New York | 2h 30m | Already closed

The Battles

From 1 critic and 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)

Theatre is Easy

"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

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

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

Entertaining, Ambitious, Great writing, Great singing, Must see

See it if you want to see a Broadway quality show in a small venue. It closes in a few days so don't miss it

Don't see it if you can't sit still for almost 2.5 hours on hard chairs. Otherwise there are no reasons not to see this show

Also Best show I have seen in years. This deserves to be brought to a large... Read more Read less

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.

Clever, Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like small casts taking on several roles and historic topics.

Don't see it if you don't like historic stories based on facts (even though still fiction).

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

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

Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if you like entertaining musicals, especially orthodox one.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals

Thought-provoking, Clever, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy a fascinating historical theme...portrayed with contemporary staging and music and great singing!

Don't see it if You don't enjoy history, contemporary musicals and LGBT themes!

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 acting, Riveting, Refreshing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you'd like to learn more about the private love affairs of Leonardo da Vinci. It's a very interesting story.

Don't see it if you don't like nudity or history-based musicals.

Also I saw this show's first preview so it was still in the very beginning ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you are looking for something totally new -- at least I found this subject matter to be very new

Don't see it if you are expecting everything to make complete sense

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

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.

Ambitious, Confusing, Clever, Edgy

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, Disappointing, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy early stage productions. This musical is a strong production, but it's in the works. One day it could end up on Broadway.

Don't see it if You don't like shows with homosexual content. Or musicals that go back and fourth between musical styles.

Ambitious, Quirky, Great singing, Great music, Telling story not showing story in action

See it if you love music and great voices but might go on a little longer than desired

Don't see it if shows that do a historic topic but tell the story instead of showing it and might be longer than desired or needed

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

Entertaining, Great staging, Confusing

See it if you are interested in Da Vinci and Michaelangelo - gain some insight into a little known rivalry. Eclectic score w a great band.

Don't see it if you expect a polished, tight production. This was tonally confused and a bit disjointed. Lots of potential though!

Entertaining, Great singing, Interesting

See it if Like off Broadway musicals based maybe on history.

Don't see it if You prefer musical extravaganzas.

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

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.

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

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

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