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The Wrong Man

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Members say: Great singing, Absorbing, Great staging, Relevant, Great acting

About the show

Tony winner Thomas Kail ("Hamilton") directs this new musical by multi-platinum singer-songwriter Ross Golan, which tells the story of a man who was framed for murder, through poetic lyrics and haunting melodies. More…

From the show:

THE WRONG MAN is a new musical by multi-platinum singer-songwriter ROSS GOLAN that reunites HAMILTON’s Tony award winning director THOMAS KAIL & three-time Tony award winning orchestrator ALEX LACAMOIRE.

The wrong man meets the wrong woman in the wrong place at the wrong time. Set in Reno, Nevada, THE WRONG MAN is the story of Duran, a man just scraping by who is framed for a murder he didn’t commit, told through poetic lyrics and haunting melodies.


Member Reviews (291)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Absorbing, Great staging, Relevant, Great acting
84
Avg Score

65
Needs work!!!, Terrible lyrics, Ridiculous plot, Dull, Disappointing

See it if you like contemp pop/rock musicals w/modern staging. TWM is a Hamilton wannabe, but it lacks H's genius (plot, lyrics, music, insight).

Don't see it if you want to be moved or enlightened. TWM is all surface. Enjoyable music/singing but INSIPID lyrics/plot. So much stupidity it hurt my head.

78
Needs work, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Great music

See it if Muisc & Singing are beautiful. Great melodies and very entertaining. Henry is spectacular! Relevant timely story.

Don't see it if Story needs work. The end felt abrupt and anti-climatic​. Needed more character development. Something missing in the storytelling.

Also The choreography was a bit overdone. There are some beautiful storytel... Read more Read less

71
Great (if repetitious) score, Shallow, Disappointing, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if u want to see J Henry shine in a song cycle (told via interpretive dance) that is ostensively about injustice but comes across as self-pity.

Don't see it if u expect any social relevance, wisdom into criminal justice, emotional impact or real drama from this overly stylized concert of Golan songs

80
Great singing, Indulgent, Edgy, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if Henry's charismatic performance & singing as well an Kail's energetic (if overwrought) staging help keep our minds off rather one-note story

Don't see it if Golan's concept album (as source material) starts strongly w/ romantic noir entanglements but runs out of energy mid-show & interest flags

97
Thought-provoking, Must see, Intelligent, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if Josh Henry is a super star. Nine talented dancers and singers. Super singing Super dancing. 5 great musicians Clever lighting MORE

Don't see it if Partner deducted 2% as not happy with ending, Public transportation?. Show will need more backups for the dancers as dances powerful MORE

Also Great new theater with super sight lines. No weak link in the cast. Al... Read more Read less

76
Repetitive staging, Great acting, Great singing, Bleak, Disappointing

See it if Hear a new composer in a sung-through story, mix of contemporary genres, tales of injustice, resonant voice of Josh Henry,

Don't see it if Don’t like bleak, relentless plot of innocent black man in justice system, not a fan of dark musicals, constrained dancing, or murder

93
Clever, Refreshing, Must see, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you like new, fully sung-thru musicals with understandable rap and complementing, exciting choreography on a good set with well-used props.

Don't see it if you want a deep story or do not have an appreciation for good voices and choreography that bring the tale to light.

Also Vasquez as Duran and Desai as Man in Black were superb. lighting was a... Read more Read less

84
Sung-through musical about a man framed for murder that is largely a vehicle that displays the amazing acting and singing chops of joshua henry

See it if Henry is a marvel, utterly convincing as a man crushed by system, w a voice of great emotional range; fine dancers bring action alive

Don't see it if story w little nuance; much of the music sounds the same; lyrics simplistic/uninspired; still affecting b/c of Henry

Also The music and lyrics are by Ross Golan who writes contemporary hip hop... Read more Read less

75
High energy performances, Ambitious, Great singing, Great dancing, Opera

See it if a musical drama about injustice interests you. The excellent band is on stage. All the performers sing and dance very well.

Don't see it if opera with continuous singing and oddly unrealistic plot devices bothers you.

83
Edgy, Absorbing, Great staging, Great singing, Relevant

See it if Dramatic guy-on-the-run sung-thru pop musical. Strands of "Hamilton" DNA spotlight and shine. Haunting concert-style execution.Choreography.

Don't see it if Lyrics advance plot. Simple set. Cast changes daily, so consult site/BO for your pick. A break in the dramatic tension would be encouraged.

Also The cast changes alter the subtext minimally, but not the storyline, i... Read more Read less

93
Riveting, Great score, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy contemporary dramas with a pop-like score. Joshua Henry is fantastic and you’ll be left playing the songs over in your head.

