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Joan of Arc: Into The Fire

From 248 member  reviews
Members say: 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. More…

Once upon a time, there was a girl who talked to God. She built a nation, and they burned her for it. Directed by Golden Globe winner and Tony nominee Alex Timbers, 'Joan of Arc: Into the Fire' is a provocative new show about challenging the powerful and believing in the impossible.

Member Reviews (248)


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

Great singing, Great music, Great story, Surprising, Entertaining

See it if Great voices, music, story. Winningham's song and singing are transcendentally moving. Nice staging. Clear story and lyrics.

Don't see it if you want this to be an inquiry on the veracity or Joan's story. This is a telling, not a documentary. Some of the songs do feel the same.

Also So this is not Here Lies Love. It's a traditional stage it tons of cos... Read more Read less

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.

Disappointing, Ambitious, Slow, Sluggish, Emotionless

See it if You want to learn some history about Joan of Arc. The story is told dry and with very little heart. We're given no real reason to care.

Don't see it if You're expecting anything near another Here Lies Love. The songs in this show are a dry narrative and even the movement seems forced.

While joan goes up in flames, (groan) this one never catches fire

See it if primarily for powerhouse performance/intensity of Jo Lambert as Joan, inventive choreography

Don't see it if music is monotonous/full of full-throated rock anthems, fails to explore complexities in Joan's character or influence, in all disappointing

Great singing, Disappointing, Poor storytelling, Lacking a point of view, Frustrating

See it if you want to be dumbfounded seeing how the creators of the incredible Here Lies Love could make something so utterly unexciting.

Don't see it if you expect a show to have a reason to exist. The storytelling has no point of view and so you're just left asking "why am I watching this?"

Shallow, Ambitious, Repetitive, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You're a fan of David Byrne. You like modern takes on historical figures.

Don't see it if You want an in-depth view of Joan of Arc: there's nothing new here. You want to hear a variety of music: all the songs sound alike.

Also For a show tied up w/a feminist wrapper, there aren't many women invol... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great singing, Great music, Profound, Resonant

See it if you enjoy a good female empowerment story; religious themes; or a classic, true story paired with a contemporary rock score.

Don't see it if you don't like seeing religious stories represented in a nontraditional manner, or you prefer a more traditional Broadway score.

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.

Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Eh!

See it if you like everything David Byrne; you enjoy bizarre casting, direction and writing; depending on one actor for all the heavy lifting.

Don't see it if you don't mind music and lyrics you can't remember, statically written scripts, pointless productions; big disappointment from David Byrne.

Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great effort

See it if Jo Lambert is superb in her role. She never falters in enthusiasm. The choreography is amazing, backed by a fantastic rock band who sing.

Don't see it if You expect memorable songs or the exuberance of Here Lies Love. The stage is too small to enhance the power of the musical numbers.

Good music. good lyrics. good performers. weak story telling.

See it if You like good rock n roll theatre.

Don't see it if If you don't like David Byrne music.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Great acting, Great singing, Overrated

See it if you are interested in yet another interpretation of the JOA story; music is a bit tedious, Joan is wonderful, but not convincing dramaticall

Don't see it if you have an aversion to very loud rock music, lights and smoke; burning alive on stage; very little new here. Can;t remember a single song.

Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you can appreciate the show for what it is—an entertaining tribute to Joan and her persistence sung throughout in a pop-rock style.

Don't see it if you're looking for a deeper character study into Joan, prefer a more traditional showtunes score, expect to hate it based on bad reviews

Also Is this the best thing ever? No. But it is an entertaining show and no... Read more Read less

Great singing, Intelligent, Ambitious, Edgy, Great music

See it if Loved the music; hope they put out a cast album. Jo Lambert as a Joan was amazing. Very entertaining.

Don't see it if It was mostly sung-through. Some might find the way they told the story simplistic. Confusing at times.

Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Banal

See it if you are entertained by great voices, good music, choreography, and sets.

Don't see it if the story is really important to you. It lacks enthusiasm, direction. Les "Miss" in all senses of the pun

Ambitious, Edgy, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if flashy staging, pop rock music, story line about a strong woman, great performance by Jo Lampert (Joan)

Don't see it if you have extremely high expectations based on the creative team, want a story with some subtle conflicts, don't want a punk Joan of Arc

Also It absolutely has faults - found the choreography often weak. I was wo... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Fast-paced, Great music, Relevant, Intense

See it if you'd enjoy an exuberantly performed musical dramatization of how Joan's devout faith shaped both her life and her death.

Don't see it if you are averse to a show almost entirely about religion.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Insipid, Edgy

See it if You want to see everything on the stage; strong ensemble; adore odd & flashy costumes

Don't see it if You want to see something well developed, meaningful, moving, or profound; miss by not focusing on faith and her ability to rally support

Also I had high hopes for this, the story of Joan of Arc is epic and an exc... Read more Read less

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You are into rock music and not overly interested in lyrics which were very poor, This was disappointing from a creative team!

Don't see it if You do not like Rock and heavy metal musicals with a religious theme.

Disappointing, Intelligent, Great singing

See it if Enjoy a modern take on a historical story.

Don't see it if Expected more in-depth characters and a score that is not so repetitive.

Entertaining, Absorbing, Edgy, Great singing, Relevant

See it if You enjoy Rock Concert Shows with a new take on old story.

Don't see it if If you want something more classically told, sung and staged. Or step out of the box.

High production values, Ambitious, Great singing, Intelligent, Uneven

See it if You are a David Byrne fan. Like 'rock' musicals -- especially those that retell important stories. Want to be entranced by very cool staging

Don't see it if Can't stand strobe lights. Can't induleg and imaginative and creative telling of a classic historical story.

Also The songs are uneven, but several are terrific, as are the lead perfor... Read more Read less

Relevant, Ambitious, Indulgent

See it if Ambitious, off-Bway (Bway source) material. Clever staging. David Byrne fan. Eye-candy,

Don't see it if Not fully realized...needs to get past the obvious. Prefer to stay away from edgy.

Disappointing, Great singing, Great acting, Slow

See it if You're a fan of Jo Lambert or David Byrne. The show was disappointing and slow. I wanted to like it so much more than I did.

Don't see it if You want a musical, a staged show, or entertainment.

Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Insipid, Slow

See it if You can endure an absurd book to see a fine lead performance of Jo Lampert as Joan.

Don't see it if You need a comprehensible book to go with some decent music.

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 f...
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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 ...
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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...
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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...
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