10 Million Miles

  • Date:
    June 1, 2007

     

     

    What the press had to say.....

    BEN BRANTLEY of THE NEW YORK TIMES: �Every major road trip, at least from my experience, is a mixture of tedium and serendipity: long stretches of empty, eye-glazing highway interrupted by the awakening punctuation of the unexpected oddity or beauty spot. In this sense '10 Million Miles,' the musical chronicle of such an expedition...steadfastly reflects its subject."

    JOE DZIEMIANOWICZ of NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: "Small and modestly enjoyable show."

    FRANK SCHECK of THe NEW YORK POST: "Though '10 Million Miles' doesn't register as much of a journey, it does provide fleeting pleasures along the way. "

    MICHAEL SOMMERS of STAR-LEDGER: "'Spring Awakening,' Broadway's freshly anointed Tony champ, was originally staged by Michael Mayer this time last year at Atlantic Theater Company....Broadway-bound lightning does not strike twice, but '10 Million Miles' proves to be an intimate, enjoyable musical romance with a fresh and fetching country and western score by Patti Griffin. "

    LINDA WINER of NEWSDAY: "This dusty-road musical is dull...Matthew Morrison (the Italian boyfriend in "The Light in the Piazza") is a singing, dancing sweetheart of a chiseled hunk as Duane - an irrepressible dreamer with James Dean's swagger and Adam Sandler's sense of humor."

    ERIC GRODE of the NEW YORK SUN: "'10 Million Miles' could be described as a long country song."

    JOHN SIMON of BLOOMBERG: "Griffin's lyrics are not unlike the grossly overrated ones by Steven Sater for 'Spring Awakening.' Pretentious and pseudo-poetic, they ape the most solipsistic esotericism of much modern versifying. There is no specific writing to character and situation, only grandiose obscurantism, unredeemed by the music and not helping the admittedly plodding story."

    MICHAEL KUCHWARA of ASSOCIATED PRESS: "There's something sweetly affecting about the folk-tinged songs of Patty Griffin that have made their way into '10 Million Miles,' but this "road" musical wanders more aimlessly than it should."

    ALEXIS GREENE of the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: "The 15 songs sound alike: sweet, country, bland. Instead of carrying the show forward or helping us know the characters, they tend to stop the musical cold."

    DAVID ROONEY of VARIETY: "Based around the music of Patty Griffin and remarkably in tune with the singer-songwriter's soulfully melancholy style, this gentle-hearted road romance about two luckless losers yearning for stability is as tender and mellow as "Spring Awakening" is bristling with nervous energy. While it will require further development of the two lead characters to secure a commercial future beyond the Atlantic, the show nudges the American musical in another distinctive direction."

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