Don't see it if you don’t enjoy musicals that are sung through, or don’t care for themes of domestic violence and a fugitive on the run.

95
Absorbing, Great staging, Entertaining, Great dancing/choreography, Great singing

See it if Great singing and beautiful dancing. What lead to him being the wrong man. Joshua Henry was a beautiful/strong voice.

Don't see it if All set to music/singing no talking. 90 minutes. You know the ending in the beginning.

Also Someone recommend this show a "Much See" to me. I am so glad I went.

86
Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Clever

See it if you enjoy an intelligent musical with good lyrics, well sung and cleverly staged and lit. The acting was superb even with the second cast.

Don't see it if you don't like hip hop type music or you like traditional musicals. This is not a happy show.

Also This show deserves to be seen in a bigger theater. New York City Opera... Read more Read less

49
Overrated, Insipid, Indulgent, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you want to see some excellent choreography and a smashing performance by Joshua Henry.

Don't see it if you care about a coherent book, themes explored in depth, and ludicrous and repetitious lyrics. This show needs a lot of work.

92
Sad, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great staging, Great singing

See it if Incredible singing and staging. Great live music. A beautiful score. An incredible story and contemporary pop score.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy completely sung musicals. No dialogue. You don't like dance and stylized staging. You don't like sad endings.

85
Resonant, Relevant, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You simply want great entertainment = song and dance. The story needs eork

Don't see it if You’re looking for a strong or happy story

78
Good music. good staging. good performances.

See it if You are open to innovative new musical shows.

Don't see it if You only like traditional musicals.

85
Refreshing, Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you want to hear some great songs and a knockout performance by Joshua Henry particularly. Captivating storytelling of a tragic tale.

Don't see it if you're looking for a traditional musical with less contemporary music, or want to see something uplifting and not bleak.

98
Brilliant choreography, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you have a soul.This is as good as theatre gets.Every element is perfection:singing,acting,dancing,design,choreo,direction.SEE IT!

Don't see it if you have hearing problems.Some of the lyrics were garbled b/c of sound issues.Once I got into the rhythm, I missed very little.See this show

77
Hollow, Slow, Ambitious, Stylish, Creative

See it if 60 min of Travis Wall dance sequences (yay!) w/ a 90 min musical playing in the background. Formally idiosyncratic yet technically polished

Don't see it if No depth. Considering the storyline, it should have been so much more affecting. But it’s mostly just fun to look at.

Also Score leaves something to be desired. Opening number and other early s... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Ambitious, Cliched, Riveting, Great singing

See it if Any time you can hear Joshua Henry sing, you should. Beautiful staging. Engaging story...

Don't see it if ...but a bit of a cliche. It's supposedly based on a Hitchcock film of the same name. It's a sad story, but nothing new.

85
Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if If you would enjoy a story told only through song. No words are spoken. Great singers, pop music and relevan songs.

Don't see it if If innovative theater is not for you. If you do not lije pop music.

65
Brilliant henry and interesting choreography couldnt make this thin book work

See it if You want to see an almost perfect Henry's rendition of a paper thin book, redundant orchestration and mind numbing lyrics.

Don't see it if You want to have any surprises. The opening 30 seconds telegraphs the outcome. the flashback structure leaves nothing to discover. No arc

Also I felt indifferent to the set and lighting.... Read more Read less

85
Great dancing/choreography, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if You like a song cycle that tells a story. It features talented performers, Joshua Henry brings down the house

Don't see it if Non traditional theater does not work for you. It is operetta style all sung.

89
Great choreography, Relevant, Great staging, Absorbing, Great singing

See it if dark musical where story only told thru the lyrics in the pop songs, an amazing J. Henry especially singing Stay Positive, athletic dancing

Don't see it if want spoken dialogue, developed characters, all Sondheim-level lyrics; don't want stories about people wrongly convicted

Also Dancing especially good when it mirrors what the main actors are doing... Read more Read less


October 9th, 2019
"‘The Wrong Man’ Sets a Universal Nightmare to Music: Ross Golan’s dark chamber musical, based on a concept album, stars the excellent Joshua Henry as an innocent man on the lam."
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October 9th, 2019
"'Hamilton's' Thomas Kail directs it with intense panache; Alex Lacamoire's arrangements bring out the score's pop polish; the lighting and sound are impeccable. But while the music is fresh, the musical is cramped."
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October 9th, 2019
"A Pop-Song Master Delivers 'The Wrong Man'"
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October 9th, 2019
"Thomas Kail directs three-time Tony nominee Joshua Henry in the world-premiere musical written by 2016 BMI Pop Songwriter of the Year Ross Golan about a man framed for a murder he didn't commit."
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