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Renascence

From 54 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Quirky

About the show

Transport Group presents this world premiere musical about the radical, reckless, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay, who lived one hundred years ago, a hundred years ahead of her time. More…

At eighteen she writes a staggeringly profound poem that rocks the literary world and transforms her from rural Mainer into a virtual cause célèbre. Vincent captivates everyone in her orbit—male and female—and is hero-worshipped for her unabashed intellect and frank sensuality. She works her newfound fame, leaving in her wake broken relationships with those who believed in her before anyone else.


Member Reviews (54)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Quirky
77
Avg Score

77
Ambitious, Edgy, Great singing, Slow, Quirky

See it if Journey thru Millay's early years via her poetry; providing lyrics to Dean's music Ambitious soundscape, more secular oratorio than drama

Don't see it if Millay's poetry can get lost amidst talented singers but bohemian, feminist quality prevails Ending could have more power recited than sung

79
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if like bio shows but done non-conventionally. well-acted, well-directed and intelligent. music is really good too.

Don't see it if don't like bio show then not for you. having a background in reading "the" poem would be highly recommended

70
Ambitious, Quirky, Slow

See it if You're interested in learning about Edna St Vincent Millay's life and hearing songs whose lyrics are her poems.

Don't see it if You want something very fast-paced or set in the current day

Also I liked some things about this show, especially the moments of humor, ... Read more Read less

79
Clever, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if You would like to see a new ambitious musical with beautiful poetic lyrics by a woman poet that some may not have ever heard of.

Don't see it if If you only like straight forward familiar musicals

90
Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if Gorgeous music, and a fresh take on Millay and her poetry - the women all shine, and her passion and talent feel utterly contemporary.

Don't see it if An irreverent and anachronistically ironic take on the exposition irritates you.

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if you want to see something unique and unconventionally beautiful. Beautiful score, staging, movement, and performances from all actors.

Don't see it if you want to see something flashy or conventional. The non-linear aspect may be a turn off for some. It also feels longer than it needs to be

80
Absorbing, Great singing, Intelligent, Intense, Clever

See it if you love exquisite music and versatile actors. The lead actress is mesmerizing and the cast is very impressive.Beautiful voices.

Don't see it if you don't like intelligent stories or stripped down musicals.

80
Ambitious, Enchanting, Great singing, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to hear beautiful music! The cast is incredible and the story is very interesting.

Don't see it if it's a long piece that moves slowly at times.

90
Profound, Masterful, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great singing

See it if It is an amazing, if cerebral show. If you like poetry and gorgeous music, incredibly sung you'll be happy. Mid century Bohemian culture

Don't see it if If you need a traditional story with book scenes etc. There are no tap numbers.

90
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Profound

See it if you love intriguing stories, powerhouse performances, enchanting music

Don't see it if you don't like poetry.

During previews
82
Tour-de-force ending, Strong singing, Flawed book, Brilliant lyrics, Strong music

See it if you are interested in innovative musicals, or early modernist poetry, or Edna St. Vincent Millay.

Don't see it if you like your musicals to be traditional, or segments of close-up staging upset you.

Also In “Renascence,” Transport Group’s musical staging of the words of ear... Read more Read less

During previews
89
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great singing, Masterful, Resonant

See it if you like Edna St. Vincent Millay's poetry set to a symphonic style score, learn about her early life & a great perf from Hannah Corneau

Don't see it if don't like somewhat esoteric, ethereal productions, expect songs to push the production forward rather than for atmosphere or commentary

Also A fantastic mixture of music, poetry and dance featuring an energetic ... Read more Read less

During previews
79
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you want a slice of the poet's life revolving around the title with unique staging, an energetic cast with good voices, band, stage presence

Don't see it if you want to catch every word-though miked I found it difficult at times to hear when actors were not facing the audience, especially Corneau

During previews
88
Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if 6 very talented performers with Broadway-caliber voices. High energy tale of "Vincent" Millay & how she started by entering poetry contest.

Don't see it if Annoying that playbills are not distributed until end of show. (Show runs 2 hrs 29 minutes but it flies by.)

During previews
86
Millay's ethereal poetry set to lovely music -- cleverly executed biographical script -- great cast

See it if Talented troupe of 6 in bio-musical. Millay's lyrical, naturalistic poetry set to Sondheim-y music. Hannah Corneau is excellent as Vincent

Don't see it if A non-traditional musical, intelligent staging. Focuses more on the poetry and the poet. Orchestra of 8 in the pit under the extended stage.

Also Abrons is the perfect venue for this piece.

During previews
65
Great singing, Intelligent, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you want to see 6 very talented young performers in search of a musical.

