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.
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!
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.
See it if you want an old-fashioned story-type show with enthusiastic cast, a few production numbers & reassuring ending, nothing offensive
Don't see it if you want something new, clever, memorable, don't like cliches, bad jokes, stock characters, mediocre dancing, predictable plot
See it if Original musical of Jersey band regrouping for 1 night to reclaim glory days. Ms. Henner does some heavy lifting. Actors play instruments.
Don't see it if Shallow characters & plot invoke comparisons to inane "School of Rock" and "Full Monty." Sayreville and the letter "G" should sue.
See it if You’re open to having a good time at a show that’s just there to delight you, and not be anything groundbreaking or profound.
Don't see it if You’re going to be horribly critical about how average, crowd-pleasing shows make it to Broadway. Just go and have fun!
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.
See it if You enjoy some catchy songs and performers who give it their all. Lead actor, his mom & his long-lost girlfriend are highlights here.
Don't see it if Some cringeworthy lyrics, show moves extremely slowly, many lame jokes that fail to land. Way too long at 2 hours 35 minutes.
See it if you are looking for a delightful, funny, and entertaining show with lots of heart, lovable characters and a happy ending for (almost) all.
Don't see it if you don't like musicals with lots of Jersey jokes, many great lyrics and pure fun. You must have drama. This was just fun & entertaining.
See it if you get a discount and enjoy derivative silliness. There's very little original here, despite the self serving pre-show speech.
Don't see it if you need edge or emotion in your musicals or a memorable score. This has all been done before, better.
See it if You like rock music, you where in a band in high school or were a grupie of a high school band, or if you are a fan of Marylu Henner.
Don't see it if You prefer serious plays or deep examination of relationships or characters. You do not enjoy light high-schoolish humor.
See it if you want to see an energetic cast with some talent give their all with material that is occasionally funny.
Don't see it if you expect something that is original or clever. The cast deserved better!
Also This would be better suited to an Off-Broadway house.
See it if you'd appreciate a story about Jersey or are looking for a succession of cheap laughs.
Don't see it if you cringe at stereotypes, repetitive music, and underdeveloped female characters only introduced to inevitably pair off with the men.
See it if you support a wonderful cast doing the best they can to keep subpar material emotionally-effective; like School of Rock and Rock of Ages.
Don't see it if expecting a groundbreaking plot, music, or lyrics; dislike unrealistic plots and set-design; don't particularly like audience interactions.
See it if you want to see a New Jersey "roast". This is one New Jersey joke after another. It's a fun, silly show that will leave you smiling.
Don't see it if you are touchy about NJ being made fun of. You want a realistic plot/storyline.
See it if you can let it all hang out, free your mind, & be entertained by a simple book w/some good rock-n-roll music, performed by a strong cast.
Don't see it if you only like epic traditional Broadway musicals. There's a lot of unexpected audience interaction, plus walk-ons & offs from the audience.
See it if you're from New Jersey (maybe?) If you can get a discount ticket. To get a rice krispie treat from Marilu Henner at intermission.
Don't see it if you want to see a show with substance. I wish the cast had better material to work with.
See it if You're game for a harmless, comedic Broadway musical. Charming, hard-working ensemble delivering tongue-in-cheek material; fun dancing riff!
Don't see it if You want memorable songs; you hate sappy, silly story lines; you'll be pained to see Marilu Henner working the aisles to charm the audience.
See it if You are looking for a good time at the theater. It won't change lives, but will make you laugh harder than any recent Broadway musical.
Don't see it if You need to be profoundly affected by every show you see, or are offended by New Jersey stereotypes.
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 like comedies about battles of the bands. Paul Shaffer was in our audience and participated. Great songs. Very funny!
Don't see it if You don’t like cliched battles of the bands or good guy versus bad guy stuff.
See it if Most every supporting character has a rich backstory and spot to shine; Brandon Williams & Garth Kravits mine every laugh always
Don't see it if The main "couple" has the most vanilla storyline; Mitchell Jarvis & Kelli Barrett underutilization keeps it from soaring
See it if you want a light (very light) but entertaining evening in the theatre. I laughed a lot, as did the folks next to me. Not great art but fun!
Don't see it if you are looking for a meaningful, deep, artistic show or expect everything onstage to make sense. This is silliness. But it is enjoyable.
See it if you're willing to wait for the second act for things to come together; you enjoy some rap; you like musicals geared to teens to 30 yrs
Don't see it if you find characters that behave like jerks irritating (even though they do much better in the second act)
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