Members say: Great singing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Slow, Clever

About the show

Inspired by a historical event, this world premiere musical dramatizes an art competition between rivals Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.

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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.

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"The famous battles between these two great artists are in fact much more personal here. And it works. If you’re like me, however, you’ll wonder why musical theatre was the right medium for this story...Where the show fits the classic mold, it also notably departs from convention. For one, it’s unapologetically, refreshingly queer...This story is intimate and relatable...Perhaps it’s too sleek and intimate for the collection of showstoppers that the score wants to be." Full Review

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Ambitious, Slow, Unfocused, Overlong, Great direction

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.

Also The Battles never quite adds up to the sum of its very talented & well... Read more Read less

Cliched, Too long, Great singing

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.

Also Musicals are not my favorite but I do enjoy strong singing with clear ... Read more Read less

Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Overrated

See it if you love Joel Perez - his talents shine, despite the forgettable songs, unrefined script, and uneven performances of many of his castmates.

Don't see it if the actual artistic brilliance of da Vinci and Michelangelo is more interesting to you than turning their personal lives into tabloid fodder

Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Great singing, Vanity project

See it if You love listening to excellent singers' voices. You love drapery and structured jacket costume design.

Don't see it if Rhyming dictionary lyrics make you cringe. Unedited, unfocused, slow-paced shows drive you bananas. Historical/gay themes aren't your jam.

Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Great cast

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.

Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Slow, Uneven

See it if you don't mind some very uneven acting, singing and direction and can see through all of that to the good idea and decent script.

Don't see it if you get distracted (as I must have been) by one lead that clearly can't keep up with the rest. The whole play felt forced and uneven.

Also I really wanted to get this and I am bemused as to why I didn't seeing... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Great singing

See it if you love a great concept and great talent. First 99 rating by this lad.

Don't see it if do not want to see a new great musical ablooming

Funny, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

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.

Confusing, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if Like stories about the lives of DaVinci and Michaelangelo

Don't see it if you don't like inconsistent and anachronistic music styles.

Funny, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

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

Great acting, Must see, Refreshing, Great singing, Great staging

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.

Also Went in not expecting much, and was really blown away on how well this... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Disappointing, Cliched, Slow, Great singing

See it if Enjoy musicals that give a history lesson with alot of exposition. The voices were great and the orchestration were wonderful.

Don't see it if Have a short attention span, don't rock style musical theatre.

Also I enjoy seeing most shows and will go see alot of things. In my opinio... Read more Read less

Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great singing, Historically interesting

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

Ambitious, Intelligent, Slow, Unfocused, Needs editing

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

Absorbing, Great acting, Quirky, Great singing

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

Interesting work in progress with some great performances

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.

Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Insipid, Great singing

See it if you get free tickets ! Only !

Don't see it if two hours of your life are worth more than a free ticket. The good cast is totally wasted on a musical with no new ideas.

Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if You are interested in the sides that not many know about Da Vinci & Michelangelo. You want to see some WOW performances by 2 of the 3 leads

Don't see it if You are not ok with LGBT themes, don't like pop rock musicals or plays still in the workshop phrase.

Also Like others have said I felt Massey wasn't as strong a singer as Burns... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Great singing

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~

Ambitious, Clever, Edgy, Confusing

See it if You're curious about new musicals in development about Michelangelo and DaVinci. You like to learn art history by watching fun theatre.

Don't see it if You don't like new musicals. If you expect fully developed plays. Don't care about Michelangelo and Leonardo DaVinci. You're very critical.

Ambitious, Slow, Great singing

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.

Also In the end the story is as insubstantial as the two sketches of unfini... Read more Read less

Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Great singing, Great 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.

Banal, Disappointing, Slow, Lacking drama

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.

Ambitious, Indulgent, Banal

See it if You like LGBTQ storylines and interesting perspectives on historical figures. The music is good. Joel Perez is outstanding. Good ensemble.

Don't see it if You prefer coherent songs. Overindulgent and self important at times. Needs some trimming to sharpen the focus and keep a stronger message.

Ambitious, Indulgent

See it if A new musical about historical artists is of interest to you.

Don't see it if a soft rock score doesn't do much for you.

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