The Verdict: Critics Review Benjamin Scheuer's One-Man Musical The Lion Off-Broadway

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27 Jun 2014

Benjamin Scheuer
Benjamin Scheuer
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Manhattan Theatre Club presents The Lion, a new autobiographical solo musical written and performed by singer/songwriter Benjamin Scheuer, which officially opened June 26 Off-Broadway.

Directed by Sean Daniels, the five-week limited engagement is presented as part of MTC’s 2013-14 season of The Studio at Stage II – Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series at New York City Center – Stage II.

Here's how the production is billed: "A true story of love, loss, family loyalty, and the redemptive power of music. Following an award-winning run at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, writer/performer Benjamin Scheuer (winner of the ASCAP Cole Porter Award for songwriting) shares his gripping coming-of-age tale."

Scheuer is a 2013 ASCAP Cole Porter Songwriting Award winner. His work has been featured at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2013 Musical Theatre Network Award for Best Lyrics); The St. James Theatre, London; The Jermyn Street Theatre, London; and Lincoln Center. He leads the band Escapist Papers.

The critics have filed their reviews and Playbill.com has collected them for our readers. Click through to read them all. Playbill.com will continue to update our list as the reviews come in.

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MTC is pricing all tickets during the five-week run at $30. Tickets are available by calling (212) 581-1212 or visiting nycitycenter.org.