‘The Little Prince’ on Broadway

Go on the plane.
Photo: John Marcus

Curtain Little Prince Whatever is behind it on a Broadway theater like Bourne promises to be true to the book. Not just saying “little prince”. In loopy characters, But the film has copyright details: publisher (Callimart) and date (1945). It could almost be an exploding book cover! But do not judge New circle Show through its curtain. Once that drop is high, the restricted watercolor charm of Antoine de Saint-Xpuri’s children’s book is nowhere to be found. If you do not already know the story, good chance. Saint-Xpuri’s weird plot revolves around this dance-theater container, known only to beginners. At that moment, our little hero broke the deadlock (Reminder: Little Prince Terrifying!), I bet only those who remember the book had a vague idea of ​​what was going on.

But now come on, I hear you say that for choreographer Anne Tourney’s show Children. Children do not worry about routine storytelling and they do not want to understand the book because they can absorb some of the implications of adult weakness and death. Better to remove everything by skipping and swinging, of course? Kids can pony up to $ 179 for an orchestra seat and see contemporary-dance arts. Impenetrable They had to project the text into super titles. That’s what kids crave – or at least fourth graders, but a guy who wears hats that pretend to take a selfie can still be fun.

Having occasionally seen a show like this with knee-high theatergoers, Turnie, who was Franco Dragon’s sometimes collaborator, can say that they know a few things. Do Such as. Showering the audience at the confetti always amazes them, as well as the physical prowess. After he enters, he walks around looking like a giant yoga ball, and star aerialist Lionel Salachas does some beautiful things. The Little Prince of Zalachas, the lone ruler of an unmanned asteroid in love with a flower, tends to lift his legs happily as he “tells” his story. He meets a pilot (Aurélien Bednarek) in the Sahara, where he crashes his plane, and the two are so thirsty they share stories of the many strange planets he has already visited – one with that vain hat guy, one with a drunkard, another with a lamp, and so on. In memory, the prince dances with the flower (Laris Sulti), and he cannot be forgotten. When a large white rope descends, he ties himself up and rises in a dance setting that seems natural to him as if he were falling.

When all this happens, a dozen or more dancers are not talking. Instead, the show’s other star, narrator Chris Maureen, pronounces himself French. He is, for some reason, dressed like the mayor of Munchkinland with blue hair, a frock coat and balloon jodhpurs. This description is worse than useless. Mauran, who co-directed the show and wrote Libretto, did not distinguish between the characters or even between the story and the dialogue, which is more confusing than quiet. Mouron exaggerates every emotion and sometimes sings globy songs in French (music by Terry Truck). Translated lyrics … are different. “You rule my island / my life” he sings to Little Prince, who is at once a child (he wears costume designer Becky House’s Chartreuse Ones) and a romantic companion to both Rose and the Fox. Meets the earth. Everything seems completely naive and imaginary until Mouron starts. “Suppress me as you subdued your fox,” she sings. Mon Diu.

A deep sin, it seems. At one point in the oasis-soaked past, the new circus settled into an aesthetic called a little steampunk, a little buffoon, a little oz, a little candycore burlesque. Mary Jumelin’s video predictions translate the combination of these effects into a cheesy, film-heavy product design (no set pieces, but the projections cover every surface), and it looks like it was borrowed from the academic computer game of the 90s. As much as it tries to marvel at the flying birds, the vortex of the blue universe, the field of roses – it becomes a cheap greeting card picture. Should I say that at some point there is a checkerboard site? Or do the planets look like they did in the spray-painting art course? Imagine the background of Eurovision Jr. and write “The Little Prince” on it in a glowing script. Do you understand?

Maybe if Little Prince There is no noise around this huge house and its beauty is that it can pass the foot lights. Jumellin’s pictures do not look so bad, as there is less space to fill; I can only imagine production thriving in a small space like New Victory (a children’s jewelry box) or in a spiegel in the harbor. Also, if it had been placed in a very close place the producers would not have appeared as an evening show using the 20 minute break. (Without it, run time is about 85 minutes.) There are calculations about bringing a show on Broadway, which is associated with money and cash, but what does that mean? I bet if they had asked the prince he would have warned them from 53rd Street. He would have said that smaller houses are better. They allow you to grow your particular rose one at a time.

Little Prince Is on the Broadway Theater.

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