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Einstein's Dreams

From 54 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Clever, Great singing, Great staging, Confusing

About the show

Based on the bestselling novel by Alan Lightman, this elegant new musical bridges imagined and real worlds, and unlocks the passionate intellect of one of the 20th century’s greatest thinkers. More…

From the show:

The year is 1905. A young and uncertain Albert Einstein dares to envision new worlds beyond the limits of classical physics. Drawn deeply into his dreams, he is guided by a mysterious woman whose elusive identity awakens his full genius.



Member Reviews (54)

MEMBERS SAY:

Ambitious, Clever, Great singing, Great staging, Confusing
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Avg Score

78
Quirky, Great staging, Great singing, Clever, Ambitious

See it if Physicist conjures a Mother Time figure to assist discovery of his renowned epiphany.Great set with live music,song,choreo, and projections.

Don't see it if The Brain only clicks when he's snoozing in dreamscape; suggesting the connection to his theory to bend time was one only to meet her.

72
Confusing, Quirky, Alexandra silber was worth seeing, Kind of a mess, but kept my attention, Great singing

See it if Nice music, Alexandra Silber sings well and is perfect in the part. Einstein good too. 90 minutes no intermission

Don't see it if You want a coherent musical. Some songs were moving despite confusing story.

72
Strange story, Ambitious, Great staging, Great singing, Clever

See it if you like an unusual musical about a genius with strange dreams. Nice singing, some good songs. I liked the staging.

Don't see it if you don't like the premise of a genius like Einstein getting all his ideas from dreams. This is a clever show but the premise is weird.

Also I saw an understudy for Einstein and he was very good. The female sing... Read more Read less

70
My expectation was too high, Great singing, Love the clock, Disappointing, Love einstein

See it if like myself, you usually love everything Einstein; likeable actors, good voices, good band; good potential but under developed.

Don't see it if All we learn is that Einstein is fixated on the theory of relativity but for anything to progress he has to be asleep. Needs some depth.

Also A couple of pretty songs, the rest not memorable. Wish Einstein's pers... Read more Read less

72
Doesn't all work, but, good ideas and some nicely music and voices.

See it if You appreciate adventurous new musicals.

Don't see it if You want a traditional. musical only.

70
Ambitious, Non-involving, Great singing, Strong visuals, Great orchestration

See it if want 2 support musical work in progress, great visuals & masterful singing are enough, like idea of scientist celebrity portrayed in song

Don't see it if chamber musical is not your thing, need more depth 2 an investigation of theory of relativity & human relationship with time & other humans

Also Rooted in Victor Herbert & Sigmund Romberg with vestiges of Rodgers & ... Read more Read less

75
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you want Einstein set to music. An entertaining, ambitious production.

Don't see it if you prefer non-vocal drama

48
Disappointing, Confusing, Boring

See it if you really love the novel and therefore can follow what is happening on stage.

Don't see it if you like fast paced or traditional musicals.

21
Repetitive, Circular, Confusing, Banal, Disappointing

See it if You are a musical theatre completionist and like to see all new musicals. You want to support Prospect Theater Company.

Don't see it if You are looking for a musical that is ready for an audience. It feels more like a hastily devised piece than a true musical.

Also “It is the same with people as it is with riding a bike. Only when mov... Read more Read less

88
Dreamy enough

See it if Nice change of pace musical with just enough heft.

Don't see it if Hate a musical with no intermissions.

Also The set felt like the star, featuring a beautiful massive clock with p... Read more Read less

82
Intelligent, Great staging, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in Einstein or have read Einstein’s Dreams and want to see that as a musical.

Don't see it if You want a large musical with big production numbers.

Also Very interesting production. Fantastic projections and interesting cho... Read more Read less

50
Ambitious

See it if you are a fan of the novel that the musical is based on.

Don't see it if you need a strong score, book, and direction...the actors, however, manage to make sense of a very weak premise.

