As many of you know, Glenn is currently in New York City. Last night, he decided to go see a Broadway musical, Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe. The story mixes fact and fiction to create a theatrical experience which Glenn called "brilliant [from] start to finish." Read Glenn's Facebook post about the musical and watch the video to hear about what one of the stars of the show said to Glenn.
#Nevermore. Off Broadway.
Occasionally I wish I had a voice strong enough to really make an impact. Sometimes I wish I could wake people to what is happening in the world and, occasionally, I wish I could sound the call for a person or group of people that have dared to dream and be different.
When people really break the mold it is risky. New things make people uncomfortable. Real risk is high reward or massive loss.
#Nevermore is high risk and, I hope, high and lasting reward.
It is the story, fact mixed with fiction, of the life of Edgar Allan Poe. It is brilliant start to finish. I took a group of friends from artsy to warrior ranging in age from 25-55. Pat, who is uber conservative and traditional in his taste, sat next to me, a huge risk taker. Every one of us loved it. Tania and I didn't want to go out as we were really tired from a long day. We left loving it and energized.
It is funny, clever, uber smart without trying, unpretentious, really well written (very different in style, but as well written as anything Aaron Sorkin has ever written). The cast is perfect in every case. The costumes and vision are consistently in the pocket.
The best part is that in an age where Broadway thinks you need to be vile, disturbing or lecture people about Broadway values, this does non of that. While it is Poe, and thus dark, it never crosses into disturbing. While dark, and obviously contains stories of death and 'melancholy', it is hopeful.
How I wish I had a real voice that would impact this cast and crew in a positive way at the box office. I also walked out wishing I could tell anyone, even the backstage crew, "Job well done. Brilliant".
In a time when the lights on the buildings on Broadway are most times brighter than the stories told within, this show is blinding bright.
If you are in New York this is well worth the $75 and two hours. I would come to the city just to see this and, on that, we all agreed.