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This Boy Tom

From 3 critic and 21 member reviews
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. More…

Tom starts at a new school and is met with bullying. When new girl Flora arrives, is it time for something new?

Part of Soho Playhouse's 2018 Fringe Encore Series.



90
Broadway Baby

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." Full Review

80
Voice Mag

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.” Full Review

75
GScene Magazine

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.'" Full Review


95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Resonant

See it if A show about bullying done in a out of the box creative way. Kids were awesome. Loved it

Don't see it if If you want a show with full sets and a story told In conventional way

90
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if If you like YA musicals and something that isn’t totally polished but pretty much there.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy children singing or coming of age themes.

Also I really hope this makes it on the big stage. The book gets a little w... Read more Read less

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

85
Absorbing, Entertaining, Delightful, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if you like to see a story about bullying presented in a refreshing way from a kid's perspective. Very talented kid actors/singers.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or don't like stories relevant for teenagers or only like big prop performances as seen on Broadway.

Also These kid actors are pretty amazing and tell their story convincingly.... Read more Read less

85
Spirited / high-energy / very entertaining, Some strong performances / tons of potential, Intimate venue (bare stage) / very well-staged, Relevant / thought-provoking / good music, Ambitious / so-so book / important message

See it if you'd enjoy a 1hr+ kids-show, good for 7-13yr olds. Fun music, good dancing & singing, talented Brit cast, very friendly to kids afterwards.

Don't see it if you're looking for a polished epic production. Message here is what's important, delivered by very young, unpretentious, professional cast.

Also No freaking Playbill. NOT COOL.... Read more Read less

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.

Also This show reminded me a little of Matilda. If you liked that you might... Read more Read less

80
Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing, Resonant, Funny

See it if IF you want to see kids take on the social issue of bullying with charm, great focus and a fun insightful score.

Don't see it if IF you don't enjoy kids musicals.

80
Delightful, Relevant, Refreshing, Creative

See it if you enjoy watching talented kids singing, dancing, acting.

Don't see it if You only appreciate Broadway-quality musicals or don't want to see a show about bullying.

Also My friend and I both enjoyed this show. My only disappointment was tha... Read more Read less

80
Delightful, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if If you want an energetic, youthful treatment of a serious theme which does not pull you into the depths.

Don't see it if If you want Broadway polish or a more heavy handed treatment of the theme of bullying.

Also Hard to say why I was charmed by this show. It was not entirely polish... Read more Read less

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.

79
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Relevant

See it if You enjy a cast of all children singing about bulleying and their issues

Don't see it if You are looking for adult themed entertainment

79
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You enjoy musical theatre and watching young talent grow.

Don't see it if You aren’t a fan of children’s theatre, for this surely is.

Also A little difficult to hear/understand some of the less experienced voc... Read more Read less

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.

Also This should be shown in every school. The show is a wake-up that any k... Read more Read less

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

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

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.

70
Refreshing, Relevant, Repetitive, No live accompaniment, Great costuming

See it if You like the idea of JRB's 13 meets Next To Normal. Enjoy musicals featuring all-youth casts. Can't get enough of awesome British dialects.

Don't see it if Dislike musicals with tracks rather than live accompaniment.

Also "All we want is a different kind of day!" -This Boy Tom... Read more Read less

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??

Also This Fringe show is surprisingly polished, given the age of the perfor... Read more Read less

69
Ambitious, Awkward

See it if You are in the mood for a live singing, dancing after school special, complete with schoolyard archetypes - the young cast is competent.

Don't see it if You are annoyed by child actors, you need a completely realized production with a satisfying and developed resolution.

100
Absorbing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you have children in high school, it's a perfect show to raise questions about bullying and acceptance - every american high should see it

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

17
Banal, Disappointing, Slow, Insipid, Overrated

See it if if you like school plays like that in middle school. Actors are British kids who seem uncomfortable being on stage. Minimal staging.

Don't see it if If you want a professionally staged play, this isn't.


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