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Shadows: A Dance Musical

From 3 critic and 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. 

On Stage Blog

“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 the plot is somewhat cliché, and it’s hard to feel much sympathy for either of the lead characters by the end of the show...Nonetheless...A stunning visual spectacle.” Full Review

On Stage Blog

“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 interludes that leave you breathless, and songs that I was humming on the way home, 'Shadows' is definitely worth taking a trip to the theater to see." Full Review


"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 a love story and does have a good deal of dancing, but the eerie romance doesn't rise to the complex Gothic levels of King and the choreography is far less creative than Tharp's." Full Review

Romantic, Must see, Great staging, Enchanting, Absorbing

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

Good story, Entertaining, Great dancing, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You want an all round show w/ talented singers/actors/dancers and a storyline that hold your attention. A ghostly love triangle.

Don't see it if You can’t sit w/ no intermission. Don’t like ghosts haunting your story line.

Also The Connelly theater is a gem. ... Read more Read less

Tragic, Arresting, Incredible dancing, Ethereal, Striking

See it if you enjoy viewing ultra-talented performers sing, dance, and act.

Don't see it if you don't like ghosts, nor gothic dark material.

Romantic, Wonderful, Must see, Great singing, Masterful

See it if you like a musical which artfully integrates dance and music. This show may be developing a new art form.

Don't see it if if you do not like seeing wonderful original works done in a new artful way. Do not see it if you do not like shows about lovers.

Also I did not understand why every seat was not taken. Go see it before it... Read more Read less

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

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

A show that i was happy to fall into its spell and support., Committed, sexy performers., Sexy, romantic, moody., Charmed and mistified.

See it if A wise, sexy love story dance musical with that eerie edge. Theatergoers, support an interesting hybrid like this. Lovely small theater.

Don't see it if if you have no romantic interests, don't like dance, don't want newer experiences.

Clever, Intense, Ambitious, Absorbing, Masterful

See it if You like edgy unusual show with clever writing .. and like dance

Don't see it if You like traditional musical and strait forward story lines

Captivating, Entertaining, Great dancing, Great staging

See it if you like singing & dancing in shows. There were also a couple/few surprise moments, which were cool.

Don't see it if you do not want to see people in underwear/lingerie nor want to see people kissing (only in a few scenes)

Also I thought a couple of the songs were sung too fast, felt like the word... Read more Read less

Romantic, Quirky, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you're looking for something more off-beat and quirky. Beautiful dancing and very good singing.

Don't see it if you're looking for a more standard type of show. It can be quite bizarre and I can clearly tell why it would not be everyone's cup of tea!

Also It's got ballet and it's got musical theater, and it doesn't always ge... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great singing, Exquisite, Entertaining, Absorbing

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

Enchanting, Great acting, Funny

See it if You want to have a good time laughing with this musical at the same time you see some basic classic ballet

Don't see it if You are going through a bad time in your marriage, since it might make you think a bit too much

Intense, Romantic, Masterful, Great staging, Absorbing

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

Exquisite, Ambitious, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if you want to see some serious talent up close in a small but comfortable venue on the Lower East Side

Don't see it if you won't like a musical intertwined with ballet , about ghosts and an older married woman who has an affair with a younger married guy

Also Beautiful voice for lead actress, and beautiful dance throughout by th... Read more Read less

A true masterpiece!, Refreshing, Romantic, Masterful, Enchanting

See it if If you like, great musicals, amazing ballet dancing, music that just makes you fell like you are in the play! I just adored the show.

Don't see it if Except for not liking musicals there is no reason not to go to this show!

Refreshing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Very interesting and absorbing take on a modern ghost love story!

Don't see it if you do not believe in ghosts or in singing & dancing with ghosts!

Ambitious, Delightful, Enchanting, Clever

See it if You enjoy pure talent, excellent voices,beautiful dancers and a story line that holds your interest non stop

Don't see it if You have no sense of mystery or don't believe in magic or the occult

Edgy, Romantic, Ambitious, Great singing, Enchanting

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.

Phenomenal choreography, luminous dancing, funny, original, weak songs

See it if You liked Beast in the Jungle, love ballet (ABT principal star 13 years), enjoy ghost stories blended with typical infidelity set in NYC.

Don't see it if You are a dance philistine, dislike the gothic genre, demand great songs from a musical.

Also If I were reviewing this (for Broadway World, which doesn't pay of cou... Read more Read less

Scary, Resonant, Intense, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you want to hold on to the person next to you

Don't see it if you dont like entertainment

Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You love a balance of a dance and musical... romance and tragedy

Don't see it if You want a very light show

Ambitious, Great staging, Clever

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

Ambitious, Edgy, Charming, Great dancing, Exquisite

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.

Enchanting, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You're up for an original musical/dance/romance/ghost story show that could still use a little polish with a talented cast for a small venue

Don't see it if The main linear plot is a little thin, and the show overall could be polished more. The show is not a finished product yet

Needs a few more fleshing out moments, Can see the thought process behind it, Ambitious

See it if You are interested in seeing new musicals that don't provide the typical musical dance "numbers."

Don't see it if You aren't willing to wait for the final dance to fully wrap up the ideas and story being told.

Also The final dance sequences make clearer the dance sequences in the firs... Read more Read less

Romantic, Great staging, Enchanting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You like good music, incorporated with classical dance and a cheating romantic cast of characters

Don't see it if You do not appreciate the afterlife returning

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