Open run | 2h 0m | Midtown W

Frankenstein (Write Act Repertory)

From 21 member  reviews
Members say: Disappointing, Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Slow

About the show

(On hiatus until 4/7) Write Act Repertory's production of Mary Shelley's classic Gothic horror classic is a sweeping, romantic musical faithful to the novel in its exploration of the question: "Without love, what is life?" More…

Having lost his mother at a young age, Victor Frankenstein seeks to end man's mortality, and arrogantly begins an experiment to challenge the laws of nature itself. But when he succeeds in creating new life out of dead flesh, he is horrified by his creation, and refuses to provide the monster with the bride he demands. 'Frankenstein' remains a potent parable for the dangers and responsibilities that come with creation, and the human need for love and companionship.

Member Reviews (21)


Disappointing, Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Slow
Avg Score

Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Great writing

See it if If you like the Frankenstein story.

Don't see it if Bad singing, staging and very boring at times. The lead was not good.

Reverent, Intelligent, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if House of Frankenstein rises again in reverent operetta retelling of creature looking for love:"You didn't give me heart/Just superior mind"

Don't see it if No camp.No bolts.No grunts. Creature is articulate with a PhD's vocabulary:"I irretrievably destroyed thee." Bride only gets solitairy song.

Also "I tried to make a man in my own image/I might try again so I can die ... Read more Read less

Slow, Disappointing, Entertaining, Romantic

See it if It Frankenstein, if you like the story

Don't see it if It's now top of the line, and alot of singing, some good, and not so good.

Also The music to me was too loud it make it hard to hear the voices. This ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you enjoy a well staged musical version of the Frankenstein tale. The 2 male leads were good and had some good musical numbers.

Don't see it if you don't like the Frankenstein tale. The female singers had small voices, not always in key. Sit closer to the stage to hear them.

Disappointing, Great writing

See it if You want to see an interesting take on the story with empathy from the Monster's point of view.

Don't see it if You want a full-fledged production. It is a small space overtaken by a set that limits the actors. Also some of the leads singing was rough

Cliched, Slow, Ambitious

See it if You love the story of the monster created by Mary Shelley one summer on a challenge from Lord Byron to her and poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Don't see it if you can’t imagine what the show might become with a truly talented cast, a good director, orchestral arrangements, and a lot of work on

Also the book. The show needs a lot of work but the woman next to me just l... Read more Read less

Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You want an enjoyable evening. Some of the actors had lovely musical voices. Staging was good.

Don't see it if If you don't like musicals.

Loud music, Excellent creature performance, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Uneven

See it if you want to see an excellent, emotionally moving performance by Marc Christopher as the lonely creature who has no one in his life.

Don't see it if you're expecting any real chemistry in the romantic scenes or consistently good singing or any kind of connection between the performers.

Also Marc Christopher was excellent as the Creature, and his performance wa... Read more Read less

Good lyrics, a bit slow

See it if Romantic view of creature who longs for love. Lyrics tell a good story, although some songs a little long

Don't see it if Don't expect a Broadway set at St Lukes but they make the best of the space. Some voices are good. Some, so-so

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Epic

See it if Impressive show. Well done, the acting was impressive... very well done.

Don't see it if if you don't like small theaters...the chairs were a bit uncomfortable.

Bad music, Bad sound, Bad acting

See it if you have absolutely nothing better to do on a Monday night or are related to someone in the cast.

Don't see it if you value good acting and music that excites and sounds good

Entertaining, Romantic, Refreshing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You are into musical theatre, and seeing a familiar tale done with a twist. A very good off-broadway show.

Don't see it if You don’t like musicals, otherwise go!

Slow, Great writing, Great singing, Dated

See it if you are a fan of the Frankenstein story

Don't see it if the ambiance of the theater is important to you, if you only like glitz and glamour in the theater

Also This operatic presentation is casted with actors with really good voic... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Banal, Amateurish

See it if if you like overwrought melodrama with clunky lyrics and cheesy dialogue and aren't too critical of the performances.

Don't see it if you expect polish, professionalism or credibility, or want to go away feeling like you had a really entertaining evening.

Absorbing, Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if Like off-Broadway, small, intimate theater experience. Good acting & singing.

Don't see it if You are expecting big budget, lavish productions. Small theater with tightly packed seats.

Interesting, Slow, Dated music

See it if You're interested in seeing a musical adaptation of the Frankenstein book with almost none of the camp from the movies.

Don't see it if You want a glitzy production, modern feeling music, or fast moving story. The staging is very bare.

Also Saw this at St. Luke's. Some good performances, particularly from Vict... Read more Read less

Great singing, Banal, Cliched

See it if You like strong singers trying to tackle an impossible score in sub par conditions.

Don't see it if You want high production values

Ambitious, Confusing, Relevant, Resonant, Romantic

See it if you enjoy hero/villain with a twist; you don't expect a lot from your play choice; you are a 'Frankenfreak' and will see anything "Shelley";

Don't see it if you want top production values;

Also This is a show that is almost there -- it needs some re-working, but t... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Clever, but a bit too ambitious

See it if If you enjoy musicals, this may appeal to you, but perhaps it was too heavy on the music side and not strong enough on the actual dialogue.

Don't see it if You get bored easily or find it hard to sit through a multitude of songs

During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Amateurish

See it if You love Shelley’s story and feel particular sympathy for the monster.

Don't see it if You only want polished production values.

Also one of two productions on right now; I think this has promise but the ... Read more Read less

During previews
Great singing, Disappointing, Needs work

See it if You are a fan of the actors as they are trying their best.

Don't see it if you want a fully fleshed out musical. The talent is definitely there, but it felt more high-schoolish to me?

February 1st, 2018
"'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 somethin...
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October 10th, 2017
"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 sce...
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October 12th, 2017
"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 the expense of other important points.....
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February 15th, 2018
"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, trit...
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