New York | 1h 30m | Ends Jun 08

Original Sound

From 10 critic and 51 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Funny

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.

Front Row Center

“When someone we are rooting for gets their big break...we jump to our feet...That’s what makes reality TV so compelling, and also what makes ‘Original Sound’ so exciting...The original wonderful and sublime...The cast, across the board, spot on...A cautionary tale of what happens when we justify our every move with motivated reasoning – adapting all reasoning of our actions to meet our needs. It is the play that resonates our time now in history.” Full Review


“The eternal heartbreak of show business is given a fresh spin in playwright Adam Seidel’s exhilarating contemporary drama, ‘Original Sound’ that skewers the music industry. Mr. Seidel’s scenario has many familiar elements, but the writing is impeccable, the performances are superior, and it’s electrically presented...’Original Sound’ skillfully dramatizes the toll that following one’s dreams takes on personal relationships with sour honesty.” Full Review

Theatre Reviews Limited

"It seems like a simple story, but it gets a bit complicated with some twists and turns that can keep you intrigued throughout the ninety minutes...The entire cast does a remarkable job juggling the small space and emphasizing the ever-changing locations under the meticulous direction of Elena Araoz. The production is clean, lean, and smart, drawing the audience into the story with words and music supported by raw emotion and transpicuous vulnerability." Full Review

Front Mezz Junkies

"The drama finds a harmonious rapport within the pairing of the young and enthusiastic musician and songwriter Danny Solis...and the struggling-to-remain-relevant pop star Ryan Reed...The combativeness and conflicts sometimes feel like one too many instrumental layers on a track...but when the former music journalist Seidel aims at the creation of a momentous sound, the play works intrinsically, building a compelling and thoughtful song and story forward for us all to engage with." Full Review

New York Theater

"In its own low-key entertaining way, 'Original Sound' forces you to think not just about the music business, but about the nature of the creative process...There is a twist near the end that might have seemed too far-fetched if the actual stories of musical collaboration and conflict weren’t themselves so over-the-top...Part of what makes 'Original Sound' so entertaining is the dialogue." Full Review

Times Square Chronicles

"Elena Araoz’s direction helps us see Danny’s relationship first with his sister and Kari, to the breaking down of walls between the star and what lies beneath...Seidel, a former music journalist, seems to know this world and his dialogue sounds real. He brings us into the world of recording and all the traps the lie beneath wanting to be in the spotlight...I look forward to seeing more of these talented actors, Araoz and Seidel’s work. In the meantime this play is a refreshing breath of fres... Full Review


"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 courtroom and focusing on what's behind the music...Critical to keeping 'Original Sound' in tune are the generous notes of authenticity along the way." Full Review


"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' into something more complicated...Both of these musicians emerge as distance swimmers, paddling across a sea of failed ambition and trying not to drown." Full Review

The Commentator

"The intimate feeling of being steps away from the action enhances the collaborative nature of the story and enables the crowd to take part in the give-and-take of the plot...The play attempts to analyze the difference between real and fake and, in doing so, shows that both are inherently complex. 'Original Sound' is a take on what it means to 'make it' and the moral constraints that accompany a rise to the top." Full Review

The New York Times

"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 might consider making a video for it. The show is on wobblier footing when it comes to the underdeveloped supporting characters." Full Review

Great writing, Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You're interested in insightful, brilliantly characterized plays with a song that will be stuck in your head for weeks

Don't see it if You want happy endings or straightforward hero-villain narratives

Believable characters, talented cast, absorbing, balanced in tone, Intelligent

See it if You like intimate settings in which to appreciate good storytelling, and if you like "discovering" new or new-ish theater talent.

Don't see it if You prefer well-known titles.

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

Entertaining, Resonant, Great live music, Great acting, Underrated

See it if It’s DOPE, man! Reveals the dark side of music industry, provokes thoughts about “originality” of an artist; Great casting of 3 leads

Don't see it if If hip-hop or EDM is unbearable to your ears; you mind sitting too close to actors (it’s an intimate setup, 2 rows of chairs on 3 sides)

Also Sebastian (the male lead) is multi-talented. The collaborative “improv... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy talented cast in intimate setting - great performance by Sebastian Chacon. Interesting premise & questions of co-creation.

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason not to see this. Drama & music - there's nothing not to like.

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.

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!!!!!!

Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if Wonderful show, live music, sad and funny, teaches to value friendship and that kid can be more generous and merciful than parent

Don't see it if No significant reasons not to see it. Maybe one episode of panick attack can be a bit shorter and slamming doors should be a little down

Also Hooray to Sebastian Chacon, he is not only a talented actor, but also ... 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, 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

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!

Intense, Relevant, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if The set is wonderfully intimate and the lead is a charming, absorbing actor. It is easy to follow him even as he prepares his own downfall

Don't see it if Original Sound concerns musicians, and as such there's a lot of music involved. The story can feel familiar. It lacks real resolution

Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want a small intimate really good show.

Don't see it if You want an elaborate long show.

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.

Great acting, Riveting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if Some good, some great performances. Good story about the music business with actors who pull it off. Especially dynamic in a small space.

Don't see it if Uneven writing. Subplots under or over developed. Direction uneven and should have addressed these issues. Still more than worth seeing.

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

Resonant, Relevant, Refreshing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You enjoy the music business or want to see something with realistic, very current personalities

Don't see it if You are expecting something total out there.

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

Great acting, Original, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if like an unusual but relatable story & conflicts: seeking success & clashing w/ family & friends along the way; trying to be true to yourself

Don't see it if you’re not interested in stories about struggling, damaged souls, or cynical look at what it can take to make it in the music industry

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

Different, Thoroughly enjoyed, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you want to see a play about a subject we don't usually see. In an intimate setting with an awesome diverse cast.

Don't see it if you need big production style in your theater experience.

Also I really enjoyed the story with the twists. I loved seeing a diverse c... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Absorbing, Relevant

See it if You love plays about some the challenges people encounter in life when they are trying to chase a dream

Don't see it if You don’t like plays about betrayal

Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Great show about a young man trying to pursue his dream in the music industry against many odds. Great music too..

Don't see it if You don't like music being incorporated into a play...Very believable script...

The father enters too late to carry the plot weight he bears, Every element in tune with each other, Dramatically sound

See it if you support original plays done beautifully or you care about the music industry

Don't see it if you have a problem with plays that are structured like films with no scene lasting more than 5 or so minutes.

Great singing, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if A struggling musician gets the chance to collaborate with a major pop star. The scene of them working together is memorable.Very well-acted

Don't see it if The play peaks, .... and then turns into a generational family-dysfunction melodrama.

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