Part of FringeNYC: Held is a musical set in a fantasy world. Korin, a dreamer. Mera, a warrior. Bardo, a baker. Piano, cello, and bass set a romantic score while the three struggle to escape a place where time stands still. More…
Categories: Musical/Opera, Drama, Local. Written by Kelly Maxwell, Music by Meghan Rose. Directed by S.C. Lucier.
See it if you like great original music, excellent acting, beautiful singing, a touch of a fantasy plot, great relationships between characters.
Don't see it if you don't like non-linear storytelling or minimal sets.
See it if you like musicals with similar sounding songs, not much action, and a very weak story, but good singers.
Don't see it if you like dynamic musicals with great music, and a great and compelling story.
See it if You want to see characters developed through song in a magical world
Don't see it if You need to see developed characters in more than just a perfunctory ending after their world was created
See it if you like dramatic musicals, like a touch of sci-fi/fantasy in shows, or like cello as part of the orchestra.
Don't see it if you don't like non-linear storytelling or don't like musicals.
See it if You like dark comedies about female friendship and duty. You like in medias res.
Don't see it if You're looking for a concert. The instruments are only for accompaniment and the cello is particularly under-used.
See it if you love Renaissance Fairs, beautiful fantasy-style costumes, presentational/stylized acting, and pretty voices
Don't see it if you are frustrated by elevated language without elevated substance, you prefer emotionally connected acting, you like a swift pace
See it if You like unique musicals with a beautiful story, great live music, and good meaningful relationships among characters.
Don't see it if You don't like musicals or you prefer musical comedies with large casts and dance numbers.