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. More…
Mitch Papadopolous always dreamed about being the next Bon Jovi, but he chose security over stardom and left those daydreams behind for a day job. For a while he thought he had everything – the high paying job, the high-rise apartment – until his 40th birthday when he got handed a pink slip and had to move back in with his Mom in Sayreville, New Jersey.
And when his high school arch nemesis (with a 20-year-old grudge and a tangerine spray tan) threatens to foreclose on their house, this big-shot banker must save his small-town home the only way he can…by winning The Battle of the Bands.
So he dusts off his guitar, gathers his old gang (the math teacher who isn’t good at math, the Irish cop who dreams about being on Broadway, the dermatologist who can’t get a date, and a 16-year-old Jewish rapper who makes Vanilla Ice look cool), and sets out to win the battle…and maybe even win back the high school sweetheart he left behind…proving it’s never too late to give your dreams one last shot.
"Although the subject matter about a group of guys basically trying to recapture their youth might not be the most original, the show puts its own fresh spin on that theme. The show is hilarious and will keep you laughing throughout. The music is mostly upbeat and fun, and songs like the catchy title number may even stick in your head long after you've left the theater...Anyone who grew up in the 80s...will find the show full of nostalgia even in the most surprising of ways." Full Review
“A warm, infectious delight. Yes, it’s true that the show has been prominently panned because its shamelessly tropey plot is packed with dorky, improv-style humor that constantly pelts you with silly jokes, visual gags, cheesy puns, physical comedy, and references to other rock musicals. But it works anyway, because it’s performed with deep joy, it’s extremely well-sung, and it’s delivered with charm by an ensemble having the time of their lives.” Full Review
"Starts out slowly but builds into a surprisingly funny, big-hearted, and altogether appealing musical...After intermission the show bursts out of its easy pacing and gently amusing jokes to emerge like a butterfly from a cocoon into a full-fledged original Broadway musical comedy. Suddenly the jokes are laugh-out-loud funny, the performances are outsized, and the score is both clever and original...Unexpectedly, it works. This is a highly entertaining show with a terrific cast." Full Review
"Rando’s vision is complete, well-beat, and delivered with a joyful exuberance by the cast...'Gettin’ the Band Back Together' is a genuinely funny new guilty pleasure of a musical with a tried-and-true formulaic structure and a host of scrappy, likable characters; the score is unfortunately unremarkable, derivative, and forgettable, but the book, developed through improv rehearsals, is sitcom-light, irreverent, well-beat, and really silly. Others may pile on, but I must admit: I had fun." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"The new musical Gettin' the Band Back Together begins with a statement from 'The Host,' a sort of warm-up guy/emcee, that the show is a rare thing on Broadway these days: 'a totally original musical.' However, this statement belies the fact that the show is both generic and clichéd, borrowing pieces of much more successful shows such as 'The Full Monty,' 'School of Rock,' 'Bandstand,' 'Groundhog Day,' 'The Wedding Singer,' and going all the way back to 'Bye Bye Birdie.'" Full Review
"Even if the route is obvious, 'Gettin’ the Band Back Together' is not a bad ride...While none of the musical’s songs are bound for a greatest hits compilation, they fit the upbeat, rocking vibe the show is going for. To keep with the musical parlance of the title, 'Gettin’ the Band Back Together' is like hearing an artist cover a favorite song — it’s not the first time you’ve heard it, and it might not be all that original, but you’ll be smiling and tapping your feet just the same." Full Review
“A hilariously fun and endearing time...Sweet, joyous, and cute but nothing all that memorable or special...It’s all good fun though...with some rocking but ultimately forgettable songs...This group of artists...put together an entertaining show, but haven’t quite figured out how to make it big and strong enough to be called a Broadway musical...The choreography is joyful but generic...It will make you laugh and you’ll all have a great time, but it won’t stay with you for too long.” Full Review
