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Temple of the Souls (NYMF)

Members say: Romantic, Enchanting, Great singing, Absorbing, Entertaining
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Critics
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6 reviews
Members
82
21 reviews
 

Part of the New York Musical Festival: An award-winning contemporary pop musical of secrets, lies, and forbidden love. 

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Two worlds collide in this mythical tale when Amada, the beautiful daughter of a Conquistador, and Guario, a young Taíno, meet in the magical rain forest of Puerto Rico. To escape the intolerant world below, our young lovers run away to the Temple of the Souls where nightmares and dreams come true. An official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival Next Link Project.

 


Reviews (27)

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61
Avg Score

60
New York Theater

"Everything about the opening number is promising...Little in the nearly two hours that follow the opening number quite matches it. The largely predictable story of Amada and Guario is dramatized without much nuance and performed mostly with the kind of exaggerated clarity normally reserved for children’s theater...Still, 'Temple of Souls'...is worth seeing–and worth developing further." Full Review

60
Times Square Chronicles

"A not so engaging musical, though it has potential...Lorraine Velez has a sensuality to her and she lures you to watch her. Noellia Hernandez and Andres Quintero are perfectly Disney-esqe. Jacob Gutierrez steals the show every time he is allowed." Full Review

55
Theatermania

"Formula wars with ingenuity for the soul of this show. In one camp are the banal love plot and trite lyrics...Opposing such platitudes are the musical's choreography and percussive music, which couple thrillingly...The acting too is divided between melodrama and nuance...Perhaps there's ultimately an appropriateness to the struggle embodied by this production. As the Spaniards battled the Taínos, so, in the songs and staging of 'Temple of the Souls,' the conventional clashes with the unique." Full Review

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Carole Di Tosti

"'Temple of The Souls' is absolutely smashing. I don’t want to even consider that this production may not not continue to garner a wide audience. It is superb. The stirring, enlightened book and entrancing, vibrant and hypnotic score warrants support beyond its New York City run...From moment to moment we are enthralled with the acting and voices of the fine ensemble, the gorgeous music, the theatrical spectacle and the intensity of the story." Full Review

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BlogCritics.org

"The story flutters nervously along two parallel tracks, one of direct impact, reflecting the real butchery and horror of the conquest, the other of semi-cartoonish family fare...Underneath the show’s romantic-tragedy clichés courses a raw story of love, racism, and ethnic cleansing. If you can swallow the former, you’ll find it’s worth this plunge into the dark rain forest of colonial history. And you’ll likely leave with more than one of its catchy melodies in your head." Full Review

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Theatre Reviews Limited

"The fictitious love story and entangled subplots lack unpredictable ingenuity...A laborious book with little credibility and mundane characters...Conventional lyrics that are lackluster and neither subtle nor cunning. Music is pedestrian but fairs much better when serving the Taino tribal dancing and musical numbers. Ms. Peress lacks the ability of a director to extract plausible characters from her cast who rely on overacting and broad stereotypes." Full Review

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82
Avg Score

69
Ambitious, Slow, Well intentioned, Bilingual

See it if You want to learn something about the culture and anthropology of Puerto Rico

Don't see it if You want a polished musical with no inconsistent moments (but the is a work in progress )

78
Refreshing, Romantic, Great writing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You like great singing in a romantic old fashioned love story.

Don't see it if You don't like musical dramas with romantic stories.

68
Ambitious, Romantic, Slow, Dated, Nice performances

See it if you like folk tales, some charismatic leading actors, sometimes tuneful songs, and an engaging storyline, needing work and editing.

Don't see it if you like fresh stories and ideas.

80
Romantic, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You like a Romeo and Juliet musical - this time placed in Puerto Rico with the Spaniards and the native Tiano.

Don't see it if If you wanted something less predictable.

Also This NYMF musical has been staged before and has won awards. Fun chore... Read more Read less

79
Enchanting, Intense, Great singing

See it if You like something escapist, romantic, epic with beautiful singing. It was engaging, magical and the leads sang/acted wonderfully.

Don't see it if You're a curmudgeon, are not romantic. Don't like romantic ballads. Don't like Hispanic people, are racist.

60
Ambitious, Disappointing, Well performed, Well designed

See it if You like to get a LOT of songs for your $ (23!) You're a fan of Lauren Velez. You want to see a large cast of v talented Latinx performers.

Don't see it if You think 2 hours w/o intermission is too much. You want a story focused on the Taino. You lack patience w cliched epic romances.

91
Absorbing, Delightful, Relevant, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if you believe that love can surpass all odds

Don't see it if If you hate love stories!

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Romantic, Great singing

See it if You love a beautiful love story, fresh talent, riveting drama, and an incredible musical score and performance. Temple of the Souls!

Don't see it if You must see it!!

100
Great acting, Masterful, Great writing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you love romance, beautiful songs, a wonderful and talented cast. The history of Taino's will teach us a thing or two about humanity.

Don't see it if (nothing to say here) GO SEE IT!

100
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if This show is for all ages. Children and adults will love this show.

Don't see it if Everyone can see this show it is for all ages.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You want to be taken away!!!

Don't see it if You have no reason not to!

100
Absorbing, Masterful, Refreshing

See it if you want something NEW, refreshing and FACTUAL

Don't see it if YOU LACK TASTE

100
Thought-provoking, Must see, Relevant, Resonant, Riveting

See it if marvelous history and human lesson - can teach a lot to the new generations about past mistakes

Don't see it if you have to see it!

100
Enchanting, Exquisite, Romantic, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You want to fall in love with the history of this amazing paradise and the people in it!!!

Don't see it if No reason not to see it

40
Disappointing, Cliched, Slightly racist

See it if you want to pretend that you have appreciation for Puerto Rican culture. Enjoy cliche love stories ripped right off Aida.

Don't see it if You are Puerto Rican You have any ties to Native culture. Want something that deviates from a typical love story

100
Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You enjoy riveting stories with amazing musical scores and performances

Don't see it if You're looking for comedy

100
Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if It was spectacular, the staging the music the acting. From start to finish. We loved it.

Don't see it if you don't like a greatly stage musical. because it is.

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Romantic

See it if you love humanity, great theatre, music, talented actors, and drama

Don't see it if you have no heart

94
Absorbing, Ambitious, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You love a great story and stirring music

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

100
Enchanting, Epic, Masterful, Resonant, Romantic

See it if You want to learn about the history of Puerto Rico and be taken on a soulful journey into the history of the Americas

Don't see it if I have nothing on this.

100
Enchanting, Great acting, Must see, Romantic, Great singing

See it if Loved it! Great performance! Talented group of actors. Awesome ensemble

Don't see it if You don't want to have a good time