Gigantic
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Gigantic NYC Reviews and Tickets

72%
(37 Reviews)
Positive
67%
Mixed
22%
Negative
11%
Members say
Funny, Entertaining, Cliched, Clever, Great acting

About the Show

The Vineyard Theatre presents a coming-of-age musical comedy about a group of outcast teens who have been sent to a weight-loss camp in Pennsylvania.

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Member Reviews (37)

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876 Reviews | 904 Followers
65
Cliched, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you enjoy cutsie musicals about teenagers. Over the top plot.

Don't see it if you want more even plots.

539 Reviews | 1875 Followers
78
Funny, Great acting, Refreshing, Riveting

See it if you ever went to camp.

Don't see it if you discriminate against people with weight issues.

470 Reviews | 112 Followers
90
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You love fast-paced rock musicals with a great high-energy cast and the always entertaining Leslie Kritzer.

Don't see it if You didn't like Rent or Avenue Q

242 Reviews | 70 Followers
35
Cliched, Confusing, Indulgent, Insipid, Raunchy

See it if you're like the guy next to me who somehow finds lame jokes hysterical. You're into "so bad it's good" (Though this doesn't quite get there)

Don't see it if your taste level is higher than zero and you don't like seeing good performers wasted.

240 Reviews | 69 Followers
70
Cliched, Great acting, Funny, Fluffy, Refreshing

See it if You like the actors, or enjoy over-the-top stories set at camps.

Don't see it if You're looking for something deeply moving or emotional. This was fine, but nothing extraordinary.

179 Reviews | 26 Followers
65
Cliched, Banal, Funny

See it if Fun take on obesity

Don't see it if Corny contrived

174 Reviews | 20 Followers
70
Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Amusing

See it if you want to see a cute blink-and-you'll-miss-it Hamilton parody (William Howard Taft) in act 2. Also, Leslie Kritzer is divine, as always.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with a comedic take on teen obesity.

109 Reviews | 340 Followers
68
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy smart-ass off-broadway fare with a talented cast and some truly delightful moments.

Don't see it if you're not up for a show that tends to wink at the audience. It's a fun concept, but the show is pretty uneven.

Critic Reviews (23)

The New York Times
December 4th, 2015

"The show’s defiantly feel-good message about being comfortable in one’s own skin is in philosophical conflict with its creative impulses, which are otherwise thoroughly conformist…'Gigantic' is very comfortable with unexamined stereotype, particularly where its female characters are concerned…The kids at Camp Overton want to blend in, but 'Gigantic' needs to stand out. For the show, a little more creative audacity might have done a lot."
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Time Out New York
December 3rd, 2015

"The writing devolves into cliché and contrivance; in the second act, it largely abandons coherence...'Gigantic' seems to use the fact that it’s a musical as an excuse not to have to make sense, culminating in one of the most bizarre floppo numbers I’ve ever seen...It’s unforgettable, at least, which can’t be said of the rest of this musical, in which the huge talent onstage is mostly wasted."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
December 3rd, 2015

"I have nothing against silly musicals if they’re smartly crafted or thrillingly tuneful or genuinely funny or at least touch on some form of reality. 'Gigantic' goes zero for four…The material has been deliberately dumbed down, as if the authors believed that their nominal subject were so distasteful it could never succeed on its own. Is this what we are reduced to? As a former husky person, I resent that; as someone who loves good musicals I resent it more."
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Variety
December 7th, 2015

"The perky charms of this offbeat musical, penned by Randy Blair and Tim Drucker, are obvious. The music is upbeat, the lyrics are funny, and the direction is quick and clever. The show’s flaws — the book is overwritten and the songs are monotonous — are also conspicuous in this Vineyard Theater production, but the cast is so cute and so committed to their roles, they make it fun."
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AM New York
December 3rd, 2015

"A clunky but cute, feel-good musical…The pop-rock songs are generic but have a lot of drive behind them. The storyline is messy and the humor is often strained… Wilcox has genuine charisma in the lead, while Redmond makes for an assertive counterpart. Leslie Kritzer gleefully plays up her supporting role as an eccentric, jumpsuit-wearing camp counselor."
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Theatermania
December 3rd, 2015

"Berger's lyrics aren't nearly as clever as they could be...The book offers a mixture of hackneyed characters and ham-fisted pop-culture parody…The cast is absolutely perfect, and director Schwartz guides them to distinct, over-the-top performances that still manage to feel emotionally grounded...One can't help but wonder if 'Gigantic' really sides with the feelings of the rail-thin cheerleaders instead of the lovably unconventional heroes it purports to celebrate."
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Lighting & Sound America
December 4th, 2015

"The result is flat and tasteless, desperately in need of an infusion of wit…To the degree that any of these tedious shenanigans are amusing you can thank a hard-working and often charming cast…The score contains too many similar-sounding numbers...Scott Schwartz directs like the pro he is, keeping the action moving at a good clip…'Gigantic' tries to coast on the easy-sell premise that got it its festival exposure. But it lags in the execution department."
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Talkin' Broadway
December 3rd, 2015

"The show has tipped into bland conventionality…Gone is the gently wacky edge that gave the writers and performers the permission they needed to be weird, something that's absolutely required in a show like this one…Things are listless and leaden — not terrible, but not invigorating...This isn't a poor-looking or poor-sounding show, but it's one that doesn't seem to know what it's supposed to be or how it's supposed to accomplish its goals."
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