Soldier's Song

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Opened Jul 28, 2011
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A simple, somewhat old fashioned but classic love story is the basis of this new musical by Jim and Joanne Cohen I caught at the Saturday matinee. Angelica Torn, as director, did a great job with clever staging and taking advantage of this talented young cast with some unforgettable performances led by J.W. Cortes as the sensitive singer, Juan, who, while performing, meets the lovely Erica Christiana Little whos on holiday in San Juan just before he deploys to Iraq. Melody Berger who plays Ericas friend, Ahsley, is a dont miss comic actress whos an amazing country fiddler to boot and her talents are show stopping. Noah Chase, who plays Joses best friend, Raul, is a special acting talent, character actor youll want to take note of. The audience I saw this with in Spanish Harlem were of all ages and really enjoyed this Puerto Rican meets Carolinian love story and these performers so get out and see this production. The Poets Den Theater, where its running, is an incredibly charming, comfortable theater to attend a musical like this so see it while its here with great seating. Well worth the journey from downtown. My only criticism of this show is the music should have taken the latino element into consideration melodically and rhythmically in sections especially in the opening numbers that take place in a San Juan night club...songs were very simple, mostly three chord sorts of numbers, and a couple of the songs worked very well with the show, However, overwall with this ambitious new musical, I think the writers, who are a husband and wife team, would be well advised at this stage to consider bringing in a collaborator who is a more sophisticated composer who could do justice to the concept of the overall piece, its lyrics and story, who could add spice, latin flavor and musical sophistication to give credibility to this score, and prepare it for a wider audience who will undoubtedly embrace it with a more critical eye.

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A simple, somewhat old fashioned but classic love story is the basis of this new musical by Jim and Joanne Cohen I caught at the Saturday matinee. Angelica Torn, as director, did a great job with clever staging and taking advantage of this talented young cast with some unforgettable performances led by J.W. Cortes as the sensitive singer, Juan, who, while performing, meets the lovely Erica Christiana Little whos on holiday in San Juan just before he deploys to Iraq. Melody Berger who plays Ericas friend, Ahsley, is a dont miss comic actress whos an amazing country fiddler to boot and her talents are show stopping. Noah Chase, who plays Joses best friend, Raul, is a special acting talent, character actor youll want to take note of. The audience I saw this with in Spanish Harlem were of all ages and really enjoyed this Puerto Rican meets Carolinian love story and these performers so get out and see this production. The Poets Den Theater, where its running, is an incredibly charming, comfortable theater to attend a musical like this so see it while its here with great seating. Well worth the journey from downtown. My only criticism of this show is the music should have taken the latino element into consideration melodically and rhythmically in sections especially in the opening numbers that take place in a San Juan night club...songs were very simple, mostly three chord sorts of numbers, and a couple of the songs worked very well with the show, However, overwall with this ambitious new musical, I think the writers, who are a husband and wife team, would be well advised at this stage to consider bringing in a collaborator who is a more sophisticated composer who could do justice to the concept of the overall piece, its lyrics and story, who could add spice, latin flavor and musical sophistication to give credibility to this score, and prepare it for a wider audience who will undoubtedly embrace it with a more critical eye.