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Temple of the Souls (NYMF)

From 6 critic and 21 member reviews
Members say: Enchanting, Romantic, Great singing, Absorbing, Entertaining

About the show

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

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.

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' worth seeing–and worth developing further." Full Review

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


"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

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 )

Romantic, Slow, Ambitious, 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.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Well designed, Well performed

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.

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