See Rock City and Other Destinations
See Rock City and Other Destinations – Theatre Review
See Rock City & Other Destinations is a contemporary pop-rock musical road trip that ventures to tourist destinations across America, mapping out stories of sightseers in search of fellow travelers: a wanderer believes his destiny is written on rooftops along the North Carolina interstate; estranged sisters cruise to Glacier Bay to scatter their father’s ashes; and a terrified bride-to-be ponders taking the leap…over Niagara Falls.
‘See Rock City and Other Destinations’ is at the Duke on 42nd Street, which is just a huge space. This is a musical that deals with a number of people looking for love in all the right or wrong places. The problem is that the musical is really uneven. The songs are uneven, the writing is uneven, the actors are uneven. There are some really talented people in this and while a couple of the moments and scenarios really click, there are a bunch that fall really flat as a pancake. I suspect the reason a lot of people are going to go see this is that if you are under 30 you can go for $30 and they have a party with the cast at the end with an acoustic live set. So, the show band and the open bar is included so if you are under 30, this may be something that you’d really enjoy. As I said, there are some interesting ideas in it but it is just inconsistent. Clearly an experimental work, but I suppose we should support the fact that this is quite possibly new theatre in its embryonic stage. So as theater, I probably give it a star and a half but if it is something on a summers night that you are young enough and aspire to musical theater and want to party with the cast and then I’d probably give it two and a half stars. That’ll average to a two.