Fire Shut Up in My Bones
Closed 2h 45m
Fire Shut Up in My Bones
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Fire Shut Up in My Bones NYC Reviews and Tickets

88%
(111 Ratings)
Positive
91%
Mixed
5%
Negative
4%
Members say
Great singing, Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant, Entertaining

About the Show

A jazz-infused opera by Terence Blanchard, based on the Book by Charles M. Blow.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (19)

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117 Reviews | 48 Followers
100
Genius staging, Profound

See it if modern opera, with astonishing Camille A. Brown staging and choreography, raw emotional experience, appeals.

Don't see it if you don't want your gut wrenched, however artfully.

766 Reviews | 424 Followers
92
Great singing, Great staging, Resonant, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if Outstanding & powerful production with exceptional voices. Bravo!

Don't see it if No negative comments.

109 Reviews | 9 Followers
90
Relevant, Profound, Intense, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if you lean toward less traditional opera pieces

Don't see it if you're a purist or triggered by trauma Read more

298 Reviews | 39 Followers
88
Disappointingly minimalist staging, Masterful, Dizzying, Great writing, Great singing

See it if A modern opera about recovering from childhood trauma appeals. This isn't a light one, but there's a lot of joy in it.

Don't see it if It deals with sexual abuse of a child; probably best to know that going in. It's a modern opera in English, which isn't everyone's cuppa.

161 Reviews | 11 Followers
87
Relevant, Profound, Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you would like to experience a profound opera on trauma, healing, and identity.

Don't see it if you are partial to the classics or prefer comedic operas.

1210 Reviews | 345 Followers
87
Thought-provoking, Edgy, Relevant, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy new opera - here there is varied music, great choreography and an ever-changing set that keeps the action flowing in a good story.

Don't see it if you would not like gunshots in your opera, or listening to some frank language. A bit repetitive and slow in parts.

171 Reviews | 56 Followers
84
Thought-provoking, Slow, Resonant, Relevant, Great singing

See it if Act 3 was engaging and powerful. Great standout stepping scene. Latonia Moore was terrific.

Don't see it if Slow, and repetitive at times. Subject matter of childhood sexual abuse can be triggering for some. Course language.

437 Reviews | 88 Followers
83
Great singing, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Intense, Ambitious

See it if Blanchard's melancholic, jazz-infused opera deals w/such loaded topics as sexual molestation & Christianity Exquisitely sung by its 3 leads

Don't see it if Lemmons' libretto flags somewhat in the later stages of the piece as we await Charles' much hoped for / needed redemption & reconciliation

Critic Reviews (2)

The New York Times
April 9th, 2024

"The raucous fraternity step dance that opens the third act brought down the house."
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New York Classical Review
April 9th, 2024

"...the burden is on the singers, not the story, to keep things moving."
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