THE GARDENS OF ANUNCIA
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THE GARDENS OF ANUNCIA
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THE GARDENS OF ANUNCIA NYC Reviews and Tickets

78%
(198 Ratings)
Positive
85%
Mixed
10%
Negative
5%
Members say
Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Absorbing

About the Show

A celebratory new musical about Broadway legend Graciela Daniele's early life.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (129)

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90 Reviews | 9 Followers
100
Masterful, Great writing, Great singing, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy theater, i loved everything about it

Don't see it if you want a big bombastic experiance

160 Reviews | 17 Followers
92
Resonant, Delightful, Enchanting, Profound, Great singing

See it if You’re into chamber musicals, with a great cast, in a lovely comfortable venue. High qualify performances and music & lyrics all round

Don't see it if You’re not into musicals, or are looking for lots of glitz and glamour, or high kicking choreography. Otherwise highly recommended

1218 Reviews | 486 Followers
91
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if You want to be swept away in beautiful storytelling with a bit of a quirky streak. Great writing bolsters exceptional acting/lovely staging.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a musical that’s filled with chorus lines and kicks and sparkles. This is a quiet memory play set to music. Quite lovely.

239 Reviews | 46 Followers
90
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a delightful story about life and love.

Don't see it if You like flashy shows with complicated sets or complex choreography. This is a simple, beautiful show.

553 Reviews | 270 Followers
89
Great staging, Enchanting, Great writing, Great singing, Great acting

See it if A memory musical of Composer/Lyricist LaChiusa follows the life story of famed Dir/Choreo Daniele.The real gems of the garden r the 3 women*

Don't see it if U want more tango; u don't appreciate the magic realism of some scenes or the arguable stereotype of It/Arg men. Read more

136 Reviews | 10 Followers
88
Relevant, Masterful, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in seeing a story inspired by a renown choreographer. Intimate & simple but effective staging. Highlights the Peron era.

Don't see it if You don’t like musicals. Want to see elaborate staging. Don’t like any references to political figures.

445 Reviews | 56 Followers
88
Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Memory play with song. Latinas rule the stage. Small can be big. Simple staging is aesthetically pleasing.

Don't see it if Where’s the dance?

88 Reviews | 7 Followers
85
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like emotional musicals that are richer in words than in spectacle.

Don't see it if you want to see a "big" show with show stopping costumes, lights, and sets.

Critic Reviews (18)

The New York Times
November 20th, 2023

“The pleasant score is full of warm pianos and suspended cymbal rolls, but its lyrics are mired with platitudes...As its actresses weave through that hanging garden, they look ravishing in Toni-Leslie James’s svelte period dresses — and so does this small-scale musical, whose tribute to women’s sacrifices and encouragement is put in their own finest light.”
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New York Theatre Guide
November 21st, 2023

“The musical is definitively not a biomusical, but the show is wanting in more dance. I’d love to see Younger Anuncia perform full-blown dance sequence and showcase the talents her family helped nurture...In many ways, ‘The Gardens of Anuncia’ presents the hallmarks of a successful garden: It is visually appealing and full of life.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
November 21st, 2023

"This wealth of material, however, orbits around a figure that 'The Gardens of Anuncia' — and indeed, the Anuncia narrating the show — doesn’t fully illuminate. "
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The Wall Street Journal
November 30th, 2023

“ ‘The Gardens of Anuncia’ is a chamber piece, more a biographical oratorio than a traditional musical. It provides a signal pleasure that modestly scaled musicals often do...A dappled mosaic of song and story, it coalesces into an affecting portrait of an artist whose roots are deeply planted in the soil of family affection.”
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Theatermania
November 20th, 2023

“If you were hoping for backstage showbiz tea, you won’t get it. And you also won’t get much about what made Anuncia’s — Daniele’s — life remarkable. It’s a nice tribute to the women who raised her, but does that make good drama? In this case, not quite.”
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Lighting & Sound America
December 12th, 2023

“In a way, the sheer professionalism that defines The Gardens of Anuncia is also its chief problem. As pleasant, even pleasurable, as it is, one yearns at times for something darker and more dramatic to break through; it's a case of emotion recollected in perhaps too much tranquility. Still. Anuncia and her loved ones are a delight to be around, and Lopez and company remain a collective wonder.”
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Talkin' Broadway
November 20th, 2023

“ ‘The Gardens of Anuncia’ is a delicate work that is dependent on its perfect cast and the sure eye of its director to keep things gently flowing. There is no room for rough spots or prima donnas anywhere along the way. Fortunately for this production, it's all hands on deck, so that the whole work comes off as if it were a piece of intricately tatted lace. Or, perhaps, a lovingly nurtured garden.”
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New York Stage Review
November 20th, 2023

“By closing, ‘The Gardens of Anuncia’ reveals its primary strength. Created by two friends so taken with each other and with each other’s talents, their result arrives as a labor of love. To be fair, Daniele and LaChiusa might object that their musical in no way required labor, just love.”
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