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Cross That River

From 18 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant

About the show

59E59 presents this new musical that tells the story of Blue, a runaway slave who becomes a Black cowboy. More…

The unsettled West of the 1860s provides a new life and new dreams for Blue, who escapes to Texas to become one of America’s first Black cowboys. This tale of freedom integrates fiction with historical fact, and each song presents a different page in this complicated chapter of American History.

Member Reviews (18)


Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant
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Resonant, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you enjoy an historical musical piece about fictional people that were in on the creation of the african american cowboys

Don't see it if a concert performance doesnt suit you

Great singing, Entertaining, Terrific score

See it if you want to hear one of the best scores being heard today, on or off Broadway.

Don't see it if you want a full blown musical. This is more of a Concert/Cabaret with a weak book used to tie the songs together.

Great singing, Uplifting, Entertaining, Great on stage band

See it if You enjoy story telling through music; you appreciate superb musical and vocal talent

Don't see it if You need a splashy broadway show instead of an intimate presentation

Great singing, Slow

See it if You want to hear some catchy original music sung well.

Don't see it if You want to see a show with a compelling story or any staging to speak of - essentially a concert and it moves way too slow for my taste.

Great singing, Entertaining, Romantic, Slow

See it if if you want to see a cowboy musical with a mix of musical styles that you don't typically hear in broadway shows.

Don't see it if you don't like shows that are little more than concert versions of a show.

Resonant, Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if Great night in theater if you love music and talented musicians relating a story through song. An original production. Extraordinary talent.

Don't see it if You expect a big “old time” Broadway style musical .. don’t like lively multi talented musicians & singers..aren’t flexible re music genre

Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Intense, Very loud

See it if Very talented performers (musicians and singers/actors) succeeded with aplomb to present the storyline based on an incredible true story

Don't see it if if you have historical amnesia about slavery

Also of one man's fight for survival and freedom, in the pre-Civil War year... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you like interesting unusual provocative theatre

Don't see it if you prefer the usual play

Entertaining, Great singing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a show with beautiful music and a good story. However, the ending ruins all that went before it.

Don't see it if You want to see a fluffy musical

Not a musical show - a cabaret

See it if you like very well sung music with fairly ordinary lyrics

Don't see it if you expected to see an actual musical

Also This is a cabaret/concert. Several very accomplished musicians and 4 v... Read more Read less

Moving, significant, beautiful music, poignant, inspiring

See it if You want an uplifting, if at times painful, stories about 19th C America with relevance to the present day, you like stories about old West

Don't see it if You don't like 19th C stories, or want to avoid stories about America's dark past (slavery, Native Americans).

Also This is a gem of a musical. Allan Harris' narration begins on a Louisi... Read more Read less

Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing, Resonant

See it if You enjoy great singing and animated voices in an intimate setting with a socially conscious story

Don't see it if You do not like to hear beautiful voices singing a poignant tale of a segment of US history.

Entertaining, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if If you enjoy music that tells a story.

Don't see it if If you want scenery with your story. A little slow the first act.

Great singing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Historical, Too long

See it if Interested in black cowboy history

Don't see it if The music is not to your taste

Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Relevant

See it if You would like a jazz, soul and gospel inflected country & western score told more like a concert version of a play told through song

Don't see it if You are looking for a more traditional musical theater staging

Also The story of a runaway slave named Blue and how he crosses the river i... Read more Read less

Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Absorbing, Brilliant

See it if You like an amazing variety of songs sung by great singers and a fantastic band. It's also a moving story rooted in history.

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

Absorbing, Romantic, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You want to be absorbingly entertained for a couple of hours, captivated by powerful acting and incredible vocals.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of live music.

Entertaining, Absorbing, Delightful, Exquisite, Enchanting

See it if You love great music (of multiple genres), Broadway-caliber talent, and you want to hear a true American story that most people don't know.

Don't see it if You're narrow-minded and don't enjoy music.

December 20th, 2017
“A showcase for its music above all else...As likable a yarn-spinner as Mr. Harris is, the yarn itself has its flaws. The show uses its songs as a framework then connects the dots in between, but the result is disjointed, with a story that presumes to be about Blue but veers off into other tales ...
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December 7th, 2017
"The show's music is its strong point...The music's impact, however, is blunted by Allan and wife Pat's lyrics, which are cluttered with clichés...Thankfully, the lyrics' shortcomings don't stop the actors from singing with conviction...Still, all the virtuosity on display can't hide 'Cross That ...
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December 9th, 2017
"The show has a riveting story along with a fabulous score and the finest musical accompaniment...A passionate and inspiring piece of theatre portraying the spirit and courage that built America...The show presents fascinating historical facts with a narrative and each of the songs captures a cha...
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December 7th, 2017
"The live equivalent of the concept albums that songwriters like Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice used to put out to popularize a score in advance of a production. The book is barely a book at all...The songs, which have some pleasant, MOR-style melodies by Allan Harris (too many in fact; they bl...
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