Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Where-To-Go Wednesday - The Visit

We were given free tickets to The Visit. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own based on our experience.
What: The Visit

Where: Lyceum Theatre
             149 W. 45th Street
             New York, New York

Who: Ages 16 and up

Our view: If you are looking for a light happy musical, this is not it. If you want the opportunity to see Chita Rivera, one of the stage's greatest actresses, in her most recent Tony nominated role, this is the show for you. If you are looking to see Ms Rivera's famous dancing skills just be aware she only does a little bit of dancing here. She is after all in her 80s. However, considering that she still acts, sings, and even dances a little bit as if she was in her prime, and it is still a thrill to see her on stage. The show is also worth seeing because it is the last collaboration of the famous song writing duo of John Kander and Fred Ebb. It is not, however, their best work. Although it can be said that most if not all of their shows have had a dark edge to them, Kander and Ebb shows have previously dealt with such subjects as murderers, Nazis, and prisoners, this show is the darkest of all their shows. In most of their other shows there were some lighter and even comical elements. This show, however,  is particularly dark, and there are no light or comical elements to it at all.  We definitely wouldn't recommend it for children not even tweens or young teens. The score is not Kander and Ebb's best either. Although some of the songs including "You, You, You." and "Yellow Shoes" were not bad. Most of the songs were not that memorable.   For more information about The Visit or to buy tickets go to thevisitmusical.com.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for the monthly Mash-up.

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