The Boy Detective Fails: New Musical Based on Joe Meno's Novel
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There is no world more intimate -- or more dangerous -- than that which exists between two people in love. Dramatic journeys into this territory are among the most powerful in theater history, from Strindberg's Dance of Death to Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? But none are half as daring as Philip Ridley's mesmerizing Tender Napalm which dives headlong into a couple's imaginary world. The play's two characters are Man and Woman -- lovers who savagely fight for the upper hand in their relationship in the face of an unnamed tragedy. Never leaving their insular world, the young couple lives out a series of wild fantasies, transcending time and space in a violent and sexually charged tapestry of what was and what is to be. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Sean McArdle Pflueger
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On the whole, an enjoyable show with many great parts. The entire cast gave good performances in this new musical. A slightly long prologue gave the show an amateurish/uneven start, but the show got better from there. The Professor's first song was the weakest as it was poor imitation of a pastiche number. Penny's song and then subsequent duet were highlights of the first act. The character of the Professor provides some the best laughs throughout the rest of the show. The lyrics were clever and some of the music sticks in your head, but not most. I did come away singing "Billy Argot Boy Detective" over and over. Stephen Gregory Smith was engaging as Billy Argot. Margo Seibert and James Gardiner showed great range as his sister and best friend. Anika Larsen did a great job with a slightly uneven character. The production did a good job bringing to life this slight off world. The story is an homage to the "boy detective" stories like Encyclopedia Brown and that reminded me most of the television show "Pushing Daisies" with a little bit of "Our Town" sprinkled in. It is the best new musical I've seen as part of the AMVP at Signature, (better than both "Sycamore Trees", "And the Curtain Rises"). It was a fun show and I would recommend it.
Quotes & Highlights
“[Adam Gwon is] an extremely talented composer and lyricist” who “is seriously going places.” — The New York Sun, StageSpace.com
Book by Joe Meno
Music & Lyrics by Adam Gwon
Based on novel The Boy Detective Fails by Joe Meno
Scenic Design Derek McLane
Costume Design Kathleen Geldard
Lighting Design Chris Lee
Sound Design Matt Rowe
Orchestrations Andy Einhorn
Music Directon Gabriel Mangiante
Choreographed by Karma Camp
Directed by Joe Calarco
The Boy Detective Fails, based on Joe Meno’s acclaimed novel, tells the story of Billy Argo, “boy detective.” In the twilight of a childhood full of wonder, a broken-hearted Billy faces a mystery he can’t comprehend – the shocking death of his young sister and crime-solving partner, Caroline. Ten years later, a 30-year old Billy returns to his quiet New Jersey town after an extended stay at St. Vitus’ Hospital for the mentally ill. Although determined to solve the mystery of Caroline’s death and right old wrongs, he instead discovers a world full of unimaginable strangeness, beauty and love.