From the Page to the Stage Water For Elephants is Now on Broadway

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Water For Elephants Now on Broadway

From the Page to the Stage Water For Elephants is Now on Broadway

On a Crisp Spring NYC Afternoon Chip and Company were invited to a mesmerizing spectacle that transcends the boundaries of ordinary theater. Water For Elephants, the brand new musical adaptation of Sara Gruen’s beloved novel, has arrived with all the grandeur and splendor befitting of Broadway’s most illustrious productions. 

Under the expert direction of Jessica Stone, known for her remarkable work on Kimberly Akimbo, this production proves to be a tour de force, igniting the stage with emotional depth, breathtaking acrobatics, and a cast that shines as brightly as the Big Top under the moonlit sky.

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From the moment the curtains rise, the audience is transported to a world where the air crackles with the energy of the circus. The incredible high-flying acrobatic cast, led by Grant Gustin as the wide-eyed Jacob Jankowski, takes center stage, performing death-defying stunts that leave spectators on the edge of their seats. With every twist, turn, and somersault, they breathe life into the magic of the circus, infusing the production with a sense of wonder and awe that is truly unforgettable.

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But it’s not just the acrobatics that dazzle; it’s the seamless integration of choreography that elevates the performance to new heights. Our favorite was the performance on silks, suspended high above the stage, which served as both a playground for the performers and a canvas for storytelling.

Under Stone’s masterful direction, every movement is imbued with emotion, every dance step a reflection of the characters’ innermost desires and struggles. Isabella McCalla, in her captivating portrayal of Marlena, moves with a grace and elegance that leaves the audience enraptured, her every movement a testament to the power of dance to communicate what words cannot.

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As the story unfolds, we are introduced to a cast of characters who are as complex and multifaceted as the world they inhabit. Gregg Edelman brings a sense of gravitas to the role of an older Jacob Jankowski, his performance a masterclass in understated emotion and quiet resilience. And then there’s Paul Alexander Nolan, whose portrayal of the villainous August is nothing short of chilling. With a commanding presence and a voice that sends shivers down the spine, Nolan imbues his character with a sense of menace that is both captivating and terrifying.

But perhaps what sets Water For Elephants apart from other productions is its bold staging and bigger ensemble, which infuse every scene with a sense of grandeur and scale. From the rustling railway train of Depression-era America to the dazzling spectacle of the circus ring, the set design, transports the audience to another time and place, immersing them in a world of a bygone period in American History.

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In the midst of all the spectacle and excitement, however, it’s the emotional core of the story that truly resonates. At its heart, Water For Elephants is a story about love, loss, and the power of the human spirit to overcome adversity. Through its stirring musical numbers and heartfelt performances, the production reminds us of the importance of compassion, empathy, and the bonds that connect us all.

As the curtain fell on Water For Elephants, the audience rose to their feet in a thunderous ovation, their applause a testament to the sheer magic and brilliance of the production they had just witnessed. With its breathtaking acrobatics, mesmerizing choreography, and unforgettable performances, this adaptation of Sara Gruen’s novel is flying into contention as one of the standout productions of the Broadway Tony Season.

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Under the visionary direction of Jessica Stone, Water For Elephants has not only captured the hearts of audiences but has also raised the bar for what musical theater can achieve. So choose The Ride, and see the show that Theatermania is calling the best new musical on Broadway. Tickets are available at


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