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WATER FOR ELEPHANTS Opening Night Critics' Reviews

Wayman_Wong
#100WATER FOR ELEPHANTS Opening Night Critics' Reviews
Posted: 4/15/24 at 7:13pm

Huffington Post: After 'The Flash,' Grant Gustin makes his Broadway debut in 'Water for Elephants'

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/grant-gustin-water-for-elephants-broadway-flash_n_661c6dcfe4b0f709554ae310

MemorableUserName
#101WATER FOR ELEPHANTS Opening Night Critics' Reviews
Posted: 4/23/24 at 9:54pm

It's been a month since the show opened and Rex Reed penned his scathing, over-the-top pan. Neither he nor the Observer have posted a theater review since (though he's posted TV reviews). If W4E was enough to make him give it up, maybe that's another plus in the show's column.

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Miss10036
#102WATER FOR ELEPHANTS Opening Night Critics' Reviews
Posted: 5/12/24 at 1:39am

I didn't feel that compelled to see this, but the decent reviews and best musical nomination made me reconsider.  I went tonight and I kind of enjoyed this?  I was pleasantly surprised that I found quite a bit to like.  Jessica Stone gives us some neat staging and if anything, I appreciate that this shows off more of what she can do.  Her direction certainly papers over the weaker elements and adds interest, and I thought she did well, overall, integrating the circus elements.  The suggestive puppetry and use of different set pieces (like the "train") worked for me and fit with an idea of making do with what you have during the Depression.  While the elephant didn't blow my mind, I didn't need her to be this full, impressive puppet.  It would have felt jarring, or like pandering for applause, if we suddenly got one.  Paul Alexander Nolan's magnetic and I couldn't take my eyes off of him anytime he was onstage.  Now, this show's got flaws.  The main character is a blank, the score isn't much to write home about, and the framing device gets distracting and doesn't establish much connection between younger and older Jacob.  There are many times, in both acts, when the momentum just stalls, and I don't feel they've cracked the emotional core of this story.  As wonderful as Izzy McCalla is here, she can only do so much with what's on the page.  I'm not sure I'd recommend W4E, but I thought it was a nice night out and worth going for the creative staging.

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Impeach2017
#103WATER FOR ELEPHANTS Opening Night Critics' Reviews
Posted: 5/12/24 at 10:20am

MemorableUserName said: "It's been a month since the show opened and Rex Reed penned his scathing, over-the-top pan. Neither he nor the Observer have posted a theater review since (though he's posted TV reviews). If W4E was enough to make him give it up, maybe that's another plus in the show's column."

The thing about Reed, despite being a sad and nasty human being, is that there is usually an element of truth in his rantings.  This is not to excuse his desperate attempts to stay relevant.

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muscle23ftl
#104WATER FOR ELEPHANTS Opening Night Critics' Reviews
Posted: 5/26/24 at 12:18am

I went to see this show tonight and WHAT a surprise. I knew nothing about it, I only knew it was about a circus. This show was pure art, talent, the true art of storytelling with puppetries and acrobatics and dancing that blew me away. My favorite show of this season by far. 10 out of 10.


"People have their opinions and that doesn't mean that their opinions are wrong or right. I just take it with a grain of salt because opinions are like as*holes, everyone has one". -Felicia Finley-

rachelfran
#105WATER FOR ELEPHANTS Opening Night Critics' Reviews
Posted: 5/30/24 at 1:06pm

Miss10036 said: "I didn't feelthat compelled to see this, but the decent reviews and best musical nomination made me reconsider. I went tonight and I kind of enjoyed this?I was pleasantly surprisedthat I foundquite a bit to like. Jessica Stone gives us some neat staging and if anything, I appreciatethat this shows off more of what she can do. Her direction certainly papers over the weaker elements and adds interest, and I thought she did well, overall,integrating the circus elements. The suggestive puppetry and use of different set pieces (like the "train") worked for me andfit with an idea of making do with what you have during the Depression. While the elephant didn't blow my mind, I didn't need her to be this full, impressive puppet. It would have felt jarring, or like pandering for applause, if we suddenly got one.Paul Alexander Nolan's magnetic and I couldn't take my eyes off of him anytime he was onstage. Now, this show'sgot flaws. The main character is a blank, the score isn't much to write home about, and the framing device getsdistracting and doesn't establish muchconnection between younger and older Jacob. There are many times, in both acts, when the momentum just stalls, and I don't feelthey've cracked the emotional core of this story. As wonderful as Izzy McCalla is here, she can only do so muchwith what's on the page. I'm not sure I'd recommend W4E, but I thought it was a nicenight out and worth going for the creative staging."

 

This review spoke to me. I saw it last night and enjoyed the first half and then couldn't wait for it to be over ... It got boring. They could have done without the older jacob entirely .. this doesn't have to be told in flashback and i am an immensely emotional person and had none of that here. I did like the elephant - and I enjoyed the acrobats.  The show seemed really loud to me and yet I still couldn't understand a lot of what was sung.  I was in the 3rd row of the mezz center which was a great view.  Maybe since my last show was Stereophonic and the sound there was impeccable, i am spoiled.  Ditto on Paul Alexander Nolan - he was terrific and a stand out.   

For anyone interested - I got my ticket on TDF.

 

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DramaTeach
#106WATER FOR ELEPHANTS Opening Night Critics' Reviews
Posted: 6/21/24 at 10:56pm

Resisted this one until I saw the Tony performance. Here are my thoughts:

1) Paul Alexander Nolan is just great. He elevates all material he’s given. 

2) Some good songs, some very blah songs (what’s with the “group” of songwriters?!)

3) While the acrobatic stuff was fun, there was too much and it was pandering. There were times when it didn’t make sense, and the acting should be enough.

4) As previously mentioned, PAN is great and a couple of the smaller roles were great, but all three other leads didn’t do it for me. Grant Gustin has a nice voice and so did the female understudy, but their voices were just “nice” and the acting didn’t make me feel anything. No heat between them, no depth in the heavier moments. A big old “eh” and I was rooting for Gustin in his Broadway debut. I like when a theater nerd who’s made it big (or semi-big) comes back to theater because they love it.

5) The story itself isn’t my favorite, but I did enjoy this more than the Reese Witherspoon movie, so that’s a win, I guess.

Overall, this isn’t bad like Gatsby, but it isn’t great. I’m glad I saw it, but it won’t be something that stays with me. The lack of comments about the show on this board are more evidence of that.


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