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
Avg Score

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Epic, Profound, Riveting

See it if you're into serious theatre that makes you think & feel. The authors are among the freshest voices in musical theatre. This is a must see!

Don't see it if you like juke box musicals, disposable comedy, or can't take violence on stage. This show has a lot of heart but its subject matter is dark.

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy learning about different traditions and love a good musical . This is a genius production so you must see it .

Don't see it if You have issues with homosexuality

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Exquisite, Relevant, Resonant

See it if if you want a captivating evening of theatre filled with masterful staging and acting. This new musical is fantastic.

Don't see it if If you want something light and fluffy.

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Exquisite, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You want to see something totally new for the genre, beautiful, devastating, and human, or are interested in learning about Afghanistan.

Don't see it if You have problems with gay romances or don't like your assumptions challenged or your endings uncomplicated

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During previews
Exquisite, Edgy, Intense, Profound, Riveting

See it if you love musical theater and its development into commentary on substantive issues & love gorgeous music, meaningful lyrics & great writing

Don't see it if you only want to see boring, banal musical theater with nothing to say

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Funny, Refreshing

See it if You wanna see really interesting musical theater!

Don't see it if You hate arab people, seriously.

During previews
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great singing

See it if You want an experience that makes you think and if you love great writing and music

Don't see it if You just want mild entertainment

During previews
Great singing, Great writing, Intense, Profound, Must see

See it if You enjoy beautiful lyrics and exquisite music with important complex subject matter

Don't see it if You are a young person . There is sexual violence.

During previews
Great singing, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You love beautiful music and great storytelling.

Don't see it if you want mind numbing entertainment

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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