Fresh off of their terrific indie folk musical Hundred Days at New York Theater Workshop, The Bengsons are now over at Ars Nova with their transcendent new musical The Lucky Ones...and it's really good, you guys. Just TRY not to have a crush on this badass magnetic duo and everything they touch!
The Bengsons bravely and confidently revolt against traditional musical theater structure with their blissfully imperfect concert-ish musicals that attract a ragtag crew of hip and vibrant artists that seem to genuinely want to create art with them. Together, they all rawk out with rousing bangers in The Lucky Ones, but then make you quietly weep moments later as the story rips your heart right out of your chest. Sonya Tayeh's choreography adds a visually delicious element to this musical and Dani Markham's drumming will pierce your soul, especially during some of the percussion-centric songs.
Photos: Ben Arons Photography
The cast includes Shaun and Abigail Bengson themselves, 2017 40 Under 40 star Damon Daunno of Beardo and Hadestown, two (!) cast members from Indecent, and Myra Lucretia Taylor who is having a impressive year with School Girls, The Big Sick, and Atlanta....and many more dreamboats - one after the next, to be honest. And, special shoutout to Maryann Plunkett whose revelatory performance as Aunt Mary will haunt you for a long time.
Peep a listen to the title song from Hundred Days to get a feel for The Bengsons' musical style.
Sometimes theater is so groundbreaking that you feel lucky enough to witness it in its early stages. This is one of those shows. Ars Nova is where both The Great Comet and KPOP got their start, just sayin'. Go see The Lucky Ones!
Runs through April 28.