2014

Like Passing Strange, this is a show that you will either love or hate. There is no middle ground. At our performance, half the audience went insane with giddiness, while the rest looked on dumbfounded and pissed.

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Theatermania

April 22, 2014

They may be singing "You’ve Got to Have Heart" nightly over at City Center, but exactly ten blocks south at the Lyceum, there’s a whole lot of heart in a little musical called [title of show] that has miraculously made it from the living rooms of co-creators Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen to the Great White Way. In addition to Bell and Bowen’s considerable talents as writers and performers — as well as their dynamic leading ladies, Susan Blackwell and Heidi Blickenstaff — the show also has a great deal of passion, tons of wit, and a handful of catchy tunes, all of which might be enough to turn this impossible dream into a long-running reality..

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Associated Press

April 22, 2014

When we last saw Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen on stage, the two theater-obsessed lads were basking in the glow of a successful off-Broadway run in [title of show], their delightful tale of writing and putting on a musical.

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Ny1

April 22, 2014

When [title of show] opened Off Broadway two years ago, its Broadway aspirations were sweet, but they seemed like part of the joke. Sure, this self-referential behind-the-scenes musical comedy was clever and tuneful and bursting with charm, but Broadway? Unthinkable. Well think again, because the little tuner that thought it could, did. And it hasn’t lost a bit of quirky, heartfelt brilliance.

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Wall Street Journal

April 22, 2014

The ultimate backstage musical — and I don’t mean that as a compliment — has come to Broadway. "[title of show]" is a show about itself, a 90-minute minimusical whose authors, Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell, play themselves and whose subject is how the show in which they are appearing came to be written and produced. If all this sounds claustrophobically self-indulgent, there’s a reason: I don’t know when I’ve seen a musical that seemed more pleased with itself.

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