Everyone comes to New York with the hope of making it in the big city. The new Broadway musical In Transit tells the story of young people trying to make a life for themselves in New York with the subway as the backdrop. Aside from the compelling story that’s easy to identify with, In Transit has a unique feature that other musicals don’t have: it’s a cappella so there’s no orchestra. I recently saw it and loved the stories and the catchy music!
In Transit is, first and foremost, a story about resilience and overcoming obstacles. We meet several New Yorkers who commute to their jobs each day and learn about their stories. Each one has his or her own path in life and they all have their own hardships. In Transit has been compared to the film Love Actually as it involves multiples characters and storylines. However, in the show there are only young characters who are early on in their professional lives and additionally, it has a cappella music. This makes it more appealing for the younger crowd, as a cappella has become a huge trend is recent years. I personally love this style of music. The songs in the show are catchy and fun but are also sentimental at times.
The staging is really cool – the audience sits all around a subway platform so no matter where you sit you have a great view, plus all seats are orchestra seats. The stage turns from a subway to an office and other venues but almost everything takes place on the subway, which makes it really fun to watch and to try to guess what they will do next on the train.
In Transit stars Justin Guarini (American Idol runner-up) and Telly Leung (Allegiance). A team of four is in responsible for the book, music and lyrics – one of which is none other than Kristin Anderson-Lopez, who did the music for Frozen. Director and choreographer is Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes, Grease, Kiss Me Kate).
In Transit is playing at Circle In the Square Theatre, 235 West 50th Street, NYC
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I was not compensated for this post. I received tickets to the show. Show Review: In Transit on Broadway
Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman has also written for The Huffington Post. She has been living in New York City for fourteen years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as a Law Degree, but blogging is her true passion. Maytal is a stay-at-home mom to three kids (ages 9, 7 and 4) and loves finding great products that make her family’s life easier.