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New York | 2h 25m | In Previews: Opens Oct 25

Renascence

From 41 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.



99
During previews
Dizzying, Thought-provoking, Must see, Refreshing, Riveting

See it if you thought there needed to be a feminist, intersectional "Hamilton," you love gorgeous writing, staging, and acting, you don't suck

Don't see it if you need narrative "bio pic" style plays, you need plays to be "about" something, you're easily confused, you're a terrible person

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

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

92
During previews
Absorbing, Enchanting, Quirky, Great singing, Polished

See it if you love poetry, Bohemia, women writers, chamber musicals, Downtown theatre, exceptionally talented cast with soaring voices, & surprises.

Don't see it if no set, no costume changes, way Downtown LES theatre is not for you. This bio piece centers on her most famous work--not her whole life

Also This charming piece was utterly beguiling. The Finale was breathtaking... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Masterful, Quirky, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if You appreciate new and unique works with beautiful music and an absorbing story. Perfect blend of fantastical and realistic.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of small musicals with a mostly slow but soaring score

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

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

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

88
During previews
Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

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.)

88
During previews
Relevant, Entertaining, Great singing, Engaging

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.

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

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.

87
During previews
Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Quirky, Great singing

See it if you are a poet or lover of poetry, if you enjoy non traditional theater.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of poetry or of non traditional theater.

Also I loved this show, but it's definitely not for everyone. The play depi... Read more Read less

86
During previews
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.

85
During previews
Ambitious, Dizzying, Enchanting, Intelligent, Slow

See it if You want to hear a lush score, gloriously sung. If you’re a Millay fan. If you love to see the right show in the right space.

Don't see it if Slow at times, and probably a bit garbled if you don’t briefly acquaint yourself with the poet and her life.

Also Don’t going expecting an extensive bio-musical. You get the Wikipedia ... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great music, Great singing

See it if You are interested in Edna St Vincent Millay. You like non-traditional story telling. You want something fresh & powerful.

Don't see it if You need fancy sets or everything spelled out for you. You can’t handle people playing more than one role.

Also Truly fascinating piece. I didn’t know much about the subject and was ... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Strong singing, Tour-de-force ending, 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

82
During previews
Refreshing, Guettel-ish score, No nay saying here, Some facile humor, Sensational cast

See it if you’re interested in celebrating women ahead of their time, poetry set to music, an accomplished new theater composer, and a phenomenal cast

Don't see it if you want period stories done in period style or if you don’t want to see men playing women in campy fashion or complete poems set to music.

80
During previews
Intelligent, Slow, Great singing

See it if you are into poetry and you want to hear great female voices, males were also talented. Orchestra was playing, I assumed recording first.

Don't see it if you are not into too long performances. Music was to the same tune, songs should be shortened.

Also Very talented Braodway worthy cast and musicians. If each song would b... Read more Read less

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

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

78
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Great singing, Long

See it if You're a fan of Millay, enjoy intimate, bare-bones musicals, opera.

Don't see it if You're expecting big, splashy production numbers, costumes, sets, etc.

Also This is indeed a long show, but that's because the lyrics are essentia... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Ambitious, Slow, Great singing

See it if you like great singing, great musicians, and would like a biographical story/musical about an early feminist poet.

Don't see it if you want to see period costumes, or you don't like actors playing multiple roles in the same costumes.

Also A story about poet, writer and feminist Edna St. Vincent Millay, who p... Read more Read less

76
During previews
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

76
During previews
Ambitious, Quirky, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if you liked Spring Awakening and Jason Robert Brown

Don't see it if you expect the main character to be the author of the poetry you hear

75
During previews
Intelligent, Quirky, Great singing

See it if you're a fan of Edna St. Vincent Millay's poetry & want to know more about her life, like simple but elegant theatre and lovely voices.

Don't see it if you want traditional theatre, big production numbers, fancy costumes & sets or if you're not open to a slightly immersive experience.

72
During previews
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Indulgent, Great singing

See it if You'd like to see a great cast in an only fair long musical.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay.

72
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Quirky, Slow, Great singing

See it if you're looking for a quirky show

Don't see it if you don't like musicals

72
During previews
Absorbing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like original musical biographies of poets who would have so loved to be the subject of a musical in her lifetime!

Don't see it if interesting music, well-sung is enough to justify an outing ... Millay comes off as pretty unlikeable and she wrote the words herself!


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