At age 15, Milo Reynolds had it all: a seat at the popular table, the perfect girlfriend, the “coolest” parents, and friends who worshiped him. So when Milo takes his own life on Monday morning, his friends and family are left questioning everything they thought they knew about him. Told in flashbacks that open Milo’s story like a mystery, 'Generation Me' identifies a generation more privileged, self-interested, oblivious...and lonelier than ever. An official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival Next Link Project.
"'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." Full Review
“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.” Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
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 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.
See it if wow! this kids can sing act and tell a great story! clever and realistic portrayal of modern teen life and effects of suicide and date rape
Don't see it if suicide or date rape are too upsetting for you to hear about
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 appreciate subjectivity in how teens perceive themselves and others and the and immediacy of those years. And juxtaposed timelines.
Don't see it if you prefer straight forward, chronological storytelling (my companion complained of being confused). He also thought it cliched - I didn't
See it if you liked Dear Evan Hansen, and you enjoy strong ensemble shows about serious teenage issues. Some seriously talented kids in this show.
Don't see it if you will be triggered by the following: teen suicide, cutting, child abuse, violence, rape
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 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 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.
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 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.
See it if You enjoy your musical theater to explore dark and edgy topics. Also if you are interested in exploring the teen experience.
Don't see it if You are easily overwhelmed by sad or disturbing issues including, suicide, date rape, and self-harm. Not appropriate for kids under 13-14 yo
See it if you want a compelling look into the world of bullying and teens. It's what our children deal with day In & out.
Don't see it if you don't want to see what's really going on with our youth. If you have ever had to deal with suicide.
See it if you're a fan of intelligent writing, great singing and shows about teenagers coming of age.
Don't see it if you're upset watching teens drink, engage in sexual behavior or if you're uncomfortable with the portrayal of suicide.
See it if You love fresh new talent and a story relevant to our world today. So very different from dear Evan Hansen, but BETTER.
Don't see it if You get triggered by live suicide, self harm, rape, abuse.
Also You MUST see this show. Its unlike any show out there.
See it if You are looking for a great show about teens and the realistic problems that they live through.
Don't see it if You are easily triggered by suicide, self harm, rape, and violence.
See it if If you are a teen, or a parent of a teen, this is an important show to see and talk about afterwards.
Don't see it if You are easily triggered by the subjects covered in the show (rape, suicide, self harm).
See it if You love provoking, relevant musicals. beautiful all teen cast with wonderful music. Went in with low expectations and totally surprised me
Don't see it if You have issues with self harm or suicide. It's quite an intense show and might be a bit too raw for people who have delt with that