Georama
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New York Musical Festival production (2017):

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Repertory Theatre of St. Louis production (2016):

★ Judith Newmark, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “A triumph of design and engineering... the kind of show that thrilled Banvard’s audience.”

★ Francis Edstrom, Winona Post: "It is a love story, a comedy, a musical, and a tragedy all in one... Audiences will find it is rollicking fun, with tunes you’ll be humming all the way home."

★ Mark Bretz, Ladue News: “★★★★★. Georama is handsomely crafted and filled with more than a few surprising elements, an enchanting musical journey into a fascinating and little-known chapter of American history.”

★ Paul Friswold, Riverfront Times: “The creative team of West Hyler, Matt Schatz and Jack Herrick has written a musical about an uncommon man for the common man, and it is spectacular. Under Hyler’s direction, the world premiere of Georama is a funny, insightful and ultimately inspiring musical about why art matters. Even if you’re fool enough to think it doesn’t, Georama will win you over.”

★ Chris Gibson, Broadway World: “I cannot recommend it highly enough! It’s truly a show that deserves an audience both young and old to appreciate, or become aware of, something that was truly as magical as the spectacle this artist created.”

★ Harry Hamm, KMOX: “The cast is one of the most talented the Rep has ever used. Their vocal abilities are spirited and assertive.”

★ Lynn Venhaus, Belleville News-Democrat: “‘Georama’ reflects a bygone era with a strong sense of place and time, creating a work that honors our rich river culture and the never-ending quest to make something that matters during our lifetime.​”

★ Gerry Kowarsky, HEC-TV’s Two on the Aisle: “Delightful. ... The action proceeds at a snappy pace under the direction of West Hyler.”

★ Steve Allen, Stage Door St. Louis: “This is simply an incredible piece for the Repertory Theatre Studio Theatre. How they accomplished this magnificent history lesson, filled with music and the spectacular georama is beyond belief.”

★ Richard T. Green, Talkin’ Broadway: “The good news is, there’s a world-premiere musical just opened, and it’s purely delightful: witty, well-constructed and colorful. The bad news is, you may not get a chance to see it again, once this production closes.”

★ Chuck Lavazzi, KDHX: “The [show’s] message about the hard choices creative folk have to make between commerce and artistic purity is as relevant today as it was over a century ago”

★ Megan Washausen, PLAYBACK:stl: “Georama is a gem. The Rep’s small studio theatre offers an intimate experience, which enhances the emotions of this production in a powerful way.”

★ Ann Pollack, St. Louis Eats and Drinks: “It’s exciting to see a new play as well crafted and staged as ‘Georama’ is. We won’t have heard the last of it, I’m sure. Grab your chance to say you knew it when it was young.”

★ Michelle Kenyon, Snoop’s Theatre Thoughts: “Georama takes its audience on a tour of the Mississippi River and 19th Century America and beyond with heart, energy, a tuneful score, and a great cast. And that painting is a wonder in itself.”