NYMF’s supposably kid friendly new musical Tink!, wants to be the Peter Pan version of Wicked and it fails miserably. It’s not that it’s bad, worse its mediocre. For a show about fairies and Neverland, this is a show completely devoid of magic. Part of this tragedy is the costumes by Tracy Angelo and Lynn Rustic, look cheap and didn’t make the cast look very well. The dancing by Rachel Klein and Danielle Marie Fusco, is so over choreographed, with dancers not pointing their toes, doing complicated steps, but without landing gracefully or in unison. Tricks are great, but only if they are executed well. The direction by Ms. Klein, is also over directed, consisting of pushing boxes all over the stage without making sure her actors had clear cut layered performances. She allows them to over act, mug and allow the script to by mangled. A prime example of this is Max Sheldon, who plays the narrator, as well as James, who turns out to be Captain Hook. Mr. Sheldon is good looking, sings well, has charisma, but lacks character development and when he speaks you can not understand a word. Difficult when you are trying to review a show. A lot of the supporting characters have this same flaw. Elly Noble, who plays the teenage Tinkerbell, sings well, over acts, is clumsy and is so angry or giggly that you do not fall in love with her. Without loving your lead character your show fails.
The plot concerns a teenage Tink’s rebellion of growing up, falling in love and running away to be with a man she knows is wrong. I am going to emphasis again, she’s a teenager. When her father (P. J. Adzima) is offered a job by the King of the Fairies (John Paul Almon), her father wants to move the family to the kingdom, but Tink thinks they are all stuck-up, especially Tatiana (Francesca Arostegui) the Fairy King’s daughter. When her family moves Tink becomes angry and runs away. She meets James and it is love at first sight. When she tells her best friend Tiger Lily ( the delightful and talented Shoba Narayan), Tiger Lily warns her friend this is a mistake. Tink following her heart goes off to be with James. In the meantime James’s father ( again John Paul Almon) tells his crew, he wants a fairy’s tears so he can fly, when in actuality he wants her blood, so he can live forever. When he tries to hurt Tink, Smee (Patch David, the worst in the over acting category) intervenes. The captain ends up dead, with James taking over. Once hailed as captain without any change of character he breaks Tink’s heart, to steal her magical tears even though he loved her seconds before. Tink instead of crying gets some boxy, as her family and friends come to save the day, including Peter Pan (Kurt Hellericjh) who fell from the sky and without any reason becomes the leader of the Lost Boys.
Besides the wonderful performance by Shoba Narayan, the music by Lena Gabrielle is tuneful and well written, however the lyrics by Ms. Gabrielle and Greg Kerestan are at times way too rushed and seem over stuffed. The book by Anthony Marino needs to be rethought as to who this show is for and flesh out why does James turn on Tink? How did Peter become the leader of the lost boys? And why is Tink so angry from the beginning?
The show is perfect community theatre, but as for more, it needs more fairy dust.
Tink!: Pearl Theatre, 555 West 42nd St. 7/30 5 and 9 PM and 7/31 at 5PM.