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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
Avg Score

During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if A show that is to small a stage to have so many characters. Needs a bigger stage. Good actors in a mish mash show. Actors gave best efforts.

Don't see it if A show that is convoluted, confusing at times and goes nowhere to a solid point entry. If you want an uplifting show that is easy to follow

During previews
Dizzying, Entertaining, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if You like Be More Chill. Great songs by a passionate cast. Packs a punch for such a small gem. Act 2 story is a little convoluted, but still

Don't see it if You don’t like teen musicals. Billed as a Rent Jr. very much not that. A darker BMC.

During previews
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if The smack/haphephobia(no contact)/internal fulfillment rock musical."When you're the voice of the future,you have to be trained & compliant"

Don't see it if Sympathetic lawless drug dealing smack junkie lead? He's afraid to touch and she's afraid to feel - can they connect? Large cast on a stamp.

Also "I need 10 grand by Monday/What are you offering in return?/Friendship... Read more Read less

During previews
Quirky, Juvenile, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like a musical with a very confusing and unrealistic plot with some clever songs and good singing. Entertaining but juvenile.

Don't see it if you like a mature or realistic plot and a traditional musical.

Also This is a very small venue but the staging was handled well. The show ... 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
Dizzying, Quirky, Ambitious, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if Some very talented performers are trying very hard to entertain in a mish mash of a show.

Don't see it if The ideas, music and staging are too big for this very small space. The venue really hurts what the creators are striving for.

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

During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you want to support the cast.

Don't see it if you find loud music in a small space hard to take.

Also The cast tried very hard, but some of the voices sounded tinny. Also t... Read more Read less

During previews
