REVIEW ROUNDUP: “The Boy Who Danced On Air” Opened with a ShowScore of 73

Show-Score | May 26, 2017
“The Boy Who Danced On Air,” with music by Tim Rosser, book and lyrics by Charlie Sohne, and directed by Tony  Speciale, opened on May 25, 2017 in New York City. “The Boy Who Danced On Air,” with music by Tim Rosser, book and lyrics by Charlie Sohne, and directed by Tony Speciale, opened on May 25, 2017 in New York City.


6 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 77.

Jesse Green 
The New York Times 
ShowScore: 55 
"The ick factor here is dangerously high, a problem that the production labors hard to mitigate through aesthetics...It would be enough of an achievement to make this story palatable...But Mr. Rosser and Mr. Sohne were even more ambitious: They have two more stories to tell...Still, the music rewards the ear...What’s more, it is beautifully sung...To make a successful musical on this subject would require exquisite discretion, but discretion is exactly what the subject forbids."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 90
"A challenging, courageous, and beautiful new musical...Rosser and Sohne employ a comfortingly familiar songwriting style to push thrillingly fresh ideas...Sohne's book efficiently places this human tragedy in the context of its society...Director Tony Speciale realizes Rosser and Sohne's vision with brilliance and thrift...A wholly original musical that is both emotionally and intellectually stirring. Anyone who cares about the future of the American musical should run out and see it now."
Sandy MacDonald
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 85
"An unusual, profoundly affecting chamber musical...Creators Tim Rosser and Charlie Sohne amp up the drama in the second act, and push it further still in a coda. Their musical, optimally staged by Tony Speciale, taps into a universal source of pain and confusion: that phase of youthful innocence when, unable to fathom the adults who control us, we wishfully mistake them for gods."

“The Boy Who Danced On Air” was also reviewed by Sandi Durell of Theater Pizzazz, Elizabeth Ahlfors of CurtainUp, and David Hurst of Talkin' Broadway.


The show was also reviewed by 28 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 73.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great singing, Intense

MCohen6277, ShowScore: 98 
See it if…"You want to experience a thrilling love story that takes on difficult subject matter with nimble ease and a soaring musical score."  
Don't see it if…"You enjoy fluffy escapist musicals. While touching and joyous, this musical packs some bite."
Erik 2, ShowScore: 50
See it if…"You like a show with strong production values that also tackles issues of personal and cultural identity." 
Don't see it if…"You're easily disturbed by the premise of fathers selling their sons to be raised as dancing boys that are used for companionship." 

Jillbaila, ShowScore: 72 
See it if…"You want to see a heartbreaking story and are interested in other cultures. It feels like it isn't quite ready yet but has potential."
Don't see it if…"You don't want to see depictions of abusive relationships."
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