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Ordinary Days
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Ordinary Days NYC Reviews and Tickets

81%
(149 Reviews)
Positive
93%
Mixed
5%
Negative
2%
Members say
Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Clever

About the Show

Keen Company presents the first New York revival of this musical about four young New Yorkers whose lives intersect in unexpected ways as they search for success, happiness, love, and taxis.

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83
Entertaining, Great singing, Fun, New york-y

See it if A thoroughly entertaining sung through musical about relationships in New York City. Strong voices and a easy to swallow experience.

Don't see it if You don’t like sung through musicals or prefer elaborately staged works.

85
Delightful, Clever, Sweet, Quirky, Touching

See it if Characters and relationships developed with song. Clever lyrics and catchy tunes. People seeking connections in NYC. Touching moments.

Don't see it if You are looking for more intense drama or more serious themes. The music style gets a bit repetitive. The story is a little overlong.

Critic Reviews (16)

October 26th, 2018

"A sweet escape back to 2007. It’s a relief to spend a little time in a moment when New Yorkers had the luxury of everyday angst...Claire and Jason never come fully to life. The other love story, though, is delightful to watch. It’s the romance of new friendship between Deb and Warren, which blossoms despite her standoffish resistance. Even before they meet, Ms. Marion and Mr. Sherman make these two refugees from the Island of Misfit Toys achingly endearing."
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October 22nd, 2018

"Silverstein's swift, light-handed revival of this beguilingly oddball chamber musical is, arguably, better than the original production; it's a potent reminder of his talent...Sometimes Gwon's music skips wittily, nervously over the surface of difficult situations; more often, it is shot through with longing...Gwon crosscuts between the stories deftly, weaving them together in lovely vocal quartets...A fine reminder why, thanks to so many fresh voices, these are halcyon days for the musical."
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October 17th, 2018

“’Ordinary Days’ remains something more than ordinary. Likable, brisk, and professionally mounted with a friendly and strong-singing cast, the Keen production of ‘Ordinary Days’ makes an enjoyably pleasant evening. But it remains not much more than one of those young-folk-trying-to-cope revues. Good enough, no complaints; but earthshaking or invigorating? Not so much..A promising showcase for a talented songwriter as opposed to a fully realized musical."
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October 26th, 2018

"Although 'Ordinary Days' wants us to believe that these are extraordinary people living through ordinary but memorable days, Jonathan Silverstein's production fails to deliver on that premise. His cast sings well but this sophisticated sung-through musical needs more than just good voices. Unfortunately, this highly awaited revival of the charming Adam Gwon musical is low on the charm factor, a disappointment leaving us to wait for a definitive production sometime in the future."
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October 18th, 2018

“A musical theatre treat...’Ordinary Days’ focuses on just four New Yorkers...Bashor's performance is simply astonishing. The rest of the cast is also excellent...The dense lyrics reveal layered characters and move the story forward, while still remaining clever and unexpected...Though ‘Ordinary Days’ is not especially illuminating or revelatory, the production is solid and does justice to this little gem.”
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October 17th, 2018

“Gwon’s ‘Ordinary Days’ presents a mélange of mayhem, tears, truth and humor...Reminiscent of the boy meets girl, falls in love old tale but much more relatable in this 21st Century intelligent compelling musical...The story songs are filled with humor, passion, joy, hope, sadness and fury and readily understandable in this vignette styled production, smartly directed...The ensemble is outstanding, the message not new but a reminder and wake up call of what’s really important.”
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October 19th, 2018

“Engaging and unpretentious, the music by Gwon and performers are right in the pocket. However, the music eventually loses pace with the story, causing the charm to wear a little thin...Bashor takes stage with ease...She is an excellent singer...The other three singers are also clearly well trained...This show has so much going for it...Unfortunately, the music doesn’t quite keep up...Consistent and comfortable but not memorable.”
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October 17th, 2018

“The cast sounds good and strong...Clever and musically charming, although not as deeply engaging as it is sweet and tender. Fighting through the noise and traffic of the city, ‘Ordinary Days’ arrives at its journey’s end with clarity and kindness, driven forward with beguiling sweet songs...They won’t hang around too long in your conscious brain as the weight, is too flighty and paper thin to help anyone arrive at a clearer sense of who they are and what they want to be.”
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October 19th, 2018

“Delivered through an 18-part song cycle...Gwon’s work forgoes book scenes and, instead, connects the dots through sung narrative...As the title suggests, there is nothing extraordinary about each character’s journey, and Gwon achieves varying degrees of success in turning the mundane into the magical...The production isn’t helped by Kemp’s budget-friendly set...The visual impact and Bhatia’s shadow-heavy lighting distracted from Gwon’s otherwise naturalistic sensibility.”
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October 18th, 2018

“Enjoyably well done but nothing notably out of the ordinary…The thinness of Gwon's plotting is not substantially enhanced by these unsurprising characters, nor are the experiences they encounter notably illuminating…There's a been-there, heard-and-seen-that feeling that simply fails to ignite…Too many…numbers…are in the generic, faux-Sondheim mode of narrating rhyming exposition to a steady beat…The performers all have charm, fine voices, and the acting skills to bring their songs to life.”
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October 17th, 2018

“A show that sneaks up on you and captures you in it’s spell...With an extraordinary cast of four brilliantly talented performers, Gwon’s show wraps you in its simplicity, honesty and heart...Silverstein’s direction is smart...Bell’s musical direction keeps this music pure and crystal clear...Gwon’s powerful masterpiece, has cleverly written lyrics, an emotional twist, and music that burrows its way into your soul...You are sure to be affected by this hauntingly exquisite gem of a show.”
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October 27th, 2018

“Keen Company’s revival of Adam Gwon’s delightful chamber musical ‘Ordinary Days’ cleanses the soul, lifts the spirit, and reminds you what you love about New York. All four performers in this almost entirely sung show are outstanding as they tell a simple, beautiful, and original story about how small acts and interactions can change lives. This sweet and quietly extraordinary musical is a must-see.”
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October 19th, 2018

“’Ordinary Days’ does a tremendous amount of telling. It's a sung-through musical, and the four characters spend a lot of time explaining themselves...And it all works really well. The songs are lovely and smart and sensitive, and Gwon even makes the sung-through-ness succeed, as his work genuinely sounds like people communicating...Gwon provides enough...to tie together the four characters and give us a satisfying whole. The four-person cast is wonderful.”
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October 26th, 2018

"That the characters appear so utterly quotidian, on one hand and so familiar on the other, speaks to the play’s immeasurable charm...In a sung through musical, the voices tell the story, and the four actors in this production make that an especially affecting experience simply because they sound truthful and honest...It’s an understated, beautifully sung, and moving story about connecting with another person."
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October 18th, 2018

“A slice of life musical. It is not big and bombastic. It is about quiet everyday moments...The structure of the show is interesting. The two couples’ lives intersect at various times throughout the show, but they rarely interact with each other. It's as if you are watching two different shows simultaneously. The songs are nice, the acting is good and the story is interesting. It is all very engaging and seems to go by a lot quicker than the alleged 90 minute or so running time.”
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October 20th, 2018

"A sweet and thoughtful musical...Gwon’s score does serve the story well...These songs flesh out the characters into three-dimensional people...The show’s reliance on songs that explore character through metaphor rather than plot can cumulatively become a bit heavy-handed...The four actors bring these New Yorkers to life with both personality and heart...This production demonstrates that sometimes the most 'ordinary' things can offer the greatest joys.”
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