Cross That River
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Cross That River

Cross That River NYC Reviews and Tickets

(18 Reviews)
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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.

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Member Reviews (18)

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102 Reviews | 11 Followers
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 Read more

32 Reviews | 4 Followers
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

Critic Reviews (12)

The New York Times
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 of the West. 'Cross That River' ends up presenting a historical fiction without engaging with the full context of that history...'Cross That River' goes too easy on the more complex story of America."
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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 River's' unwieldiness. Characters barely have any personality beyond what the score's music supplies...Allan and Pat Harris's message rings false."
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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 chapter in Blue's compelling story...Immensely entertaining. It has a story that you will find enthralling with music that is absolutely superb...It is an extraordinary theatrical experience."
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Lighting & Sound America
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 blur together), don't really advance the story, since there really is none...The cast does whatever can be done with such material."
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December 7th, 2017

“Composed by Allan Harris, a noted jazz musician, the score starts off with an overture that's pure downtown cool, but, after the last funky rhythm subsides, Harris himself is on stage in a flannel-and-denim outfit as dusty as the range itself, donning a Stetson, and twanging a guitar. Incorporating country, jazz, blues, and gospel, what makes ‘Cross That River’ so instantly captivating is that from the get-go it looks and sounds like all of America, which is a wonderful place to begin.”
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Theater Pizzazz
December 6th, 2017

"Resounding with spirit and vitality...This is an extraordinary journey for Allan Harris having presented this at NYMF back in 2009 and now, after many rewrites and a new cast, brings this story of guts and blood and a Black West to new heights with a mix of jazz, blues, country, and R & B tunes...From my perspective, it’s a story that needs telling and perhaps this concert will come to fruition in a fully staged production sooner than later."
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Stage Buddy
December 12th, 2017

“The incredible story of a slave turned cowboy...A true paragon of the American musical...Just as fascinating as the tale, the musicianship of ‘Cross That River’ is rock solid...It’s nearly impossible to single out any one musician as they all stand out in their artistry. The band creates a rich tapestry onto which the impressive vocalists weave their gorgeous story. "
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Theatre's Leiter Side
December 6th, 2017

“A thoroughly winning, unpretentious, indelibly distinctive musical about a…black cowboy…Remarkably infectious music, extraordinary performances, and engrossing historical background. With a supernova exploding nightly in the person of stunning singer/actress Maya Azucena, this is about as must-see, must-hear as any new Off-Broadway show of the season…The book's structure as a string of anecdotes works better as a story told than one enacted literally, and lets us focus on the wonderful songs.”
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