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THE GOREE ALL GIRL STRING BAND at the 2017 New York Musical Festival (NYMF)

“One of five shows singled out as “ones to watch” at the prestigious 2017 New York Musical Festival festival, THE GOREE ALL-GIRL STRING BAND successfully couches a message about redemption through music in a consistently funny play about a female prison in Texas circa 1938…It’s gallows humor with a Southern twist and a whole lotta fiddling’, clappin’, and singin’. The a cappella singing is tight and the actors play the instruments with the cohesion one would expect of a longstanding band….Braden’s “How They Leave You” is a piercing statement on the logic of recidivism, and as relevant today as in 1938…As Reable said of prison stories, country music is “a hard sell” in New York musical theater, but solid direction by ASHLEY BROOKE MONROE helps
close the deal.”
Broadway World

“For anyone wondering if the New York Musical Festival has a genuine hit in this year’s line-up, The Goree All-Girl String Band is it in flying colors… (It’s) taken a real-life story and turned it into a rousing two-act evening of fun and genuine social concern…. this score is entirely new and rousing as all-get-out”
The Huffington Post

“The Goree All-Girl String Band is one of the most interesting shows to hit NYMF in a long time. The story of the Goree Girls just begs to be a TV series, film or the next offering on Broadway…. Mark my words, this show has a life beyond NYMF.”
Times Square Chronicle


“one of NYMF’s best offerings this year… a sweet story of female friendship, the reclamation of agency, and the healing power of music — It’s the story that hooks you, but it’s the music that keeps you there.”
Theatre Mania

“the musical numbers are guaranteed to win you over with their spirit, close harmonies and happy prancing…just about everyone in the 13-person cast deserves special mention. Along with singing and dancing, they each do more than their bit with a wide assortment of musical instruments, from guitars and banjos to a cello and string bass,
flutes, an accordion and drums, and at one point, even a washboard comes into play. The racism of the period is recognized when Hattie, the African-American member of the band, is not allowed to perform with it: a “blended band” is a no-no. However, she gets her own solo spot later, and Nattalyee Randall makes the most of her searing number”
Musical Theatre Review

“Imagine A Prairie Home Companion staffed by felons, or Orange Is the New Black with yodeling and a washboard…it’s a production that deserves a longer run. Hopefully the producers will find their way to a lengthier sentence. It would be a crime not to.”
Front Row Center