If/Then vs. Bullets

gfaustswa
Featured Actor
joined:3/30/07
If/Then vs. Bullets
Posted: 5/4/14 at 02:30am
Looks to me like the lottery for If/Then isn't very promising. However, appears rush tickets for Bullets Over Broadway are relatively promising. If you had to choose between those two shows, would you pay full price for If/Then or get up early and get rush tickets for Bullets? Thanks for all of your opinions!
darreyl102
Broadway Legend
joined:8/23/08
If/Then vs. Bullets
Posted: 5/4/14 at 03:26am
Having Seen Both, and enjoyed both- I would say whichever works best for you- If you want a deal and have the time to do rush, I would do that, but if you want a sure thing without the wait, go full price If/Then. If you pick a 2 show day, you could rush Bullets for the Matinee and Lottery for the evening If/Then Show. However, if you really want to see If/Then then the lottery won't guarantee you tickets, but sometimes rush does not either unless you get there at the right time. Sorry if this seems confusing and rambling.
Darreyl with an L!
Someone in a Tree2
Broadway Star
joined:10/9/12
If/Then vs. Bullets
Posted: 5/4/14 at 02:12pm
IF you loved the movie Bullets Over Broadway, keep your memories intact and avoid BULLETS, the musical. IF you don't know the movie, and have never seen another Susan Stroman show, or any other 20's Broadway musical ever in your life, only THEN might you be moderately entertained by the show at the St James. We found the musical BULLETS a dispiritingly unoriginal waste of time.

IF/THEN, on the other hand, was a thought-provoking meal for us, if not a feast. We loved not knowing where the story was going, or how it was ever going to get there. That alone was reason to recommend it. The score didn't come close to NEXT TO NORMAL levels of brilliance, but the performances are swell (especially La Chanze), the set does a few surprising things, and the staging tries new ways to present a story.

IF/THEN hands down.
JBroadway
Leading Actor
joined:4/6/12
If/Then vs. Bullets
Posted: 5/4/14 at 03:43pm
Based on the show alone, I would definitely say If/Then is the better show. Also, I don't know if they are still doing this, but when I lost the If/Then lotto I was able to buy a "lotto loser" ticket. Partial view for $40 (though I think the price varies). From my seat I could only see the bottom level of the stage, but that's where most of the show happens. I thought it was worth it.
RaisedOnMusicals
Broadway Star
joined:7/20/10
If/Then vs. Bullets
Posted: 5/4/14 at 04:45pm
Well there you go. I think Bullets is far better than If/Then, a muddled mess. Bullets is 2:25 of sheer entertainment, and in spite of what a previous poster said, I knew the movie well and still loved Bullets.

Having said that, I think all of us are put in a difficult position when we're asked which of two shows to see. We're each going to respond as per our own taste and judgment as to which show we preferred.
<--------Curtain call, opening night of A Little Night Music, Dec. 13, 2009
muscle23ftl
Broadway Legend
joined:12/19/04
If/Then vs. Bullets
Posted: 5/4/14 at 08:11pm
I liked If/Then much better, but I'd pick Bridges, Cinderella or Pippin before seeing those two shows.
"People have their opinions and that doesn't mean that their opinions are wrong or right. I just take it with a grain of salt because opinions are like as*holes, everyone has one". -Felicia Finley-
VotePeron
Leading Actor
joined:5/2/13
If/Then vs. Bullets
Posted: 5/4/14 at 08:42pm
If/Then is no where near as wonderful as Bullets. If/Then is cold, and kind of throws the show at you instead of inviting you in. Bullets on the other hand, is musical theatre bliss.
gfaustswa
Featured Actor
joined:3/30/07
If/Then vs. Bullets
Posted: 5/4/14 at 10:17pm
Thanks for all the responses. I will be great food for thought before I fall asleep tonight. Appreciate all the input!
uncageg
Broadway Legend
joined:5/13/04
If/Then vs. Bullets
Posted: 5/4/14 at 10:23pm
I lost the lotto for If/Then a few weeks back and got a front right mezz losers lotto ticket for 50 bucks. Must have been a slow day. There were a lot of seats open up there that evening. Perfect view.
Just give the world Love.
gfaustswa
Featured Actor
joined:3/30/07
If/Then vs. Bullets
Posted: 5/4/14 at 11:48pm
One more question concerning rush tix for bullets. everything i have read, say rush tix for preview performances. Obviously, previews are over, but they are still offering rush tickets, correct?
haterobics
Broadway Legend
joined:3/29/14
If/Then vs. Bullets
Posted: 5/4/14 at 11:50pm
The one place you didn't read: http://bulletsoverbroadway.com/tickets.php
formerly oasisjeff on here.
gfaustswa
Featured Actor
joined:3/30/07
If/Then vs. Bullets
Posted: 5/4/14 at 11:52pm
Good grief....you are correct. I was looking everywhere, other then the official site. Thanks! =)
bwayphreak234
Broadway Legend
joined:7/4/10
If/Then vs. Bullets
Posted: 5/5/14 at 12:55am
They were both my favorite shows of the 13-14 season. I don't think you can go wrong with either.
"There’s nothing quite like the power and the passion of Broadway music. "
gfaustswa
Featured Actor
joined:3/30/07
If/Then vs. Bullets
Posted: 5/5/14 at 01:23am
Thank you! It seems pretty evenly spit on here. I watched a couple videos on youtube and I think Bullets is going to win out. Seems like much more of a "Broadway" show, plus I'll be in from out of town and don't mind getting to theater box office between 830-9 for rush tickets. I wasn't overly impressed with what I saw on youtube from If/Then. I know you can't judge it from a few minutes of video, however, I have to say from what I saw, I think I'll enjoy Bullets more. Thank you for all of the input and suggestions. Can't wait to arrive in June!
bwayphreak234
Broadway Legend
joined:7/4/10
If/Then vs. Bullets
Posted: 5/5/14 at 01:58am
Bullets Over Broadway is musical comedy heaven. I was smiling from the first note of the Overture to the last bow. Pure bliss.
"There’s nothing quite like the power and the passion of Broadway music. "
gfaustswa
Featured Actor
joined:3/30/07
If/Then vs. Bullets
Posted: 5/7/14 at 02:55am
Thanks again! Once again it appears Bullets will win. Really appreciate all the comments.
ivanhoe
Swing
joined:9/17/10
If/Then vs. Bullets
Posted: 5/7/14 at 07:03am
I saw both and wasn't overly impressed by either. I only went to Bullets because the preview clip on youtube looked like a lot of fun, but I was really disappointed with everything after the opening number. There seemed to be a lack of energy throughout the whole piece.
I can really appreciate what the creators of If/Then tried to do, I just think it could have been done so much better, there are many moments that felt like lazy writing to me.

