Broadbend, Arkansas
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Broadbend, Arkansas
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Broadbend, Arkansas NYC Reviews and Tickets

77%
(97 Reviews)
Positive
86%
Mixed
13%
Negative
1%
Members say
Great singing, Slow, Ambitious, Relevant, Disappointing

About the Show

In Transport Group’s world premiere musical, an African-American family grapples with decades of inequality, violence, and suppression in the South.

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Member Reviews (97)

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MJK
677 Reviews | 189 Followers
75
Unadorned, Unfulfilling, Slow, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if u want to hear two spectacular singers perform a chamber musical parable about the multi-generational effects of the Civil Rights movement.

Don't see it if you expect a concise story, a taut narrative, profundity or splashy staging. Read more

441 Reviews | 112 Followers
75
Great lighting design, Great sound design, Disappointing, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you really love great voices. Justin Cunningham can make you swoon.

Don't see it if you want a show with a strong book and consistently strong score and lyrics Read more

333 Reviews | 158 Followers
80
Relevant, Slow, Interesting, Unique

See it if you want to see a unique, relevant new musical with great performances, even if the story moves a little slowly at times

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional musical. This felt more like a sung play. Little confusing to figure out where it was going. Read more

204 Reviews | 35 Followers
82
Relevant, Great writing, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if Two beautifully-written interrelated one-act solo operettas. One family's involvement in the Civil Rights movement and its repercussions.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy thoughtful, intimate musicals

117 Reviews | 24 Followers
81
1st act confusing, Resonant, Slow, Great singing

See it if See it for the singing and the end of the second act.

Don't see it if you want a perfect book and don't like weird staging decisions, like actors moving to different parts of the stage seemingly randomly. Read more

110 Reviews | 56 Followers
74
Funny, Disappointing, Dated

See it if You want to see any production of it because you've never seen it. It wasn't bad,there was some very good acting.I think the story itself is

Don't see it if You don't want to see a long show with 2 intermissions.

35 Reviews | 4 Followers
85
Profound, Great singing, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if The music was wonderful and well thought out. Bare budget production that pushed boundaries and rendered an emotional hook.

Don't see it if You want to simply be entertained and do not want to walk out of the theater with a challenge to the way you see the world.

14 Reviews | 3 Followers
64
Slow, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if Civil Rights is a topic of particular importance or interest to you.

Don't see it if You don't like one-person shows. This is in many ways two one-act, one-person musicals in one evening (with connected characters/ideas).

Critic Reviews (11)

The New York Times
November 13th, 2019

"‘Broadbend, Arkansas,’ Tangled in Its Own Tale: This meandering jazz-infused drama, told across generations of a black family, strains to pull its focus from white women."
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Theatermania
November 10th, 2019

"A Musical Theater Philanthropist Turns Composer in Wishy-Washy 'Broadbend, Arkansas': Two musical one-acts are presented by Transport Group."
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BroadwayWorld
November 18th, 2019

"Beautifully Realized Chamber Musical 'BROADBEND, ARKANSAS' Examines A Family's Legacy From The 60s Civil Rights Movement"
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Lighting & Sound America
November 12th, 2019

"Shen's music, which manages to be both jazzy and contemplative, employs a kind of enhanced recitative approach, being tailored seamlessly to the text's progression of thought and providing brief, but powerful, bursts of melody for moments of emotional outpouring."
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New York Stage Review
November 10th, 2019

4/5 Stars "What distinguishes 'Broadbend, Arkansas'-and make no mistake, it's distinguished, all right-is its trenchant handling of one of today's most pressing and most visible headline grabbers: racism."
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New York Stage Review
November 10th, 2019

3/5 Stars "A musical crafted by a multi-racial, multi-generational creative team that traces an African-American family's journey over decades from adversity to hope, from the famously innovative Transport Group in association with the Public Theater."
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TheaterScene.net
November 15th, 2019

"'Broadbend, Arkansas' is an instant classic. Although billed as a musical, it is really a chamber opera. The beautiful melodic music by Ted Shen is as American as Aaron Copland with influences of a great many other composers (Samuel Barber, Richard Rodgers, Leonard Bernstein, etc.)."
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Theater Pizzazz
November 10th, 2019

"Significant as they are, the themes of 'Broadbend, Arkansas' are too familiar not to require a more memorable narrative. Lacking a strong dramatic text, Shen's music maintains interest only to a point…It's Cunningham and Fulton's performances that keep this…show from going any further south."
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