The York's world premiere musical charts the romance between a singer and a songwriter who put together a nightclub act at an illegal gay bar in 1960s Greenwich Village. More…
Singer Trevor Copeland and songwriter Arthur Brightman have the perfect New York romance. That’s swell. In 1965, it’s also against the law. So in the back room of The Never Get, they put together a show called Midnight— a nightclub act where Trevor sings Arthur’s love songs with their male pronouns intact. But, as the lovers hurtle towards the end of the decade, they find themselves caught in a passion they can’t control and a political revolution they don’t understand.
“Wonderfully engaging and ear-tingling score...A sumptuous collection mixing beautiful melodies framing lyrical poetics with jaunty numbers loaded with snazzy jokes and unexpected rhymes - it's the superb storytelling of Sonnenblick’s book, exploring issues of the 1960s gays rights movement in a universal manner...that makes the musical truly soar...Smart and romantic, funny and politically aware, ‘Midnight at the Never Get’ is a knockout from start to finish.” Full Review
“’A slick and gorgeous new musical about a forgotten sliver of gay history...'Midnight at the Never Get’ is a cabaret concert mediation on impossible love, revolution, music, and memory; easily the best new musical I have seen this season so far, Sam Bolen gives a knockout performance as a gay cabaret singer recalling his romance in the smoky backroom haze of New York’s 1960s underground nightclub scene. This gorgeous show is not to be missed.” Full Review
"The songs are remarkably literate, jazzy little items that call to mind Coleman's work with Leigh; they display a level of craft all too frequently absent from today's musicals...A remarkable entertainment for several reasons -- the accomplished songs, the evocative portrait of gay life in another era, and its understanding of a certain go-for-broke showbiz sensibility...'Midnight at the Never Get,' for all its showbiz pizzazz, has plenty of raw honesty, and it is a beautiful thing, indeed." Full Review
“On the surface, ‘Midnight at the Never Get’ is a well-focused 90-minute cabaret act. Yet it goes much deeper, offering insights into gay history and the struggle for acceptance. Sonneblick’s music is so authentic that at times, I had to question if it was, in fact, original...Podd has created some gorgeous arrangements...A classy show that inspires hope for the future of musical theatre and appreciation for places like the York Theatre, who proudly nurture new talent and ideas.” Full Review
"A smartly written, enchanting, and rich musical with deeply drawn and highly likable characters...It is a tale told on several levels and each blends into the other...The music by Sonnenblick is marvelous and you could pick any famous singer who could have performed the melodious and well-written tunes in the show...The play, smartly directed by Max Friedman is well-written and at first deceiving...It gets deeper and deeper as the story rolls on, though, and very complicated in the end." Full Review
"It unfolds like an intimate cabaret show but is in fact a theater piece with an engaging plot. Midnight skillfully weaves the best of both genres into a delightful and heartfelt 90-minute experience of story and song. Music, book and lyrics are masterfully crafted together...'Midnight at the Never Get' is wonderfully engaging and highly recommended. See it, then see it again (I did)." Full Review
"Sonnenblick’s music, beautifully orchestrated by Adam Podd, strikes that elusive balance between fresh and period-familiar, and the lyrics are lively. There’s only one jarring anachronism, a reference to the emergency number 911, that can’t quite be explained away. Otherwise this smartly constructed show is utterly transporting...An intimate, aching chamber musical about heartbreak and bliss, 'Midnight' is about bravery, too. And about the kind of battered hope that refuses to die." Full Review
“In this smart, well-crafted new musical as we watch Trevor reminisce about his relationship with, we gradually realize that he may not be the most reliable narrator...The period-perfect score sounds as if it consists of deep cuts from obscure LPs by Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee...Directed with stylish economy by Max Friedman, the show overcomes its obvious cabaret origins to slowly reveal a sly, unexpectedly subversive side.” Full Review
“Sonnenblick’s deeply touching book, music, and lyrics allow you to follow the romance between Arthur...and Trevor his muse...Bolen and Cohen, are incredibly talented. Sonnenblick’s score is catchy, smart, an homage to a time gone by...The script is touching, warm, real, and moving especially in the end when he breaks our hearts...Friedman’s direction keeps us guessing and doesn’t try to trivialize the emotions that are bound to affect an audience.” Full Review
"Songs range from unblushing ballads to razzamatazz brat pack numbers...to giddy, Liza-Minnelli-like tunes. Music Direction and Orchestration by Adam Podd is top notch, as is the able band...Director Max Friedman offers sophisticated awareness of both stage business and complex sentiment...Integration of dialogue and music is seamless, timing adroit. Sonnenblick is a multifaceted talent. 'Midnight at The Never Get' is beautifully constructed." Full Review
