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1969: The Second Man

From 12 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing

About the show

A new folk-rock fable for the runner-up in all of us, '1969: The Second Man' explores competition and collective achievement through the story of Buzz Aldrin, one small man who became one giant myth. More…

After he became the second man to walk on the moon, reporters asked Buzz Aldrin if he wished he had been the first. “I really didn’t want that,” Buzz claimed, “because of the added heartache.” Why is it so hard to believe him?


Member Reviews (12)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing
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Avg Score

77
There were parts of this i loved but my concentration wandered, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if On seeing a bare stage with instruments I wasn't sure what was up; but they did a credible job of telling a cohesive story. Much talent.

Don't see it if My date said, its basically an opera (big Opera fan he). It can be loud in the small theater. Really performers and instruments.

72
Clever, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if you like folk/rock musicals or have an interest in outer space. This show is charming and full of really enjoyable songs.

Don't see it if you're expecting a musical–this is more of a song cycle in concert form.

75
Concert musical, Folk-rock, Absorbing, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy any of these artists: Glen Hansard/The Swell Season, The Bengsons, The Decembrists, Damien Rice, Bright Eyes.

Don't see it if You dislike musicals that live somewhere between concert and book-musical. You dislike folk-rock.

Also "Magnificent desolation." -Buzz Aldrin... Read more Read less

78
Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Funny, Not really a play

See it if you want a lively, musical, documentary-style show about Buzz Aldrin and the angst of being the second--and far less famous--man on the moon

Don't see it if you want a story arc or strong theme; this is about what happened. Whether it has real meaning for the rest of us is up for discussion

Also Really great actors and music, a very entertaining night

82
Great singing, Intelligent, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy folk music (very well done) and want to spend a show thinking about how we judge success.

Don't see it if You are looking for a grand, traditional musical. This is a small show about a big idea.

79
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you are interested in the space launch and history but more than that it is a personal show about a man who comes in second, quite moving!

Don't see it if you hate music or you are so into the literal that you won't get how a black woman can play a white male astronaut - this is brilliant!

65
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great singing, Disconnected, Unsympathetic

See it if You like song cycle shows. Great musicality, singing and playing. Clearly they enjoy playing together and sound great.

Don't see it if You want strong plot, or well written book. Songs are narrative in concept but not in lyric. It has a ridiculous framing device.

Also Like a Bengston's piece or the Pigpen Theater Company, everyone plays ... Read more Read less

72
Ambitious, Great singing

See it if You are looking for an inventive concert experience with cool effect (film of moon landing projected on drum kit).

Don't see it if You are expecting a traditional musical as this piece has a very loose structure. Book narrative is practically nonexistent.

79
Delightful, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy concert-style storytelling, deep dives into the people behind historical moments

Don't see it if you don't like folk-rock music, prefer traditional musicals

Also There is certainly some work to be done on the book to ensure that aud... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Enchanting, Great singing, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a folk music telling of buzz aldrin by clever young actors/musicians

Don't see it if want a conventional story arc

100
Absorbing, Intelligent, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy folk/rock musicals, non-linear narratives, and creative, thought provoking work.

Don't see it if you're looking for a big song and dance spectacle.

During previews
94
Clever, Absorbing, Great singing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if If you want to see a clever musical telling of a true story that is absorbing and thought provoking, then this will be memorable.

Don't see it if You are bringing 4 kids under 5 years old. It's not for little kids, it's for 17-90.


August 29th, 2018
"Buzz seems, unfortunately, like kind of a jerk. It’s not a small flaw in the show....There’s a lot to enjoy anyway: a consistently inventive score, a cast of six actor-musicians who bring huge charm to the material...It’s fun to watch a young, multicultural, mixed-gender cast portray the crew-cu...
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August 30th, 2018
"While impressive that each cast member plays their own instruments, this show is equally impressive in the casual manner in which the actors transition from personal story to historical fact...Filled with heart-felt, lively, and, at times, unbelievably stirring folk music...It will only continue...
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August 29th, 2018
“What ‘1969: The Second Man' could use is a song that acts as a mission statement, setting the tone and style for what's to come. But Giles' script is filled with lovely, striking passages and, in combination with Brandt's songs builds a strong case for Aldrin as tragic and absurd...Brandt's song...
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August 30th, 2018
"The mellow sound of Brandt's score proves to be easy listening, but the individual musical numbers do not build to any dramatic climaxes so that the show seems tamer than material concerning depression and alcoholism suggests it should be. However, the ballad forms and guitar/violin instrumentat...
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