the story of my life BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
Closing:
January 1, 2009

Theater: Booth Theatre / 222 West 45th Street, New York, NY, 10036

Synopsis: 

This new musical tells the story of two childhood friends and how that friendship profoundly defined their lives. Thomas Weaver is a best-selling, award-winning author. Alvin Kelby was his best friend for 30 years. But time can test the bonds of friendship, and when it does, Thomas calls on the only resource he has — his stories of Alvin — to learn where things went wrong. A richly melodic musical, The Story of My Life is a soaring tribute to the power of friendship and the people who change our lives forever.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF the story of my life

    Male Bonding: It’s a Wonderful Friendship

    BEN BRANTLEY

    February 20, 2009: Now is exactly the time for a small and simple musical to conquer the glitzy behemoth called Broadway. Think of the relief that recession-scorched theater producers — tired of wasting cash on elaborately decorated chorus lines and dancing scenery — would feel if they learned that the new recipe for success was nothing more than the following: a short, modest human-interest story, some sentimental songs, a gifted cast of two and an almost naked set.

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  • TIME OUT NEW YORK REVIEW OF the story of my life

    The Story of My Life is a two-man musical with a dual personality. Half of Brian Hill and Neil Bartram’s well-meaning piece examines the tension between memory and fiction, as seen through the lives of two men with a knack for verbose self-reflection; the other half is a collage of cultural platitudes about butterflies, angels and snowflakes. The show can’t decide if it wants to be Stephen Sondheim or a gift shop in Topeka.

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  • VARIETY REVIEW OF the story of my life

    If the description "an original story about friendship, success and the choices we make at the turning points in our lives" sounds generic, it is. "The Story of My Life" is a singing Hallmark card. The show hijacks Bobby from "Company" and folds him into a labor-of-creativity scenario a la "Sunday in the Park With George," then pussyfoots coyly around its burning question of unrequited, undeclared love. This flavorless new musical is not exactly terrible, but it's not terribly interesting, either, which makes you wonder why its producers thought it belonged on Broadway. Whatever the reason, it's unlikely to be staying long..

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  • NEW YORK DAILY NEWS REVIEW OF the story of my life

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    Broadway, like the rest of America, is feeling the financial crunch and looking for ways to weather it. This explains "The Story of My Life," a new musical performed by a cast of two on a single set and accompanied by a nine-piece orchestra. Aside from being inexpensive to mount, "The Story of My Life" is sincere and sentimental, two commodities that have been known to draw a crowd. It's also nicely staged and designed and features a charming star turn by Malcolm Gets, a performer of whom much more should be seen on Broadway. I only wish that all this, or any of it, made "The Story of My Life" worth seeing, but it's an over-earnest dud

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  • ASSOCIATED PRESS REVIEW OF the story of my life

    A large ghostly white bookcase, where memories are stored in book upon book upon book, dominates the stage of Broadway's Booth Theatre. On one side stands a white lectern.

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