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Contact High

From 37 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Ambitious, Disappointing, Confusing, Quirky

About the show

This new musical addresses the heroin epidemic among American high schoolers through the story of an unlikely friendship between two seniors, a recovering heroin addict and a misunderstood teen genius. More…

From the show:

CONTACT HIGH, an original new musical from Kyle Reid Hass and Jeremy Swanton, tells the story of the unlikely friendship between Jean Simon - a drug dealer and recovering heroin addict - and Haley Walter Keys - a misunderstood teen genius with a severe phobia of physical human contact. As Jean fights to get clean and break her ties with a dangerous drug cartel, she inspires Haley to overcome his fears.

Drawing inspiration from the teen angst musicals that got Kyle and Jeremy through high school, and a testament to the resilience one can find in the hope of a better tomorrow, CONTACT HIGH is a new rock musical for a new generation.

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Member Reviews (37)


Great singing, Ambitious, Disappointing, Confusing, Quirky
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Convoluted, Jejune, Great singing, Well-intentioned, Earnest

See it if you want to see a stage full of talented young singers give their all for a confusing, underdeveloped, overlong new high school musical.

Don't see it if u hope to follow the convoluted plots & fickle motives, care about the reductive characters, or leave humming the overstuffed score.

Also There's potential here, all of it evident in the fairly enjoyable Act ... Read more Read less

Heartfelt, Catchy score, Ridiculous plot

See it if you’re a big fan of the teen-angst genre of musicals that follow in the tracks of “Spring Awakening.”

Don't see it if you like a musical to have coherent book.

Also This heartfelt teen-angst musical has lots of energy, a catchy score &... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Great singing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Great cast interaction. Topics need to be addressed. 5 musicians perfect. Seating at old Ars Nova site perfecto. Intimate viewing ALSO.

Don't see it if partner not as thrilled as I was (ergo the 80%) Only two weak links in the cast. If you expect fluff this is the wrong show.

Also Wonderful young voices... Read more Read less

Entertaining, A little too long, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if Some very talent young actors. Musical of young people in high school.

Don't see it if A time the story get a little confusing.

Also I was fine with this show but think teenager audience will like it a l... Read more Read less

Great singing, Cliched, Ambitious, Insipid, Disappointing

See it if You like high end high school does have a cast that really tries to pull it off unfortunately there’s little for them to work with.

Don't see it if You’re looking for something substantial.

Rough edges, Overwrought, Confusing

See it if you want to support some up and coming theatre artists; you want to see some new young talent

Don't see it if you want to see this talent in a well developed show. The composers have some okay ideas, but they should step away from performing

Excruciating, Fluffy, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if over-amped teenagers sing way too loudly and out of tune about a drug deal that has gone wrong and other angsty issues

Don't see it if quirky teen musicals can be great fun, but not this loud, overworked​ over sung disaster.

Excruciating, Sincere effort but not audience ready, Lacks originality

See it if You are an emerging musical professional looking to network with other emerging artists -

Don't see it if You are looking for a musical with wit or serious talent

Also Unfortunately the leads do not have the best vocal abilities of the ca... Read more Read less

Committed cast, Too long, Ambitious

See it if you’re happy to be an audience for up and coming professionals.

Don't see it if you’re not interested in supporting fledgling artists.

Also This show put me in mind of an after school special, which isn’t a bad... Read more Read less

Confusing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if I enjoyed this rock Musical especially the second act. Although the storyline got a bit confusing at times.

Don't see it if A number of young talented actors. However I think this is geared for more of a younger crowd. Loud music some violence might upset some.

Also If the storyline was tweaked a bit this would be even better. I really... Read more Read less

Underwhelming, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if This is your first or second live musical show. I see every little effort that is trying to make this work...and that's why it's not working

Don't see it if You are a musical fan and have seen many shows. You will for sure be disappointed.

Also Something unusual was happening during seeing this show, I found mysel... Read more Read less

Work-in-process, Good singing, Disappointing

See it if all musicals appeal to you.

Don't see it if you are looking for a finished product.

Also Some of the music was pretty good and all of the singing was excellent... Read more Read less

Quirky, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you love the teen musical genre. The songs were fun and the cast did quite a lot with the small set and lack of wings. The story is thin.

