Broken Wings
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Broken Wings London Reviews and Tickets

71%
(10 Ratings)
Positive
70%
Mixed
20%
Negative
10%
Members say
Absorbing, Clever, Great singing, Slow, Enchanting

Katie Lipson's musical adaptation of Kahlil Gibran's poetic book.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (10)

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121 Reviews | 11 Followers
61
Great singing, Dated, Slow, Quirky, Intense

See it if Fascinating insight into the life of Gibran

Don't see it if Story is slow and songs lack oomph.

23 Reviews | 1 Follower
100
Great singing, Great acting, Exquisite, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see the most beautiful show I've even seen! It's trully magical, tiny theatre but the set is stunning and acting phenomenal!

Don't see it if You're not ready to be broken into pieces and left sobbing your eyes out. The story is heartbreaking but beautiful.

26 Reviews | 2 Followers
72
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Some cracking original songs Enjoy life stories Enjoy musicals

Don't see it if Don’t enjoy musicals

26 Reviews | 1 Follower
25
Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Slow

See it if If you love more classical musicals.

Don't see it if If you want something modern with memorable music.

11 Reviews | 0 Followers
98
Must see, Profound, Masterful, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if you like diverse stories, strong female characters, beautiful music, exquisite storytelling and intimate shows or if you enjoyed the novel

Don't see it if you want something fast-paced and action driven, you go to the theatre for spectacle and big dance numbers

11 Reviews | 0 Followers
70
Interesting, Absorbing, Clever

See it if You love the novel and want to see an exciting new musical

Don't see it if If you find it hard to follow storylines as in some points was confusing

9 Reviews | 0 Followers
96
Riveting, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You like well performed and beautifully sung plays about real people: Khalil Gebran, a forgotten poet.

Don't see it if You don't like to have the story told mostly in song.

6 Reviews | 0 Followers
74
Great writing, Enchanting, Clever

See it if enjoy good storytelling and creative staging.

Don't see it if you like a lot of acting and less songs in a musical. Most of the story is told in songs except for a quite long part in the beginning.

Critic Reviews (5)

The Times (UK)
February 16th, 2022

The singing is sometimes glorious...The pointlessly revolving stage, however, only emphasises the basic problem: this circuitous tale doesn’t really go anywhere.
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WhatsOnStage
February 16th, 2022

Despite being dramatically undernourished as a piece of theatre, the unique combination of bombast and delicacy in the music lingers long in the heart and mind afterwards. I suspect it'll divide people, but that its most staunch supporters will be vociferous.
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The Arts Desk
February 16th, 2022

What emerges is a musical that, in its desire to stay true to its source material's themes and honour Gibran's enlightened approach to women's agency in a patriarchal world, has lost too much of the impetus, the light and shade, that a show with ambitions like this one requires.
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The Stage (UK)
February 16th, 2022

Lagan’s direction and indeed Erika Gundusen’s tight musical direction tries hard to counter the awkward pacing of the story and, to an extent, it works. However, Broken Wings is a promising musical that seems to still be in the fixing stage rather than the finished product.
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The Guardian (UK)
February 16th, 2022

Naaman’s score, co-composed with Dana Al Fardan, is best when it’s unabashedly romantic and there’s a particularly handsome swell to the young love song, Here in This Garden. But there’s not a huge amount of variety to the music and surprisingly little of the unique sounds or rhythms of the Middle East.
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