This Boy Tom NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(21 Reviews)
Positive
90%
Mixed
5%
Negative
5%
Members say
Entertaining, Delightful, Relevant, Absorbing, Refreshing

About the Show

Part of Soho Playhouse's "Fringe Encores" series, this original musical with an all-child cast offers a life-affirming story of acceptance, courage, and friendship.

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Member Reviews (21)

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70
Talented child actors, Well staged, Some good songs, Ridiculous plot, Mean-spirited for 90%

See it if you enjoy cute kids (w/Eng accents) performing. Some gd voices/strong actors. Choreography is adequate. Projections create set.

Don't see it if you can't watch (relentless) cruelty. Bullying for a crazy reason; resolution unconvincing. Weak plot. One POC out of 10. Child-friendly?? Read more

85
Great score, Ambitious, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great potential

See it if You can be pleased to see a show that has GREAT potential. This one has a great book and score. Just needs some tweaking to be great.

Don't see it if You don’t like works in progress or shows with children. Read more

79
Entertaining, Solid, Ambitious

See it if These young performers do a good job telling a tough tale about bullying and redemption. Catchy songs.

Don't see it if You don’t like shows performed by children. Stories about bullying are painful to you.

74
Entertaining, Delightful, Relevant, Ambitious, Great staging

See it if you enjoy young talent working hard to deliver an important message in entertaining way. Great use of small stage w/minimal props & video.

Don't see it if you want a polished production. This is bare bones and the young cast is uneven, sometimes hard to hear/understand soft voices over music.

75
Entertaining, Resonant, Slow, Clever, Quirky

See it if Bare-boned British children's musical about evils of bullying/passing judgment Kids are heartfelt in both performance & expression A charmer

Don't see it if Music often overpowers young unamplified (& accented) voices Story line a bit choppy & diffuse; still potent w/winning energy & intention

77
Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing, Clever

See it if Bullying and how cruelty kids are and how they follow the leader.

Don't see it if No reason not to see. Read more

77
Talented kids in nicely staged musical, Tuneful, Engaging

See it if Ok w bullying & cruelty of kids in sad tale that redeems by end. Singing, dancing & Brit accents on tiny stage imperfect but has much charm.

Don't see it if Not ok w varying levels of talent, music that's 2 loud 4 voices, barebones (but effective) staging, all-kid ensemble. Needs some script work

87
Refreshing, Relevant, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if U want 2 c a play that should b seen by anyone who has as if the world hates him. This is performed by children who bring u back 2 teasing.

Don't see it if U’r 2 big for a children’s musical. If that’s the case then you really should see it NOW

Critic Reviews (3)

G
May 11th, 2017
For a previous production

“A challenging and entertaining piece about bullying in school...The songs and dialogue seem at times very episodic and arbitrary in how they advance the plot, but all are performed with great enthusiasm and skill...The major problem...is that the story is very one-dimensional...the story doesn’t truly develop...That said I think the show has great prospects as a school production...With some development and re-writing, there could even be another 'Matilda.'"
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Broadway Baby
June 3rd, 2018
For a previous production

“The production buzzes with energy from beginning to end, the show oozes talent from the young cast, the music is original and the choreography is tight...The score is inventive: catchy music and clever lyrics...These young people can dance, sing and act in this clever, uplifting, poignant story professionally and deftly told...There were a couple of pitchy moments in one or two songs and the ending is perhaps too neat and quick, but overall this is a hugely emotionally impactful show."
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Voice Mag
May 18th, 2017
For a previous production

“Impressive cast and choreography in its story of ‘acceptance, courage, and friendship’...Heart-breaking, uplifting, and very watchable, and though the plot was not exactly believable, this was saved by its...incredible young talent and fantastic choreography...The show...promoted the unrealistic stigma around secondary school...Despite this, much of the show was great: the cast was wonderful, the music, despite its sometimes unoriginal lyrics.”
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