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The Verdict Reviews: What Do Critics Think of Gutenberg! The Musical! on Broadway?

Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells star in the musical comedy at the James Earl Jones Theatre.

Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad in Gutenberg! The Musical! Matthew Murphy

The reviews are rolling in for Gutenberg! The Musical!, which opened on Broadway October 12 after beginning previews September 15. Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells star in the new musical, penned by Scott Brown and Anthony King. 

Tony winner Alex Timbers directs the Broadway premiere, which is set for a limited engagement through January 28, 2024 at the James Earl Jones Theatre. Gutenberg! follows Gad and Rannells as Bud and Doug, two guys who have written a musical about Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press. Convinced their show is ready for Broadway, they are holding a backers' performance in which they play all the parts, aided by hundreds of baseball caps adorned by character names.

Read the reviews here:

AMNY (Matt Windman)

Chicago Tribune (Chris Jones)*

CititourNY (Brian Lipton)

The Daily Beast (Tim Teeman)

Deadline (Greg Evans)

New York Magazine / Vulture (Sara Holdren)

New York Post (Johnny Oleksinski)

New York Stage Review (Roma Torre, Frank Scheck)

New York Sun (Elysa Gardner)

New York Theater (Jonathan Mandell)

New York Theatre Guide (Joe Dziemianowicz)

The New York Times (Jesse Green)*

TimeOut NY (Adam Feldman)

TheaterMania (Zachary Stewart)

Theatrely (Juan A. Ramírez)

The Observer (David Cote)

The Wall Street Journal (Charles Isherwood)

The Washington Post (Peter Marks)*

The Wrap (Robert Hofler)*

Variety (Frank Rizzo)

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Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in. 

Brown and King were Tony nominated in 2019 for Best Book of a Musical for their work on Beetlejuice. Gutenberg! The Musical! made its premiere Off-Broadway in 2006, which Timbers also directed. 

The creative team includes scenic designer Scott Pask, costume designer Emily Rebholz, lighting designer Jeff Croiter, and sound designers M.L. Dogg and Cody Spencer. Music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations are by T.O. Sterrett, vocal supervision is by Liz Caplan, and music direction is by Marco Paguia. Casting is by C12 Casting. Rachel Sterner serves as production stage manager. Russell Daniels and Sam Hartley are standbys for Bud and Doug.

READ: Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells Are Ready to Make You Laugh With Gutenberg! The Musical!

Gutenberg! The Musical! is produced on Broadway by Ambassador Theatre Group; Patrick Catullo; Bad Robot Live; Seth A. Goldstein; Isaac Robert Hurwitz; Runyonland Productions; Elizabeth Armstrong; Timothy Bloom; Larry Lelli; Medley Houlihan; Alchemation; The Council; Crescent Road; Wendy Federman; Marcia Goldberg; Hariton DeRoy; LD Entertainment; James L. Nederlander; Albert Nocciolino; Spencer Ross; Independent Presenters Network; Triptyk Studios/Iris Smith; Jonathan Demar/Griffin Dohr; Andrew Diamond/Alexander Donnelly; Roy Gabay/Nicole Eisenberg; FutureHome Productions/Koenisberg Subhedar; Jessica R. Jenen/Linda B. Rubin; Dan Powell/Amplify Pictures; Jeremy Wein/Walport Productions; Kristin Caskey; Mike Isaacson; and Bee Carrozzini.

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