REVIEW ROUNDUP: “In Transit” Opened with a ShowScore of 78

Show-Score | Dec 12, 2016
“In Transit,” with songs by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Sara Wordsworth, and Russ Kaplan, and directed by Kathleen Marshall, opened on December 11, 2016 in New York City. “In Transit,” with songs by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Sara Wordsworth, and Russ Kaplan, and directed by Kathleen Marshall, opened on December 11, 2016 in New York City.


23 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 55.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 55
"Every now and then, as yet another peppy cliché prances across the stage, you may pause to ponder the pioneering achievement of 'In Transit'...Acknowledging this is rather like admiring the ingenuity that must have gone into a sentimental picture of a rainbow...The likable, hard-working cast does achieve marvels of vocal synchronicity...But the Broadway-style belters’ voices, which are abrasively amplified, are often at odds with the aural smoothness of a cappella."
Michael Dale
ShowScore: 80
"The songs themselves are an appealing collection of catchy pop numbers, rap and Latin rhythms, staged with spirited bounce by director/choreographer Kathleen Marshall...'In Transit's' view of the city teeters between romanticized and sanitized...Happy endings come to those who work for them and the pulse of Gotham is a multicultural mix that sounds glorious as sung by the talented company. Leave your cynicism on the other side of the turnstile and swipe yourself in."
David Cote
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 60
"This Broadway iteration, sprucely directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall and with a charming ensemble, better showcases the book and score. But the central problem remains: harmonic overload. If you listen to Pentatonix on repeat and own the box set of 'Glee,' you might spend 100 minutes in bliss. The rest of us will grow tired of numbers that sound like ’70s sitcom theme songs or advertising jingles. This is where I get off."

“In Transit” was also reviewed by Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Danny Groner of The Huffington Post, Steven Suskin of The Huffington Post, Breanne L. Heldman of Entertainment Weekly, Chris J Kelly of The Star-Ledger (, Robin Riegelhaupt of Reviewing The Drama, Doug Marino of Act Three - The Reviews, Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies, Robert Kahn of WNBC, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Linda Winer of Newsday, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture, Matt Windman of AM New York, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, Frank Rizzo of Variety, Jonathan Mandell of DC Theatre Scene, David Gordon of Theatermania, and Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter.


The show was also reviewed by 205 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 81.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great singing, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Funny

Elisha, ShowScore: 75
See it if…"You are a New Yorker or spend a lot of time here; have an interest in a cappella singing and beat boxing." 
Don't see it if…"You want a singular, linear story."
Eileen 6, ShowScore: 90
See it if…"You want to see a very enjoyable a cappella show set in NYC. Great singing and interesting set design." 
Don't see it if…"You're not a fan of musicals."

Baxter, ShowScore: 69 
See it if…"You love a cappella singing."
Don't see it if…"You hate cliches. It's just one after the other here."

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