Ends Feb 22

Pop Punk High

Members say: Funny, Quirky, Entertaining, Hilarious, Clever
5 reviews
21 reviews

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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Reviews (26)

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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

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

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

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

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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Avg Score

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

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

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.

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.

Funny, Clever, Quirky, Raunchy, Entertaining

See it if You have happy and/or nostalgic memories of the early 2000s.

Don't see it if You have any issue with the early 2000s and/or the language and culture of a high school.

Also This gave me flashbacks of my middle school life in some of the best w... Read more Read less

Funny, Nostalgic, Low-brow

See it if you are a fan of pop-punk music

Don't see it if you're looking for a real production. this is pretty low-budget, but in a good way.

Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you were alive in the late 90's early turn of the century and you know bands like Blink-182, Green Day, Boxcar Racer & others

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable being up close and personal with a talented cast

Also Pop Punk High is an inventive, well written, well performed loved lett... Read more Read less

Funny, Quirky, Campy

See it if you want to support local theater

Don't see it if you like thought provoking pieces

Also It was extraordinarily campy. There were parts that were funny, but I'... Read more Read less

Funny, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You want to be entertained by wonderful singers/actors with a lot of energy, love rock music and want to see a F*** good musical.

Don't see it if You love average musicals with cheesy songs, if you hate rock from 2000's

Also Thank you. Finally something new ! A pop punk musical, in a bar with a... Read more Read less

Funny, Absorbing, Quirky, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy theatre inspired by the early 2000s, performed in an intimate space that makes you feel like you're part of the immense fun.

Don't see it if You have an extremely high standard for theatre, or require perfect singing voices to enjoy a show rather than overall performance.

Also This was a show I was extremely excited to see, being someone mildly o... Read more Read less

Hilarious, Campy, Surprising

See it if you were a pop punk kid in school, you listened to Sum-41 & Blink 182, and you've had a few drinks

Don't see it if you're on the older side, you don't like punk music, or you're sober

Funny, Quirky, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Your inner-angsty-teen needs a pop punk soundtrack to summarize the ups-and-downs of adolescent life.

Don't see it if You hate adolescent-level dirty jokes and stereotypical skater personalities and drawls.

Clever, Edgy, Raunchy, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You like pop punk and satire

Don't see it if You aren't ready to go back to 2003

Funny, Edgy, Must see, Hilarious, Great singing

See it if You love comedy, rock music, great new talent.

Don't see it if You hate fun. Seriously.

Funny, Clever, Refreshing, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if You relate to being frustrated with your parents and are used to the language used by high schoolers

Don't see it if You're not up for a little vulgarity and some swearing

Funny, Clever, Great acting, Hilarious, Great singing

See it if You want a low-key night of nostalgic theater that brings you back to those middle school days!

Don't see it if You don't like cursing, or drinking (it's in a bar).

Quirky, Refreshing, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if If you grew up listening to angsty, loud pop punk bands that were mad at no one in particular!

Don't see it if You're boring, don't like punk music, and don't like a good night out!

Funny, Epic, Quirky, Refreshing, Hilarious

See it if You wore skinny jeans in multiple colors at any point in your life

Don't see it if You don’t believe Avril Lavigne was murdered and replaced by a clone

Funny, Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You like fun, energetic, outside the box entertainment!

Don't see it if You can’t handle profanity

Funny, Clever, Quirky, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you grew up loving pop punk music (there are so many references)

Don't see it if You don't know what pop punk is or you're looking for a night of thought provoking theatre

Also I had so much fun tonight. I grew up loving pop punk and was definitel... Read more Read less

Funny, Quirky, Great writing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You want to laugh, enjoy the energy, and hear some great singers and songs with fun lyrics, in a surprising variety of styles.

Don't see it if You will be offended by repeated use of the word F@&K or if you are looking for serious drama.

Also Lots of great performances! Mom, Skeet, Avril, and Derrick all stand o... Read more Read less