"Enjoyably emptyheaded, better-than-expected...This simple, if not simplistic plot, is padded with a panoply of likably goofy characters...There are potholes on its musical highway but these are more than made up for by Mark Allen's upbeat, infectiously catchy music and lyrics…The need to provide a backstory and relationship for each character weakens and overextends the dramatic arc…Is it tacky? Yes. Is it banal? Also yes. Is it clichéd? Yes, again. But is it entertaining? Absolutely." Full Review
"This garish, ultra-loud rock musical is infused with hard-working, colorful cast members who have the power with their overwhelming energy and high jinks to turn on an audience receptive to the show’s wave-length. The plot is a huge cliché, but an audience can take to the talented individuals who don’t exhibit a smidgen of self-consciousness toward the material...The whole show ends in a blaze of rock and audience cheers for the collection of game performers." Full Review
"Does a remarkably good job of taking a collection of seeming missteps—a show stacked with stereotypes, platitudes, and plot contrivances—and, with happy acknowledgement of all those deficiencies, turning them into a genuinely enjoyable if perfectly inane night at the theater...It is, in fact, the most hackneyed, predictable story you could imagine...It’s also so committed to its goofiness, so good-natured and having so much fun, that it’s impossible not to enjoy yourself." Full Review
"Yeah, it’s schlock, but it’s amiable schlock. No, it doesn’t break any new ground, and it will hardly go down in history as one of the greats. And in truth, it’s not particularly well written. But the celebratory atmosphere of 'Gettin’ the Band Back Together,' its tongue-in-cheek tackiness, and the affable nature of both the characters and the performers inhabiting those characters begrudgingly won me over...'Gettin’ the Band Back Together' nonetheless charms with its good-natured humor." Full Review
"Nothing is particularly believable, and the one character who attempts an exaggerated Jersey accent sounds like she comes from Brooklyn...Despite these flaws, I was still impressed by the production’s buoyant, almost manic energy, and laughed at many of the jokes...May not be an artistic triumph, but it’s a lot of fun, and I’d recommend it to all but the haughtiest theater snobs...As long as you’re not expecting depth, I think you’ll enjoy it." Full Review
"Feels like the tackiest show on Broadway, an impression advanced by its lazy plot, uninspired garage rock score, dopey jokes, and clichéd characters. Yet, for all its obvious mediocrity...‘Gettin’ The Band’ is kind of fun. What makes it so are the performers...Could have been a more sophisticated comedy...but the show itself is too deliberately childish to try for anything more profound than a knowing wink at its own silliness.” Full Review
"The arc of both its primary storyline (see the title) and its many subplots are so grindingly predictable that the whole show might have been assembled by a pop culture algorithm tuned to maximize sentimentality. Although the show has an appealing modesty and goofy humor, fresh it certainly is not...The musical is not without its splashes of ribald or bleakly funny humor. And the performers give appealingly smooth grease to the mechanical proceedings." Full Review
“Getting to the final moment has its ups and downs...The story remains generic for the most part, but the occasional funny line does leap out, and the entire caboodle is made more than palatable by the cast - and by director Rando, who’s never short of ideas for keeping the energy flowing...Mark Allen supplies the score, and though he conjures blasts of rock that frequently sound the same, he definitely does come up with one creative number. " Full Review
"The first act spends a lot of time on exposition with most of the big production numbers filling the much livelier second act. I’m not a good judge of rock music, but I found the score by Mark Allen uninspired. Chris Bailey’s choreography catches fire in the second act...The cast is uniformly enthusiastic. Brandon Williams steals every scene he is in." Full Review
"At times it feels like you're at 'School of Rock,' although no one's a kid anymore, but the show actually lands closer to a low-rent version of 'The Full Monty' crossed with 'Rock of Ages' and transplanted to New Jersey...This isn't a show that worries at all about internal logic or credibility or diversity; it's an ode of lamentation to lost youth, a theme as old as Broadway itself. No crime there and some discount ticketbuyers will have fun. There even are a few touching moments." Full Review
"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." Full Review
