For the past few weeks I’ve walked by a sign in the subway that says In Transit, Broadways first A Cappella Musical, and it sparked my interest. When Broadway Wiz reached out to me about reviewing the show I jumped. So here’s my In Transit on Broadway Review.
Lets start with the theater. It’s at Circle in the Square which is kind of theater in the round so it’s a little more intimate and will make you feel a part of the show. Because of this setup you can sometimes lose moments, but the staging, set and sound never allowed this which I appreciate. The creative team was also a big intrigue for me. With a book, music and lyrics by Academy Award® winner Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Frozen), James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan (fellow Maplewood resident) and Sara Wordsworth and vocal arrangements by Deke Sharon (Pitch Perfect, “The Sing-Off”), IN TRANSIT is directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award® winner Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes, Nice Work If You Can Get It). I mean WOW! I walked in with some high exceptions.
The show started with one of the best pre show announcements I’ve ever heard, where they also reminded us that all the music made is with the human voice (A Cappella). To hear the harmonies and know there are no instruments is a great reminder just how powerful a voice can be.
With a mix of different stories, BoxMan narrates you through it all. The amazingly talented Chesney Snow play the role the evening I attended, and to see someone create so many different sounds, with speed, clarity and creativity was mind boggling. He also opened my eyes up to what life is like In Transit. Did you know the average New Yorker spends one hour commuting each way? That 2 hours a day, 10 hours a week, one whole month each year. Crazy, but I also know how true this is, as I do it daily.
This show takes you into the NYC subway and shares “What it feels like to be here… instead of getting there.” As you follow these different characters, struggling actress, unemployed guy, a girl who moved to NYC for a guy and then got dumped and a same sex couple planning not only a wedding, but telling a parent they’re gay had me captivated for the entire 1 hour and 40 mins (No intermission).
At first I was drawn to this show because it was a Cappella and I wanted to see who was singing what part and how it was all mixing together, but after the first song I totally forgot to look for that because I was invested in the characters, and their stories, and how art is imitating life.. This just goes to show how talented this cast really is and by the end of the show I had to remind myself that it was a Cappella.
If you have a love for music, a Cappella, theater or NYC then show is a stop you don’t want to miss. With brilliant and innovative music, lyrics, arrangements, acting, costumes, set, and staging I urge you to get tickets for In Transit on Broadway now!
Oh, and if you’re a part of an A Cappella group you can join the Aca Ambassador Program by emailing them at [email protected]