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The Fourth Messenger (NYMF)

From 21 member  reviews
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. More…

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.

Member Reviews (21)


Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

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

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.

Also Clearly my best of fest so far; establishes the thematic tension right... Read more Read less

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Also Would have benefited from talkback to ask questions. Didn't really fee... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Enchanting

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.

Slow, Funny, Entertaining

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.

Clever, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if you are a feminist

Don't see it if you are close minded or prejudice

Quirky, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you like Vienna Teng's music and want strong and memorable music!

Don't see it if you are easily confused.

Also Great music and singing by all involved! The songs were in my head for... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Enchanting, Delightful

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)

Also I have seen six NYMF shows this year and this one is, by far, the stro... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great staging, Exquisite

See it if You like well crafted musicals, you have a heart, and you ask questions about the universe.

Don't see it if You don't like to think.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great singing, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if you are a fan of Buddha, and nontraditional women

Don't see it if you lack imagination or want a typical musical

Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Profound, Intense

See it if you like thinking about what it means to be human

Don't see it if you're not into spirituality & you don't like crying

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if LOVED IT!!!!!

Don't see it if DON"T NOT SEE IT

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Intelligent

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.

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 standi...
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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...
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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 s...
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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'......
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