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Shadows: A Dance Musical

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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

Striking, Ethereal, Incredible dancing, Arresting, Tragic

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.

Entertaining, Haunting, Ambitious, Frustrating, Beautiful dancing

See it if if you enjoy musicals and dance, like intimate minimalist productions, and don't mind ghost stories.

Don't see it if you like spectacle and special effects; don't enjoy an atmosphere of spookiness or a story told through dance

Also I enjoyed the show but thought there was a lot of untapped potential. ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Talented cast, Cleaver staging, Very warm venue

See it if lead actress was excellent, dancers were marvelous. Lead actor was hard to hear until the very end. Small theater got very warm

Don't see it if you can't sit for 100 minutes without intermission or can't tolerate heat.

Absorbing, Great staging, Enchanting

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

Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if You like amazing choreography and watching the moves of a master dancer. Like the idea of an original modern gothic ghost story.

Don't see it if You expect musicals to have songs that move the show along and have good lyrics.

Also Irina Dvorovenko is an amazing dancer and the stage lights up whenever... Read more Read less

Slow, Banal, Unoriginal

See it if you like looking at beautiful bodies.

Don't see it if you want to see something original and engaging.

Masterful, Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Clever

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

Slow, Fluffy, Entertaining, Great dancing, Great acting

See it if You’re a fan of ABT style ballet storytelling within a simple musical. Amazing dancing,singing and acting with minimal set and costumes.

Don't see it if You’re not into story involve infidelity. You only want musicals with a strong original score and lyrics. You don’t like minimum set changes

Great staging, Great dancing, Entertaining, Captivating

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

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 dancing, Cliched, Refreshing, Slow, Great staging

See it if you like gothic romance stories, musicals, and (amazing) ballet dancing. Irina Dvorovenko made this show. She is a goddess.

Don't see it if you have high standards for original songs in musicals (these were not great); you don't enjoy ballet.

Also I thought this was a very interesting idea and it has a lot of potenti... Read more Read less

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

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

Great acting, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

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, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy new/creative concepts in musicals, you enjoy ballet

Don't see it if You're looking for a spectacle musical

Romantic, Great singing, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if See if you like musicals , dancing and a romance. This play also has a riveting dark side.

Don't see it if Don't see if you don't like plays about ghosts and romance .

Great staging, Romantic, Playful, Great singing, Cliched

See it if You like intimate productions, you would enjoy a blend of ballet and musical theater, you don’t need anything particularly thought provoking

Don't see it if You are afraid of ghosts, you are a purist, you want an intermission, you want something current/topical

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

Great staging, Great singing, Refreshing

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!

Romantic, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a different kind of musical

Don't see it if you expect a big Broadway show. This is a theater-dance-musical experience that is growing beautifully

Entertaining, Great singing, Intense, Resonant, Scary

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

Don't see it if you dont like entertainment

Funny, Great acting, Enchanting

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

Great singing, Clever

See it if You like beautiful voices, the beauty of ballet, and small casts.

Don't see it if You don't like simple plots and small stages.

Refreshing, Great writing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever

See it if love "different"! This is a show I believe will take off! It is such a masterful mix of dance, singing, and a wonderful ghost story

Don't see it if just want to see the same old stuff.

Enchanting, Great writing, Refreshing, Beautiful dancing, Moving

See it if you want to see something really different-a show that is part modern romance, part ghost story--beautiful, moving, sexy and spooky.

Don't see it if only if you 100% hate music and dancing. Shadows is not like other musicals, but they do sing and dance. Beautifully.

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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