I always have high expectations of a new show from The Talking Band. But their latest, The GoldenToad, is extraordinary--not to be missed. It may be their best yet.
As the postcard for the show says, The Golden Toad is an "original music-theater epic journey through a changing New York, tracing the shifting of identities over time and circumstances."
Mentioning any specific event in this wonderful show, thus diminishing your surprise, would qualify as a spoiler. So I'll just say that The Golden Toad is about time, change, aging, art, love, loss, and chance--among other things. It's beautiful and complex, rich and strange, funny and moving--altogether a masterwork. It almost goes without saying, given The Talking Band's standards, the acting and music are terrific.
At nearly three hours, the show is long, but the moments fly by. It's structured in four parts and a brief epilogue, with breaks for the audience to move from the current location to the next. There's one intermission during which beverages and snacks can be purchased.
The Golden Toad only runs through February 7 at La Mama. If reviewers love it as much as I do (to avoid spoilers, please don't actually read the reviews), it will start selling out.