See it if you want to hear great voices and lovely live music (Mozart's!). Most of the new lyrics/plot work. It's a little long, but worth the time.
Don't see it if you hate operatic voices (altho the lyrics are in English and have supertitles). I didn't know what to expect...and I had a great time!
See it if You want to see an opera version of Forbidden Broadway. The singing was good (I think...honestly I'm not an opera fan so it's hard to judge)
Don't see it if You don't like opera. Its supposed to be a funny take on Figaro, but if you don't know it, you won't get it. It just seemed silly to me.
“It’s so relevant it feels like it could have been written for this morning’s 'Times' editorial. It’s 2017, it’s right now, and it’s riveting…We are laughing all the way through, but there is a sharp bite underneath…All of the leads give captivating performances and they seem to be having a lot of fun on stage...Everyone is in great voice and it’s an extreme pleasure to experience their potent instruments…Director Melissa Crespo has done a sensational job of keeping the pace fast and funny.”
“An audacious and entertaining adaptation…The performance won laughs galore and a big ovation…I’ll bet Mozart would have loved this show…Crespo, the stage director, keeps the action flowing and the antics in check so that the inner lives of these winning characters emerge. Raphael Fusco, the music director, led an effective arrangement of the score for piano, which he played with a light touch and sensitivity, and five strings.”
“The multi-ethnic cast of fourteen are standout singers…Guerrerio has done a masterful job not only of making an 18th-century opera relevant for modern audiences, but also of hitting a lot of marks during this election season…Some of the plot threads are underdeveloped and a few of the characters get a rushed treatment…Those issues aside, Crespo is adept at keeping the frenzied antics going at a lively clip…Delivers trenchant commentary with an abundance of showmanship."
“The updated libretto is a treasure chest of comedic gems...The musical direction by Raphael Fusco is exceptional…Most special of all in ‘Figaro! (90210)’ is how the show delivers a message of unity that’s political, and also essentially all about common sense…It’s safe to assume that dear old Wolfgang would come back to life to applaud the production, be flattered by how the company has paid tribute to his legacy, and also roar from laughter along with the rest of the audience.”