NY Musical Theatre

Off-Broadway Review: “Newton’s Cradle” at the New York Musical Festival at the Pearl Theatre

“Newton’s Cradle” is an earnest attempt to create a serious musical that sheds some light on the subject of Autism by revealing some significant situations experienced by Evan Newton, who is living with this disorder. It joins the ranks alongside the Broadway play “Curious Incident” in trying to bring to the forefront the consequences associated with this condition and how…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Insomnia” at the Midtown International Theatre Festival at WorkShop Theater’s Main Stage

The new musical “Insomnia” played as part of the Midtown International Theater Festival. It is complicated, enjoyable and derivative, some of which might contribute to a possible successful future. The music and lyrics by Charles Bloom are like a collision between Sondheim and Finn, a beneficial “marriage” contributing to the progress of the production at this developmental stage. Screenwriter Brad…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Dust Can’t Kill Me” Strikes a Redemptive Chord at the New York Musical Festival at the June Havoc Theatre

“By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return.” Genesis 3:19 On its first return to New York City since it was featured in FringeNYC 2014, “Dust Can’t Kill Me” is a powerful and delightfully complicated trope…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Camp Rolling Hills” at the New York Musical Festival at the Pearl Theatre

“Yeah, it’s always summer somewhere.” – Smelly, Act II, “Camp Rolling Hills” The sixth musical number in “Camp Rolling Hills” is “A Reason to Smile” in which Slimey (camper Stephanie Gregson’s nickname) tries to convince new camper Smelly (camper Robert Benjamin’s nickname) that although “divorce isn’t easy soon you’ll see it’s not so bad.” This advice comes from a girl…

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Off-Broadway Review: “The Last Word” at the New York Musical Festival at the Duke on 42nd Street

Brett Sullivan’s “The Last Word” is a delightful new musical with a great deal to offer. Mr. Sullivan and his creative team have carefully thought through a musical that features an outstanding cast, a fully developed story with a clear dramatic arc, and an engaging theme that readily connects to the audience. “The Last Word” is one of the few…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Tink!” at the New York Musical Festival at the Pearl Theatre

The most significant accomplishment of the new musical “Tink!” is that it will send you flying back to the J.M. Barrie classic, yearning to reclaim the magic and fantasy created by the adventures of Peter Pan, which is sorely missing in this current production, examining the backstory of the infamous fairy Tinkerbell. The book by Anthony Marino strips this lovable…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Lisa and Leonardo” Goes into a Tailspin at the New York Musical Festival at the Duke on 42nd Street

Never has a musical been so at war with itself than is “Lisa and Leonardo,” the new musical that finished its run at the New York Musical Festival on Thursday July 28, 2016. It is difficult to know how a talented and experienced creative team could create a musical that in almost two and a half hours’ time fails to…

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Off-Broadway Review: “A Scythe of Time” at the New York Musical Festival at the June Havoc Theatre

Creating a musical based on two Edgar Allen Poe short stories, “How to Write a Blackwood Article” and “A Predicament”, is no easy task given the subject matter and the genre. In this day and age competing with horror films, given the amazing special effects available, trying to frighten, shock or terrify an audience with a stage play, let alone…

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Off-Broadway Review: “ICON” at the New York Musical Festival at the Duke on 42nd Street

A tiny foreign nation, a people’s princess, a gay prince, an arranged marriage, a scandal, a revolution, and a fire that destroys lovers’ hopes and dreams certainly makes interesting material for good old-fashioned musical theater. “Perfect,” the opening number of the new musical “Icon,” is derivative of Kander and Ebb in style and tempo and explodes onto the stage to…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Children of Salt” Lacks Flavor at the New York Musical Festival at the Pearl Theatre

Jaime Lozano’s and Lauren Epsenhart’s new musical from Mexico follows successful entrepreneur Raul’s (Mauricio Martinez) return to his childhood seaside home to visit his ailing grandmother Marina (April Ortiz). The musical begins in the present and, through a series of flashbacks introduces the characters, their conflicts, and how those conflicts brought them and Raul to the present. After seeing his…

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