70
Great staging, Great singing, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You are interested in Einstein and are open to an artistic interpretation of his life. The set and the company are excellent.

Don't see it if You do not care for new musicals that need fine tuning and better songs.

90
Great staging, Great writing, Great singing, Clever, Exquisite

See it if you would like to see the romantic side of Einstein - you like small ensemble musicals - you aren't afraid of a (very) little bit of math.

Don't see it if you are easily confused - you want something bigger or with lots of dancing - you read the book and didn't like it.

Also Remember the move "Shakespeare in Love," which explores the idea that ... Read more Read less

79
Confusing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy musical theater that makes you think. Excellent performances, direction and set.

Don't see it if The show has some definite high points, but as a whole it doesn't really gel. The characters never really come alive.

90
Intelligent, Great staging, Great writing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you like musicals with an unusual story, terrific book, music and lyrics, talented singers and musicians that's intelligent and funny.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals. You can always read the book!

85
Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy good ideas, lyrics, vocals, acting, staging, writing.

Don't see it if you dislike any of the above.

60
Overacted, Great staging, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you enjoy unusual topics put to music. Very interesting set design and use of a small stage. The cast does a good job with their many roles.

Don't see it if you are looking for a classic Broadway show with big numbers and dancers & staging.

77
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if A sweet little show weaving in and out Einstein's life and his dreams.

Don't see it if It's a very small production. If you are looking for something big and flashy this isn't it.

61
Cliched, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You like meta physics more than physics. The songs are cute, but not much more.

Don't see it if You really like Einstein's theories and would be put off by the claim that it all came from a dream. I had the same problem with the book.

86
Intelligent, Beautiful, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in smart, fun theater which makes you lean in and connect the dots, and enjoy legit musical theater songs and performance

Don't see it if you are looking for a more traditional love story, or something more in the documentary vein.

88
Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Intelligent, Clever, Absorbing

See it if "Einstein's Dreams" is charming, thoughtful, and a cut above standard music theatre.

Don't see it if Only if you don't want to think at the same time you enjoy a show!

Also "Einstein's Dreams" is charming, thoughtful, and a cut above standard ... Read more Read less

96
Great writing, Great staging, Enchanting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You have any interest in how Einstein's mind worked! The music is enchanting and the design/ production is one of the best I've ever seen.

Don't see it if It's thought provoking and character driven,.less plot oriented. Also, the music is beautiful but not in a traditional musical theater way.

Also It is really a unique and special production. I can't get over the pro... Read more Read less

92
Thought-provoking, Great singing, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy how complex concepts can be acted out and visualized for an audience -- ingenious, v entertaining, and worked on every level.

Don't see it if You have a fixed notion of how scientists do what they do - this show humanizes them in every way.

During previews
38
Ambitious, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if Didn’t work at all starting with the disastrous sets and lighting. Unmemorable score, poor staging. And I was SO rooting for this.

Don't see it if I could watch the lit up backstage area for 2/3 of the show. No changes can save this.


November 20th, 2019
"Einstein’s Dreams,’ Adapted and Muddled in a New Musical: Alan Lightman’s novel loses its charm in Joanne Sydney Lessner and Joshua Rosenblum’s show, which lacks a sense of a sure artistic voice."
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November 22nd, 2019
"In 'Einstein's Dreams,' a Young Albert Einstein Has Visions of Time and Love: Joanne Sydney Lessner and Joshua Rosenblum's adaptation of Alan Lightman's bestselling novel comes to 59E59 Theaters."
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November 22nd, 2019
"The New Musical 'EINSTEIN'S DREAMS' Makes Its Stunning NYC Premiere at 59E59 Theaters"
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November 21st, 2019
"'Einstein's Dreams' would dearly love to do for relativity what Sunday in the Park with George did for pointillism, but I'm afraid that for the authors…deal with infinitely complex ideas in strictly musical comedy terms."
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