This theater publicity image released by The Hartman group shows Kristoffer Cusick, left, Krysta Rodriguez, center, and Bryce Ryness during a performance of the musical “First Date,” at the Longacre Theatre in New York. (AP Photo/The Hartman Group, Joan Marcus)
NEW YORK (AP) — An awkward blind date has the potential for great comedy — as long as it’s not happening to you. In an alternate world, such a date might unfold amid a series of snappy musical numbers with irreverent lyrics. As the clumsy encounter unfolded, maybe the couple’s inner baggage would even surround them with song and dance.
That’s the entertaining idea behind the sassy new musical comedy, “First Date.” The overall tone is satiric, but there’s a sneakily persistent undercurrent of optimism in the fun, fast-paced production that opened Thursday night at the Longacre Theatre.
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