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Newton's Cradle (NYMF)
Midtown W
85

Newton's Cradle (NYMF) NYC Reviews and Tickets

85%
(12 Reviews)
Positive
83%
Mixed
17%
Negative
0%
Members say
Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant

About the Show

Part of the New York Musical Festival: An autistic man wants to marry his girlfriend against his family's wishes in this fast-paced, non-linear tuner directed by Tony-winning actress Victoria Clark.

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Member Reviews (12)

92
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if I was extremely moved by this show. The writing, acting, music were all outstanding.

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68
Relevant, Resonant, Original, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if An interesting take on autism and relationships, original storytelling and good songs

Don't see it if Want linear storytelling and elaborate sets

Critic Reviews (10)

August 8th, 2016

“Evan’s past - peopled by his vigilant mother, worried father and loving, resentful brother, Michael - overlaps with his present in this warmhearted show. A couple of plot points defy belief...But the score is beautiful, with patterns and loops and cacophonies that echo Evan’s mind. The ensemble is first-rate, and the rapport between the Saunders brothers absolutely translates. It’s Heath Saunders, though, who walks off with your heart.”
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August 5th, 2016

"As one of the most nuanced entries in this year's festival, 'Newton's Cradle' is structured to replicate the brain function of someone on the spectrum...The subject matter, paired with the minimal amount of plot the musical ends up putting forth, leaves the door wide open to trite sentiments, clichéd lyrics, and clinical sermons. Yet, the Saunders family taps a compelling vein within the genre of musical theater, striking a balance that makes 'Newton's Cradle' sing."
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August 6th, 2016

"'Newton's Cradle' itself struggles to find good reasons to sing. The writers haven't settled on a consistent method of musicalizing Evan's struggle, so you're never really able to crawl into his head the way you ought to be able to do with a main character...This is a musical that seems more about a medical message than telling a story or eliciting feelings through musical and lyrical necessity, and apparently considers that a sufficient replacement for punch and panache."
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August 5th, 2016

"The actors are uniformly strong...The music is unmelodic and doesn’t add much color to the show, but the lyrics fare better. The direction by Victoria Clark is steady and clarifies much of the action. 'Newton’s Cradle' has taken on a worthy challenge, but despite the talented cast and director, doesn’t quite paint a cohesive enough picture to match the challenge."
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August 7th, 2016

“Heath Saunders gives a star-making performance in ‘Newton’s Cradle’, a touching musical he co-wrote with his mother Kim...Tenderly directed by Victoria Clark, who stages the show as what it might feel like to be Evan: a dizzying experience with outbursts of bliss and pain coexisting, ‘Newton’s Cradle’ is emotional without being condescending, and in Saunders’ beautiful work we see the agony and joy that it would be to discover the world anew with every single breath we took.”
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August 9th, 2016

"These stories do nothing more than create situations that enable a character to engage in musical numbers that are laden with exposition dialogue and do nothing to move the plot forward. The book needs to focus more on character development to achieve an emotional connection with the audience which convinces them to care...The cast is first-rate...Director Clark puts all the pieces of this puzzle together with a firm hand, but unfortunately it does not create a successful production."
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August 5th, 2016

"Clark deftly navigates most of the material for her actors, anchored by Saunders’ poignant, funny, and heartbreaking portrayal...As composer and lyricist, Saunders is equally as gifted…Where 'Newton’s Cradle' may find more solid ground is in its character development beyond the specific family and relationship dynamics...'Newton’s Cradle' reminds us of the gift of musical theatre, that stories of all kind with people of all kind can be told and honored."
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August 9th, 2016

"The company is terrific, so symbiotic one can’t help but hope they stay together for the show’s next iteration. All voices are excellent...Heath Saunders’s score is melodic and evocative; his lyrics sensitive, uncompromisingly specific, often seamlessly intertwined with dialogue. The book is moving and well researched, every character and relationship credible…'Newton’s Cradle' is a tale told with eloquence, grace, and respect, not pity. We leave uplifted and illuminated."
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August 7th, 2016

"This is a wondrously complex story. The way things unravel is stunning. It’s intricate and precise. And special...What book writer Kim Saunders has offered is chock-full of immeasurable potential. While the festival setting may have held back the production’s full possibility, the approach and vision could have gone so much further. Director Victoria Clark did a fine job with the material. When it worked, it worked...Where will it go from here? Who knows? But there is a bright future."
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August 6th, 2016

"The cast solidly navigates the often complex score and infuses great emotion into their singing. The lyrics are perhaps this production’s roughest element, and sometimes venture into juvenile rhymes, but overall they are effective in conveying what the character is trying to say...'Newton’s Cradle' is a well-realized production with some rough edges, but it’s worth attending to see a moving show that gives much to reflect upon in the way we define and keep our relationships."
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