Published On: Wed, May 1st, 2013

‘War Horse’ is truly magnificent as the Broadway play rides into Tampa’s Straz Center

The Tony Award winning Broadway play War Horse arrives in Tampa’s Straz Center this week. Michael Morpungo’s novel, adapted into the Steven Spielberg film, truly comes alive and mesmerizes the crowd.

Photos, reviews, videos and comments cannot do just to the puppets justice as ‘horses’ Joey and Topthorn deliver emotional, intense performances which most actors strive to achieve.

War Horse Albert and Joey photoSet against World War I, adapted by Nick Stafford, a horse auction between brothers Ted (Todd Cerveris) and Arthur (Brian Keane) result in the union of a young foal and determined and passionate young man, Albert (Alex Morf). Their bond taps into the magic of Black Beauty and other children’s tale, but the War Horse delivers an entirely more powerful narrative as the horse is sold into the British army for service.

Albert enlists to bring Joey home, who is on a special journey through France, touching the lives of Germans and developing a humanlike relationship with Topthorn, his companion during the war.

The emotional journey is anchored by delightful performaces: Morf as a boy becoming a man, Angela Reed as his conflicted mother, Keane as a gruff but well-meaning officer, Andrew May as a sensitive German, Brandon Drea as Albert’s comrade, and Lavita Shaurice as a French girl caught up in the conflict.

War Horse is truly remarkable because the puppeteers bring the animals to life. At times Joey is more emotional and relatable than their human co-stars. Even the grouchy goose, nibbling and biting provides the perfectly timed comic relief, yet realism to make the play brilliant.

Visually stunning, intense music, great effects, War Horse truly delivers on all levels.

Fans of Broadway, fans of the Spielberg film, fans of horses can all truly unite in their fondness for War Horse.

More details, show times and ticket info: click here



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