Reviews: Critics Weigh In On the World Premiere of Kate Nash's Only Gold | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: Critics Weigh In On the World Premiere of Kate Nash's Only Gold

The new musical set in 1920s Paris opened Off-Broadway at MCC Theater Space November 7.

Ryan VanDenBoom and Hannah Cruz in Only Gold Daniel J. Vasquez

Reviews are rolling in for the world premiere of Only Gold, the new musical featuring a score by British singer-songwriter Kate Nash and a book by director-choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler and Ted Malawer. Previews began October 7 at Off-Broadway's MCC Theater where the production officially opened November 7 for a run through November 27.

Only Gold follows a princess, a queen, and a clockmaker's wife in lush 1928 Paris, who rebel against tradition while the men in their lives chase the dreams of their youth. Nash (Netflix's GLOW) stars in the production as the Narrator, accompanying the show with her own pop hits including "Foundations" and "Nicest Thing." The dance-heavy musical also features So You Think You Can Dance winner Gaby Diaz (West Side Story film), Ryan Steele (Newsies, Carousel), Tony nominees Terrence Mann (Pippin) and Karine Plantadit (Come Fly Away), Hannah Cruz (Suffs), and Ryan VanDenBoom (MJ).

Ryan Steele and Gaby Diaz in Only Gold Daniel J. Vasquez

Read the reviews here.

New York Stage Review (Sandy MacDonald)

The New York Times (Jesse Green)*

Queerty (Matthew Wexler)

Theatermania (Meg Masseron)

Theatrely (Amanda Marie Miller)

The Wrap (Robert Hofler)

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Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

The cast also includes Haley Fish (Kiss Me, Kate), Jennifer Florentino (West Side Story), Jacob Guzman (Newsies), Tyler Hanes (A Chorus Line), Thayne Jasperson (Hamilton), Reed Luplau (Moulin Rouge! the Musical), Morgan Marcell (Hamilton), Ximone Rose (Once on This Island), Ida Saki (Cats), Ahmad Simmons (Hadestown), DeAnne Stewart (Jagged Little Pill), Voltaire Wade-Greene (Hamilton), and Katie Webber (TINA: The Tina Turner Musical). Swings and understudies include Jacob Burns (Hamilton), Phil Colgan (Hamilton), Bradley Dean (A Little Night Music), Victoria Fiore (Fly), Samantha Pollino (Hamilton), and recording artist Eleri Ward.

SEE: Inside the Rehearsal Room for MCC Theater's Only Gold

The production features a set design by Tony nominee David Korins, costume design by Anita Yavich, lighting design by Tony winner Jeff Croiter, sound design by Tony winner Nevin Steinberg, hair and wig design by Tom Watson, and prop supervision by Samantha Shoffner. Arrangements and orchestrations are by Cian McCarthy, vocal arrangements by Tony winner Tom Kitt, additional arrangements and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, music supervision by Meg Zervoulis, music direction by Cynthia Meng, and music coordination by Michael Aarons. Pat Sosnow serves as production stage manager and Matthew Henao is the assistant stage manager. Casting is by Rachel Hoffman and Lindsay Levine of The Telsey Office.

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See Production Photos of Kate Nash's Only Gold at Off-Broadway's MCC Theatre


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