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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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
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

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

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
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


97
Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You love pop punk music or were around in the early 2000s listening to this music or going to shows like Warped Tour

Don't see it if You don’t like small dive bars and pop punk music crammed together

91
Funny, Clever, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if Like pop punk, went to high school in the 2000s, want a funny show in a fun bar atmosphere

Don't see it if Don't like bands like blink182 or fall out boy, loud music, general admission seating

91
Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You have a funny bone and loved pop punk as a kid

Don't see it if you need serious substance.

Also this was a very entertaining 70 minutes in your face pop punk jokes. H... Read more Read less

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

90
Funny, Edgy, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if You were a pop punk kid in high school and like reminiscing. It's nostalgic and slightly embarrassing in the best way!

Don't see it if You take yourself or the world to seriously, you want a traditional theater set up or you're easily offended by crude humor.

90
Clever, Delightful, Fluffy

See it if You grew up in the Emo days and have nostalgia for it. Or watched enough of the movies of the time.

Don't see it if Don't like fun.

Also This show is campy at it's best. ... Read more Read less

90
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

90
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

89
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

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.

88
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

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

85
Intense, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Relevant, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy silly shows about angsty teens.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy straightforward humor and rock music.

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.

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

85
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

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

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

81
Funny, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you want an energetic, silly show about high school kids and pop punk music ; ready to laugh at ridiculous teens & parents

Don't see it if you don't want to see (actors as) immature, whiny teens or don't like shows in small spaces, this show is in a section of a bar/lounge

Also this show is generally for audiences in their 20s or early 30s and wan... Read more Read less

80
Funny, Delightful, Quirky, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You loved (or still love) pop punk music in the 2000s and/or love immersive theatre in unique settings.

Don't see it if Hated pop punk or have no frame of reference for that bit of pop culture. If you're not down to see immersive theatre in the back of a bar.

80
Funny, Clever, Edgy, Refreshing, Nostalgic

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.

80
Funny, Raunchy, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like campy musical theatre with a rock music score. Sit against the wall or in the very back if you prefer more legroom.

Don't see it if you find table seating in a mildly cramped space in the back room of a bar to be undesirable, or if you don’t like loud tunes or bad words.

Also If you can score a more booth-like seat near the bar area in back, it ... Read more Read less

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.

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.

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


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