Already closed | 2h 15m | Midtown W

Rocktopia

From 294 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Disappointing, Ambitious, Indulgent

About the show

This musical extravaganza celebrates the fusion of the best rock songs of the past century with some of the greatest classical music ever written. Now on Broadway through April 29 only. More…

'Rocktopia' showcases the works of musical innovators including Mozart, Queen, Beethoven, Journey, Handel, U2, Tchaikovsky, Pink Floyd, Heart, Rachmaninoff, Foreigner, Copland, The Who, and more.  'Rocktopia' delivers one-of-a-kind arrangements with a celebrated, diverse array of rock, Broadway, and opera vocalists, a 5-piece rock band, a choir of 40, and an orchestra of 20. Performers include: Rob Evan (Broadway: 'Les Miserables,' 'Jekyll & Hyde', multi-platinum recording artist), Chloe Lowery (Chris Botti, 'Yanni Voices'), Tony Vincent ('American Idiot,' 'RENT,' NBC’s 'The Voice'), and many more.

Featuring special guest stars Pat Monahan of Train for performances through April 8, Dee Snider of Twisted Sister from April 9-15, and Robin Zander of Cheap Trick for performances April 23-29.

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

Member Reviews (294)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Great singing, Disappointing, Ambitious, Indulgent
70
Avg Score

64
Banal, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if If you like a corny story with okay/ average music.

Don't see it if It is not really worth seeing, Dee Snider is washed up and tired in this production. If you like a good musical with a good story.

80
Entertaining, Great staging, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if Not what one would expect on Broadway Great visuals, great lighting, great sound. Superb violinist, Our fav. the 3 Freddie Mercury . songs

Don't see it if wonder if a Classic aficionado or Rock aficionado would enjoy the mix

40
Banal, Cliched, Cheesy, Pointless

See it if you want to see classic rock karaoke w/a PowerPoint backdrop of random stock images & some classical music thrown in to make it feel grand.

Don't see it if you have to wash your hair or do some laundry.

Also Take all the most pompous, bombastic, cheesy elements of Trans-Siberia... Read more Read less

25
Cliched, Excruciating, Indulgent, Hilarious, Tacky

See it if You've never heard classical music and/or covers of classic rock anthems. You want 1 great singer-Chloe Lowery.

Don't see it if You're expecting a NY-caliber show: this is unworthy of Broadway + most music venues, open mics & showcases here. Skip it.

61
Disappointing, Overrated, Something in vegas, Some good singing

See it if You want to see classic and different music playing. If you like a big production remind me of a Vegas show.

Don't see it if No story line there's just classical music with rock music.

Also Kind of funny because this is Broadway I didn't feel like this should ... Read more Read less

76
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Classic rock power balladry mashed with operatic elements(Handel and Elton;Harrison and Puccini). Great music remains great regardless.

Don't see it if Concert is shaped by visiting guest icon, your evening is left to the booker. Strings in rock music? Thrilling at times. Insipid slide show.

88
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy a spectacle of singing, orchestra and chorus mixing classical and pop music. Great staging and lighting. Many good numbers.

Don't see it if you like a musical with a plot.This is a concert. Don't see if you take your pop or classical music only done straight.

Also I liked the creativity of the show. Some numbers didn't work but most ... Read more Read less

75
Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy concerts. The orchestra & singing are great. This is not bad karaoke. Chloe Lowery was the standout & received standing ovations.

Don't see it if you are looking for a Broadway musical. This is a concert. Bad fit for Broadway so if you wouldn't have seen this in another venue, don't go

Also Stay for the encore which consists of "Drops of Jupiter" and "Bohemian... Read more Read less

51
Just.a loud glorified concert. not a broadway worth vehicle

See it if You like concert loud versions of songs.

Don't see it if You don't like loud concerts.

75
Great singing, Great music, Entertaining

See it if if you like classic rock, classical music, and opera, and would enjoy a concert blending all of the above.

Don't see it if if you are looking for a traditional musical with a story plot, this is more of a concert.

40
Unnecessary, Excruciating, Great singing

See it if you want to hear rock combined with classical music or if you want to see some of the strangest projections ever on a Broadway stage.

Don't see it if there's any other show you've been meaning to see. This is a concert you could probably see anywhere on tour.

70
Ambitious, Great singing, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy classic rock juxtaposed with classical music. Great voices, great musicians

Don't see it if loud rock music crossed with classical is not of interest to you

55
Uneven, Bombastic, Some talented performers, Cliched

See it if you like loud rock music performed by some very talented singers (Chloe Lowery, Tony Vincent) & musicians.

