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Songbird

From 40 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever, Great singing

About the show

Dreams, ambition, love, and heartbreak come together in this new musical dubbed "A Tennessee Fiction." Based on Anton Chekov's 'The Seagull' this is the story of a fading country star returning home to Nashville. More…

After many years away, Tammy returns to the Honky Tonk that launched her music career to help the son she abandoned launch his own. But with jealousy and self destruction (along with copious amounts of whiskey) fueling this homecoming, will Tammy's arrival do more harm than good? 'Songbird' features a sultry soundtrack that pays homage to music and lyricist Lauren Pritchard's Nashville roots.


Member Reviews (40)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever, Great singing
80
Avg Score

80
Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Strong singing, Chekhov updated!

See it if you like country western music and Chekhov (actually, make that "or" to widen the audience). Update of The Seagull worked. Engrossing.

Don't see it if you truly dislike CW songs. Some of the lyrics were annoyingly insipid, but the voices were excellent. Good musicianship.

Also I'm catching up on past reviews. I didn't know Chekhov needed to be up... Read more Read less

70
Entertaining, Great acting, Slow, Great singing

See it if You're a fan of country music or stories exploring themes of alcoholism, fame and its effect on relationships. Kate Baldwin is Fantastic!

Don't see it if You don't like country music or slower paced shows. Baldwin electrifies every scene but the show drags a bit when she's not on stage.

75
Great music, Great acting, Simple, Sad, Beautiful

See it if sad but beautiful stories about all kinds of dysfunctional relationships interest you.

Don't see it if you don't like country music.

79
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Slow, Great ensemble work

See it if you enjoy country music and seeing Chekhov performed in an interesting manner.

Don't see it if you don't like country music and slow-paced musicals.

80
Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you want to witness a fantastic cast featuring the immensely talented Kate Baldwin. You don't have to like Chekhov to appreciate this show.

Don't see it if you don't like Country music.

77
Entertaining, Quirky, Great singing

See it if you like country, an intimate production, and excellent singing

Don't see it if you want a big production

72
Entertaining, Great acting

See it if want to see a great cast perform on a small stage.

Don't see it if you are looking for a "blow you out of your seat" musical.

30
Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Slow

See it if you know The Seagull inside and out and want to play spot-the-references. You like good country music.

Don't see it if you hate country and need a plot that makes any sense whatsoever without completely extraneous and unfulfilled side plots.

83
Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Great music

See it if you love country music, intimate staging, and contemporary approaches to classic plays.

Don't see it if you dislike country music or need a lot of scenery/set changes in order to enjoy a musical.

70
Entertaining, Indulgent, Romantic, Country music, Great singing

See it if want to see a dysfunctional community whose members lives revolve around good ole country music

Don't see it if you don't like country music

75
Delightful, Slow, Refreshing, Original, Enchanting

See it if You don't mind a somewhat slow book, like country music, and like diagenic performances in a musical

Don't see it if You need things to move along fast or an intricate set or dancing

75
Banal, Cliched, Funny, Dated, Dull

See it if Kate Baldwin is mesmerizing and believable as a star because she is one. The score is great.

Don't see it if The book is terrible. Some of the performances are embarrassingly bad. Story/characters underdeveloped.

78
Wonderful country-style singing, Relevant, Original score, Well staged

See it if you would like seeing a classic Russian play revamped in Grand Ole Opry style. Acting, score, singing worth the visit.

Don't see it if you don't like plays about dysfunctional relationships. The songs are original and beautifully sung, but if you really hate country music..

78
Ambitious, Quirky, Archetyped, Rollicking

See it if Want to hear Kacie tear it up, are skeptical about country Chekov, are up for country if it's this truly soulful

Don't see it if Will be distracted by playing Acting Choice or Bad Direction anytime certain characters are onstage. Have already seen Nashville.

87
Relevant, Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if You like country music, shows with darker themes but light hearts, and a real message about how our relationships and actions affect others

Don't see it if You don't like real country music (as opposed to country-pop)

87
Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Relevant, Great music

See it if you're a fan of new takes on old stories or fun music, even if you don't like country music. I don't like country but the music was great

Don't see it if you're not a fan of The Seagull by Chekhov or if the thought of listening to country music really makes you want to die

90
Exquisite, Great acting, Great songs, Masterful, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a beautiful American translation of Chekhov into the heart of Country music. Nashville meets The Seagull w/ BEAUTIFUL songs.

Don't see it if you hate country music or Chekhov (though I usually am bored by Chekhov but LOVED this).

86
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Original, Exquisite

See it if you want to see a fantastic adaptation of a classic show. (And also if you love Kate Baldwin!)

Don't see it if you don't like country music.

85
Edgy, Great singing, Great staging, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You enjoy country music or you don’t! Story supercedes any predisposition you may have for the genre. Actors were incredible.

Don't see it if You are looking for something fun and light-hearted.

Also I saw this off-broadway in NJ when it was at Two Rivers. Great shows s... Read more Read less

91
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you like any country music

Don't see it if You want something 100% cheerful

90
Clever, Entertaining, Resonant

See it if you want to see a superb (and musical) adaptation of Chekhov's "Seagull" that will reinforce the genius of the original text.

Don't see it if you will be bothered by a little literary clumsiness resulting from incorporating songs into a very faithful adaptation.

90
Clever, Enchanting, Edgy, Must see, Refreshing

See it if you like classic theatre (the seagull) turned on its side and infused with new life.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of small, intimate musicals.

76
Entertaining, Great acting, Original, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if You want to see an original musical with music not fit hear on NYC stages

Don't see it if You don't like country music. Also a bit slow at the beginning

78
Great acting, Great staging, Sad

See it if sad but beautiful stories about all kinds of dysfunctional relationships interest you.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy country music--at all.

75
Great singing, Entertaining, Refreshing, Delightful, Original

See it if you want a little taste of country in the big city.

Don't see it if you don't like country music in any way, shape or form.


October 28th, 2015
"'Songbird' proves to be one of the more successful attempts to transpose Chekhov’s major plays...Powered by a terrific country score, with a strong assist from Kimmel’s smart contemporary version of the text, the show succeeds in snugly reframing the story in the world of country music...Under t...
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October 29th, 2015
"Pritchard pens warm, catchy tunes, performed with casual ease by the talented cast. The large ensemble genuinely seems to be having fun with each other in JV Mercanti's likable production…Kimmel doesn’t do the greatest job of blending music and story...He has given himself the unenviable task of...
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October 28th, 2015
"With gorgeous original songs, 'Songbird' is an attractive, albeit sleepy new musical with a distinctively American sound...While the musical performances are spot-on, Michael Kimmel's book scenes make a twee first impression that eventually fades to maudlin...director J.V. Mercanti is never able...
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November 1st, 2015
"'Songbird' has a very broad appeal and will please theatre lovers and country music fans as the production combines an intriguing story with excellent music. See this theatrical gem."
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