Reviews: What Do Critics Think of The Outsiders on Broadway? | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: What Do Critics Think of The Outsiders on Broadway?

The stage musical adaptation of S.E. Hinton's novel and Francis Ford Coppola's film officially opened April 11.

Cast of The Outsiders Matthew Murphy

The Outsiders officially opened April 11 at Broadway's Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, and the reviews are rolling in. The new musical adaptation of S.E. Hinton's novel and Francis Ford Coppola's film began previews March 16.

Set in 1967 Tulsa, Oklahoma, the musical follows Ponyboy Curtis, Johnny Cade, and their chosen family of "outsiders," who are in a fight for survival and a quest for purpose in a world that may never accept them. 

The Broadway cast includes Brody Grant as Ponyboy, Brent Comer as Darrel, Jason Schmidt as Sodapop, Sky Lakota-Lynch (Dear Evan Hansen) as Johnny, Joshua Boone (Skeleton Crew) as Dallas Winston, Emma Pittman (Chicago) as Cherry Valance, Daryl Tofa (Back to the Future) as Two-Bit Mathews, Kevin William Paul as Bob Sheldon, and Dan Berry as Paul.

Read the reviews below. 

amNewYork (Matt Windman)

Broadway News (Brittani Samuel)

Chicago Tribune (Chris Jones)*

CitiTour NYC (Brian Scott Lipton)

Deadline (Greg Evans)

Digital Journal (Markos Papadatos)

Entertainment Weekly (Emlyn Travis)

The Guardian (Adrian Horton)

New York Magazine/Vulture (Sara Holdren)

New York Post (Johnny Oleksinski)

New York Theater (Jonathan Mandell)

New York Stage Review (Roma Torre, Frank Scheck)

New York Theatre Guide (Joe Dziemianowicz)

The New York Times (Jesse Green)*

Slant Magazine (Dan Rubins)

TheaterMania (Zachary Stewart)

Theatrely (Kobi Kassal)

TimeOut NY (Adam Feldman)

Variety (Naveen Kumar)

The Washington Post (Elisabeth Vincentelli)

The Wall Street Journal (Charles Isherwood)

The Wrap (Robert Hofler)

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

Paul, Grant, Comer, Schmidt, and Lakota-Lynch are all reprising their performances from the musical's La Jolla Playhouse premiere last year. Tofa, who performed in the musical's ensemble during the world premiere run, is new to his role.

The ensemble features Barton Cowperthwaite, Tilly Evans-Krueger, RJ Higton, Wonza Johnson, Sean Harrison Jones, Renni Anthony Magee, Sarahgrace Mariani, Melody Rose, Josh Strobl, and Trevor Wayne. Jordan Chin, Milena J. Comeau, Henry Julián Gendron, and Victor Carrillo Tracey round out the company as swings.

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The Outsiders features a book by Adam Rapp with Justin Levine and music and lyrics by Jamestown Revival (Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance) and Levine.

Led by director Danya Taymor, the production features music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations by Levine; choreography by Rick Kuperman and Jeff Kuperman; scenography by AMP featuring Tatiana Kahvegian; costume design by Sarafina Bush; lighting design by Brian MacDevitt; sound design by Cody Spencer; projection design by Hana Kim; and music direction by Matt Hinkley. Casting is by Tara Rubin Casting's Xavier Rubiano. Milena J. Comeau and Tilly Evans-Krueger serve as dance captains, and Henry Julián Gendron is fight captain.

READ: The Outsiders' Brody Grant and Sky Lakota-Lynch Are This Generation's Ponyboy and Johnny

The Outsiders is produced by The Araca Group, American Zoetrope, Olympus Theatricals, Sue Gilad & Larry Rogowsky, Angelina Jolie, Betsy Dollinger, Jonathan & Michelle Clay, Cristina Marie Vicenzio, The Schubert Organization, LaChanze & Marylee Fairbanks, Debra Martin Chase, Sony Music Masterworks, Jamestown Revival Theater, Hennifer & Jonathan Allan Soros, Tanninger Entertainment, Tamlyn Brooke Shusterman, Geffen Playhouse/Howard Tenenbaum/Linda B. Rubin, Kevin Ryan, Mistry Theatrical Ventures, Galt & Irvin Productions, Tulsa Clarks, Paul Liljenquist, Bob & Claire Patterson, and Voltron Global Media.


Watch higlights from the musical below. 

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