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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
See it if You're ok with an offbeat/dark view of things. You like a wide variety of musical styles. You want to see a fresh voice.
Don't see it if You are overly disturbed by death or macabre humor; otherwise it's just brilliant
See it if you enjoyed hanging out in the Village in your youth and want to relive an experience like "Vampire Lesbians of Sodom."
Don't see it if you never enjoyed going off the tracks. Avoid this show if you do not like something a bit bizarre or novel.
See it if you want to see an unexpected musical - the show is oddly funny and uplifting for a story about kids killed in a roller coaster derailment.
Don't see it if you use theatre to escape rather than to challenge or provoke thought. It's funny, but some moments can be heavy or even unsettling.