Audience: Knox Marshall
SO much fun! And what a fresh, breezy take on a great message. Aside from the dynamite, catchy songs that ably communicated and lifted the narrative, the CAST was so in tune with the intended vibe and loaded with energy. There's not an ounce of fat in this show - it zips along, while never seeming hurried, and catches you unawares with moments of subtle and poignant emotional resonance. Anyone who's ever suffered the stings of marginalization by their peers will exult in the empowering themes and joy of these kids not simply overcoming their adversaries, but becoming BETTER people in the act of (Spoiler!) forgiving. We need more from Shapiro & Co... And happily, I'm guessing that's not far off.