Dan Furman’s immersive musical event, IMPOSSIBLE BUT TRUE! boasts being a tavern musical. Not only is it just that, it’s also an inspired retelling of a Washington Irving classic tale peppered with clever nods to history – and life.
Touring taverns in Brooklyn and New York, Furman’s ensemble of talented and energetic performers tells the story of Rip van Winkle with a full flagon of topical references.
IMPOSSIBLE BUT TRUE’s Rip still disappears for 20 years but it’s due to PTSD from serving in the Revolutionary War. The character of Rip’s hot-tempered wife, Rebecca, is expanded and we learn about how she helped lead a battle against the British.
Molly Bremer, Laura Bright, Timothy Jacob Brown, John Calabrese, Joe Castinado, RJ Christian, Julia Fein, Ace McCarthy and Amalia Sancholuz, sing, dance, and share the story at your table, in the aisles, at the bar, and in front of the piano in this rousing musical that brings you into the world of a small Hudson Valley tavern in revolutionary America.
Kath Saxby says it’s the thoroughly enjoyable, immersive experience impressed her thanks to the poetry and lyricism of the songs which added ballast to the abundant humor. She offered the observation that “the story, set at the time of the revolutionary war, should have so much resonance in today’s political landscape.”
Vienna Carroll echoed her sentiment, “I really loved the immersive quality of it all!! I loved the diversity of the cast, the beautiful music, the great acting and singing. And the wonderful food!”
As you are in a tavern, food and drink is part of the entire experience.
Cynthia Shaw happily chimed in: “What a stunning performance last night of a new musical, “Impossible…but True” by Dan Furman! We saw it at Balboa in Crown Heights, where the show will perform again tonight. Then back at The Old Stone House in Park Slope and then on to SoHo Playhouse. Amazing, lyrical and slightly Sondheim-esque music and lyrics by the super talented Dan, and wonderfully engaged performances by the cast with standout singing by the lead, RJ Christian, who plays Rip Van Winkle. But all of the performers were fantastic and I just couldn’t take my eyes off of them. The music, the staging, everything – fantastic! Don’t miss this wonderful new musical. I can’t wait to see where it goes from here!”
Dawn Reel loved the show and even the price, “Very professional—I would have expected to pay a lot more for a show of this quality.” She professed to not exaggerate when she said “Dan Furman is genius; his lyrics are sophisticated and tunes memorable.” Her observation on the cast was that their performances were far more mature and engaging than their years suggest. She is to be commended for noticing a table of children (obviously with a parent as this is a tavern) was engaged through the entire show.
CM Soto concluded with “Such a lovely production and very creative use of space. So much talent in one room!”