A new musical based on the young adult novel by bestselling author Jodi Picoult and her daughter.
Delilah is an outsider in a new school and turns to her favorite book for comfort. But the lines between the two worlds of reality and fantasy begin to blur and Delilah has to confront whether she alone has the power to rewrite her own story.
The cast includes Julia Murney, who has played Elphaba in 'Wicked' on Broadway and on tour, and Arielle Jacobs, who played Princess Jasmine in 'Aladdin' on Broadway.
The music and lyrics of this musical are by Kate Anderson and Elyssa Samsel, who won an Annie Award for 'Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.' They also write music for the Apple+ TV series 'Central Park.'
"A musical based on a novel can never be the same as its source material, and it isn’t meant to be. But throw out too many of the original elements and you leave an audience wondering how you lost your way."
"3/5 Stars. If you don't think about it too hard, the show is good-natured, escapist fun...But for a musical about finding a way to write your own unique narrative, 'Between the Lines' is filled with a lot of clichés and stock characters...And although it touches on dark subjects like depression and suicide, it is too lighthearted to explore such cutting questions...This musical is just good enough to leave you wanting more from it."
"Beyond the derivative echoes, the production shines. ... Likely to appeal to young audiences, 'Between the Lines' ultimately is a celebration of the surprising and even game-changing payoffs of reading. That’s a message that hits the right note."
The new show at the Kiser is by no means terrible -- it has flashes of wit, some catchy songs, nifty design touches, and one of the most appealing casts in town -- but it is also hugely derivative, seemingly assembled from a teen musical kit of parts. Its fanciful story is built on a shaky foundation, making it difficult to go along with its imaginative premise; it practically invites you to pick it apart.
"As a genre musical, 'Between the Lines' does not break new ground, nor does it invigorate the formula. The performances are quite good and, visually, it's quite impressive, but the show overstays its welcome at nearly two-and-one-half hours long."