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New York Musical Theatre Festival – I Thee Wed “Marrying Meg”

by Karen Tortora-Lee on October 6, 2009

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If Marrying Meg was a book, it would lay solidly in your lap, with a cover made of fine tooled leather, each page edged in gold leaf. Fairy dust would shimmer up out of it as you turned each page and sank deeper and deeper into this amazing world that Mark Robertson (book, lyrics and music) created. But Marrying Meg is, thankfully, more than a book, and more than a play, even. It is a charming, magical, amazing musical that was crafted by a man who has a rare gift – the ability to write a new musical that has the chops of an old musical, but all the energy, nuance and vitality of a brand new musical. The songs are fresh, the lyrics are delightfully robust – clever enough to give your ear a treat without being so verbose that you can’t follow the meaning.


Cast of Marrying Meg (Photo: Jenny Anderson)

Eventually Thomas finds Willie Scott (Harris Doran) and stirs up the old Murray-Scott feud. Soon the two families are fighting just as Thomas intended, but when things don’t go as planned he finds he has to make some personal decisions about how he will act – let nature take its course and have history write itself, or change things to come out to suite his own needs.

If you’d ask me what the best thing about this musical was I’d be unable to tell you … simply because there’s not a moment out of place, and everything rises to the top and stands out as exceptional. From the outstanding cast – who act as a talented ensemble and yet each have the ability to step into the spotlight, have their moment (brilliantly) and then step back again seamlessly – to the gorgeous costuming by Alejo Vietti, the incredible richness of just a simple piano (played by Dale Rieling) and a keyboard (played by Brian Cimmet), all come together to create a wonderful event. Mark Robertson has the ability to write a love song that plucks at the heart stings one moment then write a rousing comical song that brings you to tears of laughter the next. There was a feeling of giddiness that came alive in the audience, brought on by the joyous, raucous, talented story that was unfolding before us.

With very little time left to go see this show I suggest you get there right away if you can.

Final Performance TONIGHT: Tuesday, October 06 at 9:00PM

Theatre at St. Clements
423 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036
The theatre is located between 9th and 10th Avenues
Take the A, C or E trains to 42nd Street
Buy Tickets HERE.
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Antonio MininoNo Gravatar October 23, 2009 at 1:52 pm

You know what… there was nothing edgy or contemporary about this show, and to that I say, SO WHAT.

It was charming, endearing, old-school charming and with an outstanding cast.

Thanks for this review!

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