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

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(366 Reviews)
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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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!

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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.

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 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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Entertainment Weekly
August 13th, 2018

"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."
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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 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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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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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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Chicago Tribune
August 13th, 2018

"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."
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AM New York
August 13th, 2018

"A tacky, witless, and amateurish new pop-rock musical set in Sayreville, New Jersey, that might have been commendable had it been written and performed by high school students from Sayreville, but is a total embarrassment to find on Broadway...The book (which was developed through group improvisation) is hackneyed, long-winded, and awkward as it continually strives for laughs with lame setups."
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Theatermania
August 13th, 2018

"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."
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BroadwayWorld
August 16th, 2018

“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."
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Lighting & Sound America
August 22nd, 2018

“’Gettin' the Band Back Together’ wanders from scene to scene with a blithe disregard for character or storytelling; nobody seems to have been assigned the task of making these discrete bits add up to anything modestly coherent...There are worse plots, but here it is thoroughly manhandled by a creative team that has no allegiance to anything but the next gag line...Can be best described as a tribute-band version of a Broadway musical -- it has the form but none of the content."
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Talkin' Broadway
August 13th, 2018

"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."
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New York Stage Review
August 13th, 2018

"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."
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New York Stage Review
August 13th, 2018

"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."
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Theater News Online
August 18th, 2018

"Third-rate production...Characters, similar to the scenery, are like cardboard. Men are given one trait apiece. The women barely get that. Still, Jarvis, whose slightly nasal singing style evokes Hunter Foster, and the appealing Barrett, rock steady. When all is said and sung, a musical rises and falls on the tunes. Pop-rock ditties by Mark Allen are bouncy but indistinct...As for how you’ll feel watching 'Gettin’ the Band Back Together,' be prepared to grit your teeth."
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Theater News Online
August 13th, 2018

"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."
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Broadway News
August 13th, 2018

"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."
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TheaterScene.net
August 20th, 2018

"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.'"
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Theatre is Easy
August 13th, 2018

"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."
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CurtainUp
August 17th, 2018

"'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."
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Front Row Center
August 21st, 2018

“The plot is sophomoric and unrealistic. Which is kind of what you’d expect when you have a show written by committee...Absolutely anybody, including the proverbial monkey with a typewriter, could have written this story...The cast are all seasoned pros...and do a good job of looking like they’re having fun up on stage...As much as I scratch my head over it, the audience I saw it with seemed to love it and gave it a standing ovation. Oy.”
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Front Mezz Junkies
August 28th, 2018

“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.”
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Exeunt Magazine
August 20th, 2018

“A lot of the right components are there, but ultimately ‘Getting the Band’ can’t escape a basic lack of purpose and emotional investment at its core...The score is passable with...one or two stand-outs...Moments of comedy, a talented cast, and occasional high points...will doubtless satisfy the desire for a moderately entertaining Broadway musical for some, but its lack of vital specificity and sense of real importance exposes a missed opportunity for a more truly nourishing new work.”
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Broadway Blog
August 22nd, 2018

"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."
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DC Theatre Scene
August 17th, 2018

"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.”
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Newsday
August 13th, 2018

"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."
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The Clyde Fitch Report
August 13th, 2018

“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. "
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Gotham Playgoer
August 13th, 2018

"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."
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The Wrap
August 13th, 2018

"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."
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Wolf Entertainment Guide
August 26th, 2018

"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."
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Broadway & Me
August 25th, 2018

"'Gettin' the Band Back Together' doesn't belong on Broadway. I’m not being snobbish. The show simply isn't good enough...Its book does a piss-poor job of telling the story...And the humor is puerile...Despite its other failings, there is an audience for this show...Fans of 'Gettin' the Band Back Together' might be better served if the show were playing off-Broadway in a venue where ticket prices are cheaper and alcoholic beverages widely available to everyone in the room."
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The Stage (UK)
August 13th, 2018

"It’s difficult to believe it took more than an afternoon of improv to come up with the enfeebled concept here...It is at once so bad and so bland that it erases itself even as you are watching it. All credit to the affable actors then...for turning these two-dimensional characterisations into people with recognisable human traits. Director John Rando also lends it some shape, even if the destination is always obvious."
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Stage Left
August 13th, 2018

"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."
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Daily Beast
August 13th, 2018

"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."
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NewNowNext.com
August 20th, 2018

"A show that doesn’t lack for amiability, but which is too often bland, has some jokes that don’t land, and boasts a rap version of 'Hava Nagila' that is possibly the worst number ever on a Broadway stage. Act Two becomes more aggressively silly and therefore more enjoyable...But generally, this show belongs in certain parts of New Jersey. At least I got some Rice Krispies treats from Marilu Henner when she came down the aisle to hand them out during intermission."
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StageZine
August 15th, 2018

"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.”
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Off Script with Dan Dwyer
August 14th, 2018

"With a smile on its face gives the middle finger to elitists, many of whom will likely label this folksy, sometimes offensive, unoriginal production, a 'bridge and tunnel musical'...Davenport pasted together the predictable plot from a series of improvisational rehearsals...The score, of a bland Broadway-1980s rock mode, is by Mark Allen in his first Broadway outing. The lyrics range from unmemorable to a challenge to forget...Vulgar sitcom with a crappy score."
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BroadwaySelect
August 27th, 2018

"Sure, there’s something appealing about trying to recapture one’s youth. Here, though, virtually every character is immature, suggesting that nobody ever grows up in New Jersey...Nostalgia aside, if you’re approaching your 25th high school reunion and the best you’ve got to show for it is a few rides on the Log Flume and the Giant Wheel, my, you’re in trouble (and not worthy of our attention)."
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Z
August 14th, 2018

"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."
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Film Festival Traveler
August 19th, 2018

"Vanity projects don’t come more desperate than 'Gettin’ the Band Back Together'...Unsurprisingly, that mish-mash of witless, unfunny, uninteresting anecdotes and characters was stitched together into a dreary, overlong musical with pseudo-rock songs that try to (but never) approximate the hitmakers they emulate...Very little of this is amusing, much is risible, and nothing’s memorable. Worst is how the women are treated."
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Says Me Says Mom
August 16th, 2018

"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."
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NJArts.net
August 23rd, 2018

"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."
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The Three Tomatoes
August 18th, 2018

"It’s harmless and could be fun, but the book needs an infusion of sharp wit and better plot lines. To be fair, the show does improve in the second act, and by the end, audience members were clearly enjoying themselves. It just takes a long time to get there. The characters and the story are contrived. What are supposed to be really funny ideas just aren’t, but the songs are actually enjoyable...This could have been a really fun night. But...needs some serious fine tuning."
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Vox
August 28th, 2018

“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.”
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