Songbird OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    October 28, 2015
    Closing:
    November 29, 2015

    Theater: 59E59 Theaters / 59 East 59th St., New York, NY, 10022

    Synopsis: 

    After many years away, Tammy, a fading country music star, returns to the Honky Tonk that launched her music career to help her estranged son launch his own. But with jealousy, self destruction and copious amounts of whiskey fueling this homecoming, will Tammy's arrival do more harm than good? Powerhouse songwriter Lauren Pritchard's heartbreaking ballads and driving anthems marry with Michael Kimmel's ingenious Nashville take on Chekhov's "The Seagull" to bring you a truly magical musical experience.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Songbird

    ‘Songbird,’ a Honky-Tonk Take on Chekhov

    Charles Isherwood

    October 28, 2015: Chicken-fried Chekhov? Russian-style anomie served with strumming guitars and a Nashville twang? It sounds like a recipe for folly, or maybe fodder for some higher-brow improv troupe. But “Songbird,” a musical adaptation of a certain Chekhov play (yes, the one with a flying critter in its title), proves to be one of the more successful attempts to transpose that Russian dramatist’s major plays to new climes and new times. Powered by a terrific country score by Lauren Pritchard, with a strong assist from Michael Kimmel’s smart contemporary version of the text, the show succeeds in snugly reframing the story in the world of country music, with the actress Arkadina becoming the country music star Tammy Trip, played with her usual lush magnetism by Kate Baldwin (“Big Fish,” “Finian’s Rainbow”), who drapes her beautiful voice in a smooth Southern accent.

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