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Edwin, The Story of Edwin Booth

From 12 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing, Great singing, Confusing

About the show

Great Circle Productions presents a new musical commemorating the 150th anniversary of actor Edwin Booth's return to the stage—after his brother assassinated President Lincoln. More…

Edwin Booth was the finest American Shakespearean actor of his day, however, his triumphs were marred by tragedy. Eight months after his brother murdered Abraham Lincoln, Booth returned to the stage, braving death threats and public outrage. 'Edwin, The Story of Edwin Booth' takes us backstage on that fateful night, revealing the private grief of a man struggling to redeem his family’s name.

Member Reviews (12)


Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing, Great singing, Confusing
Avg Score

Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you're a history buff, perhaps. I had high hopes at the beginning, but we all had trouble hearing some of the most crucial words, so...

Don't see it if You have no interest in this theatrically significant personage. He gave his house to the Players' club--nice guy, despite his brother.

Slow, Intelligent, Good acting

See it if if you like historical dramas and you like learning interesting facts about famous people.

Don't see it if you don't like real slow moving shows with unmemorable songs.

Great staging, Intelligent, Great composer/lyricist team, Original

See it if you like a musical about historical events told with beautiful and intelligent lyrics, and music, and interspaced with Shakespeare’s words.

Don't see it if you do not like substantive musicals

Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if like Shakespeare, wonderful music and singing, interested theatrical history, great acting, and a historical dysfunctional family

Don't see it if you dislike Shakespeare, don't like musicals and aren't into historical drama.

Also The simple staging and great lighting contributed to the flow of a sto... Read more Read less

Riveting, Great staging, Intense, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if Want to see a very accurate play about Edwin booth

Don't see it if Can't sit through 2 plus hrs of history about the booth family

Absorbing, Intelligent, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy history

Don't see it if you want historical accuracy

Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You're a historoan

Don't see it if You can't think

Absorbing, Quirky, Profound, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to know more about the Booth family's behind-the-scenes struggles and their celebrity status in the 19th century.

Don't see it if you aren't prepared for some light innuendo, people hurting the ones they love, and tragedy as well as comedy. No wheelchair access venue

Great singing, Great writing, Intelligent, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if You like biography, original music

Don't see it if You have a problem following flashbacks.

Clever, Ambitious, Refreshing, Delightful, Great acting

See it if You enjoy a good historical musical with a twist.

Don't see it if You're looking for a Broadway production.

Confusing, Great acting, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if like wonderful voices and have an interest in American history

Don't see it if you want to be able to follow a coherent story

Thought-provoking, Great singing, Confusing, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you like history, good singing and acting, like a dramatic story about an equally as dramatic family, attention to some historical details

Don't see it if you have trouble following flashbacks, don't have an interest in this subject, have no tolerance for some historical... liberties

Also I'm quite young but I've studied John Wilkes and the assassination for... Read more Read less

September 8th, 2016
"Swanson and Rosett configure the many-layered story of Edwin Booth ingeniously using a seamlessly crafted, organic structure...Rosett, Swanson and the superlative cast engage us with moment-to-moment truthfulness...I absolutely adored this profoundly brilliant production. Under the power of Chri...
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September 8th, 2016
“The an earnest attempt to wring some drama from Booth’s trepidation about what to expect from the public in the wake of his brother’s act, but the result is a talkative, tedious, two and a half hour exercise whose most interesting dramatic moment...comes a few minutes before the final ...
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September 9th, 2016
"Nothing can truly save this musical...Scott’s direction is all over the map. Swanson tries to incorporate Shakespeare’s themes with Edwin’s life and it does not work. It is difficult to follow, seems wordy and pretentious. In the end I spent about three hours researching things that befuddled my...
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September 9th, 2016
"The choice not to make John Wilkes Booth the nucleus of the piece is inspired. Illuminating and entertaining, 'Edwin' delivers a real feeling for life tethered to the theater as well as a family portrait. It also has a whiz-bang ending. But, beginning with its length, there are issues...Dana Wat...
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