Already closed | 2h 20m | Midtown W

The Boy Who Danced On Air

From 59 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Great singing, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense

About the show

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

Paiman and Feda have spent their young lives as performers in the world of bacha bazi, where wealthy men take in boys from poor families, train them to dance at parties, and often abuse them. The two boys’ chance meeting changes the course of their lives and sets them on a journey to find their independence in this musical fable about love, tradition, morality, and the strength of the human spirit.

2h 20m | Already closed | June Havoc Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (59)


Ambitious, Great singing, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Cliched, Great scenic design

See it if You are open to seeing a work that while not great, is different and with characters we don't often see on stage.

Don't see it if You hate musicals, particularly if you feel the music should reflect the setting.

Good singing, Well staged, Interesting subject, Slow paced

See it if You like unusual subject matter. Well written but often repetitious score. Good off stage orchestra.

Don't see it if You don't like slow pace, quite a few people left at intermission. Don't like somewhat confusing endings.

Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Intense

See it if you like a show with strong production values that also tackles issues of personal and cultural identity.

Don't see it if you're easily disturbed by the premise of fathers selling their sons to be raised as dancing boys that are used for companionship.

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Great acting, Cliched, Quirky, Indulgent

See it if you like to go on a person's journey

Don't see it if you don't want to step into someone else's shoes for a long time

During previews
Gratuitous, Flat, Blunt, Banal, Disappointing

See it if You saw the Frontline piece and want to see it in a dramatic presentation.

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason why you would want to see it--there is so much better theater out there. We left at intermission.

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 rew...
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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...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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