Already closed | 1h 40m | West Village

Ride the Cyclone

From 207 member  reviews
Members say: 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. More…

The Saint Cassian High School Chamber Choir will board the Cyclone roller coaster at 8:17pm. At 8:19pm the front axle will break, sending them to their tragic demise. A mechanical fortune teller invites each to tell the story of a life interrupted, with the promise of a prize like no other. 'Ride the Cyclone' is a wildly original new musical, part comedy, part tragedy, and wholly unexpected.

1h 40m | Already closed | Lucille Lortel Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (207)

MEMBERS SAY:

Quirky, Entertaining, Clever, Great singing, Great staging
81
Avg Score

75
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

88
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.

26
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.

Also It didn't seem like a professional NYC production. It seemed very amat... Read more Read less

82
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

Also Cyclone is an incredible play about death and teenage life. Each chara... Read more Read less

69
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.

Also There is one fascinating character who holds my attention. Other than ... Read more Read less

79
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.

85
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

76
Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Original, Quirky

See it if An engaging cast performs a peppy score and a very original show. Liked it a lot.

Don't see it if There is no intermission.

73
Clever, Disappointing, Edgy, Quirky

See it if you want to see a young & talented cast in a bizarre & quirky new musical.

Don't see it if you want a very satisfying experience; the story simmered out 3/4 of the way through

79
Entertaining, A little trite but in a good way, Fun

See it if you like to have fun and for some exciting theatrical moments even though the theme is a bit trite

Don't see it if you like complex, ambiguous theater and you don't mind some dark ideas.

85
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.

91
Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky, Great staging, Clever

See it if you want great singing in various musical styles, a variety of quirky fantasy scenes , & would find a different & bizarre musical fun

Don't see it if you need more of a story line - the 6 students tell their different stories (their lives & dreams) in solos; or if bothered by carnivals

Also While the story starts with 6 teenagers killed in a roller coaster acc... Read more Read less

93
Clever, Great singing, Great staging, Unique, Quirky

See it if Unique, dark/funny musical about the death of 6 teenagers set in a decayed amusement park. Fantastic! You won't see anything else like this.

Don't see it if The theme of death or the creepy carnival set would bother you. Each actor was great & had a moment to shine. Great set & special effects.

Also I loved the Zoltar-type carnival fortune teller machine as narrator. S... Read more Read less

79
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a snapshot of teens and their wishes and dreams. Reminds you of a moment in your life. Good music. Great performers.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in 6 teen profiles without really anything to tie them together. Although characters were great, lacked interaction.

Also Spoiler:... Read more Read less

95
Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a great night of theater with super performances by all and things to ponder after it's over.

Don't see it if If you want more conventional theater experiences.

83
Clever, Entertaining, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see talented younger actors giving their all, topic is disturbing but thought provoking

Don't see it if You want to avoid the topic of death or only like light fare

91
Quirky, Entertaining, Original, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You are looking for a really original show with quirky characters that you can't help but love. Great mix of comedy, drama and heart.

Don't see it if You prefer traditional musicals and storylines or don't like shows that rely on special effects and projections, although they are used well

Also This show reminded me of a darkly comic version of The 25th Annual Put... Read more Read less

78
Ambitious, Clever, Great staging, Confusing, Resonant

See it if you enjoy original musicals in content, form, and viewpoint. You want your cerebral ideas mixed with more pedestrian bits.

Don't see it if you're going to be disappointed with a piece that does not fulfill all of its ambitions

79
Clever, Entertaining, Refreshing, Funny, Great singing

See it if would like a mash up of Spelling Bee, Cats, and Heathers--a darkly funny musical with an excellent young cast

Don't see it if don't like black humor, are freaked out by carnival shows

72
Clever, Funny, Original, Quirky

See it if you want to see an original musical with a new point of view. The score/script really allows the cast to shine.

Don't see it if you want something traditional or you are looking for a linear plot line. This is a very quirky show that is not for everyone.

87
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You enjoy how people manage their lives and make their excuses to themselves. Nothing is sure.

Don't see it if You have no interest in what people do to get along with each other in the eyes of fate.

72
Ambitious, Cliched, Indulgent, Quirky, Great staging

See it if you want to see a strange, but not actually inventive, musical, very well staged and energetically performed. There are several funny bits.

Don't see it if you expect the show to move or engage you; it's self-indulgent and works too hard.

87
Clever, Great singing, Uplifting, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you can imagine Rocky Horror meets A Chorus Line in the afterlife. Six teens die on a roller coaster, sing and dance about life and love

Don't see it if you don't want to be uplifted, laugh, and be amazed by crazy talented kids, or don't like off-Bway, small theater, dark humor

Also This show needs to transfer to another small theater and live a long l... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Funny, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a fun, original musical with a talented cast.

Don't see it if you have a problem with young characters who are deceased.

83
Quirky, Fringe-y, Entertaining, Great staging, Funny

See it if you like offbeat Fringe fare and have eclectic musical tastes -- the score is all over the place in a good way.

Don't see it if you want an ending in sync with the rest of the story -- it was too earnest compared to the flippant storytelling that preceded it.


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 ...
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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 r...
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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 a...
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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, mo...
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