The Verdict: Read Reviews of the New John Kander Musical Kid Victory at the Signature

The Verdict   The Verdict: Read Reviews of the New John Kander Musical Kid Victory at the Signature
Kid Victory, the world-premiere musical from famed composer John Kander (Chicago, Cabaret) and playwright Greg Pierce (Slow Girl), officially opened Feb. 28 following previews that began Feb. 17 at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA.
Jake Winn and Jeffry Denman
Jake Winn and Jeffry Denman Photo by Margot Schulman

The cast includes Beauty and the Beast and Les Misérables star Sarah Litzsinger, along with Christopher Bloch (Cloak & Dagger), Laura Darrell (Smiling the Boy Fell Dead), Jeffry Denman (The Producers), Donna Migliaccio, Tony nominee Christiane Noll (Witches of Eastwick), Bobby Smith (The Threepenny Opera) and Jake Winn in the lead role as 17-year-old Luke.

A co-production with Off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre, Kid Victory is directed by Liesl Tommy. Performances continue through March 22.

The critics are filing their reviews and will continue to update them for our readers.


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The new musical is centered on the life of a teenager following his year-long absence from home. According to the Signature, "Profoundly changed, Luke and his parents struggle to adjust to life following his disappearance. Only finding solace with Emily (played by Litzsinger), the quirky proprietor of an offbeat garden shop, Luke grapples with a past undone and a coming of age that came too late to a boy who just wants to fade away."

Kid Victory marks the second collaboration between Kander and Pierce. Their first musical, The Landing, premiered at The Vineyard Theatre in 2013 and received critical acclaim.

The production also features choreography by Christopher Windom, musical supervision by David Loud, music direction by Jesse Kissel, orchestrations by Michael Starobin, scenic design by Clint Ramos, costume design by Kathleen Geldard, wig design by Anne Nesmith, lighting design by David Weiner, sound design by Lane Elms. Creative team members also include assistant director Walter Ware III; production stage manager Julie Meyer; and assistant stage manager Kristen Mary Harris. New York casting is by Henry Russell Bergstein, CSA.

Signature Theatre is located at 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA. Tickets are available by calling Ticketmaster at (703) 573-SEAT and online at

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