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Gettin’ the Band Back Together (Broadway)

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Hilarious, 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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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.


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85
Says Me Says Mom

"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

80
Talkin' Broadway

"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

80
Stage Left

"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

75
Variety

"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

75
Entertainment Weekly

"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

70
ZEALnyc

"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

70
New York Stage 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

65
Broadway News

"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

65
The Clyde Fitch Report

“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

65
Chicago Tribune

"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

65
Gotham Playgoer

"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

65
Deadline

"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

60
The Hollywood Reporter

"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

60
The Wall Street Journal

"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

60
The Wrap

"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

60
Daily Beast

"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

55
Newsday

"The show is a willfully silly piece of cheese, but that stuff is actually hard to pull off — and 'Gettin’ the Band Back Together' is no 'Head Over Heels' or 'Rock of Ages'...The book...takes us through a seemingly endless series of sentimental plot points, cliches, and groan-inducing jokes...Thank God, then, for Tygen, a hilariously preening villain sporting highlights and a sycophantic entourage...You’ll be grateful every time he struts back in sight." Full Review

55
Theatre is Easy

"One of the least original works I’ve encountered...But what 'Gettin’ The Band Back Together' misses out on in terms of inventiveness, it begins to make up with John Rando’s more-than-proficient, often clever direction and the cast’s high-octane commitment to energizing, if not fully fleshing out, the cardboard cutout characters...The book veers between very silly and very lame...Tries its best to take us back to the good old days. If only it felt a little less old and a little more good." Full Review

45
Theatermania

"The tepid, warmed-over jokes spring almost entirely from thinly drawn archetypes that stand in for real characters...Allen's in-one-ear-out-the-other rock music doesn't add spice to this bland dish...Rando seems determined to force comedy by doubling down on the story's two-dimensional qualities...It consistently makes you wish you were watching something else. The numbers recall better rock songs, and the plot smacks of funnier movies." Full Review

45
New York Magazine / Vulture

"'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." Full Review

45
New York Stage Review

"An overwhelming feeling of déjà vu—or, to quote one of Mark Allen’s more insightful lyrics—'disappointment mixed with déjà vu'—underscores 'Gettin’ the Band Back Together'...Though a Mazel-Tov call and response might not be everyone’s cup of Manischewitz, 'GTBBT’s' best moments are its most ridiculous...And the show’s worst moments are its most sincere." Full Review

40
StageZine

"Well, you don’t have to be Hercule Poirot to figure out the plot. The title says it all. What is worse is when the clichés start piling up and the dialogue and setups become juvenile and dreary...Characters...are the requisite stereotypical fillers that all ‘original’ musicals must have...Rando is normally such an adept director...Here...he went off track in this too 'original' musical. However, he injected the cast with enough energy to keep the proceedings moving.” Full Review

35
Theater News Online

"More sympathetic types will describe the show as satire, especially given the bona fides of director John Rando. Trust me, 'Gettin’ the Band Back Together' is not satire...The show grows increasingly desperate and reactionary...The plot sinks lower and lower into audience pandering...Will remind you, at different moments, of 'The Wedding Singer,' 'Rock of Ages,' 'School of Rock' and the Kars4Kids commercial, all of which look like Mozart’s Requiem by comparison." Full Review

30
The New York Times

"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." Full Review

30
The Observer

"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." Full Review


95
Funny, Refreshing, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great singing

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.

91
Funny, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You want to see a show that is entertaining, funny, easy-going and all around enjoyable

Don't see it if You want to see something serious

Also I think The NY Times critic was very unfair to this show. It is so enj... Read more Read less

91
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging

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.

Also This is not great art but there are lots of in jokes for theatre peopl... Read more Read less

89
Ambitious, Relevant, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great staging

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!

89
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Fun, Fluffy

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.

Also This show can be described in one word, "Fun". It will never be consid... Read more Read less

88
Funny, Delightful, Must see, Entertaining, Great staging

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.

88
Funny, Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you are from New Jersey, especially central Jersey or know about the area.

Don't see it if you know nothing about New Jersey because it has a lot of NJ humor

88
Delightful, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if You liked Rock If Ages (it seemed to push all the same buttons for me). Pure silly FUN! Lots of great talent on stage and all gave 100%!

