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Peace, Love, and Cupcakes: the Musical

From 4 critic and 20 member reviews
Members say: Funny, Relevant, Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful

About the show

Part of the New York Musical Festival: This musical based on by Sheryl and Carrie Berk bestselling young adult chapter book originated at Vital Children's Theatre. More…

New kid Kylie Carson is "different"–which can make middle school a very scary and unfriendly place. So she cooks up a sweet solution: form a cupcake club that's open to anyone seeking friendship and a place to belong. But the popular clique turns bitter with jealousy and vows to destroy the club's efforts. Kylie is now faced with a tough choice: stoop to the mean girls' level or take the higher road. The pop-infused score by Rick Hip-Flores brings the children's book of the same name to life, and drives home a message of empathy, love, and the power of young people to change the world. This production will support and is best for ages 6 to 12.

Nitelife Exchange

“A solid, crisp family musical that is very accessible to kids...The large number of people in the story and the desire to bring home the point may lead to more obvious telegraphing and broad-stroke outlines in drawing characters, some of whom fall into 'types,' but shortcuts help young audiences connect the dots…Rick Hip-Flores has written music and lyrics that really capture the moods and attitudes…A peppy and effective musical with lessons to teach.” Full Review

Stage Buddy

"Brings a unique twist to the classic story of a girl coming into herself despite the school bullies standing in her way...The large ensemble sparkles as well, with the Allergy Table bringing in some of the show’s best jokes. Though the musical’s cupcake solution to bullying might be a little simplistic, it’s baked to the brim with charm, and will surely encourage its young audience members to embrace their own uniqueness in equally delicious ways." Full Review


"While this family-appropriate show could use some editing, it shows a great deal of promise...One of the biggest takeaways is to never underestimate a cast made up of kids...Though 'Peace, Love, and Cupcakes' features some great performances, the production could benefit from additional development. While Hip-Flores' pop-infused score proves exceptional, the book needs tightening. Too many jokes fall flat, the dialogue feels dumbed down, and the musical's cast of over 20 kids is too large." Full Review

Theatre Reviews Limited

"A sweet bubble gum musical that, on the surface, addresses the issue of bullying at school and its deleterious effects...Under Sandhu’s direction, the members of the cast handle their roles and musical numbers with apparent skill...Hip-Flores’ lyrics are less satisfying than his upbeat music...The musical’s emphasis on feeling good about yourself and loving who you are represent rich and enduring themes; however, they cannot fully combat the horrors of school bullying that terrifies students." Full Review

Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if You are a kid or once a kid who has been bullied. Also if you want to laugh like you've never laughed before.

Don't see it if You don't want to see talented kids perform and spread awareness about bullying

Must see, Profound, Refreshing

See it if the show has a great message about standing up to bullies!

Don't see it if You don't like cupcakes

Clever, Light hearted

See it if You are a kid who enjoys kids musicals. The theme is topical and tweens and teens will appreciate it.

Don't see it if You are an adult who doesn't enjoy musicals geared for kids.

Also I gave it a higher score than I would have ordinarily given the show b... Read more Read less

Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if You like plays about dysfunctional families that ring true . I would see Lois Smith do anything even not speaking. A bit slow but worth it.

Don't see it if you do not like a mean spirited subjects.

Adorable, Fun, Relevant

See it if you want to watch a group of super talented kids sing catchy new songs about relevant issues.

Don't see it if The show is more suited to a younger audience so don't expect to be blown away by a big production that has a satisfying emotional journey.

Funny, Good acting, Cliched, Good staging

See it if you like shows for tweens acted by tweens with a relevant message.

Don't see it if if you don't like shows where the casts is mostly kids or shows with a message.

Entertaining, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you want to see an upbeat show that promotes good character.

Don't see it if you hate kids

Delightful, Great singing, Relevant, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You want to open the conversation up with your kids about bullying and social behaviors...

Don't see it if You hate kids...

Funny, Fluffy

See it if You want some easy, cutesy fun in the theatre.

Don't see it if You want to be challenged in the slightest.

Banal, Cliched, Tuneful, Amateur

See it if your kid is in the cast, you appreciate great pop-rock songs sung by kids.

Don't see it if you expect a story that makes sense.

Also The score to this show is terrific. Rick Hip-Flores has written catchy... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy seeing a refreshing family show with an important message and you enjoy seeing amazingly talented teens

Don't see it if You don't like to be entertained

Delightful, Relevant, Great acting, Funny

See it if you want to see a talented cast wonderful present a great t anti-bullying message. -you want to see a family musical

Don't see it if Everyone should see it

Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Relevant, Must see

See it if You love musical theater, and love seeing amazing actors.

Don't see it if You are crazy!

Great staging, Entertaining, Relevant, Delightful, Great singing

See it if You or someone you know has been bullied.

Don't see it if You're looking for an angry story.

Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Profound, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if This show is wonderful and great for today's generation. It brings awareness to bullying and also provides answers to how to solve it.

Don't see it if Everyone should it. Any age can relate to this show.

Epic, Great singing, Funny, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You want to be enlightened on the severity of bullying and smile to see how kids are making a difference in this world

Don't see it if You hate children

Also This was sooooo amazing! The acting was amazing, I specifically was im... Read more Read less

Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Delightful, Funny

See it if Great music, Great writing, Great directing, Great Choreography and amazingly talented cast.

Don't see it if you are scared of Monsters...

Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Delightful

See it if You are a kid, have kids or were once a kid!

Don't see it if ?

Must see, Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing

See it if you want to stop bullying and if you want to see and support talented children.

Don't see it if You want to be a bully!!!

For a previous production
Clever, Delightful, Cliched, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like simple entertainment.

Don't see it if You're looking for a deep story line.