THE GREAT WORK is a world premiere musical by 7th House Theater. The show follows the world’s most renowned living pianist on a journey into his past. THE GREAT WORK was so beautiful, I’ve decided to highlight my three favorite elements instead of writing a typical review.
1. David Darrow’s Music- I’ve seen David act and he is phenomenal. However, I never knew he was a composer. For me, this show pulled inspiration from renowned musical theater composers such as Stephen Sondheim and Jason Robert Brown. There were times I heard a twinge of SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE and THE LAST FIVE YEARS. I loved the orchestrations and the beauty of the musical pieces.
2. The Space- The Dowling Studio at the Guthrie was a perfect place for the show. It was intimate and allowed the audience to be up close and personal with the cast.
3. Cast- The eight people in the show were all cast perfectly. Kendall Anne Thompson who played Charlotte had a lovely voice. Her acting was raw and real. Andy Frye who played the young Hans Gartner had a light air to him. He was charming and youthful.
Although THE GREAT WORK is closed now, I hope it receives a chance again in another setting. It sure deserves to live on.
Rating: To Be
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