Already closed | 2h 10m | Upper W Side


From 10 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Original, Slow, Confusing, Quirky

About the show

Lincoln Center Theater presents 'Preludes,' a musical fantasia set in the hypnotized mind of Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff. More…

After the disastrous premiere of his first symphony, the young Rachmaninoff suffers from writer’s block. He begins daily sessions with a therapeutic hypnotist, in an effort to overcome depression and return to composing.

2h 10m | Already closed | Claire Tow Theater (Upper W Side)

Member Reviews (10)


Ambitious, Original, Slow, Confusing, Quirky
Avg Score

Thought-provoking, Romantic, Original, Great acting, Slow

See it if You enjoy classical music and want to see a play about Rachmaninoff having writer's block.

Don't see it if The topic of a musician's writers block doesn't interest you and/or you don't like classical music

Ambitious, Great staging, Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You like to experience new, very artistic, very ambitious music theater.

Don't see it if You can't stand slowly-paced, overly intelligent work.

Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in Russian history, classical music.

Don't see it if you want a linear, easy to follow story.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Dizzying, Original, Quirky

See it if beautiful singing and an impressive cast can make of a complicated story. (Amazing sound design and a cool set help though).

Don't see it if an ambitiously complicated story structured to reflect Rachmaninoff's life and creative inspirations adds little to our understanding.

Enchanting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you love contemporary, innovative stagings and plays, classical Russian music, actors playing multiple characters.

Don't see it if you want light fare, you're not in the mood for a thinker.

Ambitious, Confusing, Dizzying, Intelligent

See it if you're a fan of gabriel ebert, rachel chavkin, dave malloy, or virtuosic piano playing.

Don't see it if you're expecting genius on the level of great comet.

Ambitious, Clever, Edgy, Great writing, Original

See it if You enjoy unique theatre and loved Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.

Don't see it if You're easily confused.

Ambitious, Edgy, Quirky, Original

See it if you're an artist who's suffered failure and writer's block; you like daring theater that's trying something new; you're a Rachmaninoff fan.

Don't see it if you like your musical theater straightforward and do not appreciate experimental approaches; you are an orthodox classical music lover.

Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you are a big Rachmaninoff fan or not familiar with Dave Malloy's work.

Don't see it if you love Dave Malloy and are hoping for another Great Comet or Ghost Quartet. Just so disappointing when you know what Malloy is capable of.

Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Resonant

See it if Fan of classical music history, avant-garde and electronica.

Don't see it if if youre "so small and stupid that you can't hear anything new"

June 15th, 2015
"Writer’s block turns out to be a lot more inspiring than you could ever have imagined — and sad and stirring and gloriously fun. In 'Preludes' Dave Malloy makes beautiful music out of a composer’s three years of creative silence...Mr. Malloy and Ms. Chavkin have delivered the best musical about ...
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June 15th, 2015
"Preludes feels boneless and blobby: a two-hour mishmash of navel-gazing vignettes about the difficulty of being an artist, scored with snatches of classical music and meandering arioso... Flashes of intelligence notwithstanding, Preludes is largely hermetic and dull. "
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June 15th, 2015
"A load of talent and resources has been thrown at this ambitious bio-drama, which features some rhapsodic music and glorious singing. However, the distancing show is too clever by half; it's dense, exhausting and pretentious...The creative team twists itself inside out trying to make artist's bl...
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June 15th, 2015
"Malloy’s inspiration also proves to be an impediment. Rachmaninoff’s music dominates the proceedings...More often than not, they’re keeping us from hearing Rachmaninoff’s music. As Chekhov tells Rach, 'use more silence.' If you were wondering what the heck Chekhov is doing here, you wouldn’t be ...
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