Don't see it if you don't care about angsty teens needing to fit in while also being a mystery with a missing teen and touches of heroin addiction. A lot!

Absorbing, Relevant, Great singing

See it if you want a glimpse into the lives of teenagers today. Written, directed, and acted by talented young people. Interested in what's next.

Don't see it if you don't like teen musicals or expect a super polished/bigger budget musical. This is promising early work.

Also The pressures, desperation, and life or death outlooks for the teens r... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Disappointing, Entertaining, Relevant, Great singing

See it if you want to see young actors who are fantastic singers and totally committed to giving the best performance ever, if you enjoy musicals.

Don't see it if you don't want to see High School Musical meets Rent, if you are expecting a big Broadway style show, if you were told this is the next Rent

Quirky, Rock musical, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if A load high-energy rock musical on a stage to small. Actors that try hard to entertain you w/ not the best storyline.

Don't see it if If you don’t want a loud musical. Don’t want a plate about drug problems. A feel good traditional musical

Also Sometimes hard to understand

Excruciating, Confusing, Great singing

See it if You would like to see some great sounding women singing contemporary musical theatre.

Don't see it if It was quite long and the plot didn’t make sense. There were too many different story lines to keep up with it.

Quirky, Resonant, Great singing, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy to think about stories involving complicated relationships, mental illness, addiction and all things adolescence.

Don't see it if you don’t like musicals that make you think or rock scores.

Ambitious, Interesting, Great singing, Confusing, Banal

See it if You want to see High School Musical meets Rent. It's basically that.

Don't see it if You are expecting "Rent" levels of writing skill. The cast is incredible the writing needs a lot of work.

Also I'm torn on this one. On one hand there are genuinely A LOT of things ... Read more Read less

Earnest but just not strong enough to stage in nyc

See it if You are devoted to musical development & interested in assessing talent or understanding what makes this not work as well as similar shows

Don't see it if You are expecting something polished or original

Disappointing, Indulgent, Great singing, Confusing

See it if You like big belt-y songs, original storylines, inclusive representation, suspending all shred of belief.

Don't see it if you chafe at weak lyrics (rhyming More with More), bloated and convoluted plot, or an absurd conclusion.

Also This show is trying to do too much, it's like 4 shows in one. Highscho... Read more Read less

Intense, Dizzying, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You love new pop/rock musicals and intense subject matter. Also if you want to support new, talented musical theatre writers and performers!

Don't see it if You are triggered by heavy subject matter including addiction, gunshots, and murder. It is also very loud so bring earplugs!

Confusing, Absorbing, Quirky, Relevant, Great singing

See it if You are up for great, old-school musical

Don't see it if You get lost in track with storylines

Also The storyline is a little bit confusing; I still don’t know how the dr... Read more Read less

Relevant,thought provoking,sensitive, eye opening subject

See it if You want to be entertained and want to support a driven,passionate, hardworking, and talented group of actors,singers,writers, and musicians

Don't see it if You prefer a comedy.

Also It is obvious that everyone involved in Contact High has worked extrem... Read more Read less

During previews
Eye roll worthy, Tries too hard, Ridiculous, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a very earnest show, with hard working young actors, trying extremely hard to be deep, sensitive and moving.

Don't see it if You want to see a show that works. From a plot line that is far fetched to actors that are stretched beyond their acting and singing range.

Also I’m still dizzy from how many eye rolls this show gave me! I laughed a... Read more Read less

August 22nd, 2019
"CONTACT HIGH from Theater 511 Soars at Ars Nova."
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August 23rd, 2019
"'Contact High' plays like the most lurid CW teen-bait series; it's a four-lane pile-up of sudsy plot developments more likely to induce giggles than tears of empathy…It's all agony, all the time, and so straight-faced that you can't believe it isn't a spoof."
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August 23rd, 2019
"The multiple plot threads are tangled, the characters lack depth or charm, their dialogue sounds like anything but what high school students would say, and some of the lyrics are borderline dreadful. Many songs are shouted, and the sole standout performance belongs to Thoresen."
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