Songs About Trains
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Songs About Trains
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Songs About Trains NYC Reviews and Tickets

85%
(35 Reviews)
Positive
97%
Mixed
0%
Negative
3%
Members say
Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Resonant
A theatrical concert celebrating the workers from the building of the US rail system. Read more Show less

Member Reviews (35)

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946 Reviews | 387 Followers
76
Uneven, Ambitious, Great singing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You’re a fan of folk music and shows without a linear storyline. This is mostly a collection of stories and songs that are unrelated.

Don't see it if You’re looking for something with real depth. There’s some good talent to see here but the songs and stories don’t really go anywhere.

971 Reviews | 227 Followers
79
Profound, Intelligent, Enchanting, Clever

See it if Very good show scout trains in concert forn. Talented musicians.

Don't see it if If you want a grander musical.

796 Reviews | 217 Followers
87
Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you'd enjoy great storytelling with a little history mixed in with songs, some a capella, that are performed by 8 with multiple instruments.

Don't see it if you are looking for an acted play - the title is correct. It is a number of folk songs centered on the railroad.

608 Reviews | 122 Followers
85
Music, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Folk music about people who builded the track for the trains and reading about some of people.

Don't see it if Dislike folk music or a big show.

647 Reviews | 95 Followers
82
Interesting staging, Relevant, Great singing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like a show that's unusual, both the presentation and staging.There are railroad songs built around subjects like immigration, and labor

Don't see it if you like a conventional musical. The seating arrangement is unusual as well as the location of the performers. Read more

383 Reviews | 201 Followers
88
Entertaining, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if Wonderful music with great voices. An enjoyable night out for all.

Don't see it if If you prefer a play, then skip this one.

396 Reviews | 102 Followers
95
Refreshing, Great, difficult sound design, Relevant, Great staging, Great singing

See it if A Stage Manager's nightmare (and that's a good thing). Great direction, singing, playing, sound design, choreography.

Don't see it if You hate folk music and/or love those those in power. One directorial choice that fails (but you know why it was made Read more

420 Reviews | 61 Followers
88
Diverse, Great singing

See it if A tribute of beautiful folk songs (American, Black, Mexican, and Chinese) to the mostly immigrant/people of color rail laborers.

Don't see it if No plot, worker rights/unions, reading of letters rather than acted, untranslated Spanish and Chinese songs aren't your thing. Read more

Critic Reviews (3)

TheaterScene.net
April 16th, 2022

As a piece of theater, Songs About Trains is earnest and unique. Lead author (and performer) Beto O’Byrne along with contributing authors Eugenie Chan, Reginald Edmund, Jay B Muskett and Rebecca Martínez (who also co-directs) have constructed a work that’s not definitely a musical and not quite a play, but more of a performance piece which sews stories together with music, dance and songs.
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Stage Buddy
April 13th, 2022

"Comprised of actor/musicians who have performed on Broadway and elsewhere, Songs About Trains is exciting both musically and narratively, and boasts powerhouse vocals. I was one of the few brave enough to opt for the 'onstage' seating, and it was an exciting, intimate experience. No fear of audience participation (though you may occasionally make eye contact with a performer), it's simply a way to be closer to the action and more 'in' the music."
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Off Off Online
April 12th, 2022

"In the telling, the audience is treated to an exhaustive mini-history of labor relations, Manifest Destiny, and rare moments in the American adventure where diverse groups, whatever their background, worked together and got along—because, dammit, the railroads needed building, and however cruel the taskmasters or backbreaking the labor, it beat out enduring the Irish potato famine or the wholesale eradication of Native American tribes."
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