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 have a friend in the show, as some in the audience did.
Don't see it if You expect New York to produce superior voices at any stage of a show's development.
"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."
"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."