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Shadows: A Dance Musical

From 81 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Great staging, Entertaining, Great singing, Romantic

About the show

This new dance musical explores an eerie and erotic story, and asks "how far will you go to keep the one you love?" Directed and choreographed by Tony nominee Joey McKneely. More…

When a married woman starts an affair in her NYC pied-a-terre, she discovers it is haunted by spirits. Trapped by their own violent past, the spirits try to stop this affair from escalating. Past informs the present as the cycle repeats itself to a dramatic conclusion. 

Member Reviews (81)


Ambitious, Great staging, Entertaining, Great singing, Romantic
Avg Score

Absorbing, Great dancing, Clever staging, Needs editing, Ambitious

See it if You’re interested in seeing a really good story (though not exactly original), really clever staging, interesting lighting and sound.

Don't see it if You can’t overlook some really weak singing. They’re all pretty good and some of the songs are great but they (he) don’t project well.

Also I really liked this. It had a lot of flaws...if you want to see them b... Read more Read less

Thin, Sexy, Hokey, Entertaining, Harlequin romance

See it if you’d enjoy seeing a sexy central couple in bed for a couple of hours, with frequently intruding dancing spooks providing lots of atmosphere

Don't see it if you have no tolerance for cheap romance.

Also This is an uneasy hybrid piece for 2 singing actors, 4 dancers & a cou... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Songs & voices* Dances* Story* Set* Costume Designer* Background Music * Spooky Stuff* 90 minutes* Revenge is Sweet a 95 & a 90%

Don't see it if Theater Location 90 minutes (for some) It rained It closes today

Great staging, Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever, Bravely different

See it if you appreciate dance, enjoy a love story mixed with strange happenings presented in song, word and movement, like intrigue, great lighting.

Don't see it if you want sound perfection-the mic-less voices were often drowned by the music which at times seemed distorted; you can't put 2 & 2 together

Also The program shows that two songs were cut and the intermission elimina... Read more Read less

Exquisite, Great dancing, Charming, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you like mysteries evoked with beauty and grace. The use of the stage is particularly evocative.

Don't see it if you are distressed by plots based on marital infidelity.

Clever, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy a play that uses creative use of dance and stage to tell a ghostly story. Need to be patient with this plot revealed late in play.

Don't see it if you like a traditional play told with words.

Also I really enjoyed seeing one of my favorite dancers from the ABT. Dance... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Confusing, Repetitive, Fine dancing, Muddled

See it if you like interesting dance sequences; supernatural elements; some good voices. Always a pleasure seeing Irina D. She elevates the material.

Don't see it if you want a show with a consistent flow that's easy to follow & characters that you care about.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated, Confusing, Fluffy

See it if you want to see how a great idea for a show just does not evolve to its potential.

Don't see it if you want to see a show still trying to find itself.

Also I really was looking forward to this dance musical but it disappointed... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Great singing, Ambitious, Romantic, Edgy

See it if you want to be thoroughly entertained by a talented ensemble. Great effects. This show could be a blockbuster with some polish and rework.

Don't see it if you are not open to unusual shows at small venues, regardless of how good they are.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Exquisite, Great singing, Great acting

See it if WOW was I surprised. I had very low expectations coming into this and until an unacceptable last scene it was near perfect.

Don't see it if a last scene that currently justifies the selfishness of all the characters turns you off.

Also Unless you're a believer in the philosophy of Ayn Rand (in which case ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Enchanting, Great staging, Must see, Romantic

See it if Visually stunning. Dancing and acting and staging were so original. So refreshing to see a dance musical.

Don't see it if If don’t like Theater out of the box and newly imagined. This has a surreal element so if you don’t like that that it’s not for you

Great dancing, Indulgent, Cliched, Enchanting, Great staging

See it if You really like ballet. Or you want to hear about other people's affairs.

Don't see it if The songs are a bit flavorless. If that's going to be a problem, don't bother.

Ambitious, Engaging, Melodramatic, Fine committed cast & performances

See it if You're up for a predictable at times hokey but ultimately engaging musical ghost story. Fine leads & dancers mostly flesh out thin material.

Don't see it if You dislike melodramas or ghost stories or musical versions of either.

Also The leads are convincing (even though inaudible at times), particularl... Read more Read less

Lovely dancing, Painful, Cliched writing, Slow, Amaturish

See it if you are a fan of ballet. Irena D. is exquisite and there are some lovely dance sequences. If you want to support new works.

