Closed 1h 40m
In Transit
Midtown W
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In Transit NYC Reviews and Tickets

80%
(1151 Reviews)
Positive
87%
Mixed
9%
Negative
4%
Members say
Great singing, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Funny

About the Show

This all-a cappella musical celebrates the wide variety of commuters in the city that never sleeps…or stands still. Featuring songs by the co-composer of 'Frozen.'

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Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Relevant, Funny

See it if You want to see a surprisingly topical, relevant show. Uplifting and inspiring.

Don't see it if You're not willing to give acapella a try. I thought I'd miss the orchestra but it was very clever how they handle the music.

80
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if Hello NYC! About time a play takes place in NYC subway! Great dancing, story so-so, but good acting. A Lot of heart!

Don't see it if You don't like a piece like this, raw, edgy. Story line may make some uncomfortable.

Critic Reviews (53)

December 11th, 2016

"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."
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December 11th, 2016

"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."
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December 11th, 2016

"'In Transit' is less a musical than a collection of unrelated clichés strung together in the manner of a themed revue. All the expected touchstones, from Dr. Zizmor to Pizza Rat, are here...But the larger problem is that the theme with which the authors try to elevate the material is so baggy and banal...The a cappella element is a great deal more successful, even if it’s just as random...I can’t square the musical sophistication of 'In Transit' with its narrative hackwork."
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December 11th, 2016

"'In Transit,' while boasting engaging performances, features cliched characters and situations too bland for a sitcom, let alone theater...The bouncy score has been ingeniously arranged by Deke Sharon, who performed similar chores on the two 'Pitch Perfect' movies. Its pleasures, however, are somewhat negated by the overly heavy amplification, which rivals that of a rock concert...Other than the undeniably impressive vocal performances, the show is mostly forgettable."
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December 11th, 2016

"Ultimately, it’s the talented cast that makes this a pleasant commute...The a cappella trope wore on me by the end. Seibert and Mackey each had big final numbers they could undoubtedly nail, but they fell a little flat when backed by oohs and ahs. Perhaps the songs deserved a more soaring composition. 'In Transit' arrives at its Broadway station safely and soundly, but misses the emotional connection needed to make it an express hit."
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December 11th, 2016

"A charming a cappella musical of metropolitan life that’s rapturously harmonious...What gives 'In Transit' its new swipe is what’s not there—the orchestra—and what is—glorious, pitch-perfect voices, set to Deke Sharon’s rich and expressive arrangements...The book is by-the-numbers, with the audience’s minds moving ahead of the plot faster than a scurrying subway rodent. All the performers bring a high degree of likability to otherwise plaintive roles...It’s a surprisingly moving experience."
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December 15th, 2016

"The pop-song score is so watery and texturally unvaried that the initial charm of seeing an a cappella show wears off long before 'In Transit' winds to a close…As for the book, it’s straight from the recycling center, a rickety assemblage of spare parts in which no one utters an unforeseeable word…Everyone in the cast is good, but they, too, are saddled with material so lacking in distinction that they fail to make the strong impressions they would surely make in a better show "
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December 11th, 2016

"A mediocre show that is selling itself as Broadway’s first a cappella musical...The songs are as generic as those descriptions suggest, and — notwithstanding the efforts of the talented ensemble — nothing in Marshall’s uninspired staging on Donyale Werle’s sanitized subway station set makes them of even passing interest while, say, waiting for the train. It’s hard to imagine how this show made it to Broadway, but I suspect it will be on the express train to the next station."
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December 11th, 2016

"Next stop, Banal St. Broadway’s first a cappella musical, set in and around New York City’s subway system, is stuck in that unfortunate place. A talented cast and tight harmonies can’t make it budge...A show packed tighter with clichés than a rush-hour train with straphangers...Stock characters can still work, provided the story takes us to unexpected places or songs transport us. Expecting either to arrive in this show at Circle in the Square is like waiting for a 9 train."
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December 11th, 2016

"Broadway’s first a cappella musical–and the results aren’t so great, in spite of the meticulous vocal engineering…The show is well-meant, but the premise is corny and the characters are generic. The pop score is notable only because it is being performed a cappella. Director-choreographer Kathleen Marshall injects the staging with a heavy dose of energy, and the performances are decent, but I still wouldn’t recommend taking the subway to 'In Transit.'"
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December 11th, 2016

