Part of the New York Musical Festival: Cuba, 1958. In his final year Errol Flynn has one last adventure. The dashing star of so many Hollywood blockbusters yearns to be a real hero, and Fidel Castro fits the bill. More…
What Fidel craves is fame, and who better than Errol to show him how? At the height of the revolution an explosive encounter beckons—fueled by envy, lust, and vanity—with a mysterious woman calling the tune. Or could the CIA really be pulling the strings? Who knew revolution could be so much fun? An official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival.
"Stewart captures the look and charm of Errol, but the maudlin reminiscing in the script might work better played for laughs...The music is great, and the choreography is breathtaking in both style and restraint thanks to Justin Boccitto. The lyrics take risks and serve up some excellent punch lines. The show is a B-movie starring Errol Flynn with song and dance." Full Review
"A quite entertaining musical fantasia when it features its well-played central characters. Its pointless tangents mar its effectiveness...Though the book is cluttered, the score is lively...Anderson’s lyrics have a modest flair. The game cast acquits themselves very well with the erratic material...Bello holds all of the production elements together with his swiftly paced and forceful staging...This exploratory presentation of 'Errol and Fidel' reveals it to have a good deal of potential." Full Review
"The book is interesting as are the lyrics; however, neither are remarkable. The lack of Latino performers is somewhat appalling...There are three songs that stand out...The remainder are of a variety of musical genres and pleasing enough. The choreography by Justin Boccitto is adequate but derivative...A work in progress...The musical simply did not engage me in any significant way." Full Review
"Has possibilities, but needs some major work...Michael Bello’s direction keeps the show moving, but the book drags and has one too many convoluted moments...The music is by three different composers and it shows, as there are different styles that do not mesh...What fails completely are the lyrics by Boyd Anderson...This is a show with possibilities, but they need to go back to the drawing board and make sure the book and lyrics are coherent, then add the music." Full Review
"This hodgepodge of influences has resulted in an uneven and tonally confused musical...'Errol and Fidel' jumps chaotically from political thriller to slapstick comedy to swashbuckling melodrama...Its music...remains the most consistently strong element. And in the hands of compelling actors...the text too has occasional moments of wit...If 'Errol and Fidel' could mediate its swagger with a little self-editing, the result just might be a musical worth fighting for." Full Review
See it if Excellent Choreography, very good Music (but too much of it) Sydia Cedeno's in it she's wonderful, as is the rest of the cast. They Tap too
Don't see it if a finished production is your aim...Great Sets they don't have (Great Costumes they do). Book needs trimming, lyrics need tweaking,
See it if you enjoy fictionalized historical stories. Also, if you enjoy dancing in your musicals—here we have six of the best dancers in town!
Don't see it if you want high production values. The set design and staging are both witty and clever.
See it if you'd like an imaginary encounter among Errol Flynn, Fidel Castro, & a cast of CIA agents that's well performed, staged, & choreographed.
Don't see it if expect a fully produced Broadway musical, although this show has a large cast and 6 superb dancers.
See it if You enjoy great music, fantastic dancing and some really funny moments.
Don't see it if You are expecting a finished product - this is a NYMF production so the idea is to showcase them to help with development!
See it if love Errol Flynn and want to find out what on earth he was (or might have been) doing in Havana with Fidel !
Don't see it if you are expecting a historically accurate PC production. Enjoy a witty portrayal of one of histories lesser known encounters.
See it if You are intrigued by an encounter between the title characters or enjoy supporting musical theater as it gets formed.
Don't see it if You want a big stage musical with perfect acoustics and lots of polish.