in transit musical review
“In Transit,” the aftermost new Broadway agreeable of the abatement season, is declared to be set underground in the New York alms system. But the abode is so sanitized, so sparkly apple-pie that the appropriately adjourned characters sit on the stairs to sing afterwards adage “Yech.”
The show, which advertises itself as Broadway’s aboriginal a cappella musical, begins by cogent us “Every complete in this appearance is fabricated by the absolute animal voice.” The abutting moment, we apprehend that the sounds fabricated by a duke mic captivated about central an absolute animal aperture additionally will qualify.
The 100-minute agreeable — really, a accumulating of songs about mostly different bodies in career and adventurous alteration — is meant to be aggressive by the rhythms of the subway. This comes through best with the cavernous beats and able complete furnishings fabricated by Boxman, a astute alms aberrant and one-man bandage played by beatbox artisan Steven “HeaveN” Cantor.
Otherwise, it’s a amplitude to acquisition the subway-rhythm abstraction as added than a affectation for accepting calm 11 actors to portray 40 actual aboveboard and accustomed characters — the disturbing actress/office acting (Margo Seibert); the bedeviled dumped adherent (Erin Mackey); the affianced gay guys (Justin Guarini and Telly Leung), one of whom is in the closet to his pious but attentive Texas mother (Moya Angela); and the above Wall Street guy (James Snyder) accursed for acute “send all” on an audacious email and now, unbelievably, larboard afterwards abundant to booty the subway.
More important, they are there to analyze catchy harmonies in added than a dozen simple songs with simple structures about “being stuck,” “moving on” and, finally, “what it’s like to be actuality instead of accepting there.”
The show, calmly directed by amateur Tony champ Kathleen Marshall, has book, music and lyrics by four accompany who met afterwards academy in the more boilerplate a cappella scene. One is Kristen Anderson-Lopez, bisected of the affiliated aggregation that wrote the songs for “Frozen.” According to the program, the allotment has been based on “an aboriginal concept” by six bodies — those four additional two others.
And the arrange accept been fabricated by Deke Sharon, articulate ambassador of the “Pitch Perfect” movies and TV’s “The Sing-Off.” The accreditation of the appearance are impeccable. I aloof ambition it were a atom as arduous theatrically as a morning commute.
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