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A lackluster show unfit for Broadway

Based on the old French novel, “The Little Prince” owes New York audiences a plea leaving. Or maybe NYC should apologize for the booking.

The sad touring dance show, which opened Monday night at the Broadway Theater, doesn’t belong at all where it is right now. This is on Broadway, the pinnacle of American musical theater, and 13 blocks from the New York City Ballet, one of the world’s premier dance companies.

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1 hour and 50 minutes with a break. At the Broadway Theater, 1681 Broadway on 53rd Street.

In music, dance, design and storytelling, “Little” falls short.

The set, as it is, consists of languid, textureless projections reminiscent of the 1993 video game Myst and the planetary opening sequence of 3rd Rock From the Sun. Combined with the trippy recorded music (there’s no live orchestra), we could be watching a New Age cult’s introductory video.

However, nothing in the nearly two hours is quite as compelling as the average brainwashed cult leader.

The 1943 book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is about a pilot (Aurélien Bednarek) who crash-lands in the Sahara and meets a boy named Little Prince, who entertains him with tales of his galactic adventures. He is played by Lionel Zalachas, who rolls around while balancing on an exercise ball.

The little prince rolls on the stage.
The Little Prince (Lionel Zalachas) enters the stage on an exercise ball.
Johanna Marcus

First, the couple draws sheep, played by actors in cheap, fluffy costumes found in low-budget children’s theater.

Actress and co-director (along with Anne Tournié) Chris Mouron narrates all characters’ dialogue – sometimes in touch-and-go songs – with a subtle “come here” voice that never wavers regardless of the scene. Whether it’s a funny number, a melancholic moment or a dance about the dangers of alcoholism – a huge wine bottle is awkwardly lifted up and down on a wire – all are identical in tone. Monotonous.

There are talented dancers in the 16-strong cast, which hails from France, but the most impressive pieces — featuring aerial shots — get shrugs from New York theatergoers accustomed to regular visits to Cirque du Soleil. For more impressive acts, head downtown to clubs like the House of X, where spinning women hang from the ceiling by their hair.

The little prince tells stories about his adventures on different planets.
The little prince tells stories about his adventures on different planets.
Johanna Marcus

Nothing in The Little Prince wakes you up quite like those flying follicles, and it’s all swallowed up by one of the theater district’s largest houses at 1,761 seats.

Also, the meaning or depth of the book is not properly explored. We leave without knowing what to think of The Little Prince, other than that it’s French and vaguely whimsical; Its messages and life lessons were swept away by a production more content to be a wannabe ASMR as a huggable story. Check out the potential of the book the far better animated film which was released in 2016.

The lack of a thrilling adventure, mediocre spectacle, canned songs, and cheesy CGI landscape make one “Prince” too many small for Broadway.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/11/the-little-prince-review-a-lackluster-show-not-fit-for-broadway/ A lackluster show unfit for Broadway

Dais Johnston

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