Mama Sid is a modern-day “awakened one” with a worldwide following. But a determined young woman seeks to unearth Mama Sid’s mysterious past, exposing secrets that could change everything. Epic and intimate, comic and profound, 'The Fourth Messenger' investigates what it means to be both enlightened and human. An official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival Next Link Project.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
See it if you like complex depictions of family and spirituality. There are some outstanding musical numbers and truly emotional scenes.
Don't see it if you prefer a tight narrative with a well-balanced story arc. The second act was much better than the first.
See it if You wonder what a contemporary female Buddha would be like. Some of the scenes are funny and smart. I liked the music.
Don't see it if Uneven pacing is bothersome, and the ending was predictable. Was she Buddha or as flawed as us? Can we be both? Unsatisfying answers.
See it if you want some great performances in a show that's engaging and beautiful at times. If you can forgive some moments that don't quite work.
Don't see it if you're not forgiving of material that is uneven. If you're only interested in seeing something that's fully baked.
See it if you don't mind a show with a variety of styles--ie serious one scene, farcical the next
Don't see it if you want good music, a solid understandable story that builds and is of one style/genre
See it if You're looking to challenge yourself, be transported, go on a journey of the mind and spirit (for real - I promise I'm not w/ the crew!)
Don't see it if You're looking for lighthearted faire, are a strict stickler for book plausibility (see below), value diversity in casting (see below)
See it if You like thought-provoking drama about identity and family. Great, complex songs and wonderful acting!
Don't see it if You're easily lost about plot and non-linear story-telling.
See it if good story line and an unexpected twist. fabulous acting and singing from all members of cast. nancy Anderson as Mama sid fabulous.
Don't see it if dont' see it if you aren't open to some Eastern thought and in depth family drama.