The Verdict: Critics Review the New Musical The Fortress of Solitude at The Public

The Verdict   The Verdict: Critics Review the New Musical The Fortress of Solitude at The Public
The world premiere of the new musical The Fortress of Solitude officially opened Oct. 22 at 8 PM following previews that began Sept. 30 at The Public Theater.
Adam Chanler-Berat
Adam Chanler-Berat Photo by Joan Marcus

Conceived and directed by Daniel Aukin, the musical continues through Nov. 2. It is a co-production with Dallas Theater Center, where it played earlier this year. The Fortress of Solitude has a book by Itamar Moses and music and lyrics by Michael Friedman.

Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Jonathan Lethem, the new musical is described as "the extraordinary coming-of-age story about 1970s Brooklyn and beyond — of black and white, soul and rap, block parties and blackouts, friendship and betrayal, comic books and 45s. And the story of what would happen if two teenagers obsessed with superheroes believed that maybe, just maybe, they could fly."

The critics have filed their reviews, and has collected them for our readers.

Entertainment Weekly

The Hollywood Reporter The Huffington Post

NBC New York


New York Daily News

New York Post

New York Times

Time Out New York


The Wrap


The cast features Ken Barnett (Abraham Ebdus); Kyle Beltran (Mingus); Adam Chanler-Berat (Dylan); André De Shields (Senior); Carla Duren (Marilla); Stephane Duret (Swing); Rebecca Naomi Jones (Lala, Abby); Jahi Kearse (Raf, Henry, Desmond, Jared); Kevin Mambo (Junior); Malaiyka Reid (Swing); Noah Ricketts (Swing); David Rossmer (Arthur); Conor Ryan (Radio Guy, Mike, Gabe); Kristen Sieh (Rachel Ebdus); Britton Smith (Subtle Distinction); Brian Tyree Henry (Robert) Akron Watson (Subtle Distinction); Alison Whitehurst (Skater Girl, Liza); and Juson Williams (Subtle Distinction).

The production also has scenic design by Eugene Lee, costume design by Jessica Pabst, lighting design by Tyler Micoleau, sound design by Robert Kaplowitz, projection design by Jeff Sugg and hair and wig design by Leah Loukas.

Single tickets, starting at $80, can be purchased by calling (212) 967-7555,, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street.

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