Most of the audience seemed to enjoy both a lot. If I had to pick from those two, I'd say If/Then.
bdboston
Stand-by
joined:12/13/06
If/Then vs. Bullets
Posted: 5/7/14 at 08:54am
Having just seen "Bullets" this past weekend and "If/Then" last month, I without a doubt would recommend "Bullets." Full disclosure, I've never seen the movie. But, I was grinning and laughing throughout and had a great time. I'll definitely see it again.
delongpre
Understudy
joined:12/12/12
If/Then vs. Bullets
Posted: 5/11/14 at 09:44pm
I rushed Bullets today and got first row center seats. I have to say it was the worst seat I have ever had. The top of the stage is extended out about 12 inches into the walk space for the first row and it is a very high stage. The combination of extended and high makes for a virtual WALL between anyone sitting in the first row and anything at all of stage. Sitting down, I could only see actors when they came to the front of the stage, and then I was staring straight up at them into glaring spotlights. I missed all of the dancing because I could not see below anyone's waist.
I don't know if that blew any chance of me liking the play because I found it boring. Some of the performances were great but overall, not exciting.
On the other hand, I LOVED If/Then and would see it again.
haterobics
Broadway Legend
joined:3/29/14
If/Then vs. Bullets
Posted: 5/11/14 at 10:26pm
"I rushed Bullets today and got first row center seats. I have to say it was the worst seat I have ever had."

But, that's probably why you only paid $35 to be in the front row... if it had a low stage and unobstructed views, they'd sell that seat for full price.
formerly oasisjeff on here.
Sutton Ross
Broadway Legend
joined:7/20/13
If/Then vs. Bullets
Posted: 5/11/14 at 10:31pm
If you're paying only 20% of a full price ticket, chances are your seats will suck. I never understood why people think they are entitled to good seats when they pay so little compared to other patrons.
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VotePeron
Leading Actor
joined:5/2/13
If/Then vs. Bullets
Posted: 5/11/14 at 10:38pm
Were the tickets labeled Partial View
FishermanBob
Broadway Legend
joined:7/9/12
If/Then vs. Bullets
Posted: 5/12/14 at 12:58am
I'm sure delongpre understands the concept of not expecting to get a great seat for $35 but some of you appear to be losing sight of the basic purpose of rush seats. They are a good will gesture to give a small number of people who might otherwise not be able to afford to see the show the chance to see it, not to dump off seats that are so ridiculously obstructed that 80% of the show can't even be seen and that no one given a choice would ever choose to buy. I don't think most people rushing expect to be given front row center seats but they do expect to be able to SEE THE SHOW even if it is from the last row of the balcony. When a seat is so bad most of the show cannot be seen at all, the seat simply should not be sold for any amount of money, even at rush prices.
delongpre
Understudy
joined:12/12/12
If/Then vs. Bullets
Posted: 5/12/14 at 01:49am
Thank you Fisherman Bob for saving me the trouble or explaining myself.

Of course I understand that the tickets were only $35, but that whole row of seats should be removed as it is impossible for anyone to see the show in that manner. It is beyond the definition of rush to sell seats that are so obscured that partial becomes, as Fisherman Bob said, only 20% of the stage.
Everlast85
Understudy
joined:5/2/14
If/Then vs. Bullets
Posted: 5/12/14 at 02:10am
If you're buying discounted tickets, there's a huge chance that the tickets will be an obstructed view. Broadway is a business, and they want to make as much money as possible. I don't think they care if you think the entire row of seats be removed. They would miss out on making money, something that I'm 100% sure they aren't interested in. They don't have to offer any kind of discount tickets, and when I scored a rush ticket for Bullets the seat sucked too but I was still grateful to see a show on Broadway and didn't complain.
FishermanBob
Broadway Legend
joined:7/9/12
If/Then vs. Bullets
Posted: 5/12/14 at 02:20am
So we should be grateful that we are even able to get in the theater and see 20% of the show rather than disappointed we couldn't see 80% of it? Well, that's certainly one way of looking at it.

Again, I don't think people expect rush tickets to be great seats, they understand you get what you pay for but there's obstructed which might mean you miss a few minutes of action at the corners and sides of the stage and then there is "holy crap I can't see a freakin' thing" which is beyond obstructed. Big difference.

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