BRAVA AND BRAVO! What a pro show and what stunning music. The whole idea of it is brilliant.
You have invented a new art form! Great script, great reading/acting.
This is a must-see show and inspiring musical/theatrical experience.
Let me tell you this: I don't think I've ever had a more aesthetically pleasing evening as I had Friday night.
It made me smile, it made me laugh out loud, it made me cry, it astonished me musically.
I've heard Bernstein, Rubenstein, Bobby Short, Beverly Sills, Pavarotti, Dizzy Gillespie, Peggy Lee,
Ray Charles, and hundreds of others, and I have never seen or heard anything like that.
I do not understand why this work and this idea has not permeated popular culture.
John Snyder, five-time Grammy winner
I CANNOT REMEMBER A BETTER PERFORMANCE.
If that performance is the last one I ever see, I will die fulfilled.
The word extraordinary simply does not do it justice.
Barry Nickelsberg, The Carter Center
GLORIOUS! The music of Astor Piazzolla is infectious; it tugs at your heart and very soul.
The joy of hearing this music with world-class musicians was a very rare treat indeed.
Thank you for one of the most uplifting, life-affirming and enjoyable performances
I have attended in a very long time.
Philip Greenberg, Artistic Director, Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra
I AM STILL REELING FROM THE EXPERIENCE.
I am a frequent theater patron and cannot remember the last time I was swept away and
taken on such a beautiful, transformative journey.
An absolute perfect piece this is - the impeccably timed, absolutely authentic narration;
the achingly gorgeous music. This is art at its finest.
Nothing I have seen on Broadway, off Broadway, or regionally comes close. I only hope you find a long-standing venue so that many more can experience the genius of Astor Piazzolla and this gem of a show.
THERE'S A NEW MAESTRO IN TOWN.
Along with her four virtuoso musicians, Lesley Karsten inhabits the soul of composer Astor Piazzolla,
who forever changed the music of tango.
With narration both humorous and poetic, Karsten takes us on a globe-trotting journey
as this renowned creative genius discovers his own musical influences, his profound human flaws, and
the struggles of his successes and his failures.
The music alone would have been worth the price of admission -
but this uniquely uplifting theatrical experience is so much more.
I WAS BLOWN AWAY.
I HAVE SEEN THIS SHOW 3 TIMES AND WOULD HAPPILY SEE IT AGAIN.
The performers show great virtuosity and the music is enchanting.
This is a must-see for anyone who is interested in or even curious about Piazzolla.
The audience is engaged by eavesdropping on a highly personal, emotionally charged soliloquy
delivered by a rapturous Karsten, embodying Piazzolla ruminating on the landscape of his life.
As Piazzolla, she is at once incisive, outraged, humorous, depressed, thoughtful, penetrating and flirty.
With all that, it is the music, the music, the music that makes us remember the folly and the passion
we all share. A TRULY UNFORGETTABLE AND UPLIFTING EXPERIENCE.
THE WHOLE PERFORMANCE IS EXTRAORDINARY!
Lesley Karsten’s impersonation of Astor Piazzolla is unique.
She incarnates him and the musicians bring him alive! Just sublime!
Patricia Suarez Weiss
We love Piazzolla regardless, but the show is just... like cream on top....
NOW I REALIZE WHY PIAZZOLLA IS NOT FOR DANCING.
It's for listening. It's a different genre.
New York Audience Member
Lesley's narrative (she is Piazzolla and his after-death memories) combined with that music... it was wonderful.
I came away obsessed with the bandoneon.
This is not the accordion we loathed as teenagers growing up in the polka heart of Pittsburgh.
Nor is it the sidewalk concertina of dancing monkeys in red fezzes.
This is their muscular cousin who, like the strongman at the bottom of a human pyramid, supports the piano and bass and violin and LIFTS THEM TO HEAVEN WHERE PIAZZOLLA IS WAITING FOR THEM.
Abbie Crow Rich
THAT'S NOT TANGO IS AN EVENING OF SHIMMERING MUSIC AND PERFORMANCE by Lesley Karsten.
[She] takes the music and life of Astor Piazzolla and opens it up like Russian dolls, exploring his genius as a musician and composer and his failures as a father, husband, and friend. The show is smart, fizzy, fun, and ultimately very moving in ways that you can't anticipate when you first take your seat.
OUTSTANDING BEYOND MY EXPECTATIONS. I loved it!
I loved the music, the musicians were virtuosos and Lesley's performance incredible.
She absolutely channels the composer, with whom I was not familiar, and am so glad I now am.
Mary Ann C.
ONE OF THE BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCES THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN.
The musicians were outstanding and the lead actress/narrator (who also co-wrote the play) was superb.
The performances revealed a depth of knowledge of the composer and his life and times,
but also a profound love of his music. This is rare. I hope they can take this message to a global audience.
New York Audience Member
I went with my family to see the show and was blown away by the talent.
I learned so much and was engaged throughout.
THANK YOU FOR A MAGICAL EVENING.