Mind The Art Entertainment presents a dark adult fable of an overweight kid who has had enough of being taunted by the other children and decides his best revenge is to eat them. More…
This dark operetta tells the story of Tommy, an overweight kid struggling to get through that most wretched time of life: childhood. Days, weeks, and years of teasing from his schoolmates have taken their toll on the mild-mannered boy, yet still he tries to continue on as best he can. But when the people he thought were his friends join in with the others, will he be able to forgive them…or will he snap?
"This one might be obvious, but the way it’s told makes it unique and exciting. And children should be able to see it, besides the gory and twisted ending, this is perfect for them…Jason Sofge’s performance as Tommy was breathtaking…The one thing I’m mad about with this show is its length! Yes, it is a perfect run time for a kid’s show, but for me as an adult I wanted to see more." Full Review
"'Fatty Fatty No Friends' is a diabolically delicious musical morality tale of cruelty, revenge, consequences and redemption…In the role of Tommy, Sofge manages to both lightness and gravitas to his performance, and his soaring tenor singing voice turns childhood angst into operatic agony. The rest of the cast functions as a true ensemble making it impossible to favor one bully over another...Bullies are delicious. And so is 'Fatty Fatty No Friends.'" Full Review
"The real discovery is Sofge, whose vulnerability makes Tommy’s journey authentic rather than just endearing...De Gré, lyricist Joseph Reese Anderson and book writer Serrana Gay have created a surprisingly touching piece that, whether it makes you cackle or sniffle, ought to have a future life. With childhood obesity on the rise, this serotonin-boosting musical ought to be performed in schools throughout the land." Full Review
"The entire cast is extremely strong, and individual characters stand out with wonderful quirks of their own. The orchestrations are complex and beautiful, and the lyrics, though sometimes repetitive, drive the message home aptly…Overall, 'Fatty' is an operetta with tremendous heart, haunting melodies, engaging characters, gut-wrenching emotions, and valuable lessons, which should not be missed." Full Review
for a previous production "Once this fast-paced musical starts, it is like a tsunami of emotions constantly sweeping over you with unrelenting angst. We get caught in the storm, and have to ride it out. The show feels like one big gasp; you hold your breath and don’t let go until the show ends...Jason Sofge plays the broken Tommy excellently. His raw emotional connection to Tommy is captivating...He is a force to be reckoned with, not because of his size, but because of his immense talent." Full Review
for a previous production "The music and direction by Christian De Gre is impressively sombre, tightly blocked, and, at times, earnestly spirited and reflective. Supporting the teasingly memorable lyrics by Joseph Reese-Anderson, the songs feature complex melodic and counterpoint lines, featuring some impressive choral harmonizing and staccato wordplay by the incredibly able young ensemble…This is a show that looks deeply at the core of our society’s faults, and delivers important messages." Full Review
for a previous production "An eerie, intricate musical score and polished production make this fantastical story feel shockingly real…Actor Jason Sofge's extraordinary voice brings the entire show to a new level...The actual story of the play does not quite live up to its extraordinary performance, but the cast do their best with a difficult, spooky and yet also comic idea." Full Review
See it if You want to hear the most cutting edge music in New York City today. Degre's work is lightyears ahead of anything else on Broadway.
Don't see it if You want a jukebox musical.
See it if I loved the music, especially the dissonance among the bullies, friends and Fatty. Dark funny moments. Allegory for school shootings.
Don't see it if One interesting twisted idea wasn't enough substance. Stereotyped high school characters. Didn't say anything new about bullying.
Also Saw this as part of the 2018 NY Musical Festival
See it if You like small theatre and relevant topics.
Don't see it if Overall, it was good, but, I saw it as part of "FringeNYC", in a venue with horrible acoustics and no air (it was summer), so it was hard to
See it if You like dark material and miss old scary children stories or if you want to hear a touching intelligent score performed by a powerful cast.
Don't see it if You are easily offended or honestly if you hate really good modern theater.
See it if You like dark theater and fables. A whirlwind of a production with a powerful score and skeletal demons on stilts.
Don't see it if You scare easily or like literal theater.
See it if You are looking for an edgy show with beautiful music and a very unique approach to bullying. Costumes are gorgeous and great for teens.
Don't see it if Can't handle the idea of cannibalism even in an absurdist way.
See it if A new opera in its finest form. Think classic horror mixed in with thought provoking epic theater. Edgy and inspiring.
Don't see it if You are squeamish or if you don't like vaudeville/Kurt Weill/Brecht.
See it if enjoy being absorbed in creative original work that touches every emotion you have and leaves you with catchy music on repeat in your head!
Don't see it if are prone to nightmares after seeing dark (often considered horror) material.
See it if You like dark stories, creepy costumes/atmosphere, great acting and singing, and good morals.
Don't see it if You hate anything even remotely pretentious, cliched, or dark. You want something longer and less after-school-special-y.
See it if You think Off Broadway theater is terrible. This will change your mind! This show packs more of a punch than anything on Broadway now.
Don't see it if You hate musicals, although this is the most non musical "musical" you will ever see. It' is unlike anything else out there.
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