Wednesday, 16 March 2016 15:39

The Cobalteans

Written by

Book & Lyrics by Yianni Papadimos

Music by Ben Chavez

AleksKnezevich, P Adzima, Alex Walton, Andrew Bridges

The New York Musical Theatre Festival nurtures the creation, production, and public presentation of stylistically, thematically, and culturally diverse new musicals to ensure the future vitality of musical theatre.

As part of the Festival, the new musical, The Cobalteans takes place one year after the death of a close friend, Gabe. His closest four friends (including Gabe’s younger brother) gather to reminisce at the lake house where they spent so many summers together and to say goodbye. Gabe’s family has now put it up for sale.

The story unfolds through flashbacks to that last time when they were all together. Gabe’s ghost hovers in current day and joins the fun in the remembered time.

The cast captures the dichotomy of teenage raunchiness and overwhelming grief perfectly. The reunion will bring many issues to the surface. They will come to realize that no two people grieve in the same way and cannot be judged for that difference. The dynamic of the bonds of friendship is powerful here.

The cast is excellent and uniformly strong. (They can even sing!). Special kudos to Alex Walton as Noah whose shift from loudmouth ruffian to one overcome by his sadnessis just outstanding. His emotion is almost palpable.