Members say: Great acting, Original, Disappointing, Slow, Ambitious

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.

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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.

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The New York Times

"'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. Rivera’s command of the stage...'The Visit' may in part be about the cruel price that life exacts if you stick around long enough. But Ms. Rivera adds a savory note of triumph to that bitter lesson." Full Review

New York Post

"This isn’t their strongest score, though even average Kander and Ebb is still better than most of the dreck out there...The show sports many such oddball may find yourself wishing Rivera could also go on forever." Full Review


"The show is more literary piece than conventional musical. But it has a dark, sinister beauty...It begins well and ends well, but sags in the middle." Full Review

New York Magazine / Vulture

"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 Ebb. What a joy to have them back on Broadway and to think that, even half-dead, they’re unkillable." Full Review

Time Out New York

"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." Full Review

DC Theatre Scene

"At its best, the musical provokes some disturbing questions, and offers a kind of gruesome, Expressionist beauty. But it may also disappoint and confuse...If the outcome is predictable, the events unfold in layers that are inventive and often surprising." Full Review

The Hollywood Reporter

"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 harmonies. But unquestionably, the reason to see 'The Visit' even with its flaws is the star." Full Review

The Wall Street Journal

"This production was worth the wait...'The Visit' is a cynical tragicomedy whose score is as gorgeous as its heart is hard. If that’s your cup of arsenic, you’ve come to the right apothecary...'The Visit' isn’t for everyone. But Mr. Kander and his late, lamented partner never wrote a finer score, and if you find that there isn’t much kick in the milk of human kindness, then you’ll thrill to their cruel tale of what men who dare to call themselves decent will do to one another if the price is ... Full Review

AM New York

"The score is weak, dreary and derivative of Kander and Ebb's earlier work...Doyle's streamlined and ultra-stylized production is visually striking, but perhaps too ghoulish for its own good -- to the point of being excessively creepy and gloomy." Full Review

Chicago Tribune

"It remains a weird musical...this show most assuredly deserves to be here, if feeling, music and craft are the perennial guideposts. Sometimes they just take you to strange, difficult places, as they should." Full Review

New York Daily News

"Revenge is a dish served tepid in “The Visit.” The warmth hobbles this stark musical fable by John Kander, Fred Ebb and Terrence McNally. With this team, the show is certainly worthwhile. But it could really send shivers — and doesn’t. 'The Visit' pulls its punches...Wildcat? No. Claire and 'The Visit' are too domesticated for their own good." Full Review


"The show has deepened greatly...Kander’s music has never stopped evolving in its beauty, complexity and breadth, and the melodies here get under your skin even if the lyrics are not up to Ebb’s best. McNally’s compressed book does the job elegantly. I can’t imagine this show appealing to a Broadway audience seeking upbeat thrills, but I’m glad it finally made it here." Full Review

The Associated Press

"Trust a John Kander-Fred Ebb musical to make the sunny color of vitality and youth positively menacing. In the dark, thrilling show, 'The Visit,' shoes, money and even tennis rackets turn yellow...'The Visit' is sophisticated and beautiful and yet has that typical glorious chilling view of man you expect from a Kander and Ebb show...It can visit anytime." Full Review

The Wrap

"This brilliant musical is a James Ensor painting drained of most colors, and the mix of John Kander’s riffs and plaintive ballads suit that dark vision to perfection...The gift of Kander and Ebb’s score is that it never sentimentalizes the material, but rather deepens our understanding of Claire’s motive and her shared tragedy with Anton...Fans of the American musical have much to be thankful for this season." Full Review


"'The Visit' is a haunting, haunted knot of Expressionist storytelling, a masterly 100-minute powerhouse with liltingly gruesome songs that create their own macabre world unlike anything onstage in recent memory...The chamber work has the feel of a dark European fable -- albeit one with timeless theatricality. The music is woozy with disturbing dance rhythms." Full Review


"Never trust a woman who travels with her own coffin. That's one big takeaway from 'The Visit,' the thought-provoking and bizarre musical...Do everything in your powers to avoid having the ending spoiled. It will be bliss to sit through 'The Visit' asking the question that’s clearly supposed to be on our minds: What would we do if we were one of those people in Brachen?" Full Review


"All the veteran talent yields decidedly mixed results...Kander and Ebb's music is quite lovely...The story, however, struck me as uncompellingly grim and confused...This yellow-hued show can't decide if it's a tragedy, a romance or a Brechtian comedy." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"It’s a dark, macabre and evocative production...'The Visit' may not be one for the average theatergoer (although it should be) but is one of those esoteric secrets that fill the cognoscenti with excitement." Full Review

