New York | In Previews: Opens Jun 27

In the Green

From 14 member reviews
Members say: Great singing, Ambitious, Disappointing, Edgy, Absorbing

About the show

Lincoln Center's world premiere musical offers the origin story of one of medieval history's most powerful and creative women: Hildegard von Bingen. More…

Before she became a healer, a composer, an exorcist, and finally a saint, she was a little girl locked in a cell with her mentor, Jutta. "In the Green" is the tale of two women and the journey that leads one to embrace death, and the other to celebrate the beauty and blemishes of a fully lived life.


In Previews: Opens Jun 27 | Claire Tow Theater (Upper W Side)


95
During previews
Must see, Masterful, Great singing, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You like innovative musicals and seeing how the form is pushed further into the 21st century.

Don't see it if You're a traditionalist when it comes to musical theatre. You want something neat and tidy.

89
During previews
Refreshing, Great singing, Great staging, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if Vocal sounds programmed by the great “witch/healer” (played by McLean) into multi-track music as accompaniment while talented women singing

Don't see it if If you hate feminism; dislike any digitalized sound in musical piece; or are not interested in all female cast; The ending is bit abrupt.

Also Poignant msg - “We should take control of our body” - expressed in ref... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Absorbing, Great singing, Different, Edgy, Great music

See it if You know/like the work of Grace McLean, want excellent and new music on stage, and are interested in nontraditional musical theater.

Don't see it if You expect and prefer the type of music, storytelling, and pacing that is standard on theatrical stages.

Also I saw a preview, and I imagine the show is still somewhat in flux. The... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Great singing, Exquisite, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like new work that pushes the envelope of theatre as art.

Don't see it if You want a mainstream Broadway show.

78
During previews
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You want to think about the darkness in one’s life and overcoming it. The singing was haunting and the props very interesting.

Don't see it if You don’t want to learn about part of Hildegard von Bingen’s life and you want to see a light play.

75
During previews
Thought-provoking, Slow, Indulgent, Great singing, Confusing

See it if You are versed in the story of Hildegard von Bingen or interested in early Christianity, mysticism, etc.

Don't see it if You expect a traditional musical format with a light, happy story.

Also Gorgeous music, superb singers.... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Edgy, Dizzying, Great singing, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy non-traditional musicals and more experimental theatre. (For instance, 3 actors play one character for most of the show).

Don't see it if You love a traditional musical and more structured show. Don't expect medieval style music either, it's quite minimal.

Also I love Hildegard of Bingen; she's a really fascinating person, and I'm... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Eh, Tiring, Great singing, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You want to hear some unusual orchestration/fascinating use of loop in musical theater scoring.

Don't see it if You want theater that has well-developed dramatic structure

Also I'm genuinely surprised at how disappointed I was. It felt like there ... Read more Read less

61
During previews
Anachronistic, Expressionistic, Excruciating, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You are open to awkward updates to Hildegard’s story.

Don't see it if Screeching, self-conscious staging and a drive to experiment is more important than the story its telling will grate on you.

Also Nice voices but over-miked for the small space. Flexible cast who are ... Read more Read less

60
During previews
A for effort. d for end result.

See it if You are open to experimental storytelling and an interesting take on music.

Don't see it if You want a story told well.

50
During previews
Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing, Full of potential, Unique

See it if You are a fan of Grace Mclean's music. You want to see a musical that is brimming with potential, ready to spring from underground.

Don't see it if You have a low tolerance for historical fiction that is highly speculative. Are not a fan of looping pedals.

Also "We cannot live in a world that is not our own, in a world that is int... Read more Read less

40
During previews
Slow, Great singing, Amazing score, Pretentious, Indulgent

See it if You are blind and can enjoy the music without having to witness the indulgent, pretentious banality on stage.

Don't see it if You get irritated by indulgent, pretentious banality. The first hour of this show is excruciating.

Also Wow. What a shit show. And it's not just boring or banal, it's awful b... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Resonant, Artsy, Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You're a fan of Grace MacLean. If you like artsy, feminist shows. If you want a score that sounds different than typical musical theater.

Don't see it if You're looking for a traditional musical theater experience.

Also The score is gorgeous, the five actresses are REALLY talented (always ... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Experimental, Weird, Original, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if You like non-traditional theater (this was not unlike performance art) and supporting women (all female cast). The live music was also great

Don't see it if You don’t like musicals or experimental art. Some musicals are 50/50 singing and acting, this is mostly singing



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