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Queen of the Mist somehow manages to make the story of the woman who went over Niagara Falls in a barrel “tedious, monotonous, repetitive, and not fun.”


Firebrand’s production can’t rise over the limits of the script.

Michael John LaChiusa’s musical Queen of the Mist contains a second-act song that critiques its heroine Anna Edson Taylor’s lackluster performance on the lecture circuit recounting her 1901 trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. The lyrics ask how she’s managed to make such an inherently thrilling adventure sound so “tedious, monotonous, repetitive, and not fun.”…

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