"'In Transit' takes the 'subway as limbo' metaphor a little too much to heart, and often feels like being stuck on a Coney Island-bound N...The four writers seem to stick only in the collegiate mold of multipart harmonies, not extending themselves into the styles of barbershop, doo-wop, religious choral music, or even rock, pop, and R&B...Despite the less than stellar material, the actors manage to make a lot of 'In Transit' fairly enjoyable."
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December 11th, 2016

"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."
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December 19th, 2016

"Marshall has turned up the volume just enough, giving it a more insistent pulse, a sense of nonstop movement that proves highly suitable to the occasion...The songs are the thing here, and they neatly capture the tone of a city where everybody is on the way to somewhere new...'In Transit' is also fitted out with a solid cast of Broadway utility players, each of whom gets a chance to shine...Marshall's kinetic staging concentrates on the warp and woof of city life, keeping things buoyant."
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December 11th, 2016

"Sometimes it sort of works, but usually it, uh, goes off the rails. Too many of the 100 intermissionless minutes are just plain unintelligible...It is, just barely, good enough, with a lot of prettily singing pretty people who are all immensely likable, albeit burdened with no charisma or star quality...You won't remember long what they do or what their songs were about. Nor will you remember much about Marshall's direction and choreography, which are electrically undistinguished."
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December 12th, 2016

"A small-scale, crowd-pleasing show...Personal issues are played out primarily through catchy songs that smartly capture the characters’ emotional states, each of which is beautifully performed. Moreover, it’s a great testament to these fine actors that they deliver a second dimension of sorts to their sketchily drawn alter egos...They’re a little too clichéd for us to fully care about about whether they get their happy endings...Marshall moves the show at a steady, slightly unrushed pace."
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December 16th, 2016

"Corniness isn’t superseded by the accomplished presentation and fine performances in the likable but minor musical...The score is a pleasant collection of serviceable songs. The book is a workmanlike blueprint of peppy clichés...All of the cast's characterizations are appealing and they uniformly demonstrate exceptional singing, dancing and acting skills...'In Transit' attempts to dramatize NYC's sense of awe and wonderment into a full-length musical with bland results."
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December 11th, 2016

"Is it gimmicky? Who cares when it’s this satisfying...While the show is episodic in nature, the four-person writing team succeeds in making us care deeply for every single character...Veteran director Kathleen Marshall keeps the actors focused on their destinations which creates a constant, upbeat feel that they are always on the go. The result is a continual sense of flux that keeps the show safely away from stasis...This is my pick for the sleeper hit of the season."
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December 16th, 2016

"While many of the numbers are catchy and all are beautifully performed by a very talented cast, the story itself lacks depth. Trite is the term that leaps immediately to mind, and it’s hard to shake...While the show’s real appeal is the musical numbers, performed a cappella with a beautiful blend of voices, the characters are empathetic and stereotypical…’In Transit’ is really geared to tourists and the newly arrived. For them it can be an exciting, unusual joyride."
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December 15th, 2016

"The novelty of vocally supplied accompaniment to the songs comes with its own shortcomings. And it's saddled with a book stuffed with well-worn vignettes about characters too familiar to be interesting or moving...Even the talented, multi-Tony Award winning director-choreographer Kathleen Marshall can't save these talented young performers from having to play characters that the show's writers have failed to improve on."
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December 16th, 2016

"This is a production which feels very much like a singing sitcom that could fit nicely in the FOX Tuesday evening lineup. The voices are pleasant, the characters and their situations are highly familiar without being totally cliché, nothing overly depressing happens and the Manhattan subway system looks like it was shot in Toronto...'In Transit' markets itself as Broadway’s first a cappella musical, and it’s a successful gimmick thanks to the creative team."
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January 9th, 2017

"The musical relies entirely on acappella, which fits into the interweaving of its characters well. This creates a great sound that supports the story’s themes of interconnection. Those themes, however, feel a little light...Where it lacks in thematic profundity, the show shines with its humor, delivering a charming and witty love letter to life in the city. Directed by Kathleen Marshall, the wonderful performances bring out the show’s many brilliant comedic moments."
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December 11th, 2016

