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In Transit

From 53 critic and 1,147 member reviews
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.' More…

Inspired by the vibrant rhythms of life on the subway, 'In Transit' follows the intertwining lives of 11 New Yorkers, all hoping to catch the express train to success, love, and happiness—and the stops they make along the way. With a book, music, and lyrics by Academy Award winner Kristen Anderson-Lopez ('Frozen'), James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan, and Sara Wordsworth, and vocal arrangements by Deke Sharon ('Pitch Perfect'), 'In Transit' is directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall ('Anything Goes,' 'Nice Work If You Can Get It'). Inspired by an earlier incarnation of 'In Transit,' which played Off-Broadway in 2010.

1h 40m | Already closed | Circle in the Square (Midtown W)

DC Metro Theater Arts

"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." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"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." Full Review

Broadway Showbiz

"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." Full Review

The Cultural Critic

"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." Full Review

Lighting & Sound America

"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." Full Review

Front Mezz Junkies

"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." Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

"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." Full Review

Broadway Blog

"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." Full Review

Act Three - The Reviews

"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." Full Review


"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." Full Review

The Mama Maven

"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." Full Review

Paste Magazine

"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." Full Review


"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." Full Review

Daily Beast

"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." Full Review

Reviewing The Drama

"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." Full Review


"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." Full Review

Out Magazine

"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." Full Review


"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." Full Review


"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." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"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." Full Review

Theater News Online

"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." Full Review

Theater In The Now

"'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." Full Review

Front Row Center

"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." Full Review


"'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." Full Review


"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." Full Review

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You like fast moving and thought provoking musicals

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Great singing, Great writing, Funny, Entertaining, Epic

See it if You love, love a cappella and amazing creativity. It addresses real life issues of relationships, family, jobs and LGBT

Don't see it if There isn't a reason for not wanting to see this show.

Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Saw it twice, loved it, the critics blew it.

See it if You love terrific acting and terrific music.

Don't see it if You are over-impressed with ho-hum theater critics.

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Great singing

See it if loving the subway!

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Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great singing, Epic

See it if you enjoy slice of life stories, accapella music, ensemble shows meant to tell multiple stories in a short period of time

Don't see it if you are looking for a classic musical with big dance numbers, orchestration, and big epic storylines.

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See it if Loved IT!!

Don't see it if you don't like musicals

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Absorbing, Clever

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Don't see it if only thing is there's no break, its 1 hour and 45 minutes straight.

Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Must see, Riveting

See it if Want to watch true talent!!!

Don't see it if You must see it no ifs or buts

Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Great writing

See it if you live in nyc, you hate metro, you like beatboxing, story about everyday life

Don't see it if you should watch it!!

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You like great acapella! Such a fun, clever and entertaining show! Loved it! Particularly fun for a NY'er with lots of inside jokes!

Don't see it if You want a great story line or are not a fan of acapella. It's simply a very entertaining evening with a fabulously talented cast! GO!!!!

Clever, Enchanting, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Ever ride the subway....

Don't see it if Don't live in NYC...

Entertaining, Funny, Edgy, Hilarious

See it if What an amazing group of singers! When it was done I wanted to see and hear more.

Don't see it if There is no intermission so if you can't sit for the full show it might be a problem. But you won't want to leave and miss any of the show!!

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great staging and direction.

See it if You are a "real" New Yorker and feel the pulse & rhythm of this wonderful city.

Don't see it if You don't like fantastic musicals.


Entertaining, Great singing, Hilarious, Must see, Edgy

See it if You love acapella,edgy,current life events. Raw talent and are open minded. Can Enjoy more than the typical bdwy theatrical shows.

Don't see it if You have no understanding of Broadway outside of the typical romantic shows. Or you cannot be open minded.

Absorbing, Clever, Great singing, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if want to see a unique show with incredible talent that tells NYC's story. Creative idea using acapella score and it works beautifully

Don't see it if want a show with a lot of glitz and show stopping numbers. This is a simple show with incredible singing and a unique score.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if Despite the luke warm reviews,I just loved this show.The music is good and the acting is excellent.I enjoyed every minute of it.

Don't see it if Want to see a very serious drama.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Must see

See it if You live or work in NYC and ride the subway

Don't see it if You don't like musicals

Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You are a New Yorker or just love NYC. Also, if you enjoy plays about the human connection.

Don't see it if Are not into fun and light shows or prefer linear productions.

Clever, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you admire talented a cappella singers and vocal sound creation, musicals, multiple surprise end plots within plots connected by the NYC MTA

Don't see it if prefer elaborate sets, musical instrumental accompaniment, and a single plot line, or if you do not enjoy musicals or cannot sit 100 min.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if A different kind of a Broadway show. Singing was amazing

Don't see it if Everyone would love this show.

Clever, Enchanting, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if If you like a capella singing.

Don't see it if You don't like light and fun musicals.

Great singing, Great staging, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if You like great acapella singing, and hip-hop B-Boxing style rap music. If you want to see a show that's 100 Percent Original! Just See It ;)

Don't see it if If you don't like taking the trains, or any other forms of paid transportation. If you need to hear real "live" musicians playing in the pit

Delightful, Great staging, Refreshing, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if You love contemporary musicals with ensemble casts. I loved this! I would put it in my Top 5, with Falsettos and If/Then.

Don't see it if You like big productions.

Clever, Refreshing, Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing

See it if you love NYC and want to see an entertaining show

Don't see it if you are looking to see a show with a band or orchestra.

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See it if you like acapella, are a New Yorker

Don't see it if don't like acapella

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