Reviews: Here's What Critics Think of World-Premiering Musical Cornelia Street | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: Here's What Critics Think of World-Premiering Musical Cornelia Street

Atlantic Theater Company presents the story of a father trying to provide for his daughter and save a neighborhood restaurant Off-Broadway.

Lena Pepe and Norbert Leo Butz in Cornelia Street Ahron R. Foster

Critics are sharing their thoughts of Cornelia Street, a new musical which opened its world premiere at Atlantic Theater Company February 14. Previews began January 20 for the already extended limited engagement which plays through March 5.

Two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz stars as Jacob Towney, a father dreaming of a great life for his daughter. When he finds out the West Village restaurant that has been his sanctuary is set to close, he begins a mission to save it and faces the neighborhood's phantom spirits. But, time and luck are both running out. 

George Abud, Esteban Andres Cruz, Mary Beth Peil, Ben Rosenfield, Gizel Jiménez, and Norbert Leo Butz in Cornelia Street Ahron R. Foster

Read the reviews here.

The Daily Beast (Tim Teeman)*

New York Stage Review (Frank Scheck)

New York Stage Review (Melissa Rose Bernardo)

New York Sun (Elysa Gardner)

New York Theatre Guide (Gillian Russo)

The New York Times (Alexis Soloski)*

Observer (David Cote)

Talkin' Broadway (Howard Miller)

The Stage (Nicole Serratore)

Theater Pizzazz (Carol Rocamora)

Theatermania (Christian Lewis)

Vulture (Jackson McHenry)

The Wrap (Robert Hofler)

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

Also starring in the cast are George Abud (The Band’s Visit), Esteban Andres Cruz (Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven), Gizel Jiménez (Netflix’s tick, tick… BOOM!), Jordan Lage (American Buffalo), Kevyn Morrow (Moulin Rouge! The Musical), Tony Award nominee Mary Beth Peil (Anastasia), Ben Rosenfield (Mrs. America), and Lena Pepe in her Off-Broadway debut.

George Abud and Ben Rosenfield in Cornelia Street Ahron R. Foster

Cornelia Street features a book by Tony winner Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) with music and lyrics by Mark Eitzel of American Music Club.

Tony-nominated director Neil Pepe (American Buffalo) helms the production, with choreography by two-time Bessie Award winner Hope Boykin, scenic design by Scott Pask, costume design by Linda Cho, lighting design by Stacey Derosier, sound design by Kai Harada, music direction by Chris Fenwick, orchestrations by John Clancy, music contractor Antoine Silverman, and casting by The Telsey Office's Rachel Hoffman. Jennifer Rogers serves as the production stage manager.

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See Norbert Leo Butz, Mary Beth Peil, George Abud, More in Cornelia Street at Atlantic Theater Company


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