“Standard-sounding pop melodies and rocker licks, occasionally peppered with a funny rhyme or an amusing idea...while Gettin' the Band Back Together' isn't exactly a classic on paper, on stage it's directed by musical comedy master John Rando...And never underestimate the power of a charismatic cast when each and every one looks like they're having a ball...But the more inspired moments are outnumbered by limp one-liners." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"'Gettin' the Band Together’ feels remarkably unoriginal...A lot of the people...Bought into the shticky jokes, gimmicky audience participation, and predictable plot — for which credit is owed to the hard-working and able cast... and Bailey's super energetic choreography. And while Allen's music and lyrics are more ear blasting than ear hugging, they do fit the overall mood." Full Review
"To its credit, 'Gettin’ the Band Back Together' explores with far less smug condescension the themes of the current Broadway play 'Straight White Men,' which would be a much better title for this musical...The song titled 'Bart’s Confession' and delivered with real gusto by Klaitz, almost makes you forget the previous dozen songs by Mark Allen that too accurately capture the homogeneous anonymity of garage bands, lounge acts, and wedding singers." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"It has a charm. But not two and a half hours of charm. If you’re from New Jersey, you might like it. Certainly the audience I sat among loved every specific reference...This is a show, directed with a loopy Labrador’s energy by John Rando, that sells itself shamelessly to its intended audience...It’s the kind of musical, where the woman are restricted to being adjuncts and foils for the men, and all underwritten stereotypes too just for good measure." Full Review
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..
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.
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.
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.
See it if you love musicals that make you laugh out loud. The dancing numbers and singing were superb It was touching, hilarious and made a point
Don't see it if You don’t like funny musicals.
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.
See it if You like comedy and School of Rock because they're similar and if it comes back .
Don't see it if You're a NY Rangers fan because they wave a big NJ Devils flag on stage.
See it if You want to escape into a fun musical with excellent singers, some naughty laughs, and the most intense lounge singer you've ever seen.
Don't see it if You're expecting something other than what the title says. It's literally the plot with some romance and rivalry thrown in for good measure.
See it if You're looking for a fun night in the theatre. Classic-type musical to a rock beat with lots of clever jokes and creative staging and bits.
Don't see it if you're of the belief that a musical must have "meaning.' This is a fun show. If you don't like jokes that break the fourth wall, skip it.
See it if You need a good laugh! It was very funny kept a smile on my face and my teenage daughter also loved it. So glad I played that lottery.
Don't see it if You are looking for a serious play. Spoof on New Jersey was hilarious. Just go see it!!
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
See it if If you want to have a fun night out, you must see this show. It was so cleverly written that I could not stop laughing all night.
Don't see it if You don't loud music, don't enjoy funny theater.
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!
See it if a great night out with FUNNY songs and dialogue, a HILARIOUS second act, and addictive songs and personalities draw you in. We had fun!!
Don't see it if you seek life-altering, profound theatre. This isn't deep, but it's not really fluff either. It's got GREAT pockets and it's FUN. Enjoy!
See it if you just want a fun, easy to digest show that you don't to think about...just enjoy. All fun without pretense.
Don't see it if you need theatre with more meat or some sort of moral message, or if you dislike pure fun, or if your hands easily bruise from clapping.
See it if You like rock music. You want a modern topic. You like interactive shows. You want a great comedy.
Don't see it if You want a deep story. You want a drama. You hate comedy. You want a straightforward story, with no interaction with the audience.
See it if You want to see an original musical with relatable characters. You're from New Jersey, Staten Island or Brooklyn. just want to have fun!!!
Don't see it if You're looking for a serious message or don't like shows like SNL.
See it if you want to see a show that's light hearted & spirited. Just sit back, relax, & accept the show for what it is...mindless enjoyable fun.
Don't see it if you have extremely high comedic/reality expectations. This show is a concocted mix of sophomoric, cheesy, hokie, unbelievable silliness.
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