The Vineyard presents this new adaptation of Henry James’s classic 1903 novella, which fuses dance, drama, and music in its telling of the powerful and romantic tale of love and loss. More…
From composer John Kander, Tony-nominated playwright David Thompson, and five-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman, 'The Beast in the Jungle' is the story of John Marcher, a man haunted by personal demons, whose great yet unfulfilled love affair with an unforgettable woman spans decades and continents. With a waltz-inspired instrumental score, and choreography that traverses the worlds of ballet and contemporary dance, this reunites the creative team behind 'The Scottsboro Boys.'
See it if you want to see a superb debut by ABT's Dvorovenko in an otherwise 2nd rate "dance play" from a crack creative team a bit off their game.
Don't see it if Thompson's trite, mawkish & histrionic dialogue will spoil ur enjoyment of Stro's dance (which speaks well enough for itself) & Ebb's music.
See it if A stalwart actor (Friedman) a great B'way hoofer (Yazbeck) & legendary composer (Kander) are among the collateral damage in this miscarriage
Don't see it if Nothing quite gels in this dance/literary drama It should be elegant & subtle; it's overblown & insipid Book is leaden & choreo uninspired
See it if You love dance set to music that sounds classical, but is newly-composed.
Don't see it if You’re expecting a musical (there’s no singing), or classic John Kander music. While the music is lovely, the play is too simple and bland.
See it if you're a Tony Yazbeck fan or want to see delightful choreography by Susan Stroman.
Don't see it if you're expecting a well-written play. This could be beautiful as a dance piece, but minus the dialogue...
See it if you want to see some great dance pieces and hear some lovely Kander melodies.
Don't see it if you're looking for a coherent, story-line. There are some terrific visual images, but the plot is repetitious,
See it if fine actors and dancers in uninspired choreography and a weak script
Don't see it if repetitive and mundane music and a sentimental melodrama are not for you
See it if Decent dancing and a tuneful music are enough for you to like a show.
Don't see it if You cannot abide a dreadful book and completely unlikeable characters.
See it if you want to see what the powerhouse creative team came up with, even if it falls short of expectations. Just okay for such big hitters.
Don't see it if you want to see a play with dance or see a dance with dialogue - it falls short on both so doesn't fully satisfy either.
See it if you want to see a visually gorgeous show with storytelling told through acting, dancing, puppetry, lighting, music & staging.
Don't see it if you want a happily ever after or don't want to be left thinking. Also if you want big showstopping production numbers.
See it if you are interested in a musical play that replaces songs with expressionistic dancing. A strong cast. Stroman's choreography uneven.
Don't see it if you expect the "plot" to be dramatized. Most of the story is told through monologues and rarely does the production show v. tell emotions.
Also The lighting is extraordinary.
See it if You LOVE dance. The dancing is absolutely beautiful. And Tony Yazbeck, wow!! So handsome and moves so beautifully.
Don't see it if You don’t like dance, and/or aren’t familiar with the novella this show is based on. I found myself getting disinterested easily.
See it if The dancing and choreography are amazing, visually very beautiful at times and great staging. The dancers are all wonderful
Don't see it if the same music throughout the 1 1/2 hours, it becomes rather boring the lead actor not a sympathetic, likable character…