In the fiercely competitive world of girls’ soccer, how far would you go for your child? At curtain, Coach Nick lies dead at center stage, impaled by a corner flag, while a chorus of soccer players sings in his honor. Kathy, a soccer mom, steps forward to tell us the story of how all this began… An official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival Next Link Project.
"'Play Like a Winner' is the kind of musical comedy that sucks you in whether it’s your cup of tea or not...With book and lyrics by Erik Johnke and music by David Wolfson, this is a well-polished, occasionally foul-mouthed caricature of suburban soccer-mom life, aimed squarely at that demographic...The fine cast is led by Jessica Tyler Wright...Toward the end it’s a little like playing 'Clue,' where you know the victim and the murder weapon and you’re waiting to find out whodunit." Full Review
“The cast is blessed with powerful voices and sound terrific on David Wolfson's score. They also managed to create moments of hilarity from the script and lyrics by Erik Johnke…What’s lacking is strong comedic choices and a devilish sense of humor. The show needs to blindside you with a unique twist. Right now, it’s a little crude and not that amusing. The songs, though tuneful, don’t stand out. In the end, the game has been played, but it’s more like a tied score.” Full Review
"The subject lends itself well to dark satire...But Erik Johnke (book and lyrics) and David Wolfson (music) have not yet struck the comic tone that, like good satire does, unearths buried truths beneath the surface of the material. As of now, 'Play Like a Winner' leans on simple melodies and crude shock value that make you uncomfortable without the payoff of satisfying insight. It's a play that might win a few laughs, but that's not enough of a winning strategy." Full Review
"The book and lyrics are not clever enough to produce the undercurrents of a true satire but rather remain on the surface with a loutish book and relying on vulgar lyrics to produce laughs...The music is unobtrusive and produces some pleasant melodies but at times does not support the intent of the song. The cast is remarkable and does what they can to elevate the material...It may provide a bit of raunchy fun but needs to revamp and find its target audience." Full Review
See it if You want to see a hilarious satire of the world of soccer moms, with a razor-sharp script and great songs.
Don't see it if You're bothered by a cast that may not have the greatest voices, or you're a soccer mom who would be offended by such a caricature.
See it if i loved this show. the songs are greatwith. nick dromard was great as coach as were all the leads. was entertained & could c this make it
Don't see it if you cant relate to helicopter parents and iphone tranced kids
See it if you want to see a thoroughly entertaining satire about today's superheated, competitive kids' sports in suburbia. Hilarious, fun, a bit edgy
Don't see it if you don't like satire, cursing (there's a fair amount of it) and sex/gendered stereotyping (some of the "gay" comments were a bit offensive)
See it if want to explore the darkness in a suburban neighborhood. Are a soccer mom who needs to relax. Want a funny cast.
Don't see it if want a stronger second act. Dislike raunchiness and murder.
See it if You like a funny musical that is a bit twisted. Opens with a death. Over involved sport parents exposed.
Don't see it if You are offended by cursing - there is a lot. And some of the gay references should be dialed back.
See it if You enjoy watching fueds between women. Act 2 is especially fun and campy w/ many laugh out loud moments. 2 leading ladies were great.
Don't see it if The setup takes too long & things don't pick up until the end of Act1. Show could easily be condensed to 80-90min & Would be much stronger.
See it if you enjoy solid singing and an edgy story. Fun to watch, but needs some work adding more melodies and a different angle in the story.
Don't see it if you don't like repetative motives. The storytelling is static and lacking action. Needs additional twist, ex. adding kids perspective.
See it if you enjoy great voices singing good songs. PLW is meant to be satirical, but school sports headlines have been crazier. Not enough laughs.
Don't see it if you want tight plotting. Act I is far superior to Act II. Too many unnecessary songs. Too much unnec'y swearing. Altho new, PLW feels dated.
See it if You want to see a delightful, "adult" musical done by some very good voices
Don't see it if you want your satires to be satirical. This is much closer to reality. The book and lyrics fail to bring it over the top to absurdity.
See it if Funny with excellent acting and singing. Jenna the only adolescent in the play and was very funny as she was only interested in texting.
Don't see it if you do not like cursing or adults trying to get something more for their children.