This original pop/rock musical and teen horror comedy centers around a dismally low-ranking team of cheerleaders who are terrorized by a serial killer. More…
With a new school year comes a new beginning for the Tigers, the worst-ranked high school cheerleading team in the state. Riley, the new captain, rallies the girls for a fresh start at the annual team sleepover, however, the night takes a bloody turn. A squad that can’t stick a landing now has to solve a murder if they want any hope of making it to regionals - or the morning.
“While Allen's book fumbles, his music for the show soars...Most of the songs are catchy pop bops that pulsate with rhythm and pizzazz...In spite of the hiccups, ‘We are the Tigers’ is good. It's not great. It's not terrible. It's good. And it's good fun. It earns its laughs and its applause organically and on its merits...It's an entertaining romp, with some great music, and nine women slaying a stage...Don't take it or yourself too seriously, and you should have a blast.” Full Review
"A catchy score by Preston Max Allen captures the angst-ridden and real-life problems of teen life...Michael Bello’s direction provides a light touch and helps move the story along...The choreography by Katherine Roarty nicely shows the tension between lust and restraint...As things get creepier and creepier for the girls, Josh Liebert’s sound and Jamie Roderick’s lighting contribute to a spookiness when events go awry. At times the characters are drawn a little too thinly." Full Review
“’We Are The Tigers’ sparkles and shines, and also offers a glimpse into the ugly inner turmoil tantamount in high school...Yet the tropes applied to each character never go below the surface...’We Are The Tigers’ is ripe with teenage tropes: slut shaming, manipulation, peer pressure — as well as a healthy dose of Gen Z and millennial jokes, but only a few are compelling enough to stick. We never get to see the squad bond or affirm one another: instead, they bristle and spat. And stab.” Full Review
"Agatha Christie meets Tina Fey in this mildly amusing but derivative Off-Broadway 'killer new musical'…Darkly satirical, the show is spirited enough to appeal to teens or anyone involved in school team activities. Others, not so much…While entertaining, and containing some witty lyrics, the mostly upbeat score has a generic pop sound that sometimes can be monotonous…Standout work from Mimi Scardulla as the girl who transitions from mascot to split-performing cheerleader." Full Review
“For its first 30 minutes...’We Are the Tigers’ is quite promising. We get an appealing cross section of archetypal characters, bouncy songs and vibrant staging...What might have made for a smart contained campy spoof is padded out to a jumbled drawn out...Making little impact...The characters are all cleverly fleshed out, the milieu is authentically rendered, but the rambling structure is a drag...Tangled up within ‘We Are the Tigers’ is a jocular entertainment.” Full Review
"Isn't as sharp (or as funny) as it should be...Despite its substantial slices of pointed, tuneful material, plus a cleanly staged, energetic production, this new show keeps swerving from tone to tone...Each of the nine actors playing cheerleaders don their adolescent guises of immaturity, insecurity, and occasional inebriation with convincing gusto...If Allen’s willing to slash through some of the show’s excess and fluffy moralizing, there’s a pretty witty musical well worth rescuing in there." Full Review
“The combination of cheerleaders, jump scares and songs makes for a tantalizing mix...Unfortunately, Allen’s meandering show is a textbook example of how to squander a promising concept. There is almost no cheering and not nearly enough slashing; on the other hand, there is an abundance of exposition...The show can never quite figure out what it wants to say, or how...The sluggish pace is hampered by Michael Bello’s slack direction." Full Review
See it if I totally loved it! Seriously. I wasn't sure how I'd feel. Great set, actors were on par, singing (overall) was great; the lyrics- hilarious
Don't see it if There were cliched roles, but, they worked. Every single role worked. There was some pitchy singing by one actor and intermission seemed
See it if You are looking for a fun, silly musical that is sure to keep your foot tapping and a smile on your face. Cast of great singers!
Don't see it if You want perfectly polished material with a book that makes total cohesive sense.
