Great family entertainment, seemingly enjoyed by 7 to 70 audience at a recent matinee performance. Gorgeous score, witty lyrics, wrapped around a healthy moral theme. A welcome departure from the tired re-treads and comic book and juke box musicals currently populating "Old Broadway." Hail the return of musical theater! Kudos to the writers and the production team.
Until Sat Jul 20 2013
Photograph: Richard Termine
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Posted: Fri Jul 5 2013
Unlock’d: plot synopsis
Sam Carner and Derek Gregor's musical adaptation of Alexander Pope's 1712 poem The Rape of the Lock—a mock-Homeric epic about an unwanted haircut—mixes modern and old-fashioned instrumentation. Six years after its premiere at NYMF, the show now makes its official Off Broadway debut, directed by Marlo Hunter for Prospect Theater Company.
Unlock’d: theater review by Raven Snook
How’s this for a hair-brained scheme? Use Alexander Pope’s 18th-century satirical poem The Rape of the Lock—about the theft of a ringlet of hair—as the basis for a musical in which mismatched lovers and mythical creatures sometimes speak in period verse but also break into contemporary pop-rock songs. It sounds just crazy enough to work…except that it totally doesn’t.
And that’s a shame, since Derek Gregor and Sam Carner sure know how to write rousing, range-challenging love ballads, many of which are already cabaret staples. (Unlock’d has been kicking around for almost a decade and was previously seen at the 2007 New York Musical Theatre Festival.) But from the outset, the tone of this Prospect Theater Company production is off. For a rom-com, pretty much everything besides the wigs falls flat.
Wallflower Clarissa (troupe regular Jennifer Blood, excellent) envies her nubile ditz of a stepsister, Belinda (Jilian Gottlieb), who’s prized for her Honey Boo Boo–like locks. Clarissa implores dashing Roderick (Sydney James Harcourt) to woo her sibling by snipping a lock from her mane, hoping it will cut her down to size. But the plan inevitably gets all tangled up, and also includes roping in the bookish Edwin (A.J. Shively), a sextet of lovesick sylphs and gnomes, a goofy god and lots of talking tresses. Despite packing all of that period zaniness into one show, Unlock’d feels as thin as the mop atop a Hair Club client.—Theater review by Raven Snook
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