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.
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.
"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.”