See it if You enjoy rock singing, great voices, and slasher films (blood & gore as certain cheerleaders get killed in the shower, etc).
Don't see it if You don't like horror movies or rock music or talented voices singing. Would love to hear a soundtrack!
See it if You like the Bring It On movies and/or slashers. The acting is incredible, the music is amazing and catchy, and the staging is super clever.
Don't see it if You can't handle a little blood
See it if You like slasher pics, a lot of adolescent humor, a terrific score sung by great voices and one of the best sets I’ve ever seen!
Don't see it if Tenn angst and silliness is not your idea of relevant theatre.
See it if To see a refreshing, fun, and intelligent satire on both high school & slasher films. Excellent music & direction, and amazing singing.
Don't see it if You want a serious musical, or are not into satire about high school or slasher movies, or not into pop music
See it if Fantastic musical score. Great performances. Reviewers got this wrong because this show is really amusing.
Don't see it if This show has no real story and is stupid and silly, however, this music is a goldmine and is great audition material. I had a great time.
See it if You appreciate clever writing and dark humor, you love kickass musical theatre belts and harmonies, you love trying to figure out whodunit.
Don't see it if You aren’t interested in high school characters, you prefer polished productions on a larger scale, you aren’t into black comedy.
See it if Sweetly, CARRIE meets SCREAM meets MEAN GIRLS meets CLUELESS. Lovely performances. Very nicely staged. Lovely singing voices, too.
Don't see it if A bit of allowing for some silly conceit, is necessary, of course. (Why didn't they call the cops? lol )
See it if You like upbeat music with a super cast and a plot that keeps you guessing till the end. Lotsa humor too!!!
Don't see it if You don't like stories about High School and the troubles young teens have growing up in in a competitive world.
See it if Refreshing and funny, makes for a great night out. Think Clueless meets Mean Girls. A Whodunit with music and fun. I enjoyed this show.
Don't see it if You don't like Clueless, or Mean Girls or cheerleaders. If you don't like musicals or fun. If you are a Bway snob, this venue is NOT for you
See it if THIS SHOW SHOULD NOT WORK. The book is a mess. But Preston Max Allen knows how to write a song. And the cast sings the hell out of the show
Don't see it if It's super entertaining...but it's weird and the story doesn't really gel. As long as you're cool with that, you should enjoy it.
See it if you enjoy a dark yet funny character-driven show with great voices and upbeat music. Unexpectedly great!
Don't see it if you're expecting serious drama. You really can't stand one more high school show. (Okay, I fall in this camp, but I liked it anyway.)
See it if You enjoy campy horror and girls belting in your face. The writing is really funny and performances are great
Don't see it if You’re easily offended or squeamish with blood. It won’t change your life but it’s a really fun night of theater.
See it if you’d enjoy a funny slasher flick in comic murder-mystery form. There isn’t much mystery as to whodunnit, but the journey entertains anyway.
Don't see it if you need a more challenging narrative that doesn’t pretty much announce the killer from the get-go.
See it if You want to see some excellent coming of age songs woven together with an over the top campy slasher. Part Dear Even Hansen part Scream.
Don't see it if If you can’t think outside the box. This show defies most labels. It’s not completely any one thing. You may see that as a flaw or a plus.
See it if This is a fun, fun show to watch a talented cast make the most of the script and overly pop-music'd score.
Don't see it if You're looking for a fully flushed-out script. There's only one cheerleading sequence in a show about cheerleaders..
See it if Excellent pop style music and vocals. Energetic, enjoyable performers. Fun choreography. Lots of action in a small space.
Don't see it if The story makes no sense. The songs are best appreciated out of context. The comedic moments work better than the dramatic ones.
See it if You like some camp, can identify potential in shows, and don’t take things too seriously.
Don't see it if You prefer seeing a show that is perfectly polished, can’t suspend reality, expect the second act to be as strong as the first.
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