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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.

2h 0m | Already closed | Theater 511 (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (37)


Great singing, Ambitious, Disappointing, Confusing, Quirky

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

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.

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

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

During previews
Overrated, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if A couple of good songs like I'll Have it All.

Don't see it if Plot one dimensional and hard to follow. Bad acting and screeching singing. Way over amplified. Over 2 hours. Many walkouts at intermission.

During previews
Enthusiastic cast, Overly loud, "tinny" voices, Pedestrian music, Silly story

See it if you can tolerate a very silly story, songs that sound alike and enjoy "live" music and a very enthusiastic cast.

Don't see it if if you favor musicals that have some reality, meaningful messages and expect more than an ordinary score and resonant voices.

During previews
Indulgent, Disappointing, Excruciating, Banal, Cliched

See it if A couple of fine young singers do their best and are attractive.

Don't see it if Bad plot twists and excruciatingly bad ending(s) turn you off.

Also Music drowns out 10-20% of lyrics. Outlandish book uses bad plot devic... 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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