Where: State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ
When: December 2-4. 2016 For upcoming tour dates visit:
Who: All ages
What: Ride the Cyclone
Where: Lucille Lortel Theatre
121 Christopher Street
New York, NY
When: Now through December 18, 2016
Who: 13 and up
Mom - Ride the Cyclone is a dark musical. It is about a group of teenagers who died in a roller coaster accident competing for another chance at life. Although the characters are mostly somewhat cliched, there is the closeted gay kid, the popular overachieving pretty girl, the overweight mousy best friend etc., the actors are all very good in their roles. Each actor has a chance to shine with his or her own solo number. The songs are mostly fun although some of them are a bit strange and some even seem like they are something out a completely different show. The show can be a bit scary at times. In fact, there is a character named Jane Doe who doesn't remember her name and is allegedly headless. In reality, of course, the actress playing her does have a head and there is no real attempt to make it look like she doesn't, however, she still does look a bit creepy even with a head. If you are not a little kid and you don't scary easily, the show is entertaining. If you are looking for something completely unique and original it is a good choice. If you are looking for a light happy musical or a show for the whole family this is not it. The show is recommended for 13 and up. However, if your child scares easily and/or is already afraid of roller coasters, I would not recommend the show for even older children. For more about Ride the Cyclone or to order tickets go to http://www.mcctheater.org//shows/16-17_season/ride-the-cyclone/index.html.
And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Funtivity Friday.