Sing Street Reviews
The Boston Globe- Recommended
"...Directed by Rebecca Taichman, with choreography by Sonya Tayeh, "Sing Street" has an appealingly scruffy, off-Broadway feel. And indeed that is where the show was originally staged in 2019, at the New York Theatre Workshop. Performances were slated to begin on Broadway in March 2020, but then the pandemic hit. The "Sing Street" creative team used the downtime to make a few tweaks to the musical. The producers are hoping the Boston production leads to a Broadway run."
"...There's a lot of good happening in "Sing Street," and the only thing this audience member wanted was music with catchier choruses. Something one can walk away singing. Either way, in the show, friendships form, confidence is cultivated, and love develops. The lyrics and music the teens create together bond them and inspire others to dream, despite the suffering that persists. Carter's Raphina, whose vocals soar on her second solo, has survived trauma, Finn's Brendan has lost his way, and there's a dash of toxic masculinity to grapple with. But "Sing Street," with its crackling possibility and revelry, pushes its characters and audiences to sing and dance through it all."
Edge- Highly Recommended
"...The best way to approach "Sing Street," the winning new musical at the Huntington Theatre Company, is to let it wash over you. From the ever-changing look, in which everything from the sofa, chairs, and even a phone booth appears to dance, to the infectious, authentic-sounding 1980s pop that comprises its score, the show proves to be as irresistible as the 17-year-old Dublin high schooler whose life is transformed when he takes charge of his life."
New England Theater Mirror- Recommended
"...With Sing Street, the writers of the Tony Award-winning Once have once again created a lyrical love story set in Dublin that inspires us to go for our dreams and to express (and save) ourselves through music making and art. Set in the 80s, the new wave score by John Carney and Gary Clark may not be everyone's cup of tea - and it's not particularly memorable - but the emotional journey the outstanding ensemble of actor-musicians takes us on leaves a strong impression."
Joyce's Choices- Recommended
"...THE HUNTINGTON opened its fall season with the musical “SING STREET” based on the 2016 movie by writer/director John Carney. It’s a coming of age story set in 1980’s Dublin about a teenage boy who falls for a beautiful mysterious girl who calls herself a “model.” So he claims to have a band and then has to start one to win her heart. Yes, we’ve heard it all before. The success of this material lies in the casting and execution. The film has real heart, derived from real locations, upbeat musical numbers, and a sensitive performance by a younger lead actor."
"...The result is a huge improvement-if still not quite the huge leap forward this show needs. The new Sing Street has the same bones as Taichman's NYTW work but is more coherent, more energetic, and far richer with emotion. If it still stumbles at points, hampered by awkward plotting that Walsh's book still can't seem to shake, this Sing Street is nonetheless cathartic, joyous, and, best of all, really, really sad."