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

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.

68
Slow, Great staging, Confusing, Romantic

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.

84
Intense, Darkly comic, Great staging, Bitingly satric, Nostalgically romantic

See it if you're excited by Kander and Ebb and Chita Rivera, you like John Doyle's stripped-down style you like bitingly satiric comedy

Don't see it if Joyous sadism will bother you

30
Excruciating, Slow, Insipid, Indulgent

See it if You are a fan of Chita Rivera and would see her do anything, even if it's not great.

Don't see it if You need a show to be good to enjoy it.

75
Ambitious, Great acting

See it if CHITA! Also, if you love Kander & Ebb. It has its flaws, but so worthwhile to see their last collaboration. Beautiful dance number w/Chita

Don't see it if you expect a fun, fluffy evening of musical theatre.

60
Ambitious, Indulgent, Disappointing, Edgy, Insipid

See it if There isn't a better choice.

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

77
Enchanting, Quirky, Original, Macabre

See it if you like an original idea.

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

75
Clever, Delightful, Profound, Edgy, Dark

See it if If you're looking for a unique, dark musical where the mostly-string score is haunting along with the tale and its well-toned characters;

Don't see it if If you don't like dark musicals with a great amount of music; May be inappropriate if under 12;

83
Confusing, Intense, Masterful, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

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.

65
Great acting, Original, Disappointing, Confusing

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.

79
Absorbing, Original, Intense, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you like Kander and Ebb musicals. They like dark themes. This is no exception. Uneven but story and performances were strong. Chita!

Don't see it if you like light, syrupy musicals or happy endings.

60
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

70
Cliched, Disappointing, Dated, Slow, Must see

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.

35
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, 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

70
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.

65
Dark, Intriguing, Odd, Unique, Great lighting

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.

95
Enchanting, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Quirky

See it if You like revenge stories about powerful women. You love the richness of Kander and Ebb. Men in falsetto get you going. You love Chita.

Don't see it if You want dynamic sets or a perfect, flawless story. There are issues, but it's brilliant.

65
Dated, Disappointing, Strange

See it if you want to see a strange story with unlikable characters making awful choices. The set and costumes were great. The staging was good

Don't see it if you expect great music, dancing, and an overall appealing or well constructed plot

35
Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Overrated

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

75
Original, Intelligent, Ambitious, Disappointing, Resonant

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.

75
Clever, Quirky, Slow

See it if you are a fan of dark humor or Chita.

Don't see it if you expect a lot of action.

82
Absorbing, Quirky, Original, Profound, Refreshing

See it if You like something that's a little different.... Odd but still a great story done well.

Don't see it if You don't like things that are a little weird and out of the box

10
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if you are life long fan of Chita Rivera.

Don't see it if you don't like poorly staged musicals with a terrible score. The direction in this was atrocious and obvious. One of the worst musicals.

82
Clever, Great staging, Intelligent, Haunting

See it if you enjoy Kander & Ebb but are ready for something more morally complex than Chicago.

Don't see it if you like to be told how to feel, want to leave humming the hit title number, or want to see a happy little fluffy show.

79
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Intense, Riveting

See it if You've read the book, or are into dark drama

Don't see it if You want excitement and a lot of energy


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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