"The cast are all simply magnificent in their vocal and acting abilities. It’s really incredible what they can do vocally, especially the one referred to as ‘Boxman’...Without his extreme talent, I would guess that the a cappella sound would wear thin in this 90-minute musical, but it never does...On the surface the stories seem standard, but as we keep riding along with the young, fresh, and super-talented cast, we become invested and surprised by the twists and turns."
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January 26th, 2017

"A charming and uncomplicated new musical with a simple message delivered convincingly by a splendid cast...Despite the heroic effort of the creators to spin a musical tale that connects deeply with urban dwellers and their current challenging exigencies, the musical remains formulaic and less than distinguished. Undercutting the clever and refreshing a cappella performances is the unnecessary amplification."
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December 14th, 2016

"A joyful, heartfelt, complicated celebration of New York City that will appeal to most tourists and jaded locals like myself…It’s Marshall’s sensitivity to the material that keeps ‘In Transit’ in tune…The cast of ‘In Transit,’ with their pitch-perfect harmonies and purposeful movement, will gently tug at your heartstrings. In these times of 'us versus them,' there’s a bigger message they’re delivering: We’re all in this together, and love and compassion are notes worth holding on to."
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December 11th, 2016

"Unfortunately, the freshness of the voice-only orchestra doesn’t completely compensate for the flat familiarity of much else in the musical...Little that happens to these commonplace characters is surprising or all that engaging...Luckily, 'In Transit' has several assets that help us try to put aside its bland stories and rarely memorable lyrics or melodies. Director and choreographer Kathleen Marshall injects excitement and energy into many of the musical numbers."
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December 14th, 2016

"At first, while watching 'In Transit,' you are struck by the pure awe of these amazing voices coming together...After one and forty minutes, you are over the appeal...Only two of the songs really have any appeal or stand out...Nothing exciting happens...The plot is generic and, in some ways, the 2010 Off-Broadway production was better...The cast is flawless vocally and what they do is commendable."
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December 11th, 2016

"Not quite a full musical; more like a series of interconnecting skits, with interlocking characters. The results are passable with intermittent stalling...This orchestra-less musical more or less gets by as a novelty. That said, there is quite a bit of talent in evidence...The team has come up with some workable songs and some funny lines...The use of a cappella is hardly enough to float the show...Even if we grade it charitably, we have to wonder just whom is this mild entertainment aimed at."
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December 11th, 2016

"The 'In Transit' characters lead one to re-title the show 'Theaters Are for Sleeping.' Life here is so sanitized that the subway musician known as Boxman never asks for a dime, gives sage advice, and swipes his MetroCard for those passengers less fortunate...It’s no small achievement that the four writers responsible for the book, music and lyrics succeed in not making us miss having an orchestra. Credit there also goes to the a capella arrangements of Deke Sharon."
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December 15th, 2016

"The creative, a cappella musical that was so entertaining in its off-Broadway version has now moved to Broadway and, in its larger space, is also entertaining…The direction and choreography by Kathleen Marshall make the company come across with sparkle…The solos are generally striking, and when the company breaks loose in song as a unit, such as in the finale, the effect is electric. 'In Transit' merits a stop on anyone’s theater going circuit."
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December 19th, 2016

"'In Transit' is a fun, feel good musical. And that's about it...Even with redundant and predictable plot lines, they still managed to bring a smile...The score featured some great songs. But even with a cast of 11, there were moments when Deke Sharon’s arrangements felt thin...Marshall did all she could to make 'In Transit' more than a fluffy musical comedy. Trying to find the weight in the material never quite happened so Marshall opted for gimmicks. And they worked, some of the time."
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December 18th, 2016

"'In Transit's' songs are fine and a few are even better than that, although I found myself wishing that a couple of them had been accompanied by instruments instead of the vocal harmonizing arranged by Deke Sharon. But what 'In Transit' really needed was an experienced book writer or at least a strong dramaturge who might have helped craft a compelling narrative...The cast are all ingratiating and in terrific voice. If only they'd been given something to sing about."
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December 11th, 2016