Don't see it if you don't like rock/classical music mash-ups. Occasionally it works, more often doesn't. This is more like a Vegas show than a B'WAY show.

85
Very entertaining, Excellent orchestrations, Some amazing singing, Cruiseshipish in a good way, Loud rock concert

See it if you want to experience a loud ROCK CONCERT in an iconic broadway theater. The dated PBS Special is cool, but it works a little better LIVE.

Don't see it if whining/complaining is how you live. The name SAYS it's a freaking ROCK CONCERT. Why go see it, then come in here & trash it, KNOWING this?

Also Tony Vincent LIVE is worth the price of admission.... Read more Read less

77
Great singing, Great music, Entertaining, Dizzying, Uneven

See it if you love all music, classical, opera or popular rock. Some numbers were amazing, others less so.

Don't see it if you want a typical Broadway musical with a plot and dance choreography.

Also I am not an opera fan and so I did not enjoy the pure operatic numbers... Read more Read less

96
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love Rock and classical music and enjoy fun ways to listen and watch. I had a blast!!!

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

86
Entertaining, Great singing, Clever, spectacular

See it if you want to be surprised how effective classical, rock and opera can all work beautifully together with a choir, orchestra and performers

Don't see it if you don't enjoy blending different genres of music in an effective and visually beautiful way that really attracts your listening ears.

49
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if You enjoy shows with a concert vibe rather than a traditional theater experience; you can tolerate horrible mashups of classical/rock music

Don't see it if You love Nessun Dorma. What they did to that song was like nails on a chalkboard.

45
Banal, Cliched, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if See below.

Don't see it if No reason to see it; artistic and performance misstep... Grab your favorite vinyl and give it a spin.

80
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Loud, Fun

See it if You rocked in the 80's with loud. Used, are still a rock fan, still sing rock songs, want to see a concert

Don't see it if You hated rock, still hate rock, hate loud music, want to see a play, a musical or a drama. Stay home in your flannels, this isn't for you

Also I had a blast! Loved the combination of rock and classical music. Remi... Read more Read less

97
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Must see

See it if you want to see an amazing display of sight and sound. This is a concert with great video as a background. Singing was outstanding

Don't see it if Absolutely no reason to not see it. It's only on for six weeks - make sure to see it!!!!

65
Banal, Cliched, Excruciating, Indulgent, Boring

See it if you like mediocre renditions of rock/pop songs and cliched projections of sky, trees, pyramids, etc. or if you like Celtic Women fiddling.

Don't see it if you are expecting to be moved or excited by the performances. They are pretty flat, despite the gyrating taking place onstage. I'd skip it.

76
Dizzying, Entertaining

See it if A powerful blend of classical music and rock that bring the big sounds together. A surprising evening in the theater for rock lovers.

Don't see it if Loud music sends some people early out the theatre doors are you one? People in the orchestra may stand. Do you want to ?

70
Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever, Great singing, Fun

See it if You love classical music and rock, and want to have a different but fun night on Broadway!

Don't see it if You can’t tolerate loud music, bright lights shining in your eyes, or having fellow audience members singing and dancing along.

80
Great singing

See it if You're looking for great performers to deliver an interestingly crafted show. Concerts aren't really my thing, but the production was good!

Don't see it if You want any kind of story with your show or are looking for a show a little more concise and less long.


March 27th, 2018
"About two hours in, the touring concert...had settled into a benign, dull groove. Then the slide show, which until then had been mostly sunsets and rolling clouds, jolted me awake...The vocalists generally acquit themselves well enough...Ultimately, the real problem is the set list's utter bland...
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March 27th, 2018
"A misguided attempt to combine two musical forms...The musical mishmashes on display rarely come off effectively, more often feeling like gimmickry...The snippets from well-known classical pieces followed by bombastic renditions of overly familiar rock songs prove novel for the first few minutes...
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March 27th, 2018
"Heads bob. Arms sway. Hands clap. And, frequently, eyes roll - at least mine did...Blurs the lines between famous rock hits and classical ones...Gets old fast because a sameness sets in...Too much lung-busting, facial-distorting 'American Idol' -style singing and a Celtic violin overload...Clear...
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March 27th, 2018
"Turns out to be far more on the rock side of the concept than on the classical side...The result is thoroughly half-baked...Even when the mash-ups sounds more or less smooth there's nothing new to be gained...More invested in pandering to baby boomer nostalgia...Whatever crumbs of pleasure are t...
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