Don't see it if even if you like dance, this is still hard to sit through. It was painfully slow, with banal, cliched lyrics and dialogue.

Also If I hadn't enjoyed the dance sequences as much as I did, the score wo... Read more Read less

Interdisciplinary, So-bad-it's-good, Nonsensical, Eerie, No live accompaniment

See it if You are are looking for a play with music and dance that is at moments successful in achieving a level of spookiness.

Don't see it if You are looking for a well-constructed ghost story or romantic drama. The music sung on stage is tedious and it never adds up.

Also "Shadows was born between a collaboration of playwright and choreograp... Read more Read less

Great dancing, Absorbing, Intense, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if You are interested in a story told through dance.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy ghost stories, dance, singing, or a story based on marital infidelity.

Nice dancing, Mediocre acting/singing, Soap opera-esque, Superficial, Interesting idea wasted

See it if you want to support the cast or the production crew; willing to give this overwrought mishmash with unsympathetic protagonists a chance

Don't see it if a buff guy in his Calvins, hipster haircut & bad tats crooning & spooning with a high-heeled, spoiled lady-who-lunches would bother you

Also An interesting back story of a gothy haunting was wasted on 2 rather r... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Entertaining, Cliched, Great staging

See it if you like ballet in a show and can put up with a storyline that is weak at points.

Don't see it if you're looking for a powerful story or extramarital affairs bother you

Also It was difficult to hear the voices over the music at times, especiall... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great dancing, Creative

See it if You like dance performances, or enjoy unique performances in small settings with creative use of minimal staging.

Don't see it if You need big productions with fancy staging, or only like musicals with catchy songs and strong lyrics.

Weird mix of supernatural, song and dance

See it if You like lovely young voices (without microphones!), an offbeat plot and some decent (albeit melodramatic) ballet thrown in.

Don't see it if You dislike longish lead-ins (I almost walked out before the play even started), spooky events, murder or suicide. The end is a real bust.

Also Janine DiVita as Claire sports good acting and a lovely voice; John Ar... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great staging, Masterful, Romantic, Intense

See it if You like classic ballet and a strong female voice. This was an interesting interweaving of the two and felt like a fresh story. Well done!!

Don't see it if The male lead singer had a pretty voice but his singing was from the throat, not diaphragm, and he paled compared to lead female. She shone

Enchanting, Ambitious, Cliched

See it if you like concept musicals, ghosts, well-done ballet, and more multi-method presentation of musicals.

Don't see it if you expect musicals to mostly be composed of songs that work and provide highlights. Are bothered by characters that are a bit flat.

Also For me this musical had elements that could have allowed it to be a ho... Read more Read less

Creative, Sinister, haunting back-story, Has potential but needs to be sharper, Interesting hodge-podge, Ballet + dance + singing + drama

See it if you're interested in hybrid shows; you like to support indie theatre; you're intrigued by the supernatural; you enjoy "what if" stories

Don't see it if stories involving marital infidelity leading to murder would bother you; narratives that punish the adulterers & sinners are too grim

Also Trapped in a sexless yet seemingly "perfect" marriage in Connecticut, ... Read more Read less

Banal, Disappointing, Intense, Romantic, Slow

See it if You really like dancing in a show. It is a new musical.

Don't see it if You want very good voices and interesting choreography.

Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you'd enjoy a great concept even if it needs more of development, you'd like some good songs even if they are not all fitting in this show.

Don't see it if you do not like hybrid musicals, you do not like the melodramatic, you do not like good performances in an uneven (but promising) show.

December 4th, 2018
"The flier for 'Shadows,' subtitled 'A Dance Musical,' calls it 'a Gothic ghost love story,' adding, 'It's Twyla Tharp meets Stephen King.' If only. 'Shadows,' written by Randall Cook (book) and Edison Woods, Maxim Moston and Karen Biskho and choreographed and directed by Joey McKneely, does tell...
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December 8th, 2018
“One of the most impressive and sophisticated musicals to premiere in the NYC indie theatre scene...The show is a cross between musical theatre and straight-up ballet...and it generally excels in both areas...The real highlights...are the technical production elements...The only downside is that ...
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December 10th, 2018
“Something very different and very engaging...These stories intersected in a way that felt like a dance in itself and created an almost magical tone to the whole show... Being one of the few musicals that focuses on just two characters interacting in one space, featuring beautiful dance interlude...
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