By Andrew Andrews
With a handsomely costumed, fourteen person cast performing over two dozen song-and-dance numbers practically back to back, Rose’s War is a nonstop treat of catchy lyrics set to familiar-sounding tunes, resulting in one hell of a good time for anyone who loves the work of Rogers & Hammerstein or Sondheim & Bernstein.
Backed by a live band, this is the closest you can get to a full blown Broadway musical within the confines of a black box theatre, for a price that’s ten times more friendly to your pocketbook.
Everyone on the stage delivers a thoroughly enjoyable experience, with a magnificent performance by Lugo, and frenemy Steffanie Leigh as Decca Records star Sophie Hudson also standing out.
This is not to say that the piece is perfect, by any means, even overlooking the sound issues and other limitations that are bound to crop up in a low budget festival, where each performance is sandwiched between unrelated others. The story itself is a bit repetitive and the ending very anticlimactic, and the role of Danny would benefit from a deeper voice. But Rose’s War is a work in progress—albeit one that’s already highly tuned—and I have no doubt that a slightly more polished version of this project would have tremendous success on Broadway.
Andrew Andrews attended Rose's War at The Clemente Teatro LATEA in Manhattan on Friday, August 16, 2019 @ 4:00pm to write this review.