Part of the New York Musical Festival: This new musical explores the heartbreak, confusion, and survivor’s guilt of those left behind after a teen's suicide.Read more Show less
See it if Much better than the 2014 Fringe NYC production. A relatively realistic portrayal of teen angst.
Don't see it if You have a problem with a show badly in need of a better choreographer. You believe teen "problems" cannot excuse mistreating others.
See it if You like musicals, are disturbed by growing #s of teen suicide, want to have a sense of teen to teen cruelty. And good performances, music.
Don't see it if You want a big stage, lavish costume show. You want a happy subject, nothing as disturbing as reel teen age suffering.
See it if You liked "Dear Evan Hansen" or "Saved by the Bell". Youthful, but, can be enjoyed by older. Just over 2 hours, with intermission. Mixed bag
Don't see it if You hate musicals. Cliched middle America high school setting. Suicide. Told in flashback. Humor mixed in, with grief. Worth the $
See it if you like shows are not always lighthearted and deal with teenagers and the issues that affect them in a serious way
Don't see it if you don't like shows that deal with heavy topics like teenage suicide.
See it if You want to see a good telling of teenage issues. Enjoy seeing new talent.
Don't see it if Triggered by suicide, self harm, rape and domestic abuse. Don't want flashbacks to highschool. Also story takes place in flashbacks. Read more
See it if If you want to be inspired and moved and if you love new, fresh theatre with wonderful music. If you have any young people in your life.
Don't see it if No reason not to see it! Don't miss it!!
See it if You are looking for something that is a cross between Degrassi and an afterschool special, with all the expected teenage hot buttons.
Don't see it if You have high standards for musicals. Read more
See it if You are looking for musical insight to teenage drama that includes difficult issues. Kickoff talks about friendship, suicides, relationships
Don't see it if Issues of bullying, cutting, teen sexual mores, and suicide are triggers. The difficult subjects need a talk Back session.
"'Generation Me' is absolute perfection in its ability to prove how kindness and cruelty are of the same unfortunate hand...It has every right to boast of a beautifully heartbreaking story...This show is so amazing because it brings to the audience characters that are slaves to their feelings, which in turn give them permission to remain shrouded in their own delusions...Honestly, what a beautiful show to see. The entire cast...is stunning...Really, kudos to everyone."
"An emotionally gripping musical...It’s a gripping, if common tale of parental abuse, romantic confusion, and a perceived betrayal by someone once considered a close friend. There’s tragedy here, and pathos...It not only works, it works well. First, the cast members...are uniformly excellent...The music sidesteps clichés to address compelling themes...Thought-provoking and sobering."
"Manheim holds his own in a lead role, but the standouts here are Nightingale and Ronson-Benenati as the two girls who affect Milo’s world...The book, lyrics, and music are powerful and touching...The music is energetic, with emotional solos that cut...Warren does a great job keeping his young cast fresh and layered. Montoya’s balletic choreography is done well...A show that needs to play in the junior high and high school levels so that kids no longer feel so alone."
“Gripping, powerful stuff…Rings true as very moving drama, especially in the final scenes that are often wrenching. This painful payoff is earned via palpable, gutsy emotional currency in the writing, staging, and some excellent, convincing acting…Ryan Warren’s direction is well paced…There’s not a weak link among these cast members…Inventive material that presents teen characters with respect, dignity, and three-dimensionality.”