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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)


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

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.

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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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