The Boy Who Danced On Air
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The Boy Who Danced On Air

The Boy Who Danced On Air NYC Reviews and Tickets

(60 Reviews)
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Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great singing, Intense

About the Show

Abingdon Theatre Company presents this new musical, a modern-day love story set in rural Afghanistan.

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Member Reviews (60)

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735 Reviews | 158 Followers
Intense, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Clever, Ambitious

See it if To learn about a hidden, yet commonplace practice in mid-East tribal cultures, musicals about a masculine practice that turns to love

Don't see it if Uncomfortable with macho behavior in a homoerotic practice that challenges a modern society

688 Reviews | 116 Followers
Ambitious, Slow, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great singing

See it if Ambitious chamber musical about culturally condoned (?) pedophilia in the Arab world. Very well sung & acted despite uncomfortable depiction

Don't see it if Overly plotted (the subplot is extraneous) & many songs hinder pacing The gay relationship between the bacha bazi dancers is underwritten

506 Reviews | 1000 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if Great songs, great singing by all 5 male actors, fascinating (but..see below) tale. 2 great dancers.] Play needs a longer run.

Don't see it if disturbing topic of life in Afghanistan

562 Reviews | 64 Followers
Different. good music. lovely voices. good performances.

See it if You like all kinds of theatre..

Don't see it if You are not open to all kinds of theatre.

466 Reviews | 237 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting, Great singing

See it if Beautiful music and touching love songs. Excellent selection of cast members!

Don't see it if If you have difficulty with gay topic.

470 Reviews | 91 Followers
Ambitious, Exquisite, Great singing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if it gets the new life it deserves. It's a moving portrayal of a real issue most haven't even heard of. The story, score & cast are 1st rate.

Don't see it if you need happy-go-lucky theatre. This is about perseverance through unthinkable obstacles & finding the courage to grab at joy when you can.

426 Reviews | 99 Followers
So much new, so much old, so much borrowed

See it if you want to learn about this custom. you want a glimpse into Afghan disillusionment in US.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with pedophilia, Muslims as victim, hero, and villain. With USA strictly villainous. Read more

340 Reviews | 158 Followers
Eye opening, Culturally informative, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You are open to learning about aspects of other cultures. An interesting insight into the Afghani culture and a unique love story.

Don't see it if You prefer more traditional content in a musical or you are uncomfortable with the depiction of violence.

Critic Reviews (25)

The New York Times
May 25th, 2017

"The ick factor here is dangerously high, a problem that the production labors hard to mitigate through aesthetics...It would be enough of an achievement to make this story palatable...But Mr. Rosser and Mr. Sohne were even more ambitious: They have two more stories to tell...Still, the music rewards the ear...What’s more, it is beautifully sung...To make a successful musical on this subject would require exquisite discretion, but discretion is exactly what the subject forbids."
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Time Out New York
May 25th, 2017

"An unusual, profoundly affecting chamber musical...Creators Tim Rosser and Charlie Sohne amp up the drama in the second act, and push it further still in a coda. Their musical, optimally staged by Tony Speciale, taps into a universal source of pain and confusion: that phase of youthful innocence when, unable to fathom the adults who control us, we wishfully mistake them for gods."
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May 25th, 2017

"A challenging, courageous, and beautiful new musical...Rosser and Sohne employ a comfortingly familiar songwriting style to push thrillingly fresh ideas...Sohne's book efficiently places this human tragedy in the context of its society...Director Tony Speciale realizes Rosser and Sohne's vision with brilliance and thrift...A wholly original musical that is both emotionally and intellectually stirring. Anyone who cares about the future of the American musical should run out and see it now."
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Lighting & Sound America
May 31st, 2017

"An impressive feat of imagination, delving with remarkable sensitivity into a culture that might seem bizarre, even repugnant, to American audiences...Rosser and Sohne lay out the situation with clarity and without melodrama...The big issue in Speciale's production has to do with the casting of Paiman and Feda...The choice of older actors might be necessary, but it also adds a level of dishonesty to what is otherwise an admirably well-intentioned piece of work."
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Talkin' Broadway
May 25th, 2017

"To their credit, Rosser and Sohne, along with director Tony Speciale and choreographer Nejla Yatkin, have embraced the setting of 'The Boy Who Dances On Air' but don't allow it to suffocate their story in sadness or revulsion...A surprising breath of fresh air...It's not without its flaws, but blessed with a talented and committed cast, savvy direction, passionate dancing and a fearlessness to break boundaries, it has the power to open your eyes and pierce your heart."
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May 27th, 2017

“Initially intriguing but ultimately unsatisfying…Sohne’s earnest book has an abundance of stiff dialogue, repetitiveness, and a drawn-out, extraneous subplot…The show’s arresting aspects clash with the uneven book and score, and at two hours and 20 minutes, 'The Boy Who Danced on Air' is periodically dull...'The Boy Who Danced on Air' is billed as a fable, and those aesthetic qualities are imaginatively rendered. As an integrated musical, it stumbles in its form, and in presenting reality.”
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Theatre is Easy
May 31st, 2017

"While the book gets a bit muddled, particularly in Act 2, I found myself moved by Paiman’s plight and interested in the moral complexity of the entire show. It’s refreshing to see a new musical grapple with multi-layered conflicts while exposing New York audiences to parts of the human experience we haven’t seen before. Another major highlight of the production is the gorgeous music...It also helps that the score is executed by such gifted singers."
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Theater Pizzazz
May 25th, 2017

"In this deeply moving portrayal, exquisitely told through song, we are witness to intolerable crimes and brutality against these very young boys...This is not an easy production in which to be an audience and the fact that it is somewhat lightened by melodic music and good storytelling helps. But if you are squeamish in the face of bodily harm, beware!...Tony Speciale directs this cast with extraordinary understanding and tantalizing aplomb."
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