Don't see it if you want a classic storied musical. This is based on Millay's poetry.

Also The show needs work but what I saw at its 2nd preview shows some promi... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Must-see / highly recommend / extremely moving, Amazing singing (hard range!) / great orchestra, Excellent ensemble / strong committed performances, Relevant story / inspiring / sometimes quirky / absorbing, Stunning score / beautiful poetry (lyrics) / resonant book

See it if musicals are your thing, you enjoy based-on-real-life shows, you're interested in poetry on any level, you own stock in Kleenex tissues.

Don't see it if you only like dazzling productions. This is all about the music, poetry & story. Low-budget (almost zero) set, forcing your ears to submit.

Also Never heard of Edna St Vincent Millay.... Read more Read less

During previews
87
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You like shows done in a completely original way. Where you can experience new theatrical journeys with amazon talent.

Don't see it if If you really like musicals done in the usual way. If you aren't open to theatre a bit out of the box.

During previews
76
Extremely ambitious, Labor of love, Uneven direction, Outstanding lighting, Exceptional orchestrations & orchestra

See it if You're a fan of Millay or up for an offbeat bit of theatre, slightly long & musically repetitive, but soaring arrangements and stagecraft.

Don't see it if Not a fan of Millay's poetry, resist the idea of poems set to music or don't have the patience for tone poems, art songs or vocalise.

Also There's a lot going on in this interesting, ambitious & slightly schiz... Read more Read less

During previews
69
Great singing, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Ambitious, Repetitive

See it if you want to hear top-notch singing of beautiful melodies or are a huge Millay fan.

Don't see it if you're expecting a realistic production, not a fan of prose as lyrics, don't like having to leave your seat for part of the show.

During previews
90
Great singing, Enchanting, Absorbing, Beautiful, Poetic

See it if You want to hear a great original score with beautiful orchestrations and exquisite vocal arrangements. Are a fan of Millay's work.

Don't see it if You dislike musicals that contain anachronisms in both the design elements and music. Heavily dislike audience immersion.

Also Reject me not, sweet sounds; oh, let me live,... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Ambitious, Inspiring

See it if you are inspired by spoken-word, like historical biographies, musical theater, outside the box theater, incredible performances--sublime.

Don't see it if don't like bare-bone sets, fluidity with sexuality, nonconformist casting, and poetry set to music.

Also The story of a young Edna Saint Vincent Millay's writing of the poem R... Read more Read less

During previews
88
Great singing, Engaging, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You want to hear some really great singing interspersed with scenes about Millay's life.

Don't see it if You're expecting an elaborate production. The beginning feels more like a workshop with bare bones set and costumes that try not to look it.

During previews
72
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great acting, Great singing, First rate singing and good music with of course great kyrics (millay's poetry) but the script needs work and is too long. quite worth seeing.

See it if If you're at all familiar with and like this poet's work, you should definitely put this on your must-see list Musicalizing of poems A+.

Don't see it if You don't know the poetry and are resistant to an artsy musical with bare bones set (a few sticks of furniture) and street clothes costumes.

During previews
66
Ambitious, Trivializes millay as much as it celebrates her, Well sung by game cast but there's no drama here

See it if you'd enjoy accomplished musical settings of snippets of Millay, made to suggest her biography and character

Don't see it if you know Millay-this trivializes both her biography & her work; experimental approaches bore you; mightily striving to find drama exhausts

Also There are some glorious settings of Millay's poetry by Carmel Dean, bu... Read more Read less


October 26th, 2018
"Carmel Dean’s melodies, passionately sung, make the poems soar. But what does it mean that I came out of the show liking Millay’s poetry a lot less than when I went into it?...The show made me wonder why we’re still so hungry for artist biographies and what it is we want from them...Centering th...
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October 25th, 2018
“The last 20 minutes of ‘Renascence’ give themselves over completely to Edna St. Vincent Millay’s titular masterpiece, as the six-person cast sings and dances to her lyric poem...It’s the high point of this evocative but overly ambitious new musical...The characters never quite coalesce, and Vinc...
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October 26th, 2018
"The Transport Group is currently presenting 'Renascence,' a musical about Edna St. Vincent Millay, and I can't imagine why. The show certainly doesn't provide any clues...Most of the time it fails to make a case for dramatizing the life of the poet, who should by all rights make a rip-roaring mu...
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October 26th, 2018
"Carmel Dean has done Edna St. Vincent Millay an extremely generous favor. She has set the revered poet’s 'Renascence' to glorious, moody, insistent music. Doing that, she has also given audiences an equally uplifting gift...Other Millay works are regularly inserted, and Dean treats them with th...
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