Part Glee, part West Side Story, part Ugly Betty, part Michael Jackson Thriller video - this teen-angst, coming of age musical enthusiastically took its first bow at the Theatre at St. Clement's on West 46th tonight. Packed with an incredibly talented young talent, endowed with a peppy and decent, if not mostly predictable book given the subject matter, and jammed with a potpourri of pop/rock-opera-like power ballads and full-company numbers that are sure to bring a goose bump or two to your arm, this gem is sure to turn some heads and spark an after-NYMF life.
The cast - far too large and talented (and did i mention young?) to highlight everyone here - brought an energy and enthusiasm that often times is lacking to the "home team" here in NYC. Perhaps that feeling is just created by the festival atmosphere, perhaps a great, inspirational director, or perhaps, just maybe, it's just me turning into an old man - wishing i could do it all over again just like these kids. I think it's the latter.