Joan of Arc: Into The Fire
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Joan of Arc: Into The Fire

Joan of Arc: Into The Fire NYC Reviews and Tickets

(246 Ratings)
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Disappointing, Great singing, Ambitious, Great staging, Entertaining

About the Show

David Byrne of The Talking Heads and creator of 'Here Lies Love' explores the meteoric rise of Joan of Arc through the lens of a rock concert. A world premiere at the Public Theater directed by Alex Timbers.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (246)

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470 Reviews | 113 Followers
Entertaining, Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love a high-energy rock musical with strong singing, great acting, and an electric atmosphere.

Don't see it if You prefer narrative dramas without music.

58 Reviews | 12 Followers
Clever, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if Like original staging and choreography.

Don't see it if you expect another Hamilton Read more

205 Reviews | 108 Followers
Enchanting, Great singing, Great acting, Great staging, Riveting

See it if you want to be swept up by David Byrne's soaring music and Jo Lampert's soulful voice. What an entrancing way to tell the Joan of Arc tale.

Don't see it if are not into the lives of saints, even heroic ones like Joan's nor find rock concerts/music appealing.

90 Reviews | 37 Followers
Resonant, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you are a fan of David Byrne's music or Alex Timbers' direction. It's a fresh take on a classic story. Great leading lady.

Don't see it if you don't like modernizing period tales. The anachronistic take is a way of tying the story into our modern reality but not for everyone.

55 Reviews | 11 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Energetic

See it if you like men's voices.

Don't see it if you're thinking the ending might be different

114 Reviews | 12 Followers
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Dizzying

See it if Innovative shows, great directing

Don't see it if if you are conventional musicals

173 Reviews | 32 Followers
Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever, Exquisite

See it if you like operatic historical tales, amazing music and a superb actress who captivates the audience from beginning to end

Don't see it if you don't want to hear almost every lyric sung, if you don't like super talented performers sing about historical politics

1006 Reviews | 1056 Followers
Great singing, Great music, Suprising, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You'reInterested in historical stories & like catchy pop/rock scores with great singing; Jo Lampert it great and leads a STRONG ensemble

Don't see it if You dislike musicals that are sung through with little dialog. Surprised at how much I enjoyed this show especially after reading reviews.

Critic Reviews (36)

The New York Times
March 15th, 2017

"How did the immense talents behind ‘Here Lies Love’ come up with something so inert?...It’s as unswerving in its course as its heroine and just about as reverential…Mr. Byrne’s musical wit surfaces only in a calypso-beat number given to the tribunal...Basically, Joan’s character allows no room for the contradictions and idiosyncrasies of which convincing portraiture are made. She is unvaryingly, achingly sincere.”
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Time Out New York
March 15th, 2017

“A monumental dud. Plodding, reverent and dramatically inert, it suggests a ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ stripped of wit, ambivalence and social commentary. Which is to say: Jesus Christ. The lean Jo Lampert, who plays Joan, has a robust voice and a compelling androgynous–kick-ass look, but the show gives her nothing to play but uninterrupted self-belief, rendered banally. Although the music is sometimes energetic, the libretto hardly ever lives up to it."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
March 15th, 2017

“Of the many problems besetting this disappointing rock oratorio, its implicit recommendation of a Catholic martyr as a model of current civic engagement is the most intractable…Byrne is a very talented composer, and Timbers an unusually imaginative director, but this story has defeated them...As Joan, Jo Lampert is a vocal powerhouse and fearless stage animal. It’s not her fault that the character as written is such an unplayable patchwork of clichés and ‘timely’ parallels.”
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The Wall Street Journal
March 16th, 2017

"It isn’t a fully successful theatrical experience, and the reasons why 'Joan of Arc' doesn’t quite come off are almost more interesting than the show itself. The most surprising thing about 'Joan of Arc' is its straightforwardness...Every song in 'Joan of Arc' consists of an endless string of four-bar phrases in four-four time...You find yourself longing after a half-hour or so for something to break the sameness...It simply didn’t involve me in the way that I wanted and expected."
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March 15th, 2017

“It’s spectacular, due chiefly to an electrifying performance in the title role by Jo Lampert, an actress of striking physical and vocal sinew…‘Joan of Arc: Into the Fire’ is serious in its contemplation of the mystical, the connection between belief and fate, and so it’s unsettling. It’s also very loud, very moody and as unsparingly bleak as its final, charred image."
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New York Daily News
March 20th, 2017

"Running 95 minutes that feel much longer, this pop-rock biomusical about the 15th century French peasant-turned-leader's path to martyrdom is undercooked; it feels like a workshop that wasn’t ready for prime time. The storytelling is simplistic; the score, singsong; the choreography, boy-band-ish; the performances, self-conscious. That includes a hard-working but monochromatic Jo Lampert as future saint."
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March 15th, 2017

"Lampert is so conspicuously exotic, that it’s entertaining just to watch her wave her flag and model her sexy armor. The performer’s compelling stage presence and powerful alto help her survive ‘Joan of Arc’…All this stagecraft is ultimately undone by the limitations of the score. Every song seems to spring from the same martial air, and the lyrics wouldn’t tax the intelligence of an eight-year-old. Better to think of this as a fashion show of the prettiest armor you ever saw."
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The Hollywood Reporter
March 15th, 2017

“A misguided alt-rock musical that reduces the crusade, persecution and death of the 15th century French heroine to a simplistic ‘Martyrdom for Dummies’ with a repetitious beat…The show boasts fabulous production values…It's the surprising lack of sophistication or emotional depth in the material that deflates expectations…The grit, commitment and gutsy vocals of Lampert can't inject emotional nuance into the baldly explanatory, episodic writing.”
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