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Gettin’ the Band Back Together (NYC)

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

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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65
DC Theatre Scene

"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

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
BroadwayWorld

“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

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
CurtainUp

"'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

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
NewNowNext.com

"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." Full Review

55
The Three Tomatoes

"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." 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


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
Funny, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy original musicals with a lot of jokes that require very little thought to enjoy.

Don't see it if you are not interested in sex jokes and want a bit more substance with your theater experience

68
Funny, Cliched, Insipid, Entertaining, Irreverent

See it if you enjoy original musicals with a myriad of "dad jokes" that require very little thought to enjoy.

Don't see it if you dislike cliched musical comedies.

Also Gettin' the Band Back Together was entertaining, but not my favorite. ... 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.

65
Funny, Indulgent, Cliched, Fluffy

See it if you don't mind seeing a musical with a simple plot that gets all wrapped up in a bow at the end... just like a sitcom from the 80's.

Don't see it if you are not interested in characters that clichés, sophomoric sex jokes and a bit a substance with your theater viewing.

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

55
Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Fluffy, Droll

See it if you are hungry for an original musical; love Marilu Henner, & enjoy contrived attempts to whip the audience into a frenzy to no end.

Don't see it if You enjoy logical plots, sublime acting, innovative choreography, smart lyrics or interesting music- none of which are on display here

52
Disappointing, Cliched

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.

50
Cliched, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You love 80s rock, School of Rock, and The Full Monty. And if you don't mind retreading familiar territory.

Don't see it if You are interested in original ideas or sophisticated lyrics.

68
During previews
Cliched, Entertaining, Sophmoric,

See it if You want a few good laughs in an otherwise trite, predictable story.

Don't see it if You are looking for anything resembling well written comedy. This is simply so so bathromm humor. Or you are a Marilu Henner fan.

Also MH is miscast. Most of the cast are neither show stopping singers or a... Read more Read less

67
During previews
Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You Enjoy silly nonsense musicals - so bad it's almost fun - some very funny one liners

Don't see it if You can't get a cheap ticket or a comp

66
During previews
Funny, Delightful, Confusing, Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if You want a lighthearted experience and enjoy nostalgia

Don't see it if You want a truly original musical. Though this is "original" it is entirely predictable with forgettable, repetitive music.

65
During previews
Banal, Cliched, Predictable, Fluffy, Mildly-amusing

See it if you seek an amiable sitcom, full of clichés, hackneyed jokes, predictable plots & familiar characters, designed for the bridge & tunnel set.

Don't see it if you shudder at cheap jokes, can't laugh at NJ or midlife crises, expect anything highbrow, or need to leave singing catchy, memorable tunes.

Also This is an unexceptional but amusing musical by a mediocre creative te... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Funny, Indulgent, Cliched, Insipid, Fluffy

See it if want to see a Broadway musical with an original book.

Don't see it if expect freshness, originality or sophistication.

Also This show tries much too hard to be loved.

65
During previews
Silly story. very mediocre music.

See it if You live in Sayreville New Jersey.

Don't see it if You want a good musical with good story and good music.

65
During previews
Funny, Cliched, Predictable, Entertaining

See it if you're looking for a VERY light night at the theatre and you're from Jersey (or the tri-state area and will "get" Jersey jokes).

Don't see it if you want serious theater with an thought-provoking plot, well-developed characters, and interesting music. This show is basic.

Also I was really hoping that this was going to be the sleeper hit of the s... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Cliched, Slow, Hilarious

See it if You want to laugh a lot at a new original musical

Don't see it if a cliche, campy, cheesy, cheeky Musical isn’t your cup of tea.

Also The show was good but Not Great! Lots of Laughs, but laughs alone don’... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Delightful, Fluffy

See it if You don’t mind a little bit of crassness in a show, you want an original show

Don't see it if You want an intense show, you want a cohesive show

64
During previews
Boring, Banal

See it if .

Don't see it if .

Also Not my cup of tea... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Cliched, Loud, Unmemorable songs, Unpolished, Lame jokes/gags

See it if you like stories abt NJ,or band reunions, or middle-age crises, or high sch sweethearts who sh never have split up. Focus on guys, not gals

Don't see it if you want something new or sophisticated. GBBT is unchallenging "fun," but it wasn't for me. I'd rather see Desperate Measures. Ugh.

58
During previews
Nj battle of bands send-up; not often do such mighty efforts lead to such meh results

See it if cast works its a** off; several zany bits, singular hilarious number: “I slept with your mother”

Don't see it if silly predictable plot; dancing no more than arms thrust in air/chest bumps; forgettable music; "Wedding Singer" much better '80s satire

Also Springsteen on Broadway authentically and movingly roots the show in B... Read more Read less

55
During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Insipid, Fluffy

See it if You enjoy stupid comedies a’la “airplane, dodgeball, etc., are looking for an escape with a few giggles, but only see it on the cheap.

Don't see it if You’re expecting a smart comedy where all the jokes land....... spoiler..... they don’t.

55
During previews
Disappointing, Cliched, Amateurish, Sophomoric

See it if Have no taste? Then see it. Those in the audience that liked it one can tell never go see theatre.

Don't see it if Tired of predictable story, forgettable music, direction as if by a 13-year old.

50
During previews
Disappointing, Cliched, Fluffy

See it if You are from NJ or like jokes about it. You want fluffy entertainment or School of Rock version for adults. You like audience interaction.

Don't see it if You have young children with you, you want better quality entertainment, you have other options.

50
During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Cliched, Slow, Wasted talent

See it if You want sophomoric jokes repeated over and over, melodies that don’t resonate, and a story that meanders, and panders to every cliche.

Don't see it if You want more than gimmicks, like the cast (Kelli Barrett and other talented actors were wasted), or want complete songs that are tuneful.



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