Midnight Street
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Midnight Street
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Midnight Street NYC Reviews and Tickets

43%
(27 Reviews)
Positive
7%
Mixed
26%
Negative
67%
Members say
Disappointing, Excruciating, Banal, Confusing, Indulgent

About the Show

In this new musical, amid the dark and dangerous underbelly of the city, a trio plays out a seductive and lethal turf war against a vivid musical landscape.

Member Reviews (27)

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24
Terrible, Disappointing, Terrible acting, Terrible singing, Excruciating

See it if You want to support someone in the cast, crew or creative team.

Don't see it if You value your time. Read more

39
Great singing, Dated, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if You enjoy really need a mindless show with very little to it other than singing

Don't see it if You want to see something worth your time.

49
Vanity project gone off the rails?, Inane, Slow, Misguided

See it if If you know/support a cast member? Setup: shallow fem. prostitute singing banal songs; 2 harassing thugs; random vile rant on Jewish faith.

Don't see it if Just don't. Disjointed & distasteful in every way; lyrics lame & sounding underrehearsed; characters utterly dislikable. Actors seem pained.

35
Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Overrated, Slow

See it if you don't mind an extremely slow-moving musical/drama with decent singing and a pointless story.

Don't see it if you're expecting a decent story with good performances, and at a fast pace Read more

46
Quirky, Disappointing

See it if You like offbeat drama

Don't see it if You like comedy or musicals

41
Define a musical!

See it if Flashes of talent.

Don't see it if Is it a musical if only one person sings? Is it a cabaret if there are two other characters who don’t sing? Is it worth seeing? No. Read more

66
Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched, Dated, Mediocre

See it if You simply want to see a musical at a nearby location. It's entertaining in some ways. But the acting is so-so

Don't see it if You have something better to do. Watching live performance is still better than watching movies in some circumstances.

55
Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing, Banal, Great singing

See it if You want to hear the lead actress how has a lovely voice

Don't see it if You want to see a play with any kind of value. This play is disconnected with very little take away.

Critic Reviews (6)

TheaterScene.net
June 10th, 2019

"Cohen is clearly an intelligent, well-read man, familiar with the twists and turns of different periods and styles. 'Midnight Street' is chock full of ideas, poetic meanderings and some worthwhile melodies but just doesn't add up. His direction can't overcome the pretentious language and heavy-handed symbolism. Only a Lotte Lenya or, perhaps, a Patti LuPone might have given Mr. Cohen's songs the right gravity, not to mention finding sense where none exists."
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Theatre is Easy
June 5th, 2019

"All three actors in 'Midnight Street' offer very capable performances, but unfortunately, the script is too thin and underdeveloped to allow them to shine. None of the characters have any depth or dimension...Clearly, 'Midnight Street' is not trying to offer a realistic depiction of what it means to be a prostitute. But if not, then why this story and these characters? We don't ever learn. I have to wonder what compelled Cohen to romanticize prostitution in the year 2019."
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Theater Pizzazz
June 6th, 2019

"Danielle…rambles on in…artificially inflated prose, sometimes bordering on abstraction, talking about her disillusion with men, her use of her body to make money, her attraction to women…Barely any narrative is expressed as Danielle goes on and on, valiantly singing one instantly forgettable song after the other…sometimes screeching the high notes…Half the time it's hard to figure out what anyone is talking about or to accept anyone as being human enough to care."
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Times Square Chronicles
June 5th, 2019

"This is not a musical, but a cabaret with some beat poetry...We have the main character, a prostitute played by Emily Afton, who sings well, but has no acting skills. Every song sounds the same...The seventy minutes of this show seemed like two hours and sadly there is nothing to recommend it."
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On Stage Blog
June 13th, 2019

"'Midnight Street’ follows the prostitute Danielle through an hour of an essentially glorified, convoluted monologue...The musical simply does not address what its message or purpose or characters truly are, leaving audiences to scratch their heads and bolt from the theater unassuming of any larger meaning or impressions...An amalgamation of caricatures, poetic meanderings, and pretentious language with confusing symbolism—a bold but perplexing flop.”
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P
June 5th, 2019

“The stunning music, Cohen’s lovely, poetic dialogue, and Afton’s breathtaking vocalizations, were skillfully integrated, flowing from words to notes to the hearts of the audience...Afton’s part...could easily stand on its own as a song cycle in a concert...Had the men been integrated into the plot a little sooner, it would not have seemed quite so jarring...That said, the two men were extremely effective...A lovely, thought-provoking production.”
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