I’ve lived in New York for over 20 years and for 20 years, I’ve been in love. In love with a city that offers people like me opportunities out the door – professional, culinary, musical, theatrical and actually, love. I even met my husband on the streets of Manhattan in 1997. From the moment I arrived, I knew I was home. From living in a small apartment to riding the subway system daily, I relished my life here.
As soon as the Broadway show “In Transit” started, I knew I was in good company. The show took me back in time, to my own days living in NYC, freshly arrived from Atlanta, GA, with hopes and dreams of breaking into television (which I did!). The show, which played at 59E59 in 2010, is not only a homage to the city, but it’s also a tribute to musicals about life in NYC, in the vein of “Tick, Tick Boom” or “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change!” The cast is excellent – they sing every single word and sound, a capella, and the storylines are familiar. From landing that first big job to meeting the love of your life to figuring out who you are when things don’t the way you planned, I related to the show in more ways than I can describe.
Director Kathleen Marshall also choreographs, and the results are magical. Set designer Donyale Werle created a whimsical subway platform that is pretty true to real life. The cast members are all fantastic – Chesney Snow, Margo Seibert, James Snyder, Erin Mackey, Justin Guarini (yep, from American Idol but he is excellent nonetheless!), Moya Angela and the wonderful Telly Leung. The play has been updated with references to social media, texting, equality, the election (vague) and references to the challenges of living in NYC, and it simply comes together as a beautiful tribute to the city. The vision of Moya Angela in a dress made out of real subway cards strutting across the stage like a feminist Statue of Liberty is just symbolic and earth-shattering.
Subway rides will just never be the same again.
Info on the show and tickets can be found here: http://www.intransitbroadway.com.
Disclosure: I was provided with tickets to facilitate this review but all opinions are genuine and my own.