Already closed | 1h 35m | Midtown W

The Visit

From 84 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Original, Disappointing, Clever, Slow

About the show

Broadway legend Chita Rivera stars in the historical final collaboration between Kander and Ebb and book writer Terrence McNally in this musical adaptation about greed and revenge. More…

Claire Zachanassian, the world's richest woman, returns to her financially depressed hometown to find the man who captured her heart, cast her aside and shattered her dreams. What Claire does next shocks the town to its core: offering them a new leave on life and a return to their prosperity of old, if they kill the man who abandoned her years ago. This is the tale of the lengths one woman goes to win back lost love, proving that revenge is truly the best revenge.

1h 35m | Already closed | Lyceum Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (84)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Original, Disappointing, Clever, Slow
71
Avg Score

75
Ambitious, Clever, Creepy, Great staging, Haunting

See it if you enjoy non-traditional musicals. This is dark, weird, intense. The fascinating story engrosses for the short run-time. Chita is stunning.

Don't see it if you are squeamish. The music is not K&E's best, but there was much to like. Excellent use of yellow! Imposing set. Insight into the psyche.

Also I'm re viewing shows that I saw before I joined Show Score. The Visit ... Read more Read less

85
Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Original

See it if You like great stories of revenge. Great writing, acting and music.

Don't see it if you don't like dark humor.

95
Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing, Dark, Romantic

See it if You like dark or romantic stories, a fan of Kander and Ebb or Chita.

Don't see it if You like light fluffy or airy musicals.

90
Enchanting, Must see, Relevant

See it if You love Chita Rivera and Kander and Ebb

Don't see it if you dislike think-y theater.

75
Great acting, Riveting, Dark

See it if you've never seen Chita Rivera on stage (she's a legend and it's her final Broadway performance) and you like dark material.

Don't see it if you're in the mood for something light and fluffy.

84
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky, Romantic

See it if You want to see Chita Rivera one last time before she retires from the stage.

Don't see it if You don't like darker musicals.

30
Slow, Overrated, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You want to see Chita Rivera. But you won't want to see her after seeing the play. The topic was awful, music atonal, very dreary production

Don't see it if Don't see it.

80
Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if A lovely score, terrific performances.

Don't see it if It's a bit depressing.

84
Ambitious, Original, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Underrated

See it if something different and darker from most Broadway musicals would fit the bill. This is a tale of karma twisted into a cruel comeuppance.

Don't see it if you want a popcorn show for your viewing pleasure. This unique take on consequences when there is no forgiveness is compelling, not fluffy.

65
Dated, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Strange

See it if you worship @ the Our Lady of Diva Chita Rivera altar. Nothing else to see here. Music's forgettable, choreography's weird, theme's morbid.

Don't see it if you can't handle old bitter vengeful "love". This show is not about love or romance or generosity, & should have never revisited Broadway.

50
Dated, Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if you want to see Chita Rivera like me.

Don't see it if want something jazzy.

94
Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Must see

See it if One word.... Chita!

Don't see it if You don't like a tad of avante garde and dark.

74
Dated, Entertaining, Original, Slow, Great acting

See it if You want to see Chita Rivera (she still has some moves) in a role where she acts far more than she sings and dances.

Don't see it if Want to see a deep story with some relevance. The storyline was a bit disappointing.

25
Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow, Banal

See it if You're a REALLY big fan of Chita Rivera and Kander & Ebb. Or to marvel at the awesome squandering of potential that this show was.

Don't see it if You want a plot that moves, musical numbers that have a pulse, or any humor/heart/cleverness.

77
Great acting, Original, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if ever get the opportunity to see Chita Rivera on stage in this again or an equivalent great & enjoy musicals with a dark story.

Don't see it if are looking for a light hearted musical with huge dance numbers.

60
Confusing, Great acting, Indulgent, Original

See it if you love Chita Rivera / you are into super quirky plots and musical stylings

Don't see it if you are looking for anything straightforward or easily digestible

87
Great acting, Masterful, Intense

See it if you enjoy a good tale of revenge

Don't see it if you're looking for something fast paced

77
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you're a fan of Chita Rivera, Kander & Ebb, &Terrence McNally. Also if you enjoy people who have wronged others getting their just desserts

Don't see it if don't like Chita Rivera or plot lines moving back and forth between the past and the present

87
Absorbing, Edgy, Dark, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you like intense dark musicals. This is the last great Kander and Ebb score and based on a great play of German symbolism. Brilliant!

Don't see it if you are looking for happy light hearted fare. This is a difficult work and not for everyone but worth the effort.

70
Quirky, Original, Slow

See it if So it's definitely a unique theater experience-- the story was a bit slow but the set and Chita ( in the lead) were amazing. Story is DARK

Don't see it if You are looking for high energy and light theater experience

65
Ambitious, Original

See it if you like Chita Rivera and Kander & Ebb

Don't see it if you want a fast-paced, energetic musical with big flashy dance numbers.

90
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see real art on stage

Don't see it if you don't like edgy and artistic shows

80
Absorbing, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if you want to enjoy the legendary Chita Rivera.

Don't see it if you don't like old school Broadway style.

Also "The Visit" is an original play, with an interesting and intense scrip... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Ambitious, Original, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see Chita still somehow killing it in a jazzy and eerie musical. This was very thought-provoking.

Don't see it if You don't like Kander and Ebb scores or if you want to have a light night at the theatre.

35
Boring, Slow

See it if You want to see a great play ruined by its transformation into a totally boring musical.

Don't see it if You can see just about anything else instead.


April 23rd, 2015
"'The Visit' only rarely shakes off a stasis that suggests a carefully carved mausoleum frieze. Nor does the show ever quite make peace between its uneasily twinned strands of merciless cynicism and a softer sentimentality...'That 'The Visit' still holds the attention has much to do with Ms. Rive...
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April 23rd, 2015
"It remains fascinating and alluring, if finally repetitive and frustrating...For all its flaws, though, you would never say the cast and crew of this often hypnotizing, eerie experiment were driven by fear or the lust for lucre."
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April 23rd, 2015
"The better the songs are, the weirder the show gets. There is, it seems to me, something ultimately incompatible in the marriage of this prime example of the European absurd and American show-must-go-on razzmatazz. Alienation and gregariousness make strange co-stars, but then so did Kander and E...
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April 23rd, 2015
"A second-tier Kander and Ebb score is better than a lot of musical craftsmen's best, which makes 'The Visit' a welcome curiosity...The funereal show's shortage of tonal variation makes it harder to love...One of the production's rewards is the thrilling choral singing and exquisitely textured ha...
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