Gray's dashing looks are captured in a single portrait that allows him to remain young and untouched as he spirals into a lifestyle of dark secrets and dangerous indulgences. Featuring a haunting and romantic score, 'Dorian Gray' begs the question: Do our sins define our true nature or are we damned by ignorance and mediocrity?
This is a Beta Musicals at NYMF. Beta Musicals are new musicals that are further along in their development process than readings, but not produced with all the elements of a full production. Often, Beta Musicals will focus on a few keys elements they are interested in exploring through the NYMF process, such as choreography, puppetry, or specific design components. As Beta Musicals are still in active development, there will be a feedback form available to audiences to share their thoughts.
"DeLeone and Layton are standouts. Both bring nuance to a production that lacks it. Both sing well and have clearly made character decisions beyond the written page...Mandracchia’s direction is pedestrian...Lyrics lack specificity and bite...Many tunes meander dissipating impact...'Dorian Gray' is good source material for a musical. Dayett and Mucchetti capture its darkness but over-complicate a story more powerful in simpler telling." Full Review
"Mandracchia's direction is pedestrian and misguided...The story is elementary because of the notoriety of the novel, but Dayett manages to complicate matters and loses focus, which results in a laborious book. The music is dark but ineffective, unable to create an impact...Lyrics do not serve the story or move the plot forward and at times detract from the music. The cast is uneven...This product might be well suited for a thesis but is not yet ready as a professional production." Full Review
See it if you enjoy the story of Dorian Gray told to music. Simply but nicely staged. It does need some improvements especially in 2nd act.
Don't see it if you don't like the story of Dorian Gray. I think the NYMF did a nice job and with some improvements will have a show that can move on.
See it if you want to see some great young actors really dedicating themselves to a show.
Don't see it if you want the musical to stay faithful to the book. The last third of the show introduces an original character who severely alters the end.
See it if you like shows that have potential but aren't there. I liked most of the musical numbers (unique music, clever lyrics) but book needs work.
Don't see it if amateur productions and uneven performances bother you. 2nd act went way downhill
See it if You have no airconditioning in your home...it's cool in the theatre. You like watching under rehearsed young actors move boxes throughout.
Don't see it if You want a well directed musical with 4 basic songs and variations of them repeated. Actors trying, but failing because of their director
See it if you have a friend in the cast. Has little potential under this direction - the actors read the story, not play it. Singing is BAD!
Don't see it if you don't want to waste your time. Painful for the ears.
See it if You love theatre inspired by literature. You love songs for strong male singers. You enjoy beta performances and young actors.
Don't see it if U don't like darker/sad shows i.e Jekyll&Hyde. Don't see if u don't like to support young artists, shows in development, festivals, etc.
See it if You made it very scary,which was great because it really is a early horror story novel, the only one written by Wilde. Scared me,loved it.
Don't see it if Your a boring idiot, who dosent like Oscar Wilde, and hates going to the theatre.
See it if You want to see the work of Oscar Wilde come to life in a new way. Dialogue and lyrics come from the heart. Memorable music.
Don't see it if You like big budget/scale musicals.
See it if You like catchy music, strong male characters, minimalistic staging, modern spin on classic story, strong fight choreography
Don't see it if You want lots of dancing or ensemble numbers
See it if You like great acting and singing and choreography. A good story with an intriguing message.
Don't see it if you like plays being true to the book because despite there being changes it is still a great show
See it if You enjoy seeing musicals early in production; some talented young cast members; a couple of well written songs; classic story
Don't see it if You are expecting a fully staged production or experienced professionals; can't stand an overacting ensemble