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Birthday Boy

From 25 member reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound, Entertaining

About the show

This new musical tells the story a young man who was abandoned as a child, placed in an orphanage, and abused. What can a boy say when all he knows is taken away? Part of the 2018 Planet Connections Festivity. More…

On his 8th birthday, Johnny Rogers’s mother dropped him off at a Brooklyn orphanage saying, “This is summer camp! I’ll be back to get you in the fall,” and never returned. Now as a young man, he must learn to trust, to love, and to be love again.  



80
Original, Romantic, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you like original musicals with serious themes and a story that makes you think, like Dear Evan Hansen.

Don't see it if you like upbeat musicals with dancing. No dancing in this show. It wouldn't fit in.

80
Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in a thought provoking musical about a young man’s struggle to overcome his painful past.

Don't see it if you want a completely polished production. You want a real set. You don’t care about supporting an unfinished work with promise.

Also This is a very small production with no set. The songs are effective a... Read more Read less

79
Entertaining, Ambitious, Profound, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if You like original new production. You like shows that give you something to think about.

Don't see it if You are looking for a perfectly polished production. You have a hard time with difficult topics.

78
Great lyrics, Great music, Great singing

See it if you like great music with great lyrics.

Don't see it if you are looking for a great stage and production design, great lighting and technical. And if you are looking for a big budgeted production.

Also casts have great voices. Try closing your eyes and hear the songs and ... Read more Read less

75
Great cast, Engaging, Nostalgic, Promising, Entertaining

See it if you like a melancholic drama of how one's past catches up w/ one's present & future. But it has its fun & romantic moments too set in music!

Don't see it if you want a feel good musical, as the tragic tone is more pronounced, but in a good way, as that is essentially the theme. But still "fun".

74
Uneven, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Touching

See it if you are interested in how childhood trauma can play out in early adulthood.

Don't see it if you require fully polished productions, or only like musicals with fully literate books & lyrics.

Also I found this wildly uneven, & felt the book did not at all exploit the... Read more Read less

72
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Profound, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You are interested in seeing a play about young people trying to survive in a world which has seemed to turn against them.

Don't see it if Themes of child abuse and abandonment make you feel uncomfortable.

Also Great acting and acceptable singing make for a good experience. Ending... Read more Read less

70
Slow, Relevant, Intense

See it if You are looking for unexpected sources for musicals. Emerging art that is worth supporting.

Don't see it if You’re expecting perfection

50
Cliched, Slow, Disappointing, Well meaning, Earnest

See it if In this musical the score itself was terrific. See it if want to see true heart that comes from everyone associated in this production.

Don't see it if ...you are looking for an uplifting musical.

48
Slow, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if you like original musicals and can tolerate just about anything

Don't see it if you are looking for thought provoking and/or high quality theater

45
Banal, Cliched, Dated, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You like shows that are a bit of a throwback. You like melodrama, and lots of it.

Don't see it if You are looking for a show that handles serious subject matter with the focus it deserves.

Also Yikes. This piece is like an operetta you might imagine in the midst o... Read more Read less

30
Predictable, Unevenly performed, Needs work, Disappointing

See it if You want to support first time writers and young performing talent. Interesting idea for a show.

Don't see it if You want to see a refined or refreshing new musical or if you want to hear a consistently good singing cast.

Also I was disappointed in the predictable music and lyrics that often foug... Read more Read less

98
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You love beautiful melodies that you hum long after you leave the theatre, gorgeous harmonies, a story that is relevant, thought provoking

Don't see it if you believe that a serious subject cannot be handled effectively in a musical and still be riveting, life affirming and entertaining.

100
Exquisite, Must see, Profound, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You are looking to be moved and thought-provoked. Definitely deep themes and excellent story line.

Don't see it if I wouldn't take a very young child as the themes are more for adults.

100
Must see, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound, Absorbing

See it if I really loved this show! I especially appreciated the way they showed how the characters were impacted by their experiences.

Don't see it if The show gets into a serious subject that is very relevant today but some people might not want to see such a serious topic!

100
Thought-provoking, Profound, Must see, Intense, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy deep storylines and thought provoking real life situations. The music will stick with you for days after.

Don't see it if You are looking for a lighthearted feel good musical.

Also This was an excellent display of talent and hard work. It has so much ... Read more Read less

100
Great staging, Must see, Riveting, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if I loved this show and you will love it too! You will laugh, you will cry, you will sing...this is the next "Hamilton"!!!

Don't see it if If you don't want to see an original exciting new musical..or two character play.

Also The music, the story, the acting, the directing is top notch...GO SEE ... Read more Read less

98
Riveting, Great singing, Relevant, Must see, Great writing

See it if You enjoy incredible, memorable melodies that lodge in your ear and don't let go. There were several goosebump-inducing moments!

Don't see it if You're just looking for light entertainment. Though often very funny, it deals with serious issues and forces you to grapple with them.

Also This show should go to Broadway- it speaks to anyone who struggles to ... Read more Read less

95
Riveting, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you enjoy challenging and painful themes made tolerable and rewarding through art.

Don't see it if you don't want to be challenged and experience deep pain

Also A deeply disturbing theme evokes pain and sadness in its depiction of ... Read more Read less

95
Profound, Great writing, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are moved by stories about the resilience of the human spirit, set to beautiful music performed by talented actors

Don't see it if you have trouble dealing with the painful subject of child abuse

95
Absorbing

See it if You are not afraid to face challenging issues head on !

Don't see it if If you want to live in denial that the world is full of good & evil but Good will land on top in the end !

95
Relevant, thought provoking

See it if Contrary to the usual fluff on Broadway, this story is timed perfectly for such a time as this when reports about sexual abuse are rampant.

Don't see it if you have similar experiences which might bring back hurtful memories.

Also the songs are joyful, tender, and despairing drawing the listener's ea... Read more Read less

88
Entertaining, Great singing, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to get lost in an intriguing, true life story of a retired Pastor.

Don't see it if You are sensitive to physical and sexual abuses covered in the play.

85
Must see, Great singing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if The original songs and score are a wonderful.

Don't see it if Child abuse and sexual child abuse are tough subjects.

84
Unexpected, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if you want to watch something that will capture you and make you think and feel. We talked about the play for three days.

Don't see it if you're looking for light-hearted and happy-happy


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