A Singer-Songwriter's Coming-of-Age Story in Song

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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Benjamin Scheuer stars in his autobiographical show 'The Lion.' Benjamin Scheuer stars in his autobiographical show 'The Lion.' (Matthew Murphy)

Benjamin Scheuer is a New York City singer-songwriter and the star — in fact, the only performer — in a new Manhattan Theater Company production called The Lion directed by Sean Daniels. In this autobiographical show, Scheuer, who’s just 32, reflects on the ups and downs of a fairly turbulent life as told through story and song.

Has Scheuer already accumulated an evening’s worth of life experiences to share with an audience and has he got enough stage presence to keep us engaged? And who is this Lion, anyway? New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood visited New York City Center Stage II to find out. 

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