Don't see it if You’re expecting great art. This is the equivalent of sitcom television-it’s light, predictable and cliched but it’s funny and I laughed!

87
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Fun, Light hearted

See it if You like light hearted, fun, funny musicals that make you laugh out loud. Great play if you're looking for a good time.

Don't see it if Are looking for a thought provoking, meaningful, serious Broadway production.

86
Funny, Quirky, Entertaining, Enjoyable

See it if Fun Show for a night out, with music and alot of laughs. Man moves back home with his mom after losing his job and that the start.

Don't see it if No deep story, fun story. Man goes home and think about choices, and selling out for the easy way not trying to follow his dreams.

86
Funny, Clever, Must see, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if If you want to just have fun and laugh, this is the show to see. The music is great too! I am going to see it again.

Don't see it if If you do not like music, or do not like comedy.

85
Funny, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Great cast

See it if It's fun.... and the talent is amazing! If you find an inexpensive ticket, grab it!

Don't see it if You're a Broadway snob. Will only go to shows recommended by critics.... This show will only survive through word of mouth.

85
Entertaining, Cute, Great staging, Fluffy, Typical nj stereotyping but in a fun way

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.

Also GTBBT shouldn't be compared to other shows, & I don't think it tries t... Read more Read less

79
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Cliched, Fluffy

See it if You enjoy simple easy to follow musicals. Doesn’t hurt if you ‘get’ NJ culture/references. Tries a bit too hard but a great escape!

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy upbeat, light musicals with lots of easy to follow romantic storylines within a broader arc of a story in musical form. Go!

78
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you love to laugh and are ready for a light, fun, enjoy yourself evening! Lets you believe we are forever young.

Don't see it if you are looking for substance and a profound message. This is pure fun.

78
Funny, Ambitious, Cliched, Fluffy

See it if You want a fluffy, fun musical about grownups with a predictable ending.

Don't see it if You're expecting to be riveted, or looking for something deep.

78
Entertaining, Fun, Enjoyable, Surprising, Corny

See it if you want to have a few laughs and see a fun show

Don't see it if You want every musical to be thought provoking and drab

Also This is one of the few musical I've seen where the second act is bette... Read more Read less

76
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Cliched, Fluffy

See it if You like to simply laugh and don't mind predictable plots and stock characters and just want to have a mindless, fun experience.

Don't see it if You are expecting something challenging, want to be moved or have no sense of humor, even when you know the jokes before they are even told.

75
Funny, Quirky

See it if You want to turn your brain off and enjoy some good old fashioned fluff. It's a totally no stress show - in a good way.

Don't see it if You don't like stories about middle aged dudes trying to recapture their youth.

75
Funny, Refreshing, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if a nice, easy, shut-your-brain-off musical. It's a lot of fun--the cast is very good. Sets are clever, but really simple.

Don't see it if want something to think about, or great depth

74
Predictable, Hilarious, Entertaining, Fun

See it if You want a fun night out and need a good laugh. Great original score.

Don't see it if You dislike corny and predictable plots. Don't come to the theatre expecting a thought-provoking piece.

71
Funny, Entertaining, Sophomoric

See it if You don't mind corny lines and just like to be entertained

Don't see it if You need a more sophisticated show. This is predictable but fun

69
Funny, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You like stories about garage rock bands. You relate to suburban New Jersey types. You want to see Marilu Henner rock it at age 60-whatever.

Don't see it if You want a better story. You aren't willing to sit through a boring first act to get to a second act that pays off, sort of.

Also I've heard of shows having "second act problems"; this one's problems ... Read more Read less

68
Disappointing, Overrated, Dated, Fluffy

See it if This is a good regional production, not a broadway one. It is dated, predictable . It reminded me of rock of ages in the beginning.

Don't see it if While it has good direction, this show gets lost.

60
Quirky, Banal, Confusing, Cliched, Fluffy

See it if you want something fun.

Don't see it if you’re lookin for something new or complex

Also The show, while patting itself on the back (almost literally starting ... Read more Read less



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