Using the score from Bizet’s opera 'Carmen,' this adaptation by Oscar Hammerstein II resets the story with an all African-American cast. CSC's presents the first major New York revival since its Broadway debut. More…
As the Second World War rages, parachute maker Carmen Jones wages her own quarrel involving an airman and a boxer. Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose ('Caroline, or Change'; 'A Raisin in the Sun') will play the title role in this production directed by CSC Artistic Director John Doyle ('The Color Purple') and choreographed by Bill T. Jones ('Fela!').
See it if you like Bizet's music, opera and a great deal of drama! Fantastic singers! Great adaptation of the original story.
Don't see it if The bareness of the stage has become tedious at Classic Stage. Can barely tell one production from the other anymore.
See it if You enjoy classical music from the romantic period circa 1875. Excellent vocals. Sung/spoken in English and set in 1940s Chicago.
Don't see it if Classical opera music from 1875 is not your thing. Story is not believable. Joe's choices are hard to fathom. Minimalist set.
See it if you tend to like what John Doyle does to shows.
Don't see it if you want to see a show stripped of its physical storytelling, which hampers its emotional storytelling too.
See it if you want to hear some of the most exquisite singing & see the most buoyant, vivid acting in the most imaginative theatre-opera mash-up ever.
Don't see it if you're not moved by the music of Bizet's Carmen and/or you expect high production values. [Tho Doyle's minimalist direction actually works!]
See it if Doyle's scaled down, re-conceived version of Hammerstein opera adapt works suprisingly well Rose's Carmen sizzles as does Jones' choreo
Don't see it if Opera purists will cringe cuts, Doyle detractors will scorn the minimalism yet feels fresh & relevant anyway esp Carmen's "upward mobility"
See it if you are curious about how Bizet's music works in this context, want to hear great music, see fine perfs & be absorbed by plot.
Don't see it if You're not a fan of Bizet's music or repelled by idea of it being used in a Broadway style musical, don't like 95-minute shows, no programs
See it if you enjoy operatic singing, Bizet’s Carmen, or tragic love stories. The entire cast, led by Anika Noni Rose, is at the top of its game.
Don't see it if you don’t enjoy period pieces or shows performed in the round.
See it if You love opera, want to see a long-lost musical, or want to see a vibrant Anika Noni Rose returning to the stage.
Don't see it if You dislike incredibly dated musicals, or hate when a show drags out what’s essentially a 15-minute story to over 90 minutes.
See it if you want to enjoy an excellent cast bring this story to life with powerful performances, acting and singing in an intimate theater.
Don't see it if you want to miss an important story with great music that is probably the best musical off Broadway this season.
See it if You want to see a great ensemble act and sing together to create the best musical that I have seen this season. Based on Bizet’s Carmen .
Don't see it if You do not like theater in the round, or the subject matter of doomed love. No other excuse!
See it if you like semi operatic voices, an interesting story, a modern take on Carmen in an intimate theater setting.
Don't see it if you prefer more extravagant costumes/sets/ lighting/larger stage, true operatic voices & more complex character development.
See it if you like opera. The performances and staging are incredible.But like all operas, the plot is weak.Motivations don't make sense.
Don't see it if you are a pickle.As much as I hate opera,I enjoyed this. I did walk out muttering under my breath about the stupidity of the story.
See it if you like high quality, absorbing musical productions.
Don't see it if you can't empathize with people who make terrible choices when it comes to love.
See it if combination opera/musical theater. Bizet's amazing music with Hammerstein's wonderful lyrics; passionate work done in theater-in-the round
Don't see it if You don't like minimalist staging or you want Carmen to take place in a bull ring (takes place in a parachute factory)
See it if you want to see a very scaled down version of the show performed by outstanding singer, but with a minimal cast and almost no scenery.
Don't see it if u want to see it performed as it was written as a big, operatic production without actors playing multi parts that sometimes were confusing.
See it if you love Carmen and want to see it transformed to the WWII South with an ensemble of incredible singers led by Anika Noni Rose
Don't see it if you are an opera hater or a purist
See it if nicely sung performances in a stripped-down and cut-down version of a show most people don't know
Don't see it if story is not that strong even with the cuts
See it if You want to see a really well-done rethinking of Carmen by Oscar Hammerstein. Great singing is an understatement. They were fantastic.
Don't see it if You're a purist who can't handle a change in Carmen. Of course, if you're such a purist, you wouldn't like Carmen.
See it if you even have to kill someone in order to obtain a ticket to this theatrical event.
Don't see it if that thought of missing out on a John Doyle directed production doesn't make you rethink attending your parent's funeral.
See it if You enjoy sublime operatic singing in an intimate setting. Everyone is stellar.
Don't see it if You want to understand the lyrics. I found them lost as opera lyrics can be. The story is familiar. Refresh your memory if necessary.
Also Let them sing you to heaven.
See it if An all-star African-American troupe...powerful, masterful singing. Scaled down production looks large, John Doyle.
Don't see it if Blending of the opera and musical theatre worlds can alienate or invite ... up to you. See it.
See it if You are a fan of Doyle's style or of the classic music of Carmen. Amazing performances -- singing, dancing, acting.
Don't see it if You are not a of opera-like productions.
Also What a wonderful production and ensemble!
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