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musicals and operas · new musicals inc · Ages 10+ · family friendly · flashing lights · world premiere · 90 mins · United States of America

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ROBIN DOWDS certified reviewer June 16, 2019
Great energy, delightful music and writing, charming cast and characters. 90 minutes of great fun.... full review
SHARI BARRETT broadway world los angeles certified reviewer June 16, 2019
tagged as: ensemble · nerds · bullies · teenagers · musicals
As a former Junior High teacher, I can certainly understand the difficulties faced by teenagers who just don’t fit the mold of being “popular.” THE BULLY PROBLEM takes the subject and makes it thoroughly entertaining as well as informative thanks to Shapiro’s entertaining music tracks, the brilliant work by Fringe award-winning director/choreographer Joanna Syiek (The Pokemusical, Giraffenstein, Merely Players), and music director Jennifer Lin, who have put together an extraordinary cast of actors who seem to innately comprehend the characters they are portraying and have the ability to work perfectly together as a true ensemble of triple-threat performers. ... full review
KIRE HORTON certified reviewer June 15, 2019
Absolutely Fantastic. This is one of the most polished and entertaining musical I've ever seen. Amazing script, catchy beautiful music, creative staging and choreography, powerhouse performances... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 15, 2019
“The Bully Problem” is absolutely delightful and engaging from start to finish. It’s also funny as all get out! Afterwards a group of us were all quoting our favorite lines at one another, still laughing until our faces and sides hurt. But what really makes this show a winner is the sense of hope and empowerment that it embodies. Protagonist Kevin’s journey becomes the audience’s journey, too, as we see how we can all rise up and “be our own [metaphorical] bodyguards.” In an era when school bullying can literally lead to death, and #itgetsbetter is a battle cry, “The Bully Problem” treats a genuinely serious social issue with compassion, humanity, joy, and a healthy dose of humor. The music and songs are catchy and utterably singable and the... full review
BOB LEGGETT indie voice blog certified reviewer June 09, 2019
Our first musical of HFF19 was a dream come true. Michael Gordon Shapiro (with the help of ASCAP and Broadway’s Stephen Schwartz) has created a masterpiece of energetic singing and dancing and a timely story about overcoming obstacles and becoming who you were meant to be. ... full review
SHEILA SILVER certified reviewer June 08, 2019
What a wonderful production! Theatre for Social Change is important in today’s world and The Bully Problem addresses a number of important issues. ... full review
LINDSAY BRAVERMAN certified reviewer June 06, 2019
tagged as: musical · exciting · energetic · youthful · fun
Fantastic! This show was full of energy and exciting to watch! Beautifully written, choreographed, and executed. I loved everything about it!... full review
MIKE REYES certified reviewer June 06, 2019
tagged as: choreography · musical · nerdy · funny · Brave
Our story follows fourteen-year-old super genius Kevin Dijkstra( James Everts) determined to get accepted to attend the most prestigious tech academy for young minds and become the greatest roboticist of his generation. That is if he can escape the torment of his bully hallways of Van Der Bort Junior High. While struggling to complete his scholarship project for his dream school, he inherits an almost operating fully autonomous android bodyguard which he lovingly nicknames Oscar. (JORDAN MITCHELL-LOVE) This was a final gift from his late father who like Kevin is an inventor but unfortunately has passed away in a work accident. He soon befriends the school's group of nerds, who have been forced to combine all of the geeky clubs and aft... full review
JEN BENDIK certified reviewer June 17, 2019
OMG I LOOOOVED this show! If you want to see it- buy your tickets in advance cause it WILL sell out. It was oversold the night I went to see it (and I’m SO glad I saw it). It reminds me a lot of Big Hero 6 so the storyline didn’t exactly knock it out of the park in the originality department but enough about it was original and clever and cute and it was really well done and really well produced. It has a strong cast and great songs. The director deserves an award for sure!... full review
KERRY O'QUINN certified reviewer June 17, 2019
tagged as: inspiring !!!! · Engaging · Lively · fun
THE BULLY PROBLEM is non-stop fun, with a large young cast dancing, singing and battling -- nerds vs bullies. It's pure delight to see a theatr musical with such wonderful choreography and abstract staging that also dramatizes an important message that touches all humans and (in these dreary days of conflict) gives us an inspiring evening of upbeat antics. Cheers to Mike Shapiro!... full review

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