111 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036
What Is Ordinary Days About?
Set on the bustling streets and sidewalks of New York City, Ordinary Days singles out four average New Yorkers whose lives end up unexpectedly entwined: Warren, a budding artist who balances his own creative aspirations with cat-sitting for an imprisoned mentor; Deb, an ambitious suburban girl turned grad student whose life is fast becoming a thesis study in uncertainty; Jason, a thirtysomething romantic who cannot understand why his relationship with the woman he loves has stalled; and Claire, Jason's reluctant lover held emotionally captive by a wound she shares with no one. As these four characters flounder through all-too-familiar everyday obstacles, they slowly edge closer to connecting with each other—and to understanding that an ordinary event can have extraordinary effects.
"A modest musical produced with an apt intimacy and expertly sung by an appealing cast, Ordinary Days introduces a promising newcomer to our talent-hungry musical theater, the composer and lyricist Adam Gwon. Mr. Gwon writes crisp, fluid and often funny lyrics that reflect the racing minds of the four New Yorkers on a nervous search for their immediate futures."Review by Charles Isherwood from The New York Times
"A heartfelt and often clever look at life in modern-day New York."Review by Adam Feldman from Time Out New York
What Is Ordinary Days Like?
Ordinary Days is a sweet, song-drenched love letter to both New York City and the musicals that so frequently play there. A 75-minute cycle of narrative songs composed and woven together by newcomer Adam Gwon, the show jumps between the lives of each of its four characters, showcasing everything from the harried insanity of urban life to the social isolation that can occur even in a city packed with millions. The best laughs in this musical comedy lay with Deb, a barb-throwing Type A personality who eventually ends up entangled with flakey artist Jared; the meatier bits which linger after the final song can be found in the hop-scotch relationship of Jason and Claire. The show is the definition of intimate—the theater seats just over 60 audience members at a time, and is small enough that the players, standing on the same level as the audience, perform without mics or a fancy sound system.
Is Ordinary Days Good for Kids?
There's little in this earnest debut that one could find offensive. While a few curse words pop up occasionally, the rough edges of New York City have been stripped away to allow the musical to focus entirely on its characters, who are as accessible and harmless as anything you'd find on primetime TV. The intimate setting mean that tiny tots prone to boredom and squirming are probably best left at home, especially since minimal sets and lighting mean there are no visual distractions if your little ones aren't engaged by the lives of young New Yorkers—which is entirely possible.