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Bound to Rise

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About the show

Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble presents a revival of its 1984 rags-to-riches musical inspired by the stories of Horatio Alger. More…

'Bound to Rise' is a musical comedy with a happy ending based on four of Alger's "strive and succeed" novels, in which the young, poor protagonists beat the odds in the New York City of the 1890s. But this was also the era of the robber barons, when thousands of children lived on the streets while the wealthy attended "poverty socials" dressed in rags. A time of striking contrast between the opulent mansions and the overcrowded tenements where three quarters of the city's people lived. This portrait of NYC a century and a quarter ago is even more relevant today in the era of the "one percent" and billionaire banksters.

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Funny, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Intelligent
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Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny

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February 2nd, 2017
"The new production is undeniably memorable, but rarely in a good way...Policoff clearly wants to teach us something with his book, and director Oliver Conant stages with a correspondingly heavy hand...Unfortunately, the ensemble also proves to be a weak link. Their attack on group numbers is unc...
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February 2nd, 2017
"A ramshackle revival...Stylistically and musically, the tone of the show is melodramatic and laden with snarky references to the greed and malevolence of the moneyed class...The 14 members of the cast keep the show moving along at a steady clip...Of the singing, however, it's best just to let yo...
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February 9th, 2017
"'Bound to Rise,' the Horatio Alger musical, first appeared at the Medicine Show in 1985 and won director Barbara Vann an Obie Award for her staging. It was again revived in 1997. Vann passed away in 2015 and the Medicine Show is announcing a new era with this revival. Unfortunately, this inept a...
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February 15th, 2017
"Even if the production were flawless, the musical might never be more than a curiosity...Though director Oliver Conant perhaps could have guided his actors more in terms of performance, he effectively stages the action to present multiple stories simultaneously...While the large cast works hard,...
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