"More than just a romantic musical, it considers the impact of social politics and homophobia, economics and ambition, on the personal relationship of two twenty-something men in New York in the 1960s...Directed by Friedman, the sentimental show is brimming with love and heartbreak, a mood of nostalgia, and a sense of palpable torment...'Midnight at The Never Get' offers an intimate view of finding love and identity in a time filled with hateful bias and closeted secrecy." Full Review
“A rare bird in today’s musical theater, Sonnenblick is a genuine tunesmith whose danceable rhythms urge your legs to stand up and fox trot and your lips to hum along. His lyrics may still lack the clever rhymes...but some of his lines are already quite striking for a 28-year-old artist...A memory play with all its ensuring virtues and vices...There are intriguing twists along the way...Friedman’s fluid direction...keeps your attention glued to the stage, where it should be.” Full Review
"The variety of musical styles kept the evening interesting with torch songs, Gershwin-esque ballads, and the wickedly ironic 'My Boy In Blue.' Mr. Bolen's vocal range handled the full spectrum of styles, and he and Mr. Cohen blended seamlessly throughout the show. Woven into the fabric of the songs and the narrative are grim reminders of how precarious life could be for a gay man in NYC in the '60s...Delightful and thought-provoking...Don't miss it." Full Review
“The songs are absolutely gorgeous...Unfortunately, the book, isn’t as successful as the music. The back story doesn’t unfold enough for the audience to feel like we understand what has actually gone on, and the character of Arthur is not fully developed...However, even though ‘Midnight at the Never Get’ may not succeed entirely as a theater piece, it is actually a successful musical evening due not only to Sonnenblick’s marvelous music, but to Bolen and Cohen’s talents as performers.” Full Review
"'Midnight' has the slightly over-slick feeling of a show that’s been through the workshopping process, and through it and through it. But the high gloss suits the subject matter...The show is solidly constructed and well performed by both Bolen and Cohen—and its last number comes with a particularly touching twist—but it’s difficult for Friedman to find his way in the finale. The show both wants to break itself and doesn’t." Full Review
"The emotionally rich but melodically not-quite-there songs are the results of Sonnenblick's attempt to capture the American songbook quality associated with the…compositions of Cole Porter and his ilk…Generally speaking, the lyrics and music, while superficially pleasant, and definitely well performed, sound like so-so pastiches of 40s and 50s numbers,…but too often falling short…Bolen's Trevor is personable, energetic, and expressive...Cohen offers a nice counterbalance." Full Review
"Starts feeling less and less like a realistic look at a relationship, or the era, and more like a gay version of a 1940s melodrama. The songs go back in time as well, feeling like pastiches of, yes, Cole Porter...If the show would have been better off presented in an actual cabaret rather than a proscenium theater, and if one must have a high threshold for bathos to embrace (or even tolerate?) the ending, there are moments that are downright inspiring." Full Review
"A charming if uneventful cabaret-style musical...Bolen narrates the story with remarkable stamina and a honeyed voice. Though for the better part of this 90-minute show, being in love seems to be his character’s only trait — until losing that love takes over...It may have been easier to feel sympathy for these fellas if they had more skin in the game...At its most profound, Sonnenblick’s musical explores the penumbras suggested by its title." Full Review
"'Midnight at the Never Get' celebrates cabaret to tell a gay love story, and sweetly and unexpectedly transcends its limitations with poignant observations about gay culture...Director Max Friedman and choreographer Andrew Palermo manage stage movement of the two characters on the tidy York Theatre stage so that the 90-minute show neither stalls nor speeds ahead." Full Review
“Sonnenblick’s exceptional book is an accomplished mixture of prodigious research, well-drawn characters, and adept if misguided construction. It skillfully dramatizes the gay experience of living in NYC in the 1960s...Sonnenblick’s music and lyrics for his score are a buoyant assortment of songs that perfectly recall vintage show business style...Before it’s unsatisfying jaggedly dour finale, ‘Midnight at The Never Get’ is a blazing, novel, and affirmative experience.” Full Review
"The acting is excellent, and the story is romantic and tough, but also in the realm of the show biz cliché of performers eventually going separate ways...The musical achieves added poignancy by being concerned with the blatant police prejudice against gays that led to the Stonewall revolt...The show unfolds in different time frames, and some of it is confusing...Friedman keeps the plot moving, but the story, for all its sincerity, becomes maudlin and drawn out at times." Full Review
"A sweet musical fairytale that turns sour, 'Midnight at the Never Get' offers a poignant chapter of pre-Stonewall gay life in the 1960s, garnished with Great American Songbook-style numbers...The latter revelations of the musical curdle beyond bittersweet. Watching the show is akin to sipping a Shirley Temple cocktail only to discover a worm lurking at the bottom of the glass...Bolstering this bijou musical is the sincerity of its performances under Friedman’s well-tuned direction." Full Review
