REVIEW: She Ain’t Down Yet: The Unsinkable Molly Brown at Transport Group (for Parterre Box)

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Beth Malone and Cast in The Unsinkable Molly Brown at Transport Group. (Photo by Carol Rosegg)

Cameron Kelsall: The Unsinkable Molly Brown follows its eponymous heroine from hardscrabble poverty to the corridors of wealth and privilege, culminating in the 1912 sinking of the Titanic that made her briefly world famous. Throughout it all, Margaret “Call Me Molly” Tobin Brown repeats the same rallying cry: “I ain’t down yet!” David, wouldn’t you say that also sums up this musical—oft-revised since its 1960 Broadway debut, and now back in New York via the Transport Group at the Abrons Arts Center?

David Fox: Yes, indeed. Meredith Willson’s follow-up to The Music Man clearly “ain’t down yet,” though I think even in its first outing, it didn’t exactly recapture the magic of its predecessor. I knew the show only from the original cast album—I still have never seen the film—but from the start, though there are a couple terrific numbers, it didn’t catch fire with me…

Read the full review at Parterre Box.

Categories: Criticism, New York, PARTERRE BOX

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