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Zachery Levi stars in "First Date," the new musical about the age-old tale of how well opposites attract that debuted Thursday at the New York's Longacre Theater.
The production features Levi, the alum of TVs "Chuck," in his Broadway debut as investment banker Aaron and Krysta Rodriguez (TV's "Smash" and Broadway's
The 21st century mating ritual is marked by
The first reviews from New York are in, and for critics, "First Date" was not love at first sight.
Joe Dziemianowicz of the New York Daily News writes that while Rodriguez and Levi are "pleasant" enough, the music is better suited for "cruise ship than the Great White Way." He concludes by warning the show runs without an intermission, meaning, "there's no chance to bail out."
"First Date" also "didn't go so well" for the
Entertainment Weekly's Thom Geier felt more of a spark, writing that while stereotypes are overplayed in Casey's "finger-snapping gay bestie" and Aaron's Jewish grandmother, who practically "juggles matzo balls," Levi's and Rodriguez's "admirable" performances had him "rooting for this unlikely couple (and the show) to succeed."
For the record, 10:44 a.m. Aug. 9: An earlier version of this post referred to the show as "Blind Date." The show's title is "First Date."