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. More…
Camp Overton is the number three weight-loss camp in Southern Pennsylvania, and Robert is attending, whether he wants to or not. Getting shipped off to weight-loss camp is hardly Robert’s idea of the perfect summer, but even he isn’t prepared for what can be lost or gained. Robert and his fellow campers tackle the growing pains of adolescence as this bunch of misfit teens is forced to find solace in one another. Their search for acceptance, a hot make-out session, and the last contraband Butterfinger is sure to delight audiences of all weight classes.
"A bigger-than-life look at self-acceptance and adolescent angst…That’s a lot of purposeful name dropping, which is to say that musically speaking, 'Gigantic' doesn’t necessarily score big in the originally department. But what speaks volumes is the show’s construct and wildly talented cast…'Gigantic' is great fun, due mostly to a committed cast that relishes the material." Full Review
"The energetic, first-rate cast under the fast-paced direction of Scott Schwartz makes the material seem better than it is. This is one of the few teen musicals in which the characters actually sound like modern youth...'Gigantic' has no pretentions as to being anything but an entertaining musical comedy on a subject not so often handled in the theater. An authentic cast convincingly playing teenagers plus a dynamic score makes this a feel-good musical evening in the theater." Full Review
"Scott Schwartz directs the bouncy, homespun production…The entire cast creates individual, often poignant personalities…This is a feel-good musical, and the final song is cautiously titled 'Feels A Little Bit Like Love.' Some self-acceptance is bound to be achieved, with a lot of fun along the way." Full Review
"A fun adult musical, albeit an adult musical about teenagers--fat teenagers who are sent by their parents to a summer camp to lose weight. The narrative is somewhat predictable...Nothing deep or revelatory here, but an enjoyable experience nonetheless. The book is funny and fast-moving and the lyrics are very clever." Full Review
"While not much is new here, 'Gigantic' is a spoof-like, crowd-pleaser for those with a taste for the sugar-coated...This high-energy musical with lots of laughs is staged with over the top whimsy...While mostly fluff, we do grasp the emotional challenges of teens labeled as fat, and the pressure to fit in...No huge character revelations, and a ballad here ‘n there might have added nicely to score, but overall, the show will leave a salty and sweet sensation in your mouth." Full Review
"The themes of 'Gigantic' are not revolutionary, and when the show’s book deals with these clichés, its weakest points reveal themselves. It’s a shame because these weaknesses are even more heavily emphasized by their contrast to the show’s moments of complete and utter hilarity...Despite the weak moments in the script and score, there is nothing weak about this cast, and having the privilege to watch their magic on the stage is a gigantic pleasure." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"'Gigantic' is a fun night, although at times a bit confused and wandering – you forget because you’re laughing at a multitude of cliches. Somewhat heavy-handed, the story could go further to get to the honest nugget of why camps like these still even exist, but it was never lacking in the entertainment category." Full Review
"What the musical lacks is a way of synthesizing this humor, singing, and great character work into an actual theatrical event. Don’t get me wrong, it is ridiculously entertaining. I made a fool of myself laughing and smiling through the whole thing, but despite it’s plot, it lacks story. Not that this lacking kills the show." Full Review
See it if This show is hilarious and it has a well written musical score, great acting, dancing and singing! I laughed the whole way through!
Don't see it if You don't have a sense of humor about weight loss and if you don't like musicals!
See it if Great message about being your own person no matter what size you are. Talented cast and some fun, poignant score. Some is over the top
Don't see it if You can't take a joke or poke fun at weight and personal issues
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.
See it if You want to pee your pants laughing. You want to be inspired & invigorated. You want to hear some amazing talent. You want your heart full!
Don't see it if You don't have a heart or sense of humor.
See it if If you want to laugh your ass off go see this show! Its hilarious and the singing is amazing, and its a very quick paced show.
Don't see it if If you don't like campy things, even though it takes place at a fat camp. But there are some sexual connotations and bad words, not for kids
See it if you like lighthearted, contemporary musicals with a fun score and a great cast! humor similar to "Pitch Perfect".
Don't see it if you want a deep, thought-provoking production
See it if You want to laugh aloud at a wacky and heartwarming musical. This is a very talented cast, clever writing and inventive staging.
Don't see it if You have no sense of humor and prefer a serious and profound evening of theater.
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