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1969: The Second Man

From 5 critic and 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?

The New York Times

"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-cut white men of NASA...But '1969' feels like a song cycle rather than a fully integrated musical. Giles hasn’t found a structure to tell Buzz’s story with sufficient depth, definition and emotional pun... Full Review

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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Cast & Creatives (14)