"It’s a stretch to find the subway-rhythm idea as more than a pretext for getting together 11 actors to portray 40 very sincere and familiar characters...More important, they are there to explore tricky harmonies in more than a dozen simple songs with simple structures about 'being stuck,' 'moving on' and, finally, 'what it’s like to be here instead of getting there'...The credentials of the show are impeccable. I just wish it were a fraction as challenging theatrically as a morning commute."
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December 11th, 2016

"The most wonderful thing is that 'In Transit' is sung a cappella and sung so richly and well you imagine hearing musical instruments where there are none...'In Transit' aims to make a range of unheard voices and unseen lives real...It makes no special pleas for understanding, it is not dripping in irony. And it has a sweet heart wrapped in a hard fist...An honest and beautifully sung testament to New York."
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December 12th, 2016

"A slight, perky musical...While the cast is sprightly and talented, the issues their characters face are way too familiar to be interesting...Vivaciously directed by Kathleen Marshall, the show is so smiley-faced, there’s never a doubt everyone’s problems will be resolved in a positive way by the end of the evening. The songs are generally appealing, but only one number brings the show a badly needed subversive surprise."
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December 11th, 2016

"'In Transit' takes that most harped-on of artistic cliches—it’s the journey, not the destination—and builds it out, with a superior cast and some catchy music...Some of the storylines played out unpredictably in the best of ways. At other times, 'In Transit' settled into overly worn devices...'In Transit' manages to create a reality-distortion field that left me feeling the MTA isn’t the hostile environment I know it all too well to be...Go ahead and swipe your MetroCard."
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December 24th, 2016

"On the plus side, it has a talented a cappella singing group performing the entire score to Deke Sharon’s impressive harmonic arrangements, relating harried tales of New Yorkers, most of them young and ambitious...The actors are engaging, sometimes amusing, but often over-amplified. In addition, their stories, centered basically around work and/or love, are predictable."
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December 16th, 2016

"A most appealing ensemble has been gathered to handle the perfectly marvelous book, music, and lyrics…They have given us the most literate, incisive, and fun lyrics we’ve had since the great days of Hart, Fields, Hammerstein, Ebb, Harnick, Lerner, and yes, even Coward, and the unique Stephen Sondheim himself…What was once a charming mouse of a show has been turned into a ‘mouse that roars,’ and I think it will appeal to all who’ve ever dreamed a dream."
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January 3rd, 2017

"I enjoyed it…The show is a cappella, not just to put musicians out of work, but to give it a throbbing, real NYC feel, which is well carried off, complete with a sort of narrator emitting sound effects…The actors were terrific, especially Justin Guarini and Moya Angela, who’s hilarious...The resulting plots may be a little too 'Love American Style' for comfort and the subway may seem a bit too sanitized, but generally this is a slick and likeable excursion that advocates enjoying the ride."
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December 11th, 2016

"Like most shows that aim to be representative of a large community, 'In Transit' isn't nearly as inclusive as it intends to be...And none of the stories that unfurl here are especially original...But the cast is so winning, and the musical numbers so vibrant and playful, that you should find yourself in a forgiving mood...And for a show that might have been little more than a novelty act, there are moments of surprising emotional forthrightness."
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December 17th, 2016

"The point is a rah-rah one — we're all instruments in the amazing, living musical that is New York! That's a sweet thought, and this is a sweet, earnest musical…These aren't fresh topics and the show barely dips into them. But ‘In Transit’ is charming, fun, and well-staged, with a few clever inside jokes. I suspect that newish, 20-something arrivals will find their lives reflected back in a hopeful mirror."
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December 14th, 2016

"'In Transit' has to be the most contrived musical of this year–or in many years…What they came up with was a germ of an idea–if I can even call it a germ at that–and riddled it full of clichés…The authors, in a delusional manner, figured that chance meetings and romances altering one’s life can help you move forward with all the nice people you meet on a subway. What a crock. What it has going for it are some wonderful voices by the entire cast. "
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December 13th, 2016

"The score’s format is a gimmick, the characters are cardboard and the story is really no more than a collection of sung skits with a very thin thematic veneer…The score seems composed by committee…The songs lack shared motif, or melody for that matter…What’s most troublesome are the characters of the two lead couples. Whatever appeal they hold reflects the attractiveness and talent of the performers themselves because the characters don’t elicit much empathy."
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December 11th, 2016

