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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

Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Ambitious, Exquisite

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

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.

Entertaining, Great staging, Fluffy, Good dancing

See it if You enjoy musicals w/emphasis on dance. Seeing Irina dance in small intimate venue was the highlight for me. Creative use of small space

Don't see it if You like big musical productions w/great music. Choreography not too creative & limited due to tight space. Music mediocre but strong acting

Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Great staging, Romantic

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

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

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.

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, Great staging, Clever, Cliched, Romantic

See it if You like unusual stagings that tell a very basic story in a new way, you are a ballet fan, you like a ghost story

Don't see it if You prefer your theater to settle on just one genre or form of storytelling, you want a story that hasn't been told before

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, Enchanting, Delightful, Ambitious

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

Romantic, Great staging

See it if you like romance, beautiful sets and a pretty good story

Don't see it if you want a great book/writing; the dancing was ok, but it kinda got in the way sometimes

Great dancing, Romantic, Weak singing, Dramatic, Nice music

See it if you can appreciate outstanding dancing by all, but especially ballet by Ms. Dvorovenko. Enjoyable nice music.

Don't see it if unless you have excellent hearing. Singing by Mr. Greene is particularity at times trounced by the music.

Engaging, Unconventional, Mysterious, Talent-ridden, Uneven

See it if you enjoy exquisite, expressive dancing even in an odd context. You like thrillers. Adultery-focused stories intrigue you.

Don't see it if jarring shifts between 3 composers' recorded music with bug you. Weak music, awkward tech, a sense the team didn't all get the tone.

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

Great acting, Great singing, Refreshing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a new musical with really good modern ballet intertwined

Don't see it if you want a clear story-line and traditional musical

Clever, Entertaining, Good singing, Good staging, Spooky romance

See it if You like a musical romance with a supernatural twist

Don't see it if You don't like a musical romance with a supernatural twist and you strongly object to music sometimes drowning out lyrics

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

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

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!

Masterful, Great singing, Must see, Wonderful, Romantic

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

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

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!

Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky, Romantic

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 singing, Entertaining, Confusing

See it if you want an enjoyable evening of a mixture of great singing & lovely ballet

Don't see it if Ballet isn't your thing or if you are offended by extramarital affairs

Also We enjoyed the show, but it was a bit confusing. Show jumped from acti... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great dancing, Silly script

See it if You want to see a fun, creepy story with an extremely talented cast.

Don't see it if You want likable characters. You're bothered by clunky dialogue and mediocre songs.

Also Attempts to make it "exotic" just end up feeling racist -- Japanese pe... Read more Read less

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

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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