CINCINNATI (CelebrityAccess) “Another Brick In The Wall,” the opera based on Pink Floyd’s album The Wall, made its American debut recently in Cincinnati.
The opera, which debuted at the Opéra de Montréal, is taking place at the Cincinnati Music Hall, backed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, directed by Suzanne Crocker and adapted to the stage by composer Julien Bilodeau.
The show opens with a “raucous rock ‘n’ roll concert” with “pulsing lights” and a “rowdy crowd surges toward the stage,” according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. However, the paper didn’t provide a thrilling review, saying that “the power isn’t really there. Or the dramatic credibility,” claiming much of the show is in slow motion. It gives the symphony props and gushed over the stage sets and an ensemble of 50 but, “for all its sumptuous visual presentation … the impact of ‘Another Brick in the Wall’ is surprisingly muted.”
Rolling Stone, on the other hand, was very kind to the world premiere in Montreal, which got two standing ovations (once when it was announced Roger Waters was in attendance). RS said the opera “trades rock for emotional power.”
The show premiered Friday, July 20 and runs through July 31.