"It does most assuredly entertain. Are the stories fluffy, probably. Are they stereotypical, likely. But for sure, they are fun, they are mostly real, and definitely New York stories...It was basically tightened, honed, and amp'd up just a bit for the Broadway...Choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, the movements are brisk, crisp, and keep the show's train moving forward...This incarnation of the show is zippy, toe-tapping, touching, and upbeat with a heartwarming message."
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December 12th, 2016

"Director/choreographer Kathleen Marshall keeps the plates spinning with nary a dull moment...You can guess where it’s all going to go, and you don’t care. Because every member of the cast is charming, the songs utterly infectious, and every single time they open their mouths to spin their glorious harmonies you completely forget how many times before you’ve heard all those theatrical tropes and concentrate on how rarely you hear voices like these."
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December 11th, 2016

"What, at first, seems like a series of sketches turns into a full musical, with story arcs and characters for whom we root...What's so incredible, of course, is what these actors are doing with just their voices...The a cappella arrangements are astounding...'In Transit' tells a mostly simple and somewhat predictable story, but the New York insider jokes and incredible vocal prowess make it an enjoyable ride."
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December 11th, 2016

"Almost immediately after the show begins and you settle in for the ride, you start to see the holes in the core infrastructure and spot distinct areas where the cars start to go off track...A cappella has definitely had its moment in the spotlight over recent years...It’s not enough to hold together an entire show...Marshall does the best she can with the staging, yet it’s not enough to make this show come alive in the way they’d hoped. The train has already left the station."
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December 16th, 2016

"Marshall‘s direction gives the performances energy and momentum. Overall, the plot is weak although the a cappella melodies are harmonious...The actors do a decent job given the sanguine material and plot. This meaningless drab musical needs better harmony although it is well-intended. Good intentions are insufficient to pay the price required for attending a Broadway show. It is quite clear I do not recommend this show which has been stalled at the station."
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December 15th, 2016

"An a capella musical is unusual and outside the box for a Broadway show, it’s too bad the show gets trapped in formulaic and clichéd storytelling, with easy resolutions and stereotypes throughout. There are no real surprises in the journey of these characters. We’ve seen them all before...It’s the endearment in the performances of the cast, under the direction of Kathleen Marshall, that keeps the show from being a total slog."
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December 19th, 2016

"Loved the stories and the catchy music...Appealing for the younger crowd, as a cappella music has become a huge trend in recent years...The songs are catchy and fun but also sentimental at times...The staging is really cool--the audience sits around a subway platform so no matter where you sit you have a great view."
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March 5th, 2017

"A feel-good show that makes New York City look like a squeaky-clean place where everyone gets along...One's opinion of this show will depend largely on their fondness for a cappella music...This one-act goes by at a feverish pace. The intention is to keep the energy flowing, like a rush-hour express train, though it keeps any character or story line from fully developing. The majority of characters are stereotypes...These roles are performed with vocal precision and palpable energy."
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December 16th, 2016

"An upbeat musical that will cheer you up as it is made up of fantastic music…The choreography by Kathleen Marshall is very uplifting and energetic...The energetic and talented company made the show a joy to watch. The sets were simple but worked and made you believe you were on a train with rats included. This show is a lot of fun and the music, all made by the human voice, is stunning…Go and see ‘In Transit,’ a show that is positive, upbeat and fun."
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December 11th, 2016

"Rarely has Broadway seen such an effective love letter to New York, not since Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first hit, 'In The Heights.' Very few shows have so realistically portrayed what life is like on the streets of Manhattan and do so in an entertaining fashion...All of the 11-member cast are superb in their roles...'In Transit' puts it all together to create one of the most creative and enjoyable musicals on Broadway."
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December 21st, 2016

"Hits all the right notes for a musical. There are all of the typical Broadway tropes and the show tunes incorporate everything from beatboxing to the blues, all with a nice tinge of New York City cynicism...Considering that every note, melody, and harmony came from a human mouth, foregoing the normal orchestral accompaniment, 'In Transit' was a phenomenal show of artistry."
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