"SHINE is one of those wonderful musicals where an audience cares deeply for the hero. Richard Seff's book and Lee Goldsmith's lyrics perfectly capture the Horatio Alger spirit. They make theatergoers wince at each bad break that unkind fates throw our hero's way -- all before the plot allows them to revel in his deserved success. Composer Roger Anderson's ballads are strikingly beautiful. As for his up-tempo songs, to call each a toe-tapper would only be 10% accurate: every one is a TOES-tapper that will keep theatergoers' feet busy all night."
Peter Filichia, The Star-Ledger
"The Golden Age of Musicals is back with 'Shine.'"
Susan Haskins, Theater Talk
"Plays like a Golden Age traditional musical."
"If there were a cast album, I'd buy it." read more >>
"A charming, feel-good musical."
"The work's tremendous heart and unabashed celebration of Alger's popular stories are in ample evidence in this appealing musical about the rise from rags to riches." read more >>
"...tuneful, emotional and very well directed musical." read more >>
"There was a stampede for Shine!"
"It’s got dozens of pleasant numbers, dapperly produced, as polished as director Peter Flynn and his talented, eager cast can deliver, loads of energy."
"There are splendid voices aplenty amid the vigorous performances."
"One of the most ambitious...and elaborate of the New York Musical Theatre Festival" read more >>
"Shine! has a lot going for it."
"Andy Mientus...shines in Shine!"
"Delicious devilishness and expert comic timing by Jimmy Ray Bennett..."
"Philip Chaffin...has a stirring, virile singing voice made for musical theatre."
"Captivating to hear and watch, musical director Annbritt duChateeau crisply leads a four-person on-stage band with inventive arrangements by the composer and orchestrator/music supervisor Greg Anthony.
"Peter Flynn directs with particular skill in making key points and underlining moods and is adept at the flow of crowd scenes for this 19-member cast."
"Choreographer Devanand Janki uses the ensemble well and movement is character-specific without feeling too “dancey” and showy." read more >>