Opened: 21 Oct 2004
Written by: Mark Schoenfeld & Barri McPherson
Directed by: Jeff Calhoun
Starring: Kevin Anderson (Taylor Collins), Eden Espinosa (Brooklyn), Cleavant Derricks (Street Singer), Ramona Keller (Paradice), Karen Olivo (Faith)
Synopsis: A saga about a beautiful young Parisian songstress, whose fame and fortune could not fill the emptiness in her soul. Believing in her heart that the father she never knew might somehow, somewhere still be alive, she embarks on a search which leads to the city that bears her name. It is there she learns about the ï¿½American Wayï¿½ and is confronted with greed, envy, and loss ... and it is there in that city, that she and we discover our real identities and the true meaning of family, fame, fate and faith.
What the critics had to say.....
BEN BRENTLEY of the NEW YORK TIMES says ï¿½Cultural recycling of mostly discarded showbiz forms from several decades ago.ï¿½ ELYSA GARDNERA of USA TODAY says "Trite play-within-a-play held together by enough pseudo-populist clichï¿½s to fuel a pair of dueling presidential campaigns. " LINDA WINER of NEWSDAY says ï¿½A ludicrous story and cornball lyrics.ï¿½ HOWARD KISSEL of NEW YORK DAILY NEWS says it ï¿½Entirely synthetic, its plot a series of showbiz clichï¿½s, its music similarly generic.ï¿½ MICHAEL SOMMERS of STAR-LEDGER says "A time-warped bit of flimsy whimsy that showcases some sensational singing." FRANK SCHECK of THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER says "Ill-conceived show." PETER SANTILLI of Associated Press says "Should charm audiences."
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