Gettin’ the Band Back Together (NYC)
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Gettin’ the Band Back Together (NYC)
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Gettin’ the Band Back Together (NYC) NYC Reviews and Tickets

74%
(367 Ratings)
Positive
76%
Mixed
14%
Negative
10%
Members say
Entertaining, Funny, Cliched, Delightful, Fluffy

About the Show

The Tony Award-winning director of 'Urinetown' returns to Broadway with this new musical comedy, the story of a laid off 40-year-old who finds that the only hope for his future lies in revisiting his rock and roll past.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (367)

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283 Reviews | 77 Followers
98
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you want an amazing show. Sure it's not a serious plot line, but it was so well done that it deserves a lot of praise! See below for more...

Don't see it if you don't like fun musicals! This was an amazing show. You don't have to know all the jersey references to enjoy. Maybe not for Grandma.. Read more

134 Reviews | 15 Followers
95
Entertaining, Funny, Romantic

See it if You are looking for a good laugh and night out w/ friends. The show is funny & makes you think about decisions we make in life; interactive

Don't see it if You don't like Musicals, you are looking for originality, or amazing staging.

118 Reviews | 9 Followers
95
Great writing, Great singing, Great acting, Hilarious, Must see

See it if you will not mind leaving the theater with sore cheeks from all of the laughing you will do during this immersive performance.

Don't see it if you are against having fun at the theater or are only interested in jukebox musicals or film adaptations.

50 Reviews | 28 Followers
95
Funny, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if you like energetic, lively and original Broadway fare, and sharp hysterical lyrics, with great singing.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy seeing 40 somethings trying to relive their youth in a musical form, and if you are afraid of audience participation.

119 Reviews | 16 Followers
94
Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Hilarious, Must see

See it if Loved this musical and probably one of the best this season. Unique true story built from experiences. I laughed a lot. Must see.

Don't see it if If you do not like musicals and are looking for serious content.

52 Reviews | 14 Followers
90
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Hilarious

See it if you want to laugh a lot and enjoy a great performance with a lot of fun.

Don't see it if you need something more thought-revoking.

55 Reviews | 44 Followers
90
Funny, Hilarious, Quirky, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You Want to laugh real hard, , love to make New Jersey jokes, want a great night to start dancing in the aisles

Don't see it if You want something serious. A great plot, this show plot isvery cliched

148 Reviews | 79 Followers
89
Funny, Entertaining, Original, Spirited, Delightful fluff

See it if You liked "Taxi" & want to have a truly uniquely silly good time from start to finish! People 40+ will relate to the loveable spirited roles

Don't see it if Deep down you view yourself as a theater snob that would prefer a well done revival! If chuckling & Marilou Henner aren't enough, don't go!

Critic Reviews (47)

The New York Times
August 13th, 2018

"Empty-headed entertainment...Originality isn’t novelty, and the show is such a calculated rehash of a million tired tropes that it can best be described with Broadway math: 'School of Rock' plus 'The Fully Monty' divided by 'The Wedding Singer' — and multiplied by zero...Here the obviousness of the characters and the outcome of the plot give the songs almost nothing to do, and here I’m able to say that Mark Allen, who wrote the music and lyrics, is equal to the task."
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Time Out New York
August 13th, 2018

"A community-theater vanity production that has somehow surfaced at a Broadway house, it is schlocky at every turn. In essence the show is a fusion of 'Rock of Ages,' minus the hit songs, with 'The Full Monty,' minus the sincerity, charm, and character development...Aspires to a knowing attitude toward its own silliness...But it’s not sharp enough to pull off the gambit; you can’t tell if it’s winking or just has something weird in its eye. Even the show’s best bits get pounded flat."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
August 13th, 2018

"'Gettin’ the Band Back Together' is marketing one of my least favorite kinds of fun: the sentimental myth of the 'do over'...Its writers seem to be laboring under the misconception that because something actually happened to you, it’s not a cliché. The play they’ve put together, from its plot to its sense of humor, feels like the theatrical equivalent of one of those movies that metastasizes out of a mis-chosen SNL sketch."
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The Wall Street Journal
August 16th, 2018

"What it’s doing on Broadway is hard to figure, but the members of the cast of 'Gettin’ the Band Back Together' are so amiable that it’s not too unpleasant—up to a point—to spend an evening watching them tell corny jokes and sing Mark Allen’s lame but innocuous songs...While I certainly don’t recommend that you spend your own money on 'Gettin’ the Band Back Together,' it won’t kill you should you be forced to see it on somebody else’s dime."
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Deadline
August 13th, 2018

"The playful musical is more infectious than you might expect. Be warned, though: Enjoyment of 'Gettin’ The Band Back Together' will be in direct proportion to a tolerance for not-so-young guys making guitar faces and devil horn hand gestures for two and a half hours...Davenport’s book lets few jokes go unrepeated...And given the musical’s two-or-three year gestation period, director Rando had plenty of time to trim the repetitions."
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Variety
August 13th, 2018

"Although simplistic by design, the script is funny without being hilarious, grooving along mainly on its many goofy throwaway lines...Nunes delivers a cool performance and a killer musical turn, and runs away with the show...Cheap laughs? You bet, but even cheap laughs count; and let’s admit it—it feels so good to laugh real laughs on Broadway."
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The Hollywood Reporter
August 13th, 2018

"Technically speaking the show isn't based on a pre-existing movie or literary property. But if there's one thing 'Gettin' the Band Back Together' isn't, it's original...To say that the humor is unsophisticated is an understatement...But some of the comic bits, both physical and verbal, are very amusing. You may find yourself laughing a lot, although you won't be proud of it afterwards...The score is strictly generic pop-rock but bouncy enough."
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The Observer
August 13th, 2018

"Sweaty, janky garbage fire...The plot feels like a bottom-shelf Ben Stiller–Owen Wilson vehicle from 2006, one that ranks below 'Little Fockers' at that...Klaitz, wild-eyed and roly-poly, gets a tacky but enjoyable Meat Loaf-ish wailer...Such moments, if there were more, could have saved the show, especially with a cast this appealing and given John Rando’s bright, comic staging. But there’s the music. Such crummy music."
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