“As the plot unfolds, the audience is treated to plenty of twists, turns and hilarious dialogue...Not only is it the plot and humor that makes this show impressive, but also the music and lyrics...Lapidus’s score is both cleverly written and highly successful in evoking the nostalgia for the pop punk bands...Performed excellently by the four live band members...Performed at a high-energy level that keeps the audience laughing and engaged...You’ll be in for a fun time.” Full Review
"An energetic and extremely well-done musical full of catchy tunes and a delightfully stupid story that will have you ROTFLMAO before the first song even begins...Everyone involved embraces the silliness of the whole situation, including the audience...Lobo does a terrific job of making it feel organic. Both the crowd and the cast is full of young cuties, the energy in the room is off the charts, and you'll have so much fun with the whole experience that you might even feel young again!" Full Review
"The songs perfectly capture the feel of the mid-2000s...The show pulses with an energy that pulls you out of your seat. The acting and singing is uniformly superb, and the talent of the cast drives the story forward and keeps you engaged from start to finish...'Pop Punk High' is an homage to a specific moment in American music...As written it contains too many inside jokes. There are lots of one-liners that you’ll only understand if you closely followed pop punk music." Full Review
"The creative team deserves a standing ovation for this cunningly hilarious production...A laugh-out-loud experience...Aside from the ridiculously funny props and talented cast members, what separates this entire production from anything else is the quality of the music...If you are looking for a fun way to spend your Thursday evening, I highly suggest attending 'Pop Punk High.' I genuinely loved this humorous show so much that I am going again this week!" Full Review
“A comedy musical about the pop punk movement of the early 2000s...It’s pretty much the standard high school story, the only thing that’s different is the soundtrack...The performances are superb...The script by Lapidus and Anderson Cook is hilariously funny, the music is exactly what it should be, and the show’s just a lot of fun...I strongly recommend it.” Full Review
"The original music is great...The whole thing is both extremely silly and extremely self-aware, smartly calling out some of emo and pop-punk music's most fucked up qualities - particularly the way the songs regularly portrayed women as two-dimensional fodder for lust and contempt...It's so good I can also imagine it on a bigger stage...But as every pop-punk band knows - even the ones that went on to soundtrack a zillion shattered hearts - you gotta start somewhere." Full Review
for a previous production “Cook's one-liners are savage, his dialogue is to both kill and die for, and his understanding of the pop-punk milieu is doctorate grade…The comedy is fun, witty, and cartoonish...and delivered by a sterling cast with the bravura of an angsty Mel Brooks picture…Musically, the show hits the parody nail directly on the head…This production is a tight-knit, well-oiled machine…Explosively good. It leaps off the stage at you…The only crime the show commits is that it is too short." Full Review
for a previous production “A musical which brings you back to those mid-aughts days in a funny and way too relatable way…While the main characters were great, I always find myself paying more attention to supporting characters...and the supporting cast did not disappoint here…It doesn’t rely on big-budget, amazing effects and sets or makeup but instead on a cast which draws the audience into a lighthearted return to angsty and awkward, but much better, days.” Full Review
See it if you want a fast, light evening, with some silly high concept laughs. Excellently passed at only 65 min. But it didn't need more.
Don't see it if You don't like punk music. Are expecting more than a high energy spoof. Arrive early for benches - cabaret chairs can be uncomfortable.
See it if You want a quick mindless fun romp down memory lane (if you’re old enough that punk during high school would be memory lane).
Don't see it if You’re sober or expect a serious night of theatre. This is just silly fun.
See it if You loved the pop-punk era (early 2000s) and can tolerate a show that's very light on plot and emotional arc. You have had a few drinks.
Don't see it if You don't remember or don't care about this type of music or this particular aspect of pop-culture history. You don't enjoy kitschy shows.
See it if If you're up for a silly raunchy loud musical in a bar. Cute, fun, not deep. Talented singers-mother was played by a swing and she was great
Don't see it if You want an original plot or deep emotional connections, or can't sit on bar chairs for over an hour. This is just fun.
See it if you're in mood for a silly juvenile good time. Nice alternative to just goin to a bar as you can have your drink (w/ friends) w/ a fun show!
Don't see it if you're too old to enjoy silliness... but with a drink or two, you might enjoy it too. The hyper energetic talented cast make it worth a try.
See it if you remember the Pop Punk times. It's a quick 1 hour show, and enjoyable, but don't expect too much. Similar to a Bill and Ted's story.
Don't see it if you are sober.. I recommend going with some friends who enjoyed this era and just sit back and enjoy. It had some funny lines.
See it if You're up for a bunch of energetic, creative, committed to the wacky script young people sing & dance as they try to be the coolest PRH kid!
Don't see it if You'd be irked by same! Lead actor is charming funny star & rest of cast is great 2. Simple silly fun-nothing deep. U must give in 2 premise
See it if Wacky and different, story about teen years, funny at times, the cast is very good in acting and sing, with inside joke.
Don't see it if Not for anyone, cursing in show, small back area, it like off-off broadway. Its not a thinking show. No big light and big bright stage.
See it if Silly quirky wacky fun with an enthusiastic cast that pops up left and right dancing and screaming 2003 pop punk style.
Don't see it if Highly raunchy jokes with plenty of screaming and energy. Truly off-off broadway value at best standing behind a bar. Undemanding storyline
See it if You love alternative rock, large enthusiastic cast and wacky storyline. Lead guy sounds just like Blink 182 and is awesome!
Don't see it if You prefer opera or classical music. Show flies by at 70 minutes no intermission
See it if you're of the age to appreciate a loving mockery of the pop-punk years.
Don't see it if you're not a fan of the genre, or are sensitive about cursing - there's a lot of it.
See it if you TOTALLY had a pop punk angsty childhood or had a child with that phase of life, you love pop punk music
Don't see it if you're not into profanity and a lot of ridiculous crude humour, you really don't like pop punk music, you have no idea who Avril Lavinge is
See it if You remember this world and were a part of it. Smart music and an interesting space. The book was good and the band was stellar.
Don't see it if You need your jokes to land, your sound to be good, and the-over-the-topness to be relevant instead of exhausting.
See it if You want a cheap nigt with a pretty funny spoof on the year 2003. Some songs were interesting! Ghost of Avril Lavigne was hilarious!
Don't see it if You enjoy really well put together pieces of art. This is a show you cannot over think or take too seriously.
See it if you like super high energy pop musicals about teen angst, loaded with hilarious sarcasm.
Don't see it if you prefer quiet and refined traditional musicals like Oklahoma. Also avoid if you don't get sarcastic humor.
See it if you have the correct level of immaturity to appreciate an energetic show based on POP PUNK, college /high school humor and a banal plot.
Don't see it if you do not think lame-ass parents, high school humor, and POP PUNK is cool.
See it if you grew up listening to Avril Lavigne or Blink-182. Very funny show, and certainly brought back a lot of memories from the 2000s.
Don't see it if you didn't grow up on the punk bands of the 2000s.
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