Kid Victory
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Kid Victory

Kid Victory NYC Reviews and Tickets

(175 Ratings)
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Intense, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

About the Show

The Vineyard Theatre presents the NY premiere of this haunting musical about the reemergence of a missing teenager by Tony-winning composer John Kander ('Cabaret,' 'Chicago') and lyricist/playwright Greg Pierce.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (175)

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266 Reviews | 27 Followers
Absorbing, Great singing, Intense, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You like Kander's melodic music, superb singing, and a complex group of characters.

Don't see it if You don't like dark themes with some unlikable characters. You can't deal with brutality.

444 Reviews | 79 Followers
Absorbing, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you like Kander's music which was terrific, interesting story about teenager finding himself after terrifying experience, very serious stuff

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with gay themes, with older man and younger boy, with some physical abuse.There is so much more to the story ! Read more

56 Reviews | 14 Followers
Not a musical comedy but worth seeing

See it if Great Music and Orchestrations, Great Acting, Great Choreography, and a progression of a Composer's lifetime work...a compelling story.

Don't see it if You expect a Comedy, Chronological storytelling is demanded, You want a flashy show with a pretty set, a leading man singing his guts out. Read more

97 Reviews | 63 Followers
Absorbing, Edgy, Great writing, Riveting, Very dark

See it if you like musical theatre that will challenge you and leave you emotionally conflicted. This show is edgy, dark, and ultimately satisfying.

Don't see it if you dislike shows where the "bad guy" is portrayed with empathy, you don't like controversial subject matter, you don't like dark musicals. Read more

50 Reviews | 11 Followers
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Heart-wrenching

See it if you see the beauty in dark, difficult material and if you love experiencing powerful performances in intimate spaces.

Don't see it if you are squeamish, unfeeling, or the subject matter hits too close to home.

106 Reviews | 17 Followers
Great singing, Great acting, Intense, Absorbing

See it if A combination of "Yen", "Dear Evan Hansen", and "The Humans", this thought-provoking musical is beautiful and gut-wrenching.

Don't see it if Very dark subject matter that's meant to be uncomfortable. However, the creators magnificently explore the gray area of the plot.

506 Reviews | 1010 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Profound

See it if want to see both Kander at his peak and a sad tale that has become so typical of today's world.

Don't see it if you are not up to dismaying scenes re: too often current problems. It is not a joyous musical. A new talent is born (non-singing role)

360 Reviews | 76 Followers
Timely, Poignant, Thought-provoking, Visceral, Ambitious

See it if you love Kander's music, love to see difficult subjects tackled on stage, want to feel genuine emotion again, are curious about Greg Pierce.

Don't see it if You're looking for a feel-good, good-time musical. This ain't it. If the subject of child abduction cuts too close to the bone for you. Read more

Critic Reviews (37)

The New York Times
February 22nd, 2017

"A small, uneasily assembled production...The subject of 'Kid Victory' feels especially unpromising for any musical that doesn’t aspire to grim, grand (guignol) opera or creepy camp. And this definitely has other aspirations, toward a laudable but elusive psychology delicacy...Mr. Kander mines a number of musical veins, including the jaunty jazz and vaudeville pastiches for which he is best known, with results that are scattered, a bit bewilderingly, among the characters."
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Time Out New York
February 22nd, 2017

"The show manages to navigate its subject’s minefield of potential mortification. Much credit for that belongs to Brandon Flynn, the sensitive but never maudlin young actor...Kudos also go to librettist Greg Pierce and composer John Kander, who nimbly thread a narrow needle...The songs often seem truncated or extraneous. If 'Kid Victory' doesn’t embarrass itself a musical, neither does it offer, in the end, compelling reasons for being one."
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February 23rd, 2017

"It’s a mess, and the disturbing subject is the least of the problems in this show...Kander’s music is beautiful and this amazing composer has been liberated, whether by change of partner or his own intellectual progression, into a more Sondheimian palette of tone and melody...Nothing else about 'Kid Victory' makes sense, unless one buys into the unsavory suggestion that sometimes Stockholm Syndrome is just another marker on the road to adulthood."
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New York Daily News
February 22nd, 2017

"If that doesn’t sound like a story that naturally sings — and themes of religion and sexuality only add to that — the creators haven’t provided a persuasive case that it does. Despite a talented, hard-working cast, songs far too often stop the show dead in its tracks. 'Kid Victory' is a drama taken captive by pretty toe-tappers and romantic ballads that clash with the narrative."
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The Hollywood Reporter
February 22nd, 2017

"A disjointed, tedious effort, which is hardly enhanced by Kander’s atypically underwhelming score...The storyline generally feels confusing, overly cluttered with incidents and minor characters that don’t add much to the overall impact...Under Liesl Tommy's direction, the acting is fine...But the performers’ efforts are undercut by a show that strains for emotional profundity and instead seems merely exploitative."
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February 22nd, 2017

"This new musical employs Kander's instantly recognizable Broadway sound to tell a story that is contemporary, relevant, and brave. The result is the most exciting new musical of the season...Through his consistently lovely music, Kander conveys the discord between what should be and what is...Director Tommy smartly augments the emotional whiplash of the score with her clear and efficient staging...Flynn leads the cast with an unforgettably angst-ridden performance."
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February 24th, 2017

"As orchestrated by Starobin, much of his music offers a chamber quality that enhances the skin-crawling tone of director Tommy's sensitive and extremely well-acted production...Pierce shows himself to be a capable storyteller in his book and lyrics, but the musical suffers from being more about people's reactions to Luke rather than revealing more of Luke himself. Still, it's a daring subject choice for musicalization and there's enough good work to fascinate, if not completely satisfy."
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Lighting & Sound America
February 23rd, 2017

"Greg Pierce and John Kander have done a very daring thing, building a musical around a character who can't express himself in song...Under Liesl Tommy's sure-handed direction, aided by Christopher Windom's choreography, the action moves across time and in and out of Luke's mind with the fluidity of a dream; she has also pulled together a first-rate cast of newcomers and old Broadway hands...Unusual and extraordinarily powerful musical."
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