Already closed | East Village

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

Cliched, Insipid, Disjointed

See it if you're enamored with pas de deux ballet. The dancers moved well together.

Don't see it if you're looking for a good show. The musical aspect and the dance interludes clashed, the plot was awful, and the music was forgettable.

Cliched, Slow, Disappointing, Romantic

See it if You’re a fan of the cast.

Don't see it if You’re expecting a lot of dancing. It instead comes in small interludes and ends too quickly.

Also Had higher hopes for this premise sounded interesting, Less dancing th... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Stronger choreography than direction, Talented cast, Weak music, Long

See it if you enjoy seeing gorgeous dancers - and a cast trying to make a new show work.

Don't see it if you need a fully cooked show. You need strong music, inventive choreography or seamless musical execution. still unsure of itself and slow.

Also First act ran almost 1 1/2 hours - prior to the 15 min intermission. ... Read more Read less

Clever, Confusing, Great dancing, Ambitious, Slow

See it if you're interested in seeing interpretative ballet interwoven into a musical plot

Don't see it if you are unsympathetic toward adulterers, you were expecting it to be more dance intensive, or you value good songwriting and song-timing.

Also My biggest issue was that the show didn't provide any sort of "i want"... Read more Read less

Great voices, Great bodies, Simple story

See it if you are looking for a show with nice voices and some very sexy bodies.

Don't see it if you want a compelling story. it was a bit boring story, though the actors putt 110 % into the production, the lines were cliche, and silly.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Insipid, Banal, Pretentious

See it if you can enjoy watching dance even though the story is very week and frustrating. The performance is not bad.

Don't see it if you expect a good love/mysterious story with music. Despite a bit of Japanese-influenced story and stage, It uses Chinese gong. Oh, no!

Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Intelligent

See it if You like creative ways to tell a story and the integration of good ballet sequences.

Don't see it if You are tired of typical story lines and second-rate songs.

Also What tries to be an inventive telling of a rather tiresome story of an... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Cliched, Ordinary

See it if you are dying to see beautiful couples dancing no matter the context

Don't see it if you are looking for a musical with inspiring performances and memorable songs

Great staging, Great dancing, Disappointing, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you like shows with with multiple timelines, you enjoy lovely dancing, you want to support original work, you like intimate show

Don't see it if you don't like shows that heavily feature infidelity, you want to see a large ensemble show

Ambitious, Confusing, Edgy

See it if you want some good dance sequences interwpersed with ghosts

Don't see it if you don't like ghosts or pretend ghosts portayed as dancers

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...
read more
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 ...
read more
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...
read more

Related content