Peace, Love, and Cupcakes: the Musical NYC Reviews and Tickets
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.
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 NoBully.org and is best for ages 6 to 12.
"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."
"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."
"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."
“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.”