The Fourth Messenger (NYMF)
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The Fourth Messenger (NYMF)
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The Fourth Messenger (NYMF) NYC Reviews and Tickets

76%
(21 Reviews)
Positive
86%
Mixed
9%
Negative
5%
Members say
Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

About the Show

Part of the New York Musical Festival: This new show wonder, what if the Buddha were a woman living in our times? Featuring Nancy Anderson.

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Member Reviews (21)

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302 Reviews | 101 Followers
74
Clever, Funny, Great singing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You can enjoy watching a show with great potential that isn't quite there yet

Don't see it if You want polish and perfection or hate belting

271 Reviews | 68 Followers
87
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Touching

See it if You want to support a new musical theater voice that's pretty well developed and a storyline that has surprising resonance.

Don't see it if New age and/or Buddhism turn you off. Read more

187 Reviews | 210 Followers
71
Entertaining, Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you're drawn to a thoughtful, imaginative musical w/ smart book, lyrics and music performed by a very competent cast.

Don't see it if you expect a big, polished musical w/ elaborate staging and costumes. Nor if your idea of a musical includes dance as well as music.

176 Reviews | 41 Followers
79
Cheesy, Interesting to watch, Solid singing, Decent music, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a contemporary take on an ancient legend. The story is interesting fo follow. Strong female lead singer.

Don't see it if you are not interested in somewhat cheesy "follow your calling no matter what" stories. Otherwise solid music and singing.

124 Reviews | 27 Followers
78
Great singing, Great cast, Great music, New age

See it if You enjoy musicals with new-age themes. Great cast, band, music.

Don't see it if storyline changed from debunking a new age guru to finding a family member. Didn't find the family search as interesting.

113 Reviews | 49 Followers
79
Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy seeing plays about strong woman and great singing

Don't see it if If you don't want to see plays regarding woman's issues.

108 Reviews | 35 Followers
65
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if you research Buddha & the Four Messengers on Wikipedia before you go. That will help you understand what this show aims to be about.

Don't see it if you expect a clear and intelligible narrative and memorable tunes. This show needs to slow down and tell its story simply. Too much noise!

85 Reviews | 30 Followers
76
Confusing, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You are a fan of Vienna Teng music, like random plot twists

Don't see it if You don't mind plots not making sense Read more

Critic Reviews (6)

The New York Times
July 21st, 2017

"Anderson’s performance is the highlight...Unfortunately, Matt August’s staging and Ms. Shaffer’s book and lyrics are less evocative and less witty than they need to be—Ms. Shaffer flirts with satire in some of the retreat scenes, only to hastily pull back. Ms. Teng, a singer-songwriter of standing who also contributed lyrics, fares better with the music, even if Sid gets all the best songs."
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Theatermania
July 27th, 2017

"A work of wit, grace, and yes, enlightenment...Telling this story requires worldliness as well as soulfulness; miraculously, the cast, crew, and creators of 'The Fourth Messenger' pull it off. Teng's harmonious music balances her and Shaffer's punchy lyrics...Nancy Anderson shines as a figure at once enlightened and flawed...While 'The Fourth Messenger' isn't perfect, it is human, and that's good enough."
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Front Row Center
July 21st, 2017

"There’s a lot to love here–which makes it almost more frustrating. Because with a tweak or two, 'The Fourth Messenger' could be outstanding...The weakness of the plot and character development right at the outset had me fighting what I was watching instead of accepting it. Which was actually a shame because I loved the music and lyrics...And I was extremely impressed with the performances by Nancy Anderson as Mama Sid and Samia Mounts as Raina."
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T
July 23rd, 2017

"The unfolding of the relationship is engaging and quite interesting and Anderson and Mounts scrape away at each other’s layers of deception and denial with consummate skill and unencumbered grace...Shaffer's book and lyrics and Teng’s music offer a compelling story of 'redemption and release'...Under August’s skillful direction, the members of the cast deliver compelling performances. Malotke’s choreography is serviceable...Worth the visit."
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New York Theater
July 21st, 2017

"Intriguing and well-produced...The big revelation definitely took me by surprise, but doesn’t pass the plausibility test. If the twist makes the plot less sturdy than its themes, the musical is very nearly redeemed by its numbers. Director August and choreographer Malotke put the show’s talented cast to good use, and musical director Lozano makes the most of Teng’s music...There is enough beauty here that my hope is ‘The Fourth Messenger’ lives on past the NYMF–after extensive rewrites."
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Times Square Chronicles
July 22nd, 2017

"I absolutely loved 'The Fourth Messenger' despite its flaws, which is that we know the ending from the very beginning...The music of Vienna Teng’s Broadway, eclectic, jazz, folk-rock mantra-infused score is simplistic and driving all in the same breath. Tanya Shaffer’s rewriting of the Buddha story is inspired and accessible. Her lyrics speak to the mysteries of the heart...This show has a polished clean look that is well thought out...This show focuses on two stellar performances."
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