New York | 1h 25m | Already closed

Held (FringeNYC)

From 5 critic and 12 member reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Enchanting, Great singing, Great acting, Great writing

About the show

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.

1h 25m | Already closed | DROM (East Village)

New York Theatre Guide

"A layered play which explores the dynamic of longtime friendships that don’t know how to evolve...It presses all of our emotional buttons. The music transports you to this other land on a score of beautiful harmonies and sad refrains…All three singer/actors are triple-threat performers with gorgeous voices and have created great characters…It’s a tight, well-polished, professional work that speaks of a successful rehearsal period where excellence was aimed for and achieved." Full Review

Woman Around Town

"A lovely fairy tale filled with sophisticated, beautifully layered songs…It’s easy to see what’s coming from the hints dropped like breadcrumbs along the way, but that doesn’t hinder the enjoyment of the story or change the fact that the music and performances are all excellent...Even if the plot was somewhat predictable, it was told with care and creativity. All told, 'Held' was one of the best Fringe shows I’ve seen. Get a seat while you can." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"The non-linear style of 'Held' is a bold move that’s effectively pulled off...Though the intricacies of this friendship are captivating, certain moments drag for far too long…With no set, Feith's design and Rose’s tragically beautiful orchestrations invite the audience to imagine time and place...Our ensemble wonderfully brings Maxwell and Rose’s songs to life. If you’re curious to see how fantasy looks in a musical, or if you generally enjoy new musical work, 'Held' is worth checking out." Full Review

Theater In The Now

"'Held' was a mix of 'The Giver' meets 'Game of Thrones' meets 'No Exit'...'Held' was musically beautiful, but left the audience wanting more…more plot development, more character development and more of a punch on those important lines/moments. It should certainly be done again, maybe added to and directed with more importance." Full Review


for a previous production "Maxwell and Rose make a powerhouse of a team. They know what they are doing, and 'Held' is proof. It’s well crafted, and its entertaining mix of fantasy, memorable music, and emotional ups and downs keeps the audience engaged...'Held’s' nine original songs are not just interludes of entertainment; they are used to further the plot and develop characters...It’s filled with poetry, humor, and gorgeous music. This dreamy fairy tale is one that won’t soon be forgotten." Full Review

Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing

See it if See it if you enjoy musicals, fantasy, and live music.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you're not a fan of musicals.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Romantic, Masterful, Great singing

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.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You love getting transported to a magical place

Don't see it if You dont like musicals

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Original, Great acting, Great singing

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.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You enjoy a show with great characters, singing, and a touch of sci-fi/fantasy.

Don't see it if You don't like nonlinear plot line.

Enchanting, Refreshing, Ambitious, Absorbing, Delightful

See it if You enjoy fantasy-inflected musicals that tell real human stories.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals or insist that all of your art be ironic.

Funny, Entertaining, Great writing, Absorbing, Great singing

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.

Half of a good show

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

Confusing, Indulgent, Romantic, Overrated, Slow

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.

Enchanting, Intense, Must see, Great writing, Absorbing

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great singing

See it if If you have a vivid imagination!

Don't see it if If you don't believe in fairies

Indulgent, Pretty songs, pretty voices, Disappointing

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