By CATELEN WU
February 27, 2017
“You gaze at the stage, at the props that instill a sense of familiarity in you, as it displays a train station for the Broadway acapella musical – In Transit.”
You adjust yourself in your seat, amazed that you were able to get seats so close to the stage for such a low price.
As the lights dim and the chattering around you quiets down, you smile excitedly, not knowing what to expect but knowing that it’ll exceed your expectations anyway.
You gaze at the stage, at the props that instill a sense of familiarity in you, as it displays a train station for the Broadway acapella musical – In Transit.
As a New Yorker, you’ve most likely taken the train before with many other passengers, and they’re usually there as the background for you. They’re complete strangers who won’t bother you if you don’t bother them.
But have you ever wondered what their lives are like? If they also get on the train, panicking about whether they’ll be late today or not?
In Transit tells the stories of 11 New Yorkers who have their own individual problems. But it goes much deeper than that. It touches on broken dreams and broken hearts, new hopes and interests, and love that shouldn’t have to be hidden just because of someone’s disapproval.
They’re problems that we can all relate to, in one way or another. They’re all things that we face, but might not know how to overcome – which is exactly why In Transit is so significant.
It also brings about a sense of empathy in us as we go on with our days, surrounded by people we don’t know but have a million things bothering them. We fail to empathize and walk a day in their shoes when we glare at them for accidentally elbowing us on the train or curse them out for blocking the door when we’re trying to rush out. In Transit helps open the door to the hearts of others that we fail to notice otherwise.
It’s realistic yet optimistic. It demonstrates that we can solve these problems, even if the outcome isn’t exactly what we want it to be. No matter what, we need to keep trying and persevering because our actions shape the results.
That is what the characters of In Transit do. They go through situations that seem difficult to surpass, and they have moments of wanting to give everything up. However, they learn from their experiences, and throughout the musical, they grow to be stronger and wiser than they were beforehand.
In Transit isn’t just a fun comedic musical; it also addresses issues that many people face, such as confusion in what their passions are, and unaccepted love.
We may all struggle with life’s challenges, but this play ensures you know you’re not alone. It truly leaves viewers feeling warm in at the end.