Thursday, February 26, 2015

Brooklynite @ The Vineyard Theater

This electrifying world-premiere musical helmed by director Michael Mayer (Hedwig And The Angry Inch, Spring Awakening), with music and lyrics by Peter Lerman (winner of the Jonathan Larson Award), book by Peter Lerman and Michael Mayer, and choreography by Steven Hoggett (Once, American Idiot) will be a must-see theatrical event. In Brooklynite, Trey Swieskowski is an idealistic hardware store clerk who dreams of becoming a superhero. Astrolass, Brooklyn's most celebrated superhero, is determined to throw in the cape and live like a normal Brooklynite. When they meet they hatch a plan that will change their lives forever. But can they save Brooklyn when it suddenly teeters on the brink of disaster? Brooklynite is inspired by the real Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company located in Park Slope, with characters created by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman.

Brooklynite also offers a chance to check in with some familiar talents and discover new ones. Cordero, the bullseye of Bullets Over Broadway, is delightful here, as is the veteran Ann Harada in a number of small roles. Doyle is sweet and disarming, though his voice sometimes sounds a little thin, and Robinson, who has few stage credits, is fantastic. She may have superpowers of her own.

The rest of the super heroes Gerard Canonico, Andrew Call, & Grace McLean were a well oiled machine that made you want to laugh and love this group of misfit heroes. The rest of the ensemble was hardly your ordinary ensemble, each person developed a quirky and honest character just to round out an already stunning cast!

Brooklynite opened at The Vineyard Theater on February 25 2015 and plays through March 29th, 2015. Hurry up and get your tickets for this Broadway ready performance. 
Review By: James Russo
Photos By: Carol Rosegg

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