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Dorian Gray (NYMF)

From 24 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Disappointing, Clever, Absorbing

About the show

Part of the New York Musical Festival: With found objects and big imaginations, an outcast troupe of players reinvents Oscar Wilde’s 1890 gothic tale of the young and mysterious Dorian Gray. More…

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.

Member Reviews (24)


Entertaining, Great singing, Disappointing, Clever, Absorbing
Avg Score

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining

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.

Excruciating, Disappointing, Powerful material lost, Singing is embarrassing

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.

Also I know this was a workshop, but the voices were so bad; how can they h... Read more Read less

Poor singing, Very poor singing, Did i mention horrible singing?

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.

Also Where do they find such singers? It's way under high-school level - em... Read more Read less

Cliched, Fluffy, Romantic

See it if you enjoy the story.

Don't see it if you want a complete, well put together show. Since this is a workshop, it's in the more beginning stages versus a full put together show.

Also This is very much a beta musical workshop - I think some of the songs ... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Great music, Confusing, Has potential, Lacking story/character foundation

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

Also This was such a frustrating experience because this musical has potent... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Dated, Cliched

See it if you like cliched characters singing too many love songs.

Don't see it if you like the plot and characters in the original Dorian Gray book/movie.

Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Indulgent

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.

Badly directed with an under-rehearsed cast

See it if You have no airconditioning in your'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

Also I have gone to the NYMF for years, this was the worst directed staged ... Read more Read less

Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing, Ponderous

See it if you know someone involved.

Don't see it if you like Oscar Wilde or musical theatre.

Also Unfortunately, this adaptation just doesn't work, with simplistic lyri... Read more Read less

Quirky, Resonant, Enchanting, Absorbing, Clever

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.

Also It was great to see a show that was part of a festival. I loved being ... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if please don't. Just don't.

Don't see it if you believe that the unbiased reviews here are legit (they are)

Also Sorry folks. The performances were middle-school at best. Tough on the... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Edgy, Delightful

See it if you want to be entertained

Don't see it if you expect a lavish production

Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if It looks and sounds amazing!! :)

Don't see it if You're not into edgy stuff

Clever, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Intelligent

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.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Resonant

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 spooky romance, beautiful music and sexy leading males

Don't see it if You want a happy ending or a light fluffy tale

Disappointing, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

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

Relevant, Entertaining, Clever, Thought-provoking, Edgy

See it if You enjoy the work of Oscar Wilde

Don't see it if You are expecting a lavish, large scale Victorian musical.

Also The simplistic set (wooden boxes) and semi modern goth/semi Victorian ... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Entertaining

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.

Also An amazing production. The writers did a great job of capturing Wilde'... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you enjoy and appreciate great acting and marvelous music.

Don't see it if you want to be bored.

Riveting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Refreshing, Absorbing

See it if You like great songs, catchy tunes, powerhouse singing, quality directing.

Don't see it if If expect the story to stay faithful to the original play.

Also I was pleasantly surprised by this! I was tentative, since I thoroughl... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Absorbing, Exquisite, Edgy, Great singing

See it if You love great musical theater. Outstanding score, captivating melodies that stay with you long after the music stops.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of Les Miserables.

Also The lead actress has the voice of an angel. Great tone and endless ran... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Enchanting, Entertaining, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy excellent music, phenomenal voices, and brilliant lighting.

Don't see it if You dislike attractive and talented actors, excellent music, or Oscar Wilde.

Also This was an ambitious, creative, and largely successful take on Oscar ... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Entertaining, Indulgent, Quirky

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

Also Book and lyrics need substantial work; interesting choice for actors t... Read more Read less

July 14th, 2017
"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' i...
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July 16th, 2017
"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 th...
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