Urban Planning Musical Takes the Stage in Brooklyn

A new musical comedy, "In the Footprint: The Battle Over Atlantic Yards," brings song and dance to the conflict over the redevelopment of the Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn. The NY Times reviews it as "fresh, inventive"...and "entertaining."

Writes Charles Isherwood:

"As subjects for musical comedy go, it would be hard to fathom anything less promising than the legal intricacies of the concept of eminent domain. Or, for that matter, the socioeconomic diversity of the crazy quilt of Brooklyn neighborhoods. The great Stephen Sondheim himself might find it tricky work to make lyrical magic of the relationships among the various civic entitites charged with approving land-use deals in New York City."

"Yet these matters are rhapsodized in song with style and wit in the spirited new show from the Civilians, "In the Footprint: The Battle Over Atlantic Yards," which opened on Monday night at the Irondale Arts Center in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, within a demolition ball's swing of the site in contention.

Full Story: A Brooklyn Civics Lesson, Offered in Word and Song


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