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The Verdict Reviews: What Do Critics Think of The Connector Off-Broadway?

Scott Bakula, Hannah Cruz, and Ben Levi Ross lead the world premiere of the new Jason Robert Brown musical.

Ben Levi Ross and Hannah Cruz Joan Marcus

The new Jason Robert Brown musical The Connector officially opened Off-Broadway February 6, 2024, and the reviews are rolling in. The world premiere production began previews January 12 at MCC Theater's Newman Mills Theater space, where the twice-extended run will continue through March 17. 

Conceived and directed by Brown's longtime collaborator Daisy Prince, The Connector follows two young journalists (Ben Levi Ross and Hannah Cruz) in the late 1990s, pitting ambition against values in the race for the ultimate scoop. The musical features a score by Brown and a book by Jonathan Marc Sherman. 

Read the reviews here. 

AMNY (Matt Windman)

New York Stage Review (Roma Torre, Frank Scheck)

New York Theatre Guide (Caroline Cao)

The New York Times (Jesse Green)*

The Observer (David Cote) 

Slant Magazine (Dan Rubins)

Talkin' Broadway (Kimberly Ramírez)

TheaterMania (David Gordon)

Theatrely (Juan A. Ramirez)

Time Out (Melissa Rose Bernardo)

Vulture/New York Magazine (Jackson McHenry)

The Wrap (Robert Hofler)

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

Scott Bakula returns to the New York stage for the production, following years in Hollywood. Known for his television work on Quantum Leap and Star Trek: Enterprise, the Golden Globe winner began his career in theatre. He was Tony-nominated for the 1998 musical Romance/Romance and starred as Nathan Detroit in the 2009 Hollywood Bowl production of Guys and Dolls.

READ: The Connector Has the 'Best Book for Any Musical,' According to Scott Bakula

The cast also includes Joanna Carpenter, Max Crumm, George Dvorsky, Ashley Pérez Flanagan, Danielle Lee Greaves, Mylinda Hull, Daniel Jenkins, Cedric Lamar, Jessica Molaskey, Fergie Philippe, Eliseo Román, Ann Sanders, Kyle Sherman, and Michael Winther.

The Connector features choreography by Karla Puno Garcia, scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Márion Tálan de la Rosa, lighting design by Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew, sound design by Jon Weston, and orchestrations and arrangements by Brown. Tom Murray is the music director and Kristy Norter is the music coordinator. Erin Gioia Albrecht is the production stage manager and casting is by Patrick Goodwin of The Telsey Office.


Photos: MCC's The Connector

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