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The Verdict Reviews: What Do The Critics Think of Stereophonic on Broadway?

Featuring original songs by Arcade Fire's Will Butler, the David Adjmi play enjoyed a sold-out world premiere Off-Broadway via Playwrights Horizons.

Company of Stereophonic Julieta Cervantes

Stereophonic officially opened on Broadway at the Golden Theatre April 19, and the reviews are rolling in. The Broadway production is a transfer from the 2023 Off-Broadway world premiere via Playwrights Horizons. The David Adjmi-penned play began previews April 2.

The play, which features original songs by former Arcade Fire member Will Butler, will release its digital recording May 10, with a physical release available June 14. The album is available for preorder now.

Click here to purchase the opening night Playbill for Stereophonic

Featuring Will Brill, Andrew R. Butler, Juliana Canfield, Eli Gelb, Tom Pecinka, Sarah Pidgeon, and Chris Stack, the work invites audiences to be a fly on the wall in a 1976 music studio as an up-and-coming rock band records a new album that could catapult them to superstar status.

Read the reviews below.

AP News (Mark Kennedy)

Chicago Tribune (Chris Jones) *

The Daily Beast (Tim Teeman)

Entertainment Weekly (Dalton Ross)

The Guardian (Gloria Oladipo)

The Hollywood Reporter (David Rooney)

New York Daily News (Chris Jones) *

The New York Post (Johnny Oleksinski) *

New York Stage Review (Bob Verini)

New York Stage Review (Melissa Rose Bernardo)

The New York Sun (Elysa Gardner) *

New York Theatre Guide (Allison Considine)

The New York Times (Naveen Kumar) *

The Stage (Lane Williamson) *

Theatrely (Joey Sims)

TimeOut (Adam Feldman)

Variety (Frank Rizzo)

Vulture (Sara Holdren)

The Wrap (Robert Hofler)

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Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

As Adjmi told Playbill in a previous interview: “I definitely knew from the beginning that I wanted it to feel very granular. I wanted them to talk about very mundane things, because that is what a collaborative process is like. And even though people look really glamorous and really blown out on stage, I can channel this profound energy of when they're living their lives—doing laundry and frying an egg. I'm really interested in that duality. And I just didn't want to do a boilerplate depiction of rock stars.”

READ: How the Company Cast Recording Documentary Inspired Stereophonic

The full Off-Broadway cast reprises their performances from the premiere, including Brill as Reg, Butler as Charlie, Canfield as Holly, Gelb as Grover, Pecinka as Peter, Pidgeon as Diana, and Stack as Simon.

The production is supported by understudies Cornelius McMoyler, Benjamin Anthony Anderson, Sofia Deler, and Lily Ganser. Casting is by Alaine Alldaffer and Taylor Williams.

Also back from the Off-Broadway premiere: director Daniel Aukin and his entire creative team, including costume designer Enver Chakartash, lighting designer Jiyoun Chang, sound designer Ryan Rumery, and music director Justin Craig.

The Broadway run is produced by Sue Wagner, John Johnson, Seaview, Sonia Friedman Productions, Linden Productions, and Ashley Melone & Nick Mills.


Photos: Stereophonic on Broadway

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