The Battles
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The Battles
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The Battles NYC Reviews and Tickets

74%
(59 Reviews)
Positive
69%
Mixed
24%
Negative
7%
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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Member Reviews (59)

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876 Reviews | 904 Followers
74
Interesting, Good music, Uneven cast, Absorbing story

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. Read more

851 Reviews | 1007 Followers
77
Entertaining, Great music, Interesting

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. Read more

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506 Reviews | 1002 Followers
99
Ambitious, Absorbing, 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

563 Reviews | 195 Followers
71
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

456 Reviews | 127 Followers
88
Intelligent, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Emotionally involving

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 Read more

431 Reviews | 127 Followers
80
Clever, Great singing, Intelligent, Entertaining, 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

432 Reviews | 93 Followers
69
Ambitious, Great singing, Disappointing, Slow, Clever

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 Read more

335 Reviews | 87 Followers
75
Ambitious, Unfocused, Overlong, Slow, 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. Read more

Critic Reviews (1)

Theatre is Easy
February 4th, 2017

"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."
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