Oscar and three-time Tony winner Mark Rylance returns to Broadway in this new drama about Spain's King Phillippe V's bond with a legendary castrato. More…
'Farinelli and the King' is inspired by the fascinating true story of Philippe V (Rylance), a Spanish monarch on the brink of madness who finds unexpected solace in the voice of world-renowned castrato, Farinelli. Soon, Farinelli and the King forge a powerful connection, and the celebrated singer must make a difficult choice: return to throngs of adoring fans or perform forever for an audience of one. Like Broadway’s 'Twelfth Night' and 'Richard III,' this contemporary work is presented in the signature style of Shakespeare’s Globe – traditional baroque instruments are performed live in a gallery above the stage; the audience enjoys intimate seating with several rows onstage; and the story is told by candlelight. 'Farinelli and the King' comes to Broadway following sold-out runs at Shakespeare’s Globe and on London’s West End.
See it if you're a superfan of Rylance. Got me in the door. Or if you just can't get enough of the 17th cent. aria canon, sung castrato.
Don't see it if you're expecting Rylance to once again transport you. I know it's just me (see other reviews) but I never cared about the king's plight.
See it if You love great acting, beautiful singing, and are interested in thinking about a life of power and success versus one of simple beauty
Don't see it if You hate classical singing or don’t like to spend time thinking about what matters in life and how we should live.
See it if You love period dramas, gorgeous costumes & sets, Baroque music, countertenor arias, & Mark Rylance. You can overlook a very weak script.
Don't see it if You are looking for a cohesive narrative. It is fragmented and I found it painfully dull. You don't like countertenors or Baroque music.
See it if Go to see Mark Rylance, the gorgeous staging, and the beautiful sound of castrato. Really a beautiful show. Rylance is from another planet.
Don't see it if You are a philistine or you hate opera. The whole show is not an opera. Just a few songs throughout.
See it if You like Mark Rylance or superb comedy and extraordinarily beautiful music. Intelligent and brilliant.
Don't see it if You don't like history. Also, use amplifying earphones as accents are strong.
See it if You are looking for a high level AND intellectual show.
Don't see it if It's a great show, for sure. But for me, who is not PERFECTLY bilingual, it was to hard to understand the whole story and subtility.