Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

Rags Parkland Sings The Songs Of The Future

From 56 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Relevant

About the show

Ars Nova presents this world premiere sci-fi folk concert set 250 years in the future.  More…

You might not remember the last time Beaux Weathers and her band played, but Rags Parkland does. Back for an intimate, one-night-only gig, Rags will play the revolutionary songbook that carried us to where we are today. Meet the music that powered the change. Join The Future.

1h 30m | Already closed | Ars Nova (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (56)


Great singing, Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Relevant
Avg Score

Great singing, Relevant, Intimate, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if Outstanding folk rock concert. Oppressed outcasts in the future struggle to express their humanity. Small space with great acoustics.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy folk rock, or science fiction that is relevant to today's politics. Buy a reserved seat or bring a cushion.

Great music, Enjoyable, Inconsistent, Concert, Great singing

See it if you like concerts of really exciting music performed really well.

Don't see it if you're looking for a real plot-driven show. There is some interesting world-building, but very little plot to really sink your teeth into.

Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Refreshing, Exciting

See it if you like feeling the bass through the floorboards. Guitar, banjo, accordion, sax, harmonica! Some cowbell! Focus is world-building, not plot

Don't see it if you’re too cool for the empire vs the resistance storyline; dislike concert-narrative hybrids with minimal sets & staging

Also Could (should) absolutely turn into a bigger musical. The songs are al... Read more Read less

Imaginative, Quirky, Great music

See it if you enjoy quirky surprising new works with music and a very talented cast.

Don't see it if you need a clear story - this doesn't have it - but it takes you on a lovely journey if you're able to surrender yourself.

Absorbing, Great singing, Refreshing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want to see a refreshing new musical with sci-fi premise. Great songwriting by Andrew Butler, powerhouse performance by Stacey Sargeant

Don't see it if you don't like folk and indie rock styles of music, prefer elaborate productions. Immensely entertaining but story is actually sad & tragic.

Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Great singing, Relevant

See it if you like science fiction, thinking about the ramifications of technology and good music.

Don't see it if you prefer science fiction that is heavier on the science and not romantic.

Great music, Great singing, Entertaining, Relevant, What fun!

See it if you like folk music, a sci-fi story with romantic and political elements, incredible musicians & wonderful voices

Don't see it if you need an elaborate stage (there really is none) or plot that is clearly described; you don't like folk music or fun

Also Only disappointment is that there was no CD to purchase.

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Relevant, Great singing

See it if The future is now ... music transcends time

Don't see it if Far from the traditional

Great singing, Great songs, Clever and original

See it if Thrilling and thoughtful music. Dynamic and moving performances. Original conceit-underground nightclub 300 years in the future.

Don't see it if Only six performers. Very small performing space. Not a show so much as rock/folk-opera. No sets, and very in your face proximity.

Also When a lot of talent and creativity explodes in a small space you are ... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Futuristic

See it if you'd like a bright show set in a dark future. Cleverly staged in the tiny temporary Ars Nova space, great singing, just a really fun night

Don't see it if you only love the big, fully realized shows; this is a fun night of futuristic musical adventure, & I'm going again

Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like experimental shows where you have to work to fill in some of the plot. I enjoyed that aspect of it. Performers are great!

Don't see it if you're looking for something traditional.


See it if you enjoy being enveloped by a truly "complete" show, enjoy intimate connection, and rapturous screams, shouts, and forlorn toots.

Don't see it if you dislike immersive environments and non-traditional scores

Also A tight, remarkable new piece with a kickass cast. The connection that... Read more Read less

Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Good music weaved through a story worth thinking about.

Don't see it if Small intimate settings aren't for you

Clever, Great singing, Entertaining, Slight, Good music

See it if You like great folk/folk rock concerts. Music is great. Not much story.

Don't see it if You like shows with narratives. The story is very slight.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Relevant, Resonant, Quirky

See it if If you want something unique, new, and totally engaging; if a folk musical about robots sounds awesome; if you want to feel a bunch of stuff

Don't see it if If you need huge productions; if you need extensive choreography/direction; if strobe lights affect you

Also Wow, I really enjoyed Rags Parkland! It took kind of an odd premise (3... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Enchanting, Great singing, Resonant, Clever

See it if ur a fan of blending genres. A sci-fi folk concert evokes Whedon's Firefly vibes. Surprisingly poignant and political. Great world-building

Don't see it if you want story to be plainly presented. You're looking for a traditional musical

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Intelligent

See it if A great time bending musical. Emotionally resonant. Very well acted, sung, played. Perfect in our current political climate.

Don't see it if You don’t like intimate theater with depth.

Great singing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you you like immersive theater and connecting with performers

Don't see it if you prefer traditionally structured shows

Clever, Great singing, Epic, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if you want to see an uplifting, kinda-concert/kinda-play evening of theatre infused with revolution, sci-fi, wonderful songs, & love

Don't see it if you don't like blues- or folk-inspired music, or smiling, or joy. Or mentions of robots. Or humorous/thoughtful veiled political undertones

Clever, Neat, Great singing

See it if you want to see the talent of small NYC shows and a clever all around production

Don't see it if you want a simple story that is plainly presented or you're just looking for a traditional NYC musical

Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Profound, Resonant

See it if You want to experience innovative, beautiful new work that helps chart a new course for what musical theater can be.

Don't see it if You’re more concerned with ‘following what happened’ than ‘how did it make you feel’. This requires viewing outside a traditional lens.

Intelligent, Innovative, Immersive

See it if you like to see new, original works that are immersive, innovative and entertaining.

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional story structure or plot (it's folk sci-fi story, which kinda defies genre).

Also Ars Nova is an intimate and creative space and organization. it's not ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great singing, Confusing

See it if you like a well packaged performances, direction and design. The music was good, but not integrated in the libretto very well

Don't see it if you don't like music concert - music theater hybrids or you dislike shows that feature a political aspect.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Black women saved it

See it if You enjoy a good sci-fi story and want the chance to shout with your fellow audience.

Don't see it if You're not into folk. I'm not and while there were moments of the music that did it for me, I still found myself disconnected often.

Exquisite, Intense, Quirky, Resonant, Enchanting

See it if You want to experience something together.

Don't see it if You’re not ready for a perfect evening.

October 15th, 2018
"A show for men, women, and any sentient robots passing through...A little musical with big, sad, beautiful ideas. It packs so much story into so little space that physicists will quail...This fusion of folk and science fiction is niftily sui generis...Butler’s music, a plangent folk style that b...
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October 15th, 2018
"Butler is a master at fusing futuristic concepts like the civil rights of cyborgs with anthems that spark righteous anger and empathy...He has been developing this show for eight years, and that dedication has paid off with a glorious, deeply felt score that moves beyond folk to include R&B and ...
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October 15th, 2018
“One of the most surprisingly delightful and imaginative musicals of 2018...’Rags Parkland’ does cultural appropriation the way it ought to be done, which is to remix, reimagine, and reposition pre-existing forms to create something wholly original...We realize the immense wonder of Butler's gala...
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October 18th, 2018
“In this sci-fi folk musical, Rags and the band, The Future, bring music to life in a world where it has been criminalized and in a time when even applauding such things can be treasonous...The show is a concert...There is little backstory...As Rags sings, the audience is swept away on a journey....
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