Sarah, the protagonist of Happy Mondaywhen he wakes up on Monday off, he discovers that his dream has come true: he has been offered to star in a movie. You’ll celebrate with the love of Instagram comments, the love of your Tinder match, and the company of your favorite YouTubers. But the party ends soon, because after the visit of her best friend, dependent like her on apps, and after the chance meeting with a stranger on the streets of Madrid, she is forced to compare her virtual self with what she believes to be her real self. Alone, in front of the cell phone screen, the emotion of success faded, leaving only two questions: Which of the two Saras is the real one? Which is the original and which is the copy? (SPRING THRESHOLD)
Romeo Urbano reflects on success and dreams in Happy Mondaya soft musical comedy where the focus is on how the person perceives themselves and what power the external gaze has over them. Despite being a universal and timeless theme, Urbano intensifies this loss of finding oneself by inserting it in the context of social networks. Therefore, demonstrates a direct criticism of how its use has caused a certain dehumanization in interpersonal relationships. This is shown in characters such as Sara’s best friend, who paints a real, though not seeming, portrait of the direction relationships are taking. However, Urbano does not make a moral reading about what is correct or not, but the personal consequences that can be found in future generations.
Fame and success are two terms that are almost always associated while talking about one or the other. Although, the libretto breaks with that and shows how not always having fame has to be identified with feeling valued. Within this contradiction is an interesting and fresh narrative coherence that allows for an instant connection with a generation marked by uncertainty. On the other hand, seasoned with romanticism, which could not be missing in this type of production. At this point, it can be seen that it follows a scheme seen previously, which provokes a certain tenderness, but does not give it a more innovative aspect. Even so, the story as a whole makes the viewer have fun and reflect on the power of the network society and how it continues on its way.
Cristina Salvador takes the lead Happy Mondaystepping into the shoes of Sara, the main protagonist. Salvador has a very marked expressiveness, which allows him to stand out in moments of comedy. By him, the public fraternizes with his way of approaching his role, from that everyday histriony. Also, it should be appreciated that his greatest strength is the way he gestures, both with his face and with his body. Later, in the vocal section, It is at the level of performers currently in musical theatre, so it is a pleasant experience for anyone who is adept at this theatrical genre. Only the technical implementation lessens the impact it has on the scene, but that is not Salvador’s responsibility. A light, solvent interpretation that plausibly bears the brunt of the work.
Íñigo Santacana takes the scene from a more playful perspective, allowing him to explore his character from a more casual angle.. Despite fulfilling the canons of a certain image of the gay community, Santacana offers a verisimilitude that makes the viewer unable to take their eyes off it. Likewise, It is appreciated that this foul-mouthed and lively character takes him to the end, even with the danger of being somewhat antagonistic when reflecting what the work criticizes.. So we should applaud Santacana’s work in putting his character exactly where he needs to go. Last but not least, Manuel Pico interprets in a very slow and thoughtful way. With this, it allows him to expose different nuances, which make the spectator stay with his work on stage. He makes subtlety his best weapon.
We should applaud that there are productions that offer different genres in the alternative circuit of the Madrid theater scene.. Despite continually associating musicals with the great productions and stages of Gran Vía, Happy Monday choose El Umbral de Primavera as the main location for this technological adventure. To start, the setting has an effective construction, incorporating elements that are very identifiable for the viewer. In addition, he knows his limitations, offering a productive disposition that allows him to show off. The use of audiovisuals is also a success, as it perfectly matches the theme and gives it the dynamism it brings to the work. Special mention to the actors and artists who collaborated in this digital way in the play, as they are the best in editing. The lighting composition fulfills its role, although it is not the main artistic attribute to highlight.
When talking about a musical, of course, the main element is music and sound space. In this case, the style follows a very popular genre among the Spanish population, which will make them connect with the type of music being listened to. On some occasions, the letters are lost, due to the speed of their execution, which makes it difficult to understand what is happening. There are more powerful musical numbers, such as the entrance, but the overall analysis lacks a more elaborate energy distribution. Therefore, it would be necessary to refine the way in which the musical section is performed, in order to obtain a cleaner result. The same goes for the technical performance, as there were moments when the music totally ate the voice. Surely, over time, they will resolve these weaknesses.
Happy Monday is a fresh and current musical, which criticizes social networks and the influence on each person’s personal identity. Through the dramaturgy of light, it addresses the dehumanization of relationships and offers a funny and tender portrait of how the boundaries between personal and public image are blurring. However, it reiterates some typical attributes of the romantic comedy, which can detract from the originality of the whole story.
On the other hand, the cast led by the solvent Cristina Salvador, do their job, highlighting a stupendous Íñigo Santacana. At an artistic level, the musical follows a style that is very recognizable by the public, which facilitates its connection with the public. Even so, it is necessary to polish and work several details that bring more brightness to the backbone of the project. The contradiction of being and wanting to be in an agile and lively musical production, which presents a very current premise in full evolution.
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