New York Premiere Reviews!
Susan Haskins, Theater Talk
"The Golden Age of musicals is back with SHINE!"
"Awfully close to the
sort of musical that made the form nationally beloved in the
Rodgers and Hammerstein era."
"Solidly constructed, tuneful, and consistently diverting."
"Plays like a traditional Golden Age musical."
"If there were a cast
album, I'd buy it."
"A charming, feel-good musical."
"The work's tremendous heart
and unabashed celebration of Alger's popular stories are in ample
evidence in this appealing musical about the rise from rags to
Peter Filichia, The Star-Ledger
"SHINE! is one of those wonderful musicals where the audience cares deeply for the hero. Richard Seff's book and Lee Goldsmith's lyrics perfectly capture the Horatio Alger spirit. Composer Roger Anderson's ballads are strikingly beautiful. As for his up-tempo songs, to call each a toe-tapper would only be 10% accurate: every one is a TOES-tapper that will keep theatergoers' feet busy all night."
"There was a stampede for SHINE!"
"Dozens of pleasant numbers, dapperly produced..."
"One of the
most ambitious and elaborate of the New York Musical Theatre
"A big, old-fashioned, good-hearted, life-affirming musical that
holds out its arms to embrace you! ...Captivating to hear and watch...with inventive
arrangements by the composer and orchestrator/music supervisor Greg