Music and lyrics by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul. Book by Peter Duchan. Neil Gooding Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co. May 1 – 31, 2015.
Nations have sent young men off to war, underprepared, for generations, returning them to society unsupported, but who’d have thought someone could write such a poignant, gritty, affecting rock musical about it; a musical that juxtaposes the rock and folk idioms, redolent of the mid 1960s, with a distinct musical theatre voice.
A relatively sparse, satisfying script, seamlessly integrates with a dramatically rich, dense score, which always advances the narrative or the emotional and psychological core of the piece.