Reviews: Critics Are Weighing in On Off-Broadway Premiere of Lizard Boy | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: Critics Are Weighing in On Off-Broadway Premiere of Lizard Boy

Justin Huertas' queer coming-of-age musical follows Trevor, a man with lizard skin who discovers what it means to be a superhero.

Justin Huertas, William A Williams, and Kiki deLohr in Lizard Boy Billy Bustamante

Reviews are rolling in for American musical Lizard Boy, which opened its New York premiere June 14 at Theatre Row. Previews began June 1 for the strictly limited engagement through July 1.

With book, music and lyrics by Justin Huertas, the production features original stars Huertas, Kiki deLohr, and William A. Williams. Following Trevor, a man who has lizard skin due to an unusual childhood incident, the musical takes audiences on his journey of finding acceptance and empowerment as he goes on a Grindr date, encounters an old classmate, and must prepare to be a hero—for himself and the world.

Read the reviews here.

The New York Sun (Elysa Gardner)*

Queerty (Christian Lewis)

Talkin' Broadway (Howard Miller)

Times Square Chronicles (Suzanna Bowling)

The Wrap (Robert Hofler)*

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Understudies include Kai An Chee (Mr. Holland’s Opus), Milo J. Marami (A Chorus Line), and Jacob Ryan Smith (Hamster & Gretel).

If you followed our coverage of the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, you'll remember Lizard Boy: the inventive, comic book inspired coming of age musical received an honorable mention for our favorite shows of the festival.

READ: Superheroes, Dragons, and Grindr Dates: Behind Lizard Boy with Justin Huertas, William A. Williams, and Kiki DeLohr

Brandon Ivie, responsible for the cult hit Jasper in Deadland, leads the creative team, which alsos include music director Steven Tran. The design team features scenic adaptor/environmental designer Suzu Sakai, costume designer Erik Andor, lighting designer Brian Tovar, sound designer Kevin Heard, and projection designer Katherine Freer with original production design by L.B. Morse.

Lizard Boy is the winner of six 2021 San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, including Best Entire Production, Best Stage Direction, and Best Ensemble. The original cast recording is available digitally.

The Off-Broadway production is produced by Prospect Theatre Company, with special arrangement from Creative Endeavor Office (Carolyn D. Miller & Matthew J. Schneider), Blair Russell, Dawn Smalberg, and Bev Ragovoy.

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Take a look at the Off-Broadway run with the gallery below.

Take a Look at Production Photos of Prospect Theater Company's Lizard Boy


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