Already closed | 1h 45m | Gramercy

The Beast in the Jungle

From 127 member  reviews
Members say: Great staging, Enchanting, Romantic, Great dancing, Ambitious

About the show

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.'

1h 45m | Already closed | Vineyard Theatre (Gramercy)

Member Reviews (127)


Great staging, Enchanting, Romantic, Great dancing, Ambitious

Vacuos, Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if I really cant. I was so looking forward to this and could not wait for it to end.

Don't see it if You want three dimensional characters doing anything of interest. Redundant, repetitive. Misses the point entirely.

Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow, Cliched

See it if You want to see Tony Yazbeck shirtless. It was just about the only thing that kept my attention during this 100 min slog of a "dance play."

Don't see it if You're expecting to catch light in a bottle twice after the success of The Scottsboro Boys. There's very little to enjoy here.


See it if You like dance, and stories told through dance.

Don't see it if You want any surprises in the plot; paint by numbers. Are looking for a musical.

Also Wasn’t for me. Found it very boring. But beautiful lighting.

Awful, boring, stupid, pointless

See it if Cannot recommend anyone seeing this.

Don't see it if like interesting, good theatre.

Also An hour and 45 minutes I'll never get back. I enjoy Kander's work but ... Read more Read less

Banal, Cliched, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if you are related to someone in it.

Don't see it if you have a book to read or anything else to do!!

Disappointing, Excruciating, Confusing

See it if You love watching dance—the dancers are takentes and the staging was quite clever at times.

Don't see it if You desire a piece with a good or believable plot. The story was one big cliche and didn’t provide anything new to the audience.

Also I always enjoy watching dance—such a beautiful reminder of the capabil... Read more Read less

May 23rd, 2018
“While James’s ‘Beast’ is about life-denying emotional paralysis, this latest version focuses on the more active perils of promiscuity and its tedious cousin: commitment phobia...I was always happy to see the Beast, since it usually put a stop to the annoying dialogue and let Mr. Kander’s hauntin...
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May 23rd, 2018
“Adapted from a James novella in the sense that roadkill might be said to be adapted from a deer...The show squashes James’s elegant psychological study of repression into a vulgar, banal and laborious dance play. It has the guts to fail big, and those guts wind up everywhere...Long and wordless ...
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May 23rd, 2018
“Sometimes beautiful, and often frustrating ‘dance play’...Despite the show’s attempts to take its audience places both romantic and dark, and despite Kander’s sweeping, often beautiful music, I fear I often felt resistant to its pull...The frustrating thing about Thompson, Kander, and Stroman’s ...
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May 23rd, 2018
“The cast is first-rate...But the bounty of talent counts for little in a tedious, inert piece that awkwardly shoehorns numerous dance interludes into a thin storyline...Dialogue is sparse...Dance sequences plentiful, but Stroman's ballet-inspired choreography quickly begins to feel repetitive......
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