Already closed | 1h 45m | Midtown W

Newton's Cradle (NYMF)

From 12 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing, Resonant, 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. More…

Evan is determined to marry his girlfriend Charlie, but his father and brother don't want him to. Or rather, his father doesn't think he can and his brother doesn't think he will. And his mother won't tell them otherwise. They're all so concerned with what autistic Evan might do, but he knows he is more than just his needs, and he's going to prove it.

1h 45m | Already closed | The Duke on 42nd Street (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (12)


Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing, Resonant, Relevant

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

Disappointing, Intense, Slow, Resonant

See it if Well, you can't now but: You like Victoria Clark. The subject matter of autism appeals to you.

Don't see it if It does not. You are reading this after it closes.

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 ...
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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, cl...
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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 abo...
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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, ...
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