Frankenstein (Write Act Repertory) NYC Reviews and Tickets
Disappointing, Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Slow
About the Show
A musical version of Mary Shelley’s novel exploring the need for love and control in an unfair world
Victor Frankenstein has known loss from an early age. Having lost his mother, he yearns to create something: a new companion. After realizing his dream however, he is mortified by his creation. Write Act Reperatory’s musical adaptation of Frankenstein reexamines this classic tale and shines a new light on the folly of creating new life without thinking about all of the possible outcomes.
"'Frankenstein' is the perfect imbalance of monster and man...This Gothic beauty of a novel is spectacularly transposed onto the stage in this production...More than a successful attempt at creating Shelley's masterpiece upon the stage: it is a success of a show that should be considered something great in the realm of musical theater...Everything about the production is well done...This wonderfully talented cast comes together."
"The new musical of 'Frankenstein' unfortunately never quite comes to life. The show drags its way through Shelley's familiar tale without adding anything new to the myth...Each actor appears to be starring in their own little private musical, and always worlds apart from whoever they share a scene with...It doesn't help that the songs do little to move the piece forward, as the score is comprised of forgettable melodies with inelegant rhymes that clunk, rather than roll, from the actors' lips."
"Sirota's musical isn't bad. The piece explores in depth a few elements that have gotten short shrift in previous adaptations, and Sirota's script creates interesting nuances through parallel scenes and echoing lines...It focuses heavily on the romance...at the expense of other important points...Bristoll's Creature is so expertly-played, he almost succeeds in closing the gap...Sirota's experiment may not have succeeded 100%, but it's an enjoyable retelling."
"Erick Sánchez-Canahuate brings heartfelt emotion and humanity to his portrayal of the infamous Creature...Unfortunately, the rest of the cast is not as convincing in delivering a believable connection to the familiar characters or their feelings, due in part to Sirota’s simplistic dialogue, trite lyrics, forgettable tunes, and unimaginative rhymes...This musical adaptation lacks the overall depth, tension, fluency, and spark of originality that made Shelley’s story a classic."
"The strength of Sirota's production is in its vibrant music...Some scene transitions were clunky. But the striking visual tableaus on stage compensated for the musical's rough patches...An ambitious theater piece that is refreshingly buoyed up by its music. If it doesn't delve into all the nooks and crannies of the Frankenstein myth, it adds a new stripe to the horror story by underscoring the romance of Victor and Elizabeth."
"Sirota imbues his show with the serious philosophical underpinnings of Shelley’s original...Even with capable performers, the more adult approach comes up short...The melodies at St. Luke’s are sometimes enjoyable, if not so striking...Director Clint Hromsco tries to inject some chills later on but fumbles them...As canny as Sirota may be about structuring a musical, the result fails to reanimate the story with thrills to match its existential struggles."
"It's really good, a lively and entertaining stage response to Ms. Shelley...Hromsco has directed the show with a great, refined sense of fun...The scene in which the Creature comes to life is played to great effect...Just as we want - but we never feel like we've seen it before, and it's never heavy-handed...The cast does a good job...The script is smart...The music is suitably varied, with some handy duets, if not particularly memorable. It relishes melodrama."
“The cast, especially the three leads, handle a soaring new score with flawless and often breathtaking technique...If the measure of a musical is its music, then 'Frankenstein' measures all the way up...We’re treated to some sincerely clever narrative devices once 'Frankenstein' gets going...It was wise of the writer and production team to make this use of their ensemble’s talents. While the leads’ vocals really shine, the rest of the cast members carry the story effectively."