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'The Fortress of Solitude' Off Broadway Review: People Change But the Songs Remain the Same

'The Fortress of Solitude' Off Broadway Review: People Change But the Songs Remain the Same
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

A melancholy musical about two boyhood friends who grow apart as they get older, “The Fortress of Solitude” is driven by a dynamic score vibrantly composed in an assortment of pop styles by Michael Friedman.

Soul, hip-hop, classic rock, rhythm & blues and punk are among the genres that Friedman’s music and lyrics encompass in the new show at the Public Theater.

Drawn by writer Itamar Moses from Jonathan Lethem’s novel, the changing times and circumstances of the story, which progresses from the 1970s to the late 1990s, are illustrated by Friedman’s tasty score.

The central figure, Dylan (Adam Chanler-Berat), a white boy in a scruffy Brooklyn neighborhood that gets worse before it gets better with time, forges a friendship with Mingus (Kyle Betran), a black youth, based on their love for superhero comics. The lonely Dylan, whose father (Ken Barnett) is a preoccupied artist, soon is intrigued by Mingus’s dad Junior (Kevin Mambo), a gifted if now has-been soul singer.

 

'The Belle of Amherst' Off Broadway Review: Joely Richardson's Seance with Emily Dickinson

'The Belle of Amherst' Off Broadway Review: Joely Richardson's Seance with Emily Dickinson
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

It is hard to figure out what Joely Richardson is doing as Emily Dickinson in “The Belle of Amherst.” She does not appear to be acting the rol...

Teresa Giudice Joins List of Notable Inmates at Danbury Federal Correctional Institution

Teresa Giudice Joins List of Notable Inmates at Danbury Federal Correctional Institution
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Perhaps former Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice can do crossover appearances on Netfliix show Orange is the New Black when she finishes her 15-month ja...

'Billy & Ray' Off Broadway Review: The Duo Behind 'Double Indemnity'

'Billy & Ray' Off Broadway Review: The Duo Behind 'Double Indemnity'
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

“Billy & Ray” is a new play about film director Billy Wilder and writer Raymond Chandler making each other crazy as they thrash out their ...

'On the Town' Broadway Review: Sailors on a Fancy Free Musical Spree

'On the Town' Broadway Review: Sailors on a Fancy Free Musical Spree
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW

A dynamic, sometimes dreamy iteration of a lustrous musical from Broadway’s Golden Age, the new revival of “On the Town” currently bounding around...

‘American Idol’ Alum Joanne Borgella Had Rare Cancer

‘American Idol’ Alum Joanne Borgella Had Rare Cancer
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

An American Idol alumni and former New Jersey resident has succumbed to a rare form of endometrial cancer.

Former Hoboken resident Joanne Borgella passed away on October...

'Lennon: Through a Glass Onion' Off Broadway Review: A Day in the Life

'Lennon: Through a Glass Onion' Off Broadway Review: A Day in the Life
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW 

Australian-based musician-singer John R. Waters delivers a heartfelt tribute to a much-missed legend in “Lennon: Through a Glass Onion,”...

"One Chance" Real Life Fairy Tale

BY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

Who doesn’t love to root for the underdog? And you don’t get much more underdog than the real-life hero of “One Chance.” Overweight, timid, and obsessed ...

'Found' Off Broadway Review: Staying Weird Or Maybe Not

'Found' Off Broadway Review: Staying Weird Or Maybe Not
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

Dozens of discarded real-life notes, lists, scrawls, memos, threats, confessions and other very personal messages on paper have been discovere...

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