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Original Sound

From 95 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant

About the show

A young Nuyorican beat maker calls out a rising pop star for ripping off his track. "Original Sound" is a fierce, funny, musical journey through the heart of an unforgiving industry.

Member Reviews (95)


Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant
Avg Score

Well acted, Well written, Entertaining when you're not pushing elbows, Excruciatingly uncomfortable seats

See it if you can grab one of only 4 aisle seats. It's a good story, very well acted with lots of twists.

Don't see it if you don't want to spend your time pushing elbows and getting squished. At least 2 skirmishes broke out during the show.

Also Narrow armless chairs tied together. So distracting from the play and ... Read more Read less

Well acted, Terrible seating, Entertaining

See it if Interesting entertaining story with some twists. Good performances.

Don't see it if You want to sit comfortably. Seats are extremely narrow w/ NO space between them. You are smashed up against those next to you.

Also Normally I wouldn't comment on the seating but I was uncomfortable fro... Read more Read less

Great staging, Absorbing, Cliched, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You want to see a show that keeps you entertained-enough surprises and plot twists that it’s easy to overlook the cliched characters.

Don't see it if You want a perfect, big budget show. This felt like a gem in such an intimate space like The Cherry Lane. Well worth my time!

Absorbing, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You’d like to see a well acted, contemporary story with solid twists. A solid show that I enjoyed very much.

Don't see it if You don’t like tight spaces. Seating is very tight.

Sad, Creative, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Coming-of-age story of a young man trying to make it in the music business, while eventually facing his own faults. Intense & sad.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy coming-of-age stories. You would like a light, happy experience.

Resonant, Cliched, Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Well played by leads & sharply staged in a recording studio, 'Sound' charts the price paid for gaining and keeping success in music biz

Don't see it if Sadly, drama slips into bathos when backstory slowly shows itself; its the usual abusive father, suffering mother, venal handlers, blah blah

Well-played, A bit formulaic, Intimate, Fun

See it if you like immersive theater: Here the audience feels like they are in a music studio right with the actors.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that sound like TV drama.

Also “Original Sound” is an enjoyable, mostly exciting look at how the musi... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Fantastic new set at the Studio Theater. New star rising a Sebastian Chacon. A tale worth telling. Most cordial staff.

Don't see it if The "ALMOST" theater in the round is our favorite but not for all. Great history at Cherry Lane but not great public transportation.

Quirky, Cliched, Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy stories about singers (rap & pop), as well as the cruelty of show biz, discovering young talent, barriers faced by minority artist

Don't see it if Don’t like plays where characters play & sing or tales of struggling artists, not a fan of rap or classical, mix of strong & weak acting

Great music, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you appreciate the ironic twists of a well made play. As each character approaches a goal something pulls from an unexpected direction.

Don't see it if you like to see what's coming in advance. There are a lot of surprises for the characters both good and bad.

Quick, Cliched, Clever, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Major-label established balladeer appropriates intellectual property from thirsty latin hip-hop DJ who does the same to navigate industry.

Don't see it if Very expensive general admission in newly transformed neon-gassed Cherry Lane Studio w/ a baby grand. Cliched. Proprietary double title.

Also Alan Arkin's son:"The single we release tomorrow is gonna blow a hole ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Funny, Absorbing

See it if About wanting to play music and music business.

Don't see it if If you want to hear alot of music,

Also It about the struggles and dreams to get in the music business. That s... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if you like a very well written and acted story about the music business. You get very involved with the character who are well developed.

Don't see it if you do not like a small set or a story about the music business. This story is also about family and friendship, its ups and downs.

Also I was very impressed with the story and got very involved with the cha... Read more Read less

Slow, 90 minute drama, stark white fancy set

See it if The woman w/the guitar & her manager, and the guy's dad, are believable & can act & sing. Nice to see the guy from the original RENT.

Don't see it if The rest of the cast does a lot of screaming and yelling, and has one-dimensional over-acting.

Clever, Delightful

See it if You want to see a play about the inner workings of music and get a behind-the-scenes look at the music industry

Don't see it if You are expecting a musical. This is a straight play about the music industry

Also It’s not important to talk about why I don’t like musicals. I love str... Read more Read less

Relevant, Great acting, Great staging, Clever, Fascinating

See it if Terrific play showing an insiders look at the contemporary music business ! Play uses a thrust stage so feels as if you are in the studio !

Don't see it if You have no interest in the business of music and how different musicians are affected by it. Electronic music of today is not your thing.

Also I loved this play ! I have never seen a play with this theme before al... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great singing, Relevant, Resonant, Funny

See it if You’re interested in breaking into the music industry stories.

Don't see it if You’re looking for serious drama

Quick cut screenplay-like scenes, Authentic feel, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Original composer, plagiarist, co-writer, collaborator: young musicians pursue their dreams despite exploitive label & dysfunctional family.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in the music business, or dislike music used in a play.

Also Newly refurbished Cherry Lane Studio theatre is set up in a thrust con... Read more Read less

Refreshing, Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like small, but impactful shows. Talented cast portray characters great (especially the two leads) and audience invested in their fate.

Don't see it if you don't like intimate theater spaces or are looking for more of a celebration of music instead of harsh reality of business.

Must see, Refreshing, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if For its terrific cast and staging. I would have given it 100 if it didn’t turn into a melodrama at the end. Writing is very good as well

Don't see it if Just see it!!!!!!

Ambitious, Relevant, Riveting, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you are interested in the music business or strong character development. The story draws you in and the characters make you stay.

Don't see it if you are looking for a musical; this is a play about music with some music in it. Or you don't like small venues.

Fine acting & directing, Wonderful writing, Excellent characterizations, Compelling, Entertaining

See it if you are interested in the ruthlessness of the movie industry, superb characterizations, fascinating story line, great acting & directing.

Don't see it if you have no interest in the music industry, the creative process of making music & serious stories of interpersonal conflict.


See it if Slippery slope of fame consuming one's life to abandon relationships and sell out. Music jam scene lovely to watch.

Don't see it if Play with a little music — could've had more music. Some parts dragged. Need some re-writing for two plot lines to mesh better.

Also Diversity: Puerto Rican male lead, sister, and father, but more of the... Read more Read less

Refreshing, Good use of space, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Want to delve into back story of music and musicians , told in a well paced production by a talented group

Don't see it if You like large proscenium theaters and are looking for romance or dancing

Relevant, Quirky, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if a modern play about the music business against the complicated relationship of a family peaks your interest.

Don't see it if you re looking for a happy ending, because this play is gritty and real and messy like real life.

May 13th, 2019
"Flawed but promising 'Original Sound,' the rare new play that pays attention to how the modern pop-culture sausage is made...From what we can hear in the show, the song is the rare piece of fictional art that is as good as everybody says it is, so much so that the 'Original Sound' producers migh...
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May 23rd, 2019
"The exploitation theme is a lot more compelling than the selfishness theme, which plays out too familiarly in situations with Danny’s sister and with his roommate. But the best scene is about neither: at the center of the play is a gorgeous extended musical sequence between Danny and Ryan that c...
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May 9th, 2019
"Enthralling new play...A former music journalist, Seidel thrillingly dramatizes contract negotiations and jam sessions, making them accessible and exciting for the lay viewer...Under the nuanced direction by Elena Araoz, we watch as Danny slowly cracks her shell, transforming 'Original Sound' in...
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May 12th, 2019
"A fresh and frenetic take on the promise and perils of guarding intellectual content in the music industry...Araoz directs a top-notch cast through 17 choppy scenes. I longed for more time with the members of Danny's family...'Original Sound' avoids tripping over itself by staying out of the cou...
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