Inspired by a historical event, this world premiere musical dramatizes an art competition between rivals Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. More…
Florence, Italy, circa 1500: Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, the two greatest artists of their day, engage in a head-to-head painting competition, battling not only each other but their own doubts and demons. 'The Battles' explores the struggle between the courage to love and the retreat into fear. It’s a story of fighting against both the walls we erect as a society, and the walls we build around our own hearts–walls that keep us from becoming all we can be. It’s a battle that continues to this day.
See it if the theme is fascinating. The music is very enjoyable. Perez & Burnside are spectacular!! WOW! Kudos to the ensemble also! Absorbing.
Don't see it if Massey as DaVinci is a disaster! Embarrassing "performance", mediocre singing. Sometimes saccharine. At least 2 songs in act 1 can be off.
See it if You like strong pop/rock scores, historical story told through modern lens. Ensemble is great, Perez & Burnside are amazing w/ WOW vocals.
Don't see it if You don't enjoy seeing new shows in workshop phase. Could use trimming.
See it if You want to see a new musical in the early stages of development. You enjoy modern interpretations of historical events.
Don't see it if You want a clean, sharp production: the story & music don't get going until the end of Act 1. You prefer traditional staging &interpretation
See it if you enjoy interesting new musicals with varied musical styles, contemporary staging, minimalist costumes, and a history lesson thrown in.
Don't see it if you dislike minimalist musicals, non-traditional music and staging; you are homophobic; you are not a fan of either Michelangelo or DaVinci
See it if You enjoy new musicals with well made songs. Good singing, interesting sets.
Don't see it if You expect a real story. This bounced around and "the Battle" only mattered for about 15 minutes. Otherwise it was a rather banal love story
See it if you appreciate intelligible rockscore with brilliant company delivering larger than life historical figures & complex motivations & behavior
Don't see it if don't like sods, sparse sets, rockscores, Hamilton-ish 'ography, non-anatomically correct statuary, limited colorPalette costuming, LGBTness
See it if You like musicals that are inventive with topics that are not your classic subjects.
Don't see it if If you don't enjoy developmental productions
See it if you enjoy musicals about DaVinci and Michelangelo & their relationship professionally & personally with Salai, the model for The David.
Don't see it if you don't like rock musicals about historical figures told with a 9 member cast, many playing multi parts.
See it if An examination of the war between DaVinci and Michelangelo in context of the political upheaval of the times. Brilliant singing and acting.
Don't see it if History bores you.
See it if You’re up for a musical with 36 songs that start off with Darkness & Chaos & never gets to the light. A well presented show that needs work.
Don't see it if You're homophobic, need structure, don't like hybrid musical scores and/or have no time for Renaissance art, artists or their problems.
See it if you want to see a show before it becomes a Broadway hit. Hamilton of the 1400's. Staging and Songs were great. Highly recommend seeing it.
Don't see it if your a child, everyone else should see this. This is a historical piece, but done in a modern way. Show contains Sexual content.
See it if For the excellent performances. Music/lyrics are very good. Costumes, set and use of the space are great.
Don't see it if Musical trappings are first rate. Plot is missing. Lots of information delivered in clever ways but no drama and no real background.
See it if you want to see a musical and hear some small bites of history about Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.
Don't see it if you are expecting a well-developed script or want to hear anything in depth about these artists.
See it if You like a rock musical with a historical storyline but modern take. Most performances strong with great singing. Massey is the exception.
Don't see it if You don't like a work in progress. Story needs to be more developed around the artistic rivalry and da Vinci role. Could do with a trim.
See it if Terrific score & ensemble work made this a thouroughly absorbing show. Actors not only sang very well, they were often gymnasts! Was funny!
Don't see it if U don't like a gay theme/focus, or want your musicals done in the "classic" style, then this is a miss. Needs better casting of the 2 leads~
See it if you like musicals, story of Da Vinci and Michelangelo work and personal lives, performed to live mod.ern music
Don't see it if you are not interest in the lives of either artist
See it if you want to learn more than you ever wanted to know about da Vinci and Michelangelo. The show is a LONG but thoughtful journey.
Don't see it if you are not interested in the artists' sexuality or the history surrounding their lives or really interesting music and staging.
See it if you enjoy thoughtful musicals that take creative risks and both amuse and provoke thought. I really enjoyed the entire production. Superb!
Don't see it if you aren't open to attentive listening of the lyrics and patient as the plot evolves at a slower pace than most Broadway musicals. Try it.
See it if You want to listen to pop/rock music and see an especially talented cast performing Renaissance themes.
Don't see it if You are homophobic. You prefer traditional musicals.
See it if Interesting historical story of love and epic artistic feud. Tries to tell too much and good editing would help. Cast is excellent.
Don't see it if Historical fiction is not your interest and if you're not willing to look past some overwriting.
See it if You enjoy historical stories as seen from a different angle, rock/pop musicals, and can appreciate interesting, modern costumes and sets.
Don't see it if You're closed-minded or are easily confused.