Already closed | 1h 15m | East Village

From Foster Care to Fabulous (FringeNYC)

From 6 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Edgy, Entertaining

About the show

Part of FringeNYC: In this original musical, Patrick Burns takes on the role of late-night talk show host, detailing his foster care journey with a myriad of side-splitting songs, a plethora of jaw-dropping anecdotes and a cast of horrific, hilarious and heartbreaking characters. More…

Categories: Musical/Opera, FringeHIGH, Solo Show, Local. From Red House Arts Center. Written by Patrick Burns. Directed by Richard Israel.

1h 15m | Already closed | DROM (East Village)

Member Reviews (6)


Clever, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Edgy, Entertaining
Avg Score

Ambitious, Original, Resonant

See it if You want to see a true survivors tale told with great good humor and hard won resilience.

Don't see it if You want your musicals to be musicals and dramas to be dramas and NO mixing.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Great singing

See it if You enjoy great impersonations, good music and singing. Love memoirs.

Don't see it if Racial impersonations bother you.

Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You like great solo shows, are interested in human interest stories, are interested in the foster care system.

Don't see it if You do not like solo shows

Clever, Edgy, Delightful, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You like a solo show with music. It is a witty auto biography

Don't see it if You are homo phobic


See it if Wonder if it comes true.

Don't see it if Not the same as real life

Edgy, Disappointing, Intense, Raunchy, Thought-provoking

See it if You want action

Don't see it if If you want to be disappointed

August 17th, 2016
"Burns's personal stories about foster parents abusing the system are harrowing. But his presentation of this history is deliberately glib...Unfortunately, this dissonance between form and content doesn’t pay off. The talk-show clichés that Burns employs help break up the evening, but they also b...
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August 14th, 2016
"Burns’ witty and creative portrayal of his journey through foster care in Central California is a refreshing surprise, and—what is more—a hilarious, sincere, and very relevant exposé of a system that does not get much attention in the musical theatre world...His performance is never one-note, an...
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August 25th, 2016
"Patrick Burns is a raconteur to be reckoned with…It sounds like a hanky-wringer, but Burns isn't out for sympathy...When broaching darker material, the show never delves deep into self-pity, nor does it read as too saintly of a bootstraps narrative…The evening, briskly directed by Richard Israel...
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November 17th, 2012
for a previous production "Burns’ tale is a somewhat horrifying retelling of his tumultuous upbringing. Yet, what’s even more horrifying is that it’s funny. Ranging from delicate, giddy showtunes to explicit rap, this show is not meant to warm the soul; although, it does. It’s not meant for the audience to leave all smile...
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