Shadows: A Dance Musical
Shadows: A Dance Musical
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Shadows: A Dance Musical NYC Reviews and Tickets

75%
(81 Reviews)
Positive
76%
Mixed
20%
Negative
4%
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.

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Member Reviews (81)

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945 Reviews | 387 Followers
79
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. Read more

795 Reviews | 216 Followers
79
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 Read more

741 Reviews | 123 Followers
80
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.

668 Reviews | 155 Followers
74
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. Read more

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506 Reviews | 1002 Followers
93
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

645 Reviews | 94 Followers
80
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. Read more

379 Reviews | 229 Followers
50
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.

391 Reviews | 102 Followers
90
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. Read more

Critic Reviews (3)

TheaterScene.net
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 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."
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On Stage Blog
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 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.”
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On Stage Blog
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 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."
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