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A Review of A Minister's Wife (Off Broadway)

By Alan Miller, May 09, 2011

  • Acting
    4 stars
  • Lyrics
    2 stars
  • Music
    4 stars
  • Overall
    3 stars
  • Singing
    3 stars
  • Story
    4 stars
  • Writing
    3 stars

I saw A Minister's Wife (Off Broadway) on 04/16/11. Overall, I'd say it was a 3-star rating. I'd summarize it by saying “This sure ain't no My Fair Lady”

I had a reasonably good time and left the show feeling mildly satisfied. I'd describe the show as pleasant, acceptable. The music was a highlight of the show because at least it was better than the lyrics. If this were a movie, I'd rate it PG.

I wouldn't see this show again. I sat in the center orchestra area of the theater. The view was clear.

A Minister's Wife provides a pleasant evening’s entertainment but it's nothing special. The book by Pendleton is satisfactory but adds nothing to Shaw’s original work. The score by Schmidt is good, more opera than musical theatre, but the lyrics by Tranen are uninspired and readily forgettable. Both the acting and singing performances are acceptable but far from outstanding and the small orchestra is more of a distraction than an enhancement. All in all, turning Candida into a musical didn’t really add to the production and I much prefer the original straight play.

I have posted an expanded review of this play and of several other plays on my blog www.aseatontheaisle.blogspot.com.

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