Opens May 07

Ernest Shackleton Loves Me

Members say: Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great singing
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2 reviews
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80 reviews
 

GrooveLily's electro-violinist Valerie Vigoda stars in this high-tech musical adventure about two extraordinary people connecting across time and space. Featuring a book by Tony winner Joe DiPietro ('Memphis').

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In 'Ernest Shackleton Loves Me' a sleep-deprived single mom (Vigoda, who also penned the lyrics) struggles to work as a video game music composer. Unexpectedly, she is contacted across time by the famous polar explorer, Ernest Shackleton. Inspired by her music, he shares his epic Antarctic journey with her in video and song. Against all odds, they discover that their greatest inspiration lies within each other. Directed by Obie Award winner Lisa Peterson.

 
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Reviews (82)

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75
The New York Times

for a previous production "Wildly quirky in its contemporary style and tone, 'Ernest Shackleton Loves Me' is an intrepid new musical...The score is propulsive and agreeably melodic. For all of its charm, the musical is not entirely watertight...A sudden shift into a farcical tone in the show’s later stretches raises a good bit of laughter but seems somewhat jarring...But for its greater part, the musical offers a wonderfully bracing time that is enhanced by smart staging from the director, Lisa Peterson." Full Review

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New Jersey Stage

for a previous production "The whirlwind theatrical experience that comprises 'Ernest Shackleton Loves Me' gleefully defies description...If you aren't already familiar with Vigoda and Milburn's eclectic sound from their music for GrooveLily, it's just as difficult to concisely describe as the fantastic plot. Their songs can range from pointedly theatrical to soaringly rhapsodic...One thing's for certain, it's always remarkable to have theatrical visionaries like Vigoda and Milburn back in the Garden State." Full Review

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70
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70
During previews
Quirky, Slow, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you like silly meaningless shows where the actors appear to be having fun playing their roles...

Don't see it if you want to see a meaningful play...

65
During previews
Ambitious, Quirky, Indulgent, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Vanity pieces by performance artist songwriters is of interest.

Don't see it if A dramatic piece about an obscure explorer is what you enjoy.

50
During previews
Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if for the extremely talented cast who sing and play multiple instruments impressively; for some good music; for two beautiful voices

Don't see it if you expect new insights, a clear story line, a modicum of believability, musical variety in the score. Very lacking in sophistication.

82
During previews
Ambitious, Edgy, Quirky, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You're open minded and want to be engaged and challenged by new and unexpected material.

Don't see it if You're old school and don't want a bunch of tech onstage.

49
During previews
Confusing, Fluffy, Weird

See it if you are ok with a premise that doesn't make much sense. You have to suspend reality A LOT to follow this one. Some of the music is nice.

Don't see it if you want something realistic or something that makes sense. Also don't see it if you like when characters speak directly to the audience.

Also Wade McCollum is doing his best with the material. He is funny and has... Read more Read less

97
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy good music with a zany script.

Don't see it if you have no imagination

Also Two very talented actors put on a delightful performance.The music is ... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Banal, Cliched, Fluffy

See it if you might enjoy two strong singers and the female lead is good on the electric violin.

Don't see it if you have no patience for a trivial plot with little depth and the pointless overuse of technology. Music is mostly forgettable.

Also It's unclear who the target audience for this is. The story is very ju... Read more Read less

74
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Quirky, Dated, Entertaining

See it if you're looking for something outside the box of the usual musical genre. This musical has lots of "tricks" up its quirky sleeve

Don't see it if you are looking for linear storytelling that makes sense or music you want to remember. The broad humor might fall flat for you.

Also This is a clever show, that has an interesting idea that at times can ... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Original, Clever, Inventive, Great staging, Over-miked

See it if you like surprises and inventive, imaginative musicals. Whether it was on purpose or not, I found the early ES lip syncing not in sync.

Don't see it if you don't do musicals

81
During previews
Absorbing, Enchanting, Quirky, Romantic, Great singing

See it if you like to mix things up a bit. It's not your typical musical, in story, staging or performance, but it was heartwarming.

Don't see it if you like musicals where there is an orchestra that isn't the actors and you can always tell where the songs are going.

