When was the last time you went to a musical where each song outdid the next, you found it hard to sit still in your seat because the music was great AND where the story was complex and original? You have it all in Madame Infamy.
It’s the late 1800’s when Sally Hemings and Marie Antoinette are thrown into the spotlight. Their stories mirror one another as we watch two girls from opposite worlds mature, becoming powerful in their own right. They fight scandal, hardship and loss as they find their internal strength. One tries to change a nation, the other protects the man she loves while trying to protect their rarified world.
J.P. Vigliotti, who wrote the book and Cardozie Jones & Sean Willis who wrote the music and lyrics pulled off something you rarely see and have done it masterfully. From the opening number where Rachel Stern, as Madame Tussaud sets the stage, to the heart-rending love ballads sung by Bashirrah Creswell and Briana Carlson-Goodman, (Sally and Marie Antoinette, respectively) you are held rapt by this very creative show.
My one minor quibble is that the play could use a bit of editing and work on its pacing. But, whether you know history or not, you are drawn into the lives, dreams and hopes of these characters. Madame Infamy will carry you away with the music. LAR
The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theater at the Pershing Square Signature Theater – 480 W42nd Street
Performances: 7/24, 7/25, 7/26, 7/27
Tickets: $25 at NYMF.org