REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Kid Victory” Opened with a ShowScore of 72

Show-Score | Feb 23, 2017
“Kid Victory,” with music by John Kander, book and lyrics by Greg Pierce, and directed by Liesl Tommy, opened on February 22, 2017 in New York City. “Kid Victory,” with music by John Kander, book and lyrics by Greg Pierce, and directed by Liesl Tommy, opened on February 22, 2017 in New York City.


17 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 67.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 45
"A small, uneasily assembled production...The subject of 'Kid Victory' feels especially unpromising for any musical that doesn’t aspire to grim, grand (guignol) opera or creepy camp. And this definitely has other aspirations, toward a laudable but elusive psychology delicacy...Mr. Kander mines a number of musical veins, including the jaunty jazz and vaudeville pastiches for which he is best known, with results that are scattered, a bit bewilderingly, among the characters."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 95
"This new musical employs Kander's instantly recognizable Broadway sound to tell a story that is contemporary, relevant, and brave. The result is the most exciting new musical of the season...Through his consistently lovely music, Kander conveys the discord between what should be and what is...Director Tommy smartly augments the emotional whiplash of the score with her clear and efficient staging...Flynn leads the cast with an unforgettably angst-ridden performance."
Adam Feldman
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 60
"The show manages to navigate its subject’s minefield of potential mortification. Much credit for that belongs to Brandon Flynn, the sensitive but never maudlin young actor...Kudos also go to librettist Greg Pierce and composer John Kander, who nimbly thread a narrow needle...The songs often seem truncated or extraneous. If 'Kid Victory' doesn’t embarrass itself a musical, neither does it offer, in the end, compelling reasons for being one."

“Kid Victory” was also reviewed by Deb Miller of DC Metro Theater Arts, Sandi Durell of Theater Pizzazz, Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies, Robert Sholiton of Bob's Theater Blog, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, David Roberts of Theatre Reviews Limited, Robert Feldberg of, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, Linda Winer of Newsday, Suzanna Bowling of Times Square Chronicles, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Jonathan Mandell of DC Theatre Scene, Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter, and Alexis Soloski of The Guardian (UK).


The show was also reviewed by 91 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 73.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Intense, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing, Edgy

DD, ShowScore: 65
See it if…"You are a Kander fan and just want to see whatever he writes before we lose him." 
Don't see it if…"You are looking for thought-provoking, smart theater with music that is fresh."
Theatre Reviews, ShowScore: 50
See it if…"You like to support new musicals and don't mind shows with dark and disturbing content." 
Don't see it if…"You're averse to bad dialogue and overall writing, forgettable songs, archetypal characters, misguided attempts to explore sensitive topics." 
Freddy 2, ShowScore: 69
See it if…"You are wondering what John Kander is up to lately and are not usually disturbed by plots which are not completely logical."
Don't see it if…"You are looking for an uplifting musical that is linear and thoroughly logical."

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