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Buskers the Musical (Dream Up 2017)

From 13 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Funny, Refreshing

About the show

Part of Theater for the New City's 2017 Dream Up Festival: Equal parts musical fantasy and documentary theater, this world premiere show explores the life of street musicians, and stars real-life buskers. More…

It’s the day of the annual auditions at Grand Central Terminal for the MTA’s Musicians Under New York program, and more than 300 applicants are vying for spots. The talented few who are accepted receive prime busking spots without fear of being chased away by security. It’s what every busker wants: a chance to make a living, to build an audience, to be offered gigs, and, above all, to be discovered.

Member Reviews (13)


Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Funny, Refreshing
Avg Score

Great concept, talented musicians, intimate setting

See it if you've ever wondered about those talented underground musicians you pass every day

Don't see it if you need elaborate sets and major production value with your musicals

Entertaining, Disappointing, Quirky, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in poorly written, but interesting real-life stories of buskers

Don't see it if You are looking for a professionally written, professionally acted production

Entertaining, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if you like intimate performances or an inside look at a busker's life.

Don't see it if you like traditional musicals or need to have the actor's remember all their lines

Also I would love to see this after they have developed it more

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You are a busker fan, love good music. Are interested in their personal stories. Interested in Innovative music repertoire and instruments.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals. You like more structure in a show. not interested in the person behind the music or you want more drama in a show.

Also Loved it! Each of the musicians held their own. The pianist, opera sin... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Slow, Lighting issues, Microphone issues, Could have been better

See it if dont

Don't see it if see below

Also I came in as a HUGE fan of buskers ... I have great memories of Boston... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Masterful, Must see

See it if You love music and songs

Don't see it if You don't like music

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You love entrepreneurs, talented musicians, real life stories!

Don't see it if You like fiction

Resonant, Entertaining, Original

See it if You want to see a funny, heartfelt play with diverse musical performers who are dedicated and talented.

Don't see it if You want over the top fantasy.

Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if you want to see great entertainers and learn more about the life of buskers

Don't see it if you're expecting typical musicals rather than documentary theatre where the musicians share their art and tell their stories

Entertaining, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Funny, Delightful

See it if You love the NY music underground scene and want to get an inside view into the life of a reeeeally talented busker.

Don't see it if You don't want to see amazing talent and heart.

Funny, Great singing, Refreshing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if "Inspiring!"

Don't see it if You hate great singing!

Also As a Freelance musician in NYC I ride the subways a lot. "Buskers" is ... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great staging

See it if It is a very unique show and very entertaining!! I encourage everyone to see the show. All talented musicians and artists!!

Don't see it if You don't want to see the really talented, and versatile artists!!!

Also I would like to see this play evolve into Broadway and eventually into... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if Loved the show. It is a great opportunity to see and enjoy unique, brilliant, and multiple talents at once. Very entertaining show. Must see

Don't see it if You are not into talented musicians!!!!

Also I would like this show grow further more !!!

September 7th, 2017
"Though 'Buskers' gives these real artists a platform to display their art, the documentary and musical genres don't marry well onstage. What the audience is left with is a talent show/bio show that doesn't quite come together as a theatrical piece. But even if 'Buskers' doesn't cohere so well, t...
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