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"Their book is a hilarious panorama of raunch, homo-eroticism, dream sequences and modern satire, while their score pays tribute not only to 90’s power ballads, Meatloaf and the B52’s, but Alan Menken, Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim as well." Full Review
"The best parodies are those that not onlysatirize the elements and traits of their subject, but those where the jokes land with equal amounts of humor and heart. This hilarious take on 90’s sitcom Saved by the Bell is filled with loving nods to the show, pitch perfect performances from the ensemble and melancholy commentary on how much the world has changed since the show originally aired." Full Review
"Bayside! The Musical! is hammy kitsch at its schmaltziest — as overdone as that lazy string of adjectives. But it accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do: lovingly lampoon a TV show (that was a parody of its own genre to begin with) for an audience of nostalgic late-20s to early 30-somethings." Full Review
"In the tiny Theatre 80 on St. Mark’s Place, there’s a certain goofy, raunchy, hilarious magic that happens on stage during Bayside! The Musical!, a raucously inappropriate (and thereby appropriately unauthorized) parody of the late-’80s/early-’90s high school sitcom Saved by the Bell. Millennials, this one’s for you." Full Review
"So perhaps it was inevitable: “Bayside! The Musical!” — a bawdy, ridiculous, unauthorized parody of the show — is now playing to feverishly enthusiastic, standing-room-only crowds in the East Village. And plenty of audience members dress up like their favorite characters." Full Review
"The McSmith’s aim their searing and homo-skewed wits toward the 1989-93 high schooler sitcom that many of us knew as that-show-that-was-on-after-school. Alas, its endearing charms were enduring after all, and the McSmiths have shown us the extent of its comedic possibilities through this zippy musical parody." Full Review
"What happens when you bring together classic television characters, brand new creative music, and enough sidesplitting comedy to make you hurt for days? You get the absolutely hilarious new comedy “Bayside: The Musical!” ... You could easily describe the show as a combination of High School Musical and Avenue Q, and that’s enough to sell me a ticket." Full Review
"I was laughing from the start. By the end of the show, the sides of my mouth actually hurt from smiling so much. Everything about the musical was perfect — the songs (some of the lyrics are outstanding and so well done), the acting, the raunchiness…I can’t get it out of my head. I’m dying to see this over and over again." Full Review
See it if Yes both clever and fluffy too. For those who enjoy a certain sense of humor and satire. I realize that our sense of humor does change.
Don't see it if Not sure how to answer this as at a certain point in life.this would hit the right spot. Read the critics reviews and see if it is for you
See it if you're an 80's kid or have been subjected to "Saved By the Bell" by one. This no-holds-barred parody is everything you could want.
Don't see it if you have never seen SBTB, and want to feel in on the jokes you're laughing about (you'll laugh regardless).
See it if you like shows that think they are being clever and spend more time laughing at themselves then performing.
Don't see it if You like intelligent humor, this is not the show for you. Being in the audience at times made me downright uncomfortable.
See it if ever watched Saved by the Bell and know all the characters and story lines. It is more nostalgic that way.
Don't see it if you have never seen Saved By the Bell. You probably won't enjoy it or understand the jokes.
See it if You enjoyed Saved by the bell. It's full of references and it's funny if you know the show/time period
Don't see it if You're not familiar with the original. It's campy and full of inside jokes and references.
See it if you like raw, cutting-edge theatre. Also see if you can't get enough of SAVED BY THE BELL. The inside jokes are insightful and funny.
Don't see it if you have a great need for high production values. This show is VERY East Village and has very bare-bones set/lights.
See it if You were a fan of Saved by the Bell. You will laugh so hard your side's will hurt.
Don't see it if You don't like to laugh. I was not a fan of saved by the bell and I laughed until I cried
See it if You remember every episode of Saved by the Bell and love it regardless of how silly others might think it!
Don't see it if You never saw Saved by the Bell, we're not a baby of the 80s and have no idea who Elizabeth Berkley is.