If one were to see Tomorrow’s Dawn on a high school stage, the 75-minute musical would be a resounding success. As a fringe show, where audience members are asked to spend their hard-earned cash, it’s a tough sell.
Tomorrow’s Dawn was created in a middle school in France in 2007 and as such, deals with themes important to that audience — teen love, dealing with friends, family and school and the general teenage hardships. As compelling as those stories may be to teens, they don’t always play well to a wider demographic.
Couple this hurdle with the fact that the talented young French cast are often difficult to understand when singing (and sometimes even speaking) in English, and Tomorrow’s Dawn becomes a frustrating experience. No matter how great your voice, if your audience can’t understand what you’re singing in a musical, you’re in trouble. A valiant, but unsatisfactory effort.
— Barb Stewart