Critic Consensus: Though confined to the isolated world of classical music, Mozart in the Jungle's Gael Garcia Barnel makes this charming little show sing.
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What sets Mozart apart from MTV shows, though, is that here we have a handful of twentysomethings and a lot of older folks, not vice versa. It plays this fresh turf well, on both sides. If Mozart were here, he'd probably write the theme song.
It's heady, unexplored territory: Debussy and drug references, Prokofiev and penis jokes.
Gael García Bernal is the pixie dust sprinkled through Mozart in the Jungle, the latest original series from Amazon, giving this backstage-at-the-philharmonic dramedy its magic.
Mozart in the Jungle made me laugh, although I have no idea whether it will make musicians or insiders with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra crack a smile. I hope they will let me know.
The small element of surprise provided by the transgressive behavior wears off soon, but thanks to the novel setting and subject matter, as well as the likable heroine, the premiere episode is promising.
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