Already closed | 2h 15m | Midtown W

Gettin’ the Band Back Together (NYC)

From 362 member  reviews
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. 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.

2h 15m | Already closed | Belasco Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (362)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Funny, Cliched, Delightful, Fluffy
73
Avg Score

88
Hilarious, Entertaining, Delightful, Fluffy, Great singing

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!

68
Dated, Disappointing, Fluffy, Overrated

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.

66
Indulgent, Excruciating, Dated, Cliched, Derivative

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

78
Entertaining, Funny, Cliched, Great singing, Delightful

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!

86
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, 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.

73
Great singing, Banal, Disappointing, Entertaining, Cliched

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.

54
Great singing, Fluffy, Slow, Cliched

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.

80
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

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.

Also Not generally a fan of musicals, but I laughed and smiled my way throu... Read more Read less

70
Silly, Cliched, Earnest but forced

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.

71
Funny, Entertaining, Banal

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.

52
Cliched, Disappointing

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.

60
Formulaic, Hackneyed, Occasionally funny, Fluffy

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.

85
Surprisingly entertaining, Kooky sets & costumes (very new jersey), Great supporting cast, Simple fun book w/some good music (rock on), Hilarious campy jokes / fluffy but cool

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.

Also Lucky enough to see closing-night yesterday.... Read more Read less

79
Derivative, Silly and predictable, Mindless fun, Talented and hard-working cast, Forgettable entertainment for the leave-your-brain-at-the-door crowd

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.

Also Gettin’ The Band Back Together’s cast does its darnedest; yet, the mat... Read more Read less

76
Clever, Funny, Cliched, Fluffy

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.

Also The plot had kept me away, but we gave it a chance and can't believe h... Read more Read less

75
Funny, Entertaining, Fun, Good mindless entertainment, Fluffy

See it if You are looking for a fun, mindless night out.

Don't see it if You are looking for a serious show with substance or you can handle when a show pokes fun at New Jersey.

Also I enjoyed this more than I expected to. I didn't go in with high expec... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Hilarious, Fluffy

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.

74
Entertaining, Fluffy, Indulgent, Goofy

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.

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..

Also The show was like if Rock of Ages and the Wedding Singer had a Baby! I... Read more Read less

69
Talented cast tries hard to sell subpar material, Funny moments but not broadway caliber, Mediocre music, Energetic, Entertaining if you manage expectations

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.

79
Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Fluffy

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

75
Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Refreshing

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

80
Entertaining, Cliched, Some excellent musical numbers

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)

82
Clever, Funny, Great staging, Cliched

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.

20
Cliched, Banal, Disappointing

See it if you are from NJ. Or if you are ok with cliche after cliche.

Don't see it if you want high quality theater. I couldn't stop rolling my eyes. It's the same joke over and over again.

Also Despite the curtain speech that is being given, there is nothing origi... Read more Read less


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 ...
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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 ...
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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...
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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 ...
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