"A striking little production and some very-worth-hearing songs. And it still needs a bit of work...Sonnenblick's cabaret pastiches are clever and convincing...His music, if not bursting with melody, is pleasingly structured and combines traditional form with the occasional unexpected detour...And then there's the book. Well, Sonnenblick is no slouch at dialogue...You just wish Sonnenblick had devoted as much care to character development and storytelling as he did to music and lyrics." Full Review
"Mr. Sonnenblick’s musical compositions are indeed a fine representation of the era and The Great American Songbook, along with lyrics that are smart, sometimes witty, and turn sentimental during some sultry ballads. The obvious problem is that they were written for a cabaret performance and really do no address the task of character development or moving the plot forward...It is an entertaining evening of cabaret but falls a bit short as a full-fledged theatrical production." Full Review
"A snapshot of times past featuring a collection of songs in the spirit of the waspish, linguistically playful constructions of Coward, Porter, and Sondheim. The music is punctuated by frustratingly abbreviated dramatic scenes...The most interesting stories at the heart of this play go completely unexplored, as do a flurry of plot and psychological developments...There are a lot of ghosts...but they need more life and dramatic room to breathe to make us care about them." Full Review
See it if You long for a great, romantic story with awesome performers and a wonderful, creative score and premise. It was fantastic!!!!
Don't see it if If you have a problem relating to romantic stories about LGBT couples. Other than that it's truly a show to be seen.
See it if You're into smoky cabaret acts; you've loved and lost; you're tryna step out of time into something beautiful; you looove a good torch song
Don't see it if You're looking for a fluffy night out. This show aims for something emotionally devastating and yeesh does it get there
See it if you like great musical theater. This one is special as pretty much all musicals from The York Theatre Company are. Sam Bolen is amazing!
Don't see it if you don't like musicals about LGBQ romance.
See it if A heartfelt story told through great songs and music. The talent was wonderful! A lovely 90 minutes. Hooray for The York Theatre.
Don't see it if You do not like a sentimental show that is both sweet and sad.
See it if you want to see a transporting new musical with wonderful new music in the style of the Great American Songbook. Sam Bolen is magnificent!
Don't see it if you dislike cabaret-style shows with gay themes. The story is fresh and well-told with delightfully unexpected highs and lows. A real treat!
See it if you would like a sense of what the male gay scene was like pre-Stonewall or if you want to be introduced to the music of Mark Sonnenblick.
Don't see it if you've had enough gay-themed stuff lately.
See it if you like great singing, writing, music. This 90 minute show is so entertaining, romantic, engrossing. It's a must see!
Don't see it if you don't like romantic stories, good singing, good acting, good music, good entertainment.
See it if Gay love story set in a 1960's nightclub. Excellent original cabaret music. Surprising character and relationship developments.
Don't see it if You are not a fan of cabaret music. You are not interested in gay issues from the 60's and different ways that people coped.
See it if you want to hear wonderful original songs and a marvelous band. See it if you want to think about the gay experience.
Don't see it if you are expecting a Broadway extravaganza. It is a small show.
See it if you enjoy cabaret-style musicals about gay-love & loss; beautiful old-school music; different gay-era (60s), dreamy sequences (ghosts).
Don't see it if anything GLBTQ turns you off. You'd miss out on amazing music, supporting a moving book. If just for Jeremy Cohen on the piano, SEE IT.
See it if a clever retelling of gay life in NY in the sixties told through torch songs and performance will be of interest to you.
Don't see it if Don't like a campy and ironic show--this was more poignant than expected and the acting and singing was great. Very clever.
See it if You like small shows with big stories and a big heart.
Don't see it if You don't like intimate theatre, if you want something with a large cast, big musical numbers, etc.
See it if You appreciate excellent singing, new music, and the tender story of a homosexual relationship in the 1980's ......with all its challenges.
Don't see it if You prefer shows with larger casts and have no interest in the challenges faced by the homosexual population
See it if you're interested in historical gay male dramas, intriguing framing devices, and newly written cabaret/Cole Porter style music/musicals
Don't see it if you would get frustrated by a show that reveals its complications somewhat slowly and that can feel a little too simple/cliched at times
See it if you: want to see a new musical not based on a film or book; are a fan of songs like the Great American Songbook; enjoy love stories.
Don't see it if you: don’t like cabaret-style singing.
See it if you want to see what life was like back when the LGBT community was relegated to the back rooms of seedy clubs
Don't see it if you want a neat, tidy ending with clarity...or if you cannot handle same sex relationships
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