DC Metro Theater Arts

I loved it...Terrence McNally’s book and the Kander and Ebb score have turned what could have been murky and painful to watch, into a melodic and adult story of true love gone wrong and it is mesmerizing...I found it moving and resoundingly satisfying...Anyone truly moved by great theatre will enjoy this." Full Review

Broadway Blog

"Death becomes her. Or not...A dismally depressing one-act musical...After about 90 minutes of gloom and doom one wishes that the whole show could be sealed up and buried six feet under." Full Review

USA Today

"Kander's melodies and Ebb's lyrics are even chillier here...Yet there is also an oddly sentimental streak in this 'Visit'...Rivera can't help but be a transcendent force. Her presence alone makes 'The Visit' worth the trip." Full Review

As Her World Turns

"Super weird plot with haunting music and eerie direction by John Doyle. Oh, and there’s eunuchs. To me, it falls flat, and rather than engaging with the material I just sat back in wonder at just how weird it all was." Full Review

Stu on Broadway

"The score by Kander and Ebb is workman-like with occasional flourishes of cynicism and bite. However, persistently, this is an underwhelming group of songs that never rises to the heights the duo has so consistently delivered in the past...John Doyle’s direction is serviceable... a reserved and slender piece of musical theater." Full Review


"For 90 minutes of ecstatic storytelling, you are transported...It is the best, most important, musical currently playing on Broadway...If you embrace it and let it engulf you, you will be richly rewarded. This is first-rate in every way and, more importantly for the life of the musical form, an invigorating – but shattering – new direction." Full Review

Perez Hilton

"The production is on the smaller scale of Broadway musicals, but it is beautifully done by director John Doyle...Oftentimes the later work of composers isn't as good as their younger output. Thankfully, 'The Visit' is not that case! These songs are some of their best!" Full Review

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Funny, Absorbing, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing

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

Ambitious, Clever, Great staging, Creepy, 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

Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Dated, 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.

Romantic, Confusing, Slow, Great staging

See it if you want to catch a theatre legend, Chita Rivera, in a tour de force turn performing Kander and Ebb material. Beautiful set and songs.

Don't see it if you aren't prepared to be bored and confused for 90 minutes. It hurts to say, but I had a tough time staying awake.

Dark, Absorbing, Edgy, Resonant, Great writing

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.

Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if You feel like you have to see every Kander and Ebb piece.

Don't see it if You want to see a show with depth and a clear direction and tone. You want memorable or powerful songs that are not short and full of fluff

Great acting, Intense, Masterful

See it if you enjoy a good tale of revenge

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

Ambitious, Edgy, Indulgent, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if There isn't a better choice.

Don't see it if There is another option that you are considering.

Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Confusing

See it if If you want to see a very well thought out show by a great writing team and starring a true legend.

Don't see it if If you don't like really deep shows that can be confusing to follow.

Clever, Great acting, Must see, Great singing

See it if One word.... Chita!

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

Indulgent, Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

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.

Original, Enchanting, Quirky, Macabre

See it if you like an original idea.

Don't see it if don't like themes about death, revenge and decay.

Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if The theme here is strange and morbid. The staging was not captivating.

Don't see it if Your looking for a feel good play. Dark and depressing theme.

Original, Ambitious, Intelligent, Resonant, Disappointing

See it if you want to see the legendary Chita in a fantastic performance, and an ambitious if imperfect new musical.

Don't see it if you want a perfectly crafted musical - this one is ambitious but sometimes misses the mark.

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

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

Must see, Disappointing, Cliched, Slow, Dated

See it if Chita Rivera. "You, You, You." "The Only One." Beautiful set. Chita Rivera.

Don't see it if One of the weaker Kander & Ebb scores. Weak book. Bad staging. Underdeveloped and lacking in ambition. Weirdly sexual.

Dark, Unique, Great lighting, Intriguing, Odd

See it if you love Kander and Ebb. If you love theater that is a bit macabre.

Don't see it if you don't like themes of revenge and death, eunuchs, and spinning coffins.

Original, Ambitious

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.

Original, Great acting, Indulgent, Confusing

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

Original, Great acting, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you prefer darker more expressionistic and often-non linear productions.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy sung-through musicals, enjoy lighthearted subject matters, or don't enjoy expressionistic productions.

Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Cliched, Overrated

See it if you want to see Chita Rivera; there's a reason it took 20 years to get to Bway - it's terrible; I laughed out loud the last 20 minutes

Don't see it if you like musical theater; it's a shame Kander allowed this to be produced; sadly, this show is burned into my memory and not in a good way

Original, Ambitious, Great acting, 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.

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.

Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if You've never seen Chita Riveria on stage before or easily fall for Doyle's tricks

Don't see it if Many reasons

Absorbing, Great acting, Quirky, Romantic, Entertaining

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.

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