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Held (FringeNYC)
East Village
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Held (FringeNYC) NYC Reviews and Tickets

83%
(12 Reviews)
Positive
75%
Mixed
17%
Negative
8%
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.

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Member Reviews (12)

90
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.

90
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.

Critic Reviews (5)

August 22nd, 2016

"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."
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August 23rd, 2016

"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."
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August 23rd, 2016

"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."
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August 30th, 2016

"'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."
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May 30th, 2015

"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."
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