Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Quirky, Clever, Great singing

About the show

This musical tells the story of a high school where everyone is pop punk, it's always 2006, and there's never been anything cooler than shredding, pizza, and flipping off your lame-ass parents.

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Derek, a young wannabe pop-punk frontman, wants nothing more than to become king of Pop Punk High and win Amanda Bunkface's angsty, straight-ironed love. It seems all but impossible for a loser like Derek, but when he finds a bong in his attic containing the ghost/genie of Avril Lavigne, his wildest dreams may become reality after all. 'Pop Punk High' features a score reminiscent of blink-182 and Sum 41, and a book full of obscene humor.


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85
On Stage Blog

“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

85
Yes Broadway

"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

80
New York Theatre 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

90
Electric Afro Music

"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

85
KRAD's Inaccurate Guide to Life

“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

85
The Fader

"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

90
Pop Dust

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

80
NYU Local

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

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75
Cliched, Great pacing, Formulaic

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.

79
Funny, Raunchy, Cliched, Great singing, Fluffy

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.

75
Quirky, Raunchy, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you love pop/punk music or like seeing shows that are not conventional or conventionally staged.

Don't see it if You don’t like foul humor, language or situations

70
Banal, Cliched, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

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.

68
Clever, Dizzying, Edgy, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You like punk music or unique, immersive theater.

Don't see it if You don’t like small, cramped venues where the actors are in your face, or loud, aggressive music.

72
Funny, Raunchy, Cute, Great singing, Shallow

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.

85
Funny, Clever, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You want to go see a fun show in a bar.

Don't see it if The late 90s-early 2000s weren't a time when you were paying attention to what the kids were into.

88
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

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.

76
Quirky, Disappointing, Cliched, Overrated, Entertaining

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.

Also Felt like a high school musical, but still enjoyable. Don't expect dee... Read more Read less

87
Creative, Clever, Entertaining, Enjoyable, Silly fun

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

76
Funny, Entertaining, Cute, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if You're up for a parody musical evening out for the stroll down memory lane

Don't see it if You need to have your musicals with flashy costumes and staging in a large theater.

75
Ambitious, Clever, Cliched, Dated, Entertaining

See it if If you like blink 182 and high school humor, and you wanna see Averil Levine...

Don't see it if You don’t have a sense of humor or can’t deal with high school humor.

71
Enchanting, Indulgent, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You enjoy Light Rock Opera with good voices about puerile high school angst

Don't see it if You hope for a complicated plot or real Punk

77
Funny, Quirky, Entertaining, Good singing

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.

74
Quirky, Raunchy, Hilarious

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

Also Who knew there would be a full-on functional stage with seating hiding... Read more Read less

84
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing

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

91
Funny, Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining, Fun

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.

Also It's ridiculous, but in the best way - the ghost/genie of Avril Lavign... Read more Read less

85
Funny, Quirky, Great writing, Great singing, Niche

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

69
Ambitious, Clever, Dizzying, Raunchy, Indulgent

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.

65
Funny, Quirky, Disappointing

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.

46
Boring, Raunchy, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if Just don’t...

Don't see it if Yes, don’t see it.

76
Ambitious, Edgy, Quirky, Entertaining, Great singing

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.

Also This ambitious new musical features a super-talented young cast that c... Read more Read less

69
Funny, Raunchy, Banal, Fluffy, College 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.

Also However, if you wish to relive being young and silly again - go see it... Read more Read less

50
Disappointing, Slow

See it if music

Don't see it if N/A

82
Edgy, Entertaining, Nostalgic

See it if You remember the nineties

Don't see it if You'd rather forget the music of that period


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