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The Battles

From 59 member  reviews
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. 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.

2h 30m | Already closed | The Gym at Judson (West Village)

Member Reviews (59)


Great singing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Slow, Clever
Avg Score

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.

Also Massey threw the entire performance off. Especially with his powerhous... Read more Read less

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.

Also While Nassey has written a good show he should highly consider passing... Read more Read less

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

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

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

Also I was bored for the first 45 minutes. I found 90% of it over the top a... Read more Read less

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

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

Also The emotionally journeys taken by the 3 major characters, Leonardo DaV... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Funny

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

Very well-done staging and execution, Singing is highly accomplished, The score isn't that distinctive, kind of pop rock, Very talented cast

See it if You enjoy musicals based on the lives of historical characters.

Don't see it if You don't like pop music or LGBT themes.

Also The aspect of The Battles that I think needs improvement the most is h... Read more Read less

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, 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.

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

Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny, 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.

Great singing, Ambitious, Slow

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

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

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

Great singing, Cliched, Too long

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

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.

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.

Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing

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.

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

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~

Absorbing, Great singing, Great acting, Quirky

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

Disappointing, Confusing, 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.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging, Great acting

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.

Also Kudos to the sound people. I was frightened when I walked into that sm... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Refreshing

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.

Great cast, Great singing, Great staging, Ambitious

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.

Cliched, Disappointing, Great singing, Banal, Insipid

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.

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 u...
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