Ride the Cyclone
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Ride the Cyclone

Ride the Cyclone NYC Reviews and Tickets

(208 Reviews)
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Quirky, Entertaining, Clever, Great singing, Great staging

About the Show

MCC Theater presents the NYC premiere of this dark musical comedy about a group of teenagers whose trip to an amusement park takes a very surreal turn.

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Member Reviews (208)

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688 Reviews | 116 Followers
Ambitious, Refreshing, Quirky, Good acting & singing

See it if Talented, energetic cast keep this vehicle on track when music/lyrics flag mid-stream. Sensational production design holds interest as well

Don't see it if Quirky adolescent appeal wins out despite loss of momentum. Has a "Fringe-like" earnestness that might turn-off. Schmaltzy ending is deadly

505 Reviews | 729 Followers
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great staging, Quirky

See it if you enjoy something left of center. This show is fresh and quirky with terrific performances and sets, lighting, projection, and costumes.

Don't see it if you prefer something more traditional. Go see Holiday Inn. You'll love it.

543 Reviews | 133 Followers
Ambitious, Slow, Quirky, Tedious, Good singing

See it if you want a show that tries to be all things to all people; you like overly long numbers and stereotyped personalities, young actors at work.

Don't see it if you want wonderful moments throughout the play; you enjoy a musical with a good score and a story with some depth. Read more

488 Reviews | 316 Followers
Slow, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if I can't recommend it.

Don't see it if Don't see it. It felt very slow, the songs were very disjointed and not that pleasant to listen to. Topic also unpleasant. Read more

512 Reviews | 79 Followers
Clever, Great staging, Quirky

See it if you like fun musicals. Nothing serious here. Just some very clever staging, good performances, terrific set, fun music.

Don't see it if you are looking for anything thought provoking. This is a terrific show for off Bway. Not enough "meat" to transfer. A lot of talented folks

470 Reviews | 91 Followers
Ambitious, Clever, Great singing, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if a cross between The Breakfast Club and Final Destination 3 sounds intriguing to you. This was funny and different - I totally recommend it.

Don't see it if you have a strong fear of amusement park rides. Or amusement park fortune tellers. Or amusement parks in general.

406 Reviews | 188 Followers
Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Unique, Clever

See it if You like quirky musicals and young energetic actors;are not offended by death as the basis for a series of flashbacks into life & humor

Don't see it if You expect an elaborate set, costumes, memorable songs and inoffensive lyrics;are a puritan;lock your teens in at night Read more

434 Reviews | 95 Followers
Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging, Quirky

See it if You enjoy new and innovative musicals with a fun score. The set was astounding, the acting was terrific, the singing was great.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals with a small cast. The story isn't super fleshed out. But it's so much fun to watch, I forgive it this flaw.

Critic Reviews (35)

The New York Times
November 30th, 2016

"This delightfully weird and just plain delightful show will provide the kind of thrills we look for in all musical comedies, however outlandish their subject matter: an engaging and varied score, knocked out of the park by a superlative cast, and a supremely witty book…All of the performers are terrific…Although the show is primarily a series of solo turns, the staging is dynamic...For a musical about dead teenagers, it’s high-spirited and just plain fun from start to finish."
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Time Out New York
December 1st, 2016

"A lengthy cooking time has only resulted in a derivative, if energetically plated stew...'Cyclone' earns points for its hectic mix of misanthropic satire and small-town melancholy, and the eclectic score keeps things lively—Brooke Maxwell and Jacob Richmond's tunes run the gamut from Ukrainian rap to French chanson and indie pop. But at 100 minutes, this gaudily hand-painted car trundles along after the thrill has faded."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
November 30th, 2016

"It clearly wants to be both eerie and funny, as well as subversive, serious, touching, and great. As a result it’s a little bit of all of the above, except for the last...It’s only toward the end, as the stabs at snarky humor subside and the kids start considering the brevity of the lives they are leaving, that anything emotionally engaging happens. Until then, 'Cyclone' feels like a queasy hangover dream with the late Prince as the dramaturge and some serious short-term memory problems."
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The Hollywood Reporter
November 30th, 2016

"The impulse toward the easy, cheesy laugh means that unlike other teen-angst musicals, the emotional stakes remain flat. The young cast is talented and appealing enough, but their characters and their sketchy back-stories too seldom escape the cartoonish…As a musical score, it lacks cohesion, mostly sounding like inferior versions of numbers you've heard before in more thoughtfully crafted shows."
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Chicago Tribune
December 2nd, 2016

"The dark but perversely lovable little tuner...A work at once macabre and sweet, melancholy and affirmative, merciless and compassionate...'Cyclone' felt a tad tenser, slower and less certain of itself at the MCC Theater than had been the case in Chicago — the performances did not entirely capture the requisite blend of the strange and the deeply intimate. The score revealed itself to be in need of couple more songs...But there's no other show in town even remotely like this one."
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November 30th, 2016

"This quirky show pushes hard for its desired audience response, be it laughter or tears. Unfortunately, it's not nearly as funny as the writers seem to think and a last-minute U-turn toward schmaltz comes across as unearned…Everyone in the cast works up a sweat selling the material they have to work with...Under the steady and efficient direction of Rachel Rockwell, the whole thing feels like a Fringe Festival musical with really high production values."
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December 1st, 2016

"Curiously lacking in any kind of emotion or tension. Director and choreographer Rachel Rockwell's production is a lively one, featuring a boisterously talented cast...But while the book contains a decent number of guffaws and the score exudes a pleasant assortment of contemporary sounds, the hints that something of significant profundity is contained within the text are left unfulfilled."
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Lighting & Sound America
December 1st, 2016

"The emotional payoff is nil, because the songs neither illuminate the characters nor help explain why they should be allowed to live...'Ride the Cyclone' looks and sounds much better than it is, thanks to Rachel Rockwell's direction and choreography and a top-flight cast of fresh faces...Still, it's hard to get away from the idea that 'Ride the Cyclone' is little more than a batch of random songs strung together by way of a forced, silly narrative concept."
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