Unknown Soldier
83

Unknown Soldier NYC Reviews and Tickets

83%
(119 Reviews)
Positive
88%
Mixed
12%
Negative
0%
Members say
Great singing, Absorbing, Great acting, Romantic, Great staging

About the Show

Playwrights Horizons presents Daniel Goldstein and Michael Friedman’s sweeping, elegiac musical about a woman’s journey to unearth the secrets buried in her family’s past.

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Member Reviews (119)

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Entertaining, Great singing, Uneven

See it if You enjoy stories about uncovering a family's past. The cast is excellent, really great voices.

Don't see it if There were parts I really enjoyed and others whose tone didn't match the rest of the play that could be completely cut

84
Great staging, Intelligent, Refreshing, Romantic

See it if well acted and sung small musical taking place in multiple time frames. keep one engaged and caring about the characters

Don't see it if want big flash and froth. this is small show.

Critic Reviews (10)

The New York Times
March 9th, 2020

"Lies of Love and Memory Swirl Through ‘Unknown Soldier’: This thoughtful, history-spanning portrait of elusive identities testifies to the versatility of its composer, Michael Friedman."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
March 9th, 2020

"Every Day a Little Death: 'Endlings' and 'Unknown Soldier'"
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Theatermania
March 9th, 2020

"Michael Friedman's Accomplished Score in 'Unknown Soldier' Is Trapped in Nonsense: The late composer's memory is let down by collaborators Daniel Goldstein and Trip Cullman at Playwrights Horizons."
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Lighting & Sound America
March 10th, 2020

"What first appears to be a prettily arranged tearjerker is in fact a surprisingly tough-minded meditation on love, loss, memory, and the stories -- true or not -- by which families live. It is the most original and accomplished new musical to turn up so far this season."
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Talkin' Broadway
March 9th, 2020

"Friedman's score...is an eloquent reminder of a prodigious talent cut down too early. The story, or stories, don't hang entirely together, and the emotional payoff isn't as mighty as it aims to be. But it's a strong effort with many rewarding moments."
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New York Stage Review
March 9th, 2020

3/5 Stars. "An intriguing and sometimes frustrating chamber musical by Daniel Goldstein and the late Michael Friedman."
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TheaterScene.net
March 11th, 2020

"This choppy John Irving-style saga wanly blends time-shifting with romantic drama for a dense, cloying and dull 90 minutes. Daniel Goldstein's original book is an uninvolving patchwork of hoary clichés reminiscent of Nicholas Sparks' works."
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Theater Pizzazz
March 9th, 2020

"One feels a deep gratitude that Friedman lived long enough to pen this score and an equally great sadness that we won't hear new creations from this singular talent...Based on 'Unknown Soldier,' Friedman would have become a true musical force to be reckoned with."
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Front Row Center
March 13th, 2020

Score: 85%. "A poignant reflection on the unreliability of memory...It is a multi-generational mystery story that spans the years between 1918 and 2003. A fact that should perhaps be made a little clearer either in the program or production."
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New York Theater
March 9th, 2020

"The 16 songs make Michael Friedman come alive in all their eclectic glory, pointed or playful or full of passion…I find it much harder to argue that the show as a whole comes as alive as the music…a story too far-fetched and convoluted to wind up fully satisfying."
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