Saw the a cappella musical “In Transit” (#InTransitBway) last night at the Circle in the Square Theater. I’ve read the poor reviews and watched the low grosses and attendance number. I was prepared for a tuneful but disappointing evening diversion.
Wrong. Unexpectedly I loved this show. I have not seen Pitch Perfect or Glee which was reportedly required watching before attending. I am not a huge a cappella fan, though they market the show heavily on that basis. But, boy did I have fun. Most especially because it was ultimately a love letter to the city I love so much, New York. The subways are ultimately the arteries and veins that keep this place alive, and yes, I’ve had plenty of serendipitous interactions therein.
The joyful music, tremendous performances and clever staging brought me in and close and reminded me why I love being here. Go to the show, relax and enjoy. This is fun.
But do it soon as they are struggling heading into Broadway Deep Freeze months. They may not survive much longer past the holiday tourist season and that would be a shame. Though rumors point to worthy shows such as the current Daniel Craig “Othello” and Tony Shaloub “The Band’s Visit” as hoping to move in (and I think this would be the perfect site for a “Small Mouth Sounds” Broadway mounting), I will be disappointed when this show closes. I don’t feel it got enough of a chance and many more people would love it if they gave it a try.