Stereophonic [REVIEW]

Stereophonic – Reviewed by Kyrle Lendhoffer, Behind The Proscenium: Broadway Beat

In the bustling heart of Broadway, where the lights never dim and the melodies dance through the air like spirits of pure joy, there emerges a theatrical gem that demands not just applause, but reverence.

“Stereophonic,” crafted by the masterful David Adjmi with melodies that soar to celestial heights by the virtuosic Will Butler, and helmed with precision by the visionary Daniel Aukin, is a symphony of storytelling that transcends the mere boundaries of stage and time.

In a whirlwind of pulsating beats and poignant narratives, Adjmi’s pen waltzes through the intricacies of human connection with a finesse that is both enchanting and profound. Each character, a melody in their own right, sings with a resonance that echoes in the soul of every audience member, weaving a tapestry of emotions that ranges from the jubilant crescendos of triumph to the haunting whispers of vulnerability.

‘Stereophonic’ – Golden Theatre – New York, NY

But it is not merely the script that captivates; it is the marriage of words and music that elevates “Stereophonic” to celestial heights. Will Butler’s compositions are nothing short of celestial marvels, each note a brushstroke on the canvas of the heart. From the foot-stomping anthems that ignite the stage with fiery passion to the tender ballads that tug at the strings of the soul, Butler’s melodies are a testament to the enduring power of harmony.

Under the masterful direction of Daniel Aukin, the world of “Stereophonic” comes alive with a vibrancy that is palpable. Aukin’s keen eye for detail and unwavering commitment to authenticity infuses every scene with a sense of urgency and vitality, drawing the audience into a realm where dreams collide with reality and the boundaries between the two blur into oblivion.

‘Stereophonic’ – Golden Theatre – New York, NY

The cast (Will Brill, Andrew R. Butler, Juliana Canfield, Eli Gelb, Tom Pecinka, Sarah Pidgeon and Chris Stack) is perfection. All I want to hear on Tony Award night is ‘The winner for Best Actor in a Play is THE CAST OF STEREOPHONIC’ and ‘The winner for Best Actress in a Play is THE CAST OF STEREOPHONIC. Full stop. You can’t choose one of the the other in this equisite ensemble.

Indeed, to experience “Stereophonic” is to embark on a journey of the senses, where the heart sings in harmony with the soul, and the spirit soars to unimaginable heights.

It is a testament to the transformative power of theater, where words become music, and music becomes magic. So, let the curtains rise, and let the melodies wash over you like a gentle breeze on a warm summer’s night. For in the world of “Stereophonic,” the stage is set, and the symphony of life awaits its eager audience.

Kyrle Lendhoffer, Behind The Proscenium: Broadway Beat