Banvard was the most famous living painter in the world and the first millionaire artist, world-renowned for his three-mile long moving panorama celebrating the majesty of the Mighty Mississippi. Today, an examination of reference books will not turn up a single mention of his name. John Banvard, the greatest artist of his time, has been utterly obliterated by history. An official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival.
See it if you possibly can (you can't; it ended). Impressive show, w/ fascinating premise, snappy book, clever lyrics, great performances. Well staged
Don't see it if you hate musicals. Geo is a classic example. Qn Victoria song's a misstep; lyric is stupid laugh as is drag. Annoying anachronisms/swearing.
See it if Entertaining saga of forgotten "motion picture" pioneer & his huckster "patron" Book more memorable than music; georama steals the show
Don't see it if Uncertain tonality causes confusion; Banvard's story usurped by PT Barnum But Griffith & Blair have a way with material despite glib lyrics
See it if you enjoy learning about an artist who was very inventive and honest. The staging and backdrops are wonderful as is the cast. Great lyrics.
Don't see it if you do not like musicals or you prefer flashy musicals.
See it if you find a solid, real story with a historical bent satisfying. This show illuminates not only Banvard, but PT Barnum and NYC history.
Don't see it if you require the snap crackle and pop shows increasingly rely on to attract an audience. This is a simple tale told well, and I loved it.
See it if For an interesting story. For belly laughs. For wonderful singing. For memorable songs. Really good music. 2 musicians-4 instruments.
Don't see it if There is no reason not to see it! I had no interest in going, but nothing else was available, so I went. I LOVED IT ! ! ! You will too.
See it if you're a fan of Jillian Louis, PJ Griffith, Randy Blair, or anyone in the cast - they're all terrific. Book, music, & lyrics all fit.
Don't see it if you want a full scale production with a large cast, lavish production numbers, or thoroughly developed story line.
See it if you enjoy small-scale shows with simple melodies and talanted cast. Nicely made. The music is melodic but nonambitious.
Don't see it if you expect a huge Brodaway hit. This one is small-scale and rather intimate.
See it if You enjoy a small cast, and musicians that are also part of the storytelling, and shows based on true stories.
Don't see it if You don't like middle America stories.
See it if If you want to see an incredibly well-crafted and wonderful small cast musical and learn a thing or two about history along the way!
Don't see it if You require an orchestral score and flashy choreography
See it if You want to be entertained and see a beautifully written and performed show. The songs are fantastic with brilliant lyrics.
Don't see it if Just see it!
See it if You love intelligent, well-written theater performed by world-class performers. A story from our history that is absurdly relevant today
Don't see it if you don't like musical theater.