84
During previews
Clever, Inventive, Quirky, Amusing, Unique

See it if you want to see a unique fantasy musical.

Don't see it if like your musicals big and splashy.

62
During previews
Quirky, Great singing, Great staging, Violin love, Technologically sound

See it if You enjoy integration of technology into musicals and electric violin. Short and sweet, no intermission.

Don't see it if You are looking for an earth-shattering theater moment. Definitely upbeat but quirky and not world-turning.

Also The female lead SLAYS!!! Super funny, but I saw it for free. I probabl... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You enjoy new musicals that inspire thoughts of self worth, determination and persistence. The music sounds wonderful and I was invested.

Don't see it if You want a big budget, big cast musical

Also Surprisingly loveD it and both actors have amazing voices

49
During previews
Indulgent, Disappointing, Excruciating, Cliched, Insipid

See it if You need to see every brand new show in town even though it is only mediocre. You like shows that use mixed media. You know a cast member.

Don't see it if You are choosing between this and any other musical you could see. You get annoyed by insipid storylines. So so music is not your thing.

70
During previews
Clever, Quirky, Refreshing, Slow, Great singing

See it if You'd like to hear a different kind of musical theatre sound. You enjoy campiness and modern (if flawed) approaches to fairy tale romance

Don't see it if Multiple reprises and redundancies annoy you even if they fit the show. This show is far from perfect but it is refreshing and mostly fun.

45
During previews
Pointless, Quirky, Banal, Insipid, Fluffy

See it if you have the patience for a ridiculous premise that misappropriates Shackleton's legacy for no good purpose.

Don't see it if you don't like the electric guitar and/or pointless stories that try too hard to be clever.

Also Wade McCollum is an appealing performer with a strong voice.... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You enjoy fantastical musicals about self discovery (with a bit of a history lesson). You want to see great use of projections.

Don't see it if You dislike time/space travel that isn't explained. You want a meaty show rather than something silly and fun.

70
During previews
Quirky, Fluffy, Imaginative, Strong voices and instrumentals

See it if you like surreal romance/adventure stories w lots of singing and violin/banjo. ESLM has a homespun, cheesy charm. It's mere 90 min felt long

Don't see it if you like theater grounded in reality. The premise is wacky, but fun. Both actors do well, but can't make the limited material soar.

68
During previews
Clever, Cliched, Entertaining, Uneven

See it if you are an Ernest Shackleton fan and enjoy new creative theater even if it isn't entirely successful.

Don't see it if you are annoyed when a play is inconsistent (serious to farce) and while the music is enjoyable it is often repetitive - no memorable songs.

70
During previews
Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You are interested in a 2 person music heavy show that's a lot of fun and often silly

Don't see it if If you want something realistic or dislike it when one actor plays multiple roles

Also The music is catchy and memorable and it inspired me to look up more i... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Great singing

See it if You like inventive out of the box musicals with magic created by a two person cast. It's an amazing journey to be part of Get there.

Don't see it if If you want the classicly staged musical and Broadway type sets. Come on be adventurous.

77
During previews
Quirky, Entertaining, Fun, Fluffy, Silly

See it if You want a quirky yet fun show that's very original. Music is cute and performances solid. Not typical for 2nd Stage. More a New World show.

Don't see it if You want a strong plot, rich story, a list performances, or A caliber show. It's just fun and silly and odd in a good way. Worth $25 or so.

80
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Great writing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like Off-Broadway musicals with some inventive theatricality and fine performance.

Don't see it if you're looking for thought-provoking revelation, dark and serious themes or more than two people on the stage.

69
During previews
Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Quirky, Cliched

See it if you're up for something new, like performance art

Don't see it if you don't like 1 or 2 person shows, you can't suspend reality

67
During previews
Quirky, Repetitive, Bizarre, Some good music

See it if You like elec. violin, multimedia oddities, want to learn a bit about Shackleton, have a spare 90 mins.

Don't see it if You want story coherence, musical comedy, engaging romance. You don't like high school humor, I was bored. Some good parts, but mostly, huh?

Also There is a single, rather head-scratching set with a back wall used fo... Read more Read less