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A Wall Apart (NYMF)

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Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing, Delightful

About the show

Part of the New York Musical Festival: An original rock musical about a 30-year love story set against the backdrop of the Berlin Wall. With songs by Graham Russell of Air Supply fame. More…

With music by Graham Russell of Air Supply, this epic story examines three generations of family ties, brotherhood, love, and marriage. What is the price of liberty, and will the Wall divide or unite? An official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival Next Link Project.

Member Reviews (41)


Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing, Delightful
Avg Score

Loud, Poorly staged, Book needs a revamp, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you like poorly staged shows, actors who will never be stars, cliched book, Music is somewhat better than lyrics. A total misfire.

Don't see it if you have more sophisticated tastes in theatre—and expect much more from theatre.

Also The calibre of shows at NYMF have been on the decline ever since its f... Read more Read less

Excruciating, Insipid

See it if it could be like watching "Superstar", close your eyes and listen to the music and lyrics.

Don't see it if you can't watch a play in need of a playwright. Tries to be "Here Lies Love" without the writing skills.

Also The Actors sound more like modern pop singers, than trained vocalists.

Disappointing, Ambitious, Awful music, Poorly written, Lazy

See it if You're so eager to see a musical about the Berlin Wall, you'll settle for anything.

Don't see it if You want to see a legitimate musical about the Wall, instead of a show that appropriates the emotional impact of the Wall w/o making u care

Also The lyrics in this show are painfully, almost hilariously, bad. They r... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Great singing, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if you like rock and roll performed by great singers and musicians; competent acting; disappointing choreography.

Don't see it if have high expectations because of the composer's past or want characters with whom you can identify.

Good singing, Good staging, Good acting, Romantic, Disappointing

See it if you like stories about star crossed lovers that provide unique reasons for the lovers being star crossed.

Don't see it if don't like a shows are not completely happy and/or where the plot abruptly skips a head a bunch of years.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy a well-staged show with a talented cast. Loved the music.

Don't see it if you want a comedy. After WWII Berlin was vivisected and life was hard. The show portrays this well.

Also The German word for Aunt is "Tante." The final e is pronounced as a lo... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like rock music and want a fun night

Don't see it if You want a Broadway production with tried and true singers

Great singing, Slow, Entertaining

See it if Family as part of love story. Historical based musicals.

Don't see it if dislike history. Want a musical with a strong book.

Relevant, Refreshing, Great music, Thought-provoking

See it if You like historical based shows. You like rock and roll music. You like shows that focus on a family to tell a bigger picture.

Don't see it if You are looking for a fluff piece.

Also This show was the type of gem I hope to find at NYMF. From the first s... Read more Read less

Banal, Disappointing, Great singing, Excruciating

See it if You are so into this part of history you don't care if it's bad and doesn't present anything new or interesting.

Don't see it if You want to see a good show.

Also The writing for this play was just terrible. It was embarrassing to wa... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Relevant

See it if You are interested in shows with historical back drop and interesting stories about families.

Don't see it if You prefer fluff pieces that don't require you to think and care

Also I really enjoyed the production. One of the lead actresses was unable ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great singing, Engaging

See it if You like new theater in development and enjoy rock music

Don't see it if You are bored by history

Also I thought the show was really well done and although there were some t... Read more Read less

Delightful, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you want to hear some truly great songs

Don't see it if you don't like NYMF musicals or festivals

Also Full disclosure: I know and worked with Graham Russell and I am a fan.... Read more Read less

Great original songs and lyrics

See it if You like well written songs

Don't see it if You wish NYMTF was something more

Cliched, Disappointing, Insipid, Banal, Slow

See it if you appreciate early works that are very rough. the dialogue was awful, there were a few good songs, most were cliched

Don't see it if you like good musicals ready for off bwayry or bway

Also i appreciate this may be early in its creation process and the idea of... Read more Read less

Delightful, Great singing, Must see

See it if You enjoy musical based on historical events, are a fan of rock music and particularly Air Supply

Don't see it if You don't like rock music. Anyone else will love this show!

Also A fantastic production. I'm rooting for this show to go places.

Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You like seeing new musicals in development. Great music.

Don't see it if you expect perfection at the nymf level.

Also Beautifully staged. actors did a terrific job making the characters en... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if something different.

Don't see it if not into a lot of singing.

Ambitious, Epic, Edgy, Riveting

See it if you like history with a side of ROCK, or rock with a side of HISTORY!

Don't see it if you think those crazy kids need to turn their music down.

Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Dated

See it if You want to see a show with a lot of promise in its early phase. It features some Broadway caliber actors

Don't see it if You want a clean, finished project. The book needs some tweaks, but it does have legs.

Also The show starts strong. But some of the songs are unnecessary to the p... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Must see

See it if You want to a musical that is bound to make it to Broadway in the near future.

Don't see it if There is no reason not to see it !

Romantic, Must see, Great staging, Ambitious, Epic

See it if you've ever felt separated from your loved ones. See it if you believe in the power of lyrics as mantras to lead us to a better humanity.

Don't see it if you have so many earworms that you can't tolerate a few more songs getting stuck in your head.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Masterful

See it if If you like historical shows that have actors and actresses that become their character with a great storyline, and fabulous music. You'll L

Don't see it if You like boring unmusical shows

Absorbing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if Be entertained through an emotionally-charged time in our history & how love conquered all. A beautiful portrayal of the human spirit

Don't see it if if you don't like rock n' roll...


See it if you have nothing else going on in life

Don't see it if you care about your time

July 30th, 2017
"'A Wall Apart' is a smart, high-energy exercise in idealism, a rock musical with love and politics on its mind. And if its second act suggests that it’s still a work in progress, that’s part of what the festival is for — putting a show on its feet and seeing where it stumbles...In a confident pr...
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July 28th, 2017
"A limp but well-meaning new musical...Russell's score, and Goldstein and Clyde's book resemble relics of different eras...Russell's songs are all written in the musical-theater idiom of the mid-1990s...'A Wall Apart' never shakes the feeling that it was created after repeated viewings of 'Rent.'...
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July 26th, 2017
“It is filled with one-liners as the narrative speeds by to fit in 28 years of plot; there is very little character development...All the actors are excellent and elevate the material…The production is very polished and well designed…The music, while undeniably great and incredibly catchy, is not...
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August 2nd, 2017
"Though a few of the tunes sound joyous and melodious, many of the songs leave one feeling less than wispy. Well-drawn characters are scripted by Goldstein and Clyde...The war scenes carry a good deal of weight...Great choreography by Andrews holds the intensity of the production...There is somet...
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