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Kid Victory

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Members say: Intense, Absorbing, Great acting, 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. More…

Seventeen-year-old Luke returns to his small Kansas town after a wrenching one-year absence. As his friendship grows with the town misfit, Emily, his parents realize that in order to truly find their son, they must confront some unnerving truths about his disappearance. Directed by Tony nominee Liesl Tommy and featuring Tony winner Karen Ziemba. This show contains mature and graphic content and may not be suitable for patrons under 15.

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Member Reviews (176)


Intense, Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Thought-provoking
Avg Score

Great music, So so lyrics, Schocking, Thought-provoking, Moving

See it if Great acting. Shocking dark theme. Multifaceted plot. Sad and claustrophobic as it should be.

Don't see it if Theme is not for everyone's sensibilities. But it is treated respectfully and intensely. The lyrics are not up to the level of the music

Also The issues of abduction, child abuse and Stockholm syndrome are heavy,... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Good staging, Intense, Thought-provoking, Good acting

See it if Kander & Pierce's brave attempt to musicalize sexual predator story engrosses despite weak score & book Actors work hard to flesh out roles

Don't see it if Despite chamber quality, more complexity needed to sustain story but Tommy's staging grounds work & Flynn and Denham are exceptionally good

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)

Ambitious, Disappointing, Dizzying, Edgy, Indulgent

See it if you're a fan of John Kander's and have to see all of his works.

Don't see it if you're turned off by abduction stories or music that is disconnected from the book (I thought I was watching two different shows).

Also With the exception of the terrific lead, the performances were lacklus... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great staging, Terrifying, Intense, Ambitious

See it if You are a fan of the horror genre. You enjoy shows in which the hero is shown in horrific circumstances. Stockholm Syndrome is of interest

Don't see it if Characters in frightening, dangerous or circumstances not of their choosing will upset you. You are looking for a traditional happy ending.

Great singing, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if You are ready for a dark musical about a serious topic that appears on L&O SVU, but often happens in the gay-cyber-underground.

Don't see it if You dislike homosexuality; Are very religious; Get offended by Midwest parodies; Expect a big musical w/choreography.

Also Parents who watch this show should leave with a need to decide the que... Read more Read less

Great singing, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You are in the mood for a short Kander and Pierce musical of a coming of age story with a dark twist.

Don't see it if You are bothered by an empty nest story where the fledgling doesn't fly in th direction you imagined.

Misguided, Excruciating, Cliched, Disturbing, Intense

See it if you like to support new musicals and don't mind shows with dark and disturbing content

Don't see it if you're averse to bad dialogue and overall writing, forgettable songs, archetypal characters, misguided attempts to explore sensitive topics

Also They tried, but it simply didn't work. The cast is very talented, but ... Read more Read less

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 !

Also Plot takes twists and turns that are not expected which makes for rive... Read more Read less

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.

Also I scored this higher than most of my compatriots for several reasons. ... Read more Read less

Intense, Thought-provoking, Excruciating, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy being CREEPED OUT!

Don't see it if if you DO NOT ENJOY being CREEPED OUT!!!!

Also Who thinks making a MUSICAL about a child abduction is a good idea? I ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if Looking beyond the conventional. Support ambitious young theater, created by a BWay legend,

Don't see it if Offended easily. Looking for the best of Kander - trademarks are there, but not as polished.

Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious, Edgy, Intense

See it if you're a fan of John Kander or Karen Ziemba and game for experimental theatre—the alchemy of disturbing-tale-as-musical is unsettling.

Don't see it if you're looking for upbeat story or traditional musical format of interwoven songs (none listed in program) or are averse to disturbing plot.

Also I'm a member (and fan) of the Vineyard, but this production left me wo... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Must see, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You want to cry, but don't necessarily love the show. It's not fully realized, but has a lot to say. You'll be surprised.

Don't see it if You want to come out singing fun show tunes, or want a fully realized show. It still needs work, but it gutted me at the same time.


See it if you are interested in Kander's work; are patient to hear a very good cast perform mediocre work; already subscribed to Vineyard.

Don't see it if you expect lyrically interesting music, and a well developed script. Kander is better than this. Has potential unrealized.

Also The story line is brave and the cast is excellent but there is so litt... Read more Read less

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.

Unexpected, Intense, Morose, Entertaining, Engaging

See it if You want a non-traditional musical about darker themes that isn't afraid to look at the topic in a different light.

Don't see it if You're averse to the topic of abuse and looking at it from different angles. Or you're expecting a musical with full songs (most are 1 min).

Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you like quirky small-scale musicals. The young lead is excellent and the show is quite absorbing and disturbing. Kandor's music is lovely.

Don't see it if you are looking for a really outstanding show. The lyrics are often banal lists of nouns. The use of the chorus is distracting. Doesn't work

Ambitious, Confusing, Great singing, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you like pensive, nontraditional musicals that dive deep into the psyche of one character

Don't see it if you want well-rounded, non-stereotypical secondary characters or need shows to have momentum and plot to be entertained

Dark and creepy

See it if You are a fan of crime show tv & can deal with the intensity of a disturbing plot focused on the details & aftermath of child abduction plot

Don't see it if They don't get rid of the score. The songs seemed arbitrary and did not help advance the plot at all.

Also I know Kander is a legend and I am usually such a fan-- but in this ca... Read more Read less

Intense, Thought-provoking, Disturbing, Absorbing, Dark

See it if you like serious, heavy musicals; you're a fan of John Kander .

Don't see it if you don't want to see a musical dealing with the kidnapping of a teenager.

Disappointing, Needs more work, tuneful, well played and performed

See it if I think it might be gone now. This ambitious, not altogether successful musical, was worth seeing for an intriguing score and Karen Ziemba!

Don't see it if Hopefully the creators will put in more work on this serious show with great potential. I hope there will be a recording. The score was ++++

Ambitious, Intelligent, Well staged, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you liked the movie ROOM and can imagine a musical on such subject matter.

Don't see it if you want to leave the theatre humming or smiling.

Muddled, Entertaining, Disturbing, Thought-provoking, Challenging

See it if challenging and controversial

Don't see it if uncomfortable of abuse

Absorbing, Original

See it if you like John Kander's music. Interesting music, but much of it is too "perky" and doesn't fit the plot.

Don't see it if you don't like "small" musicals, in that they are more focused on the plot rather than the lighting and set.

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 ...
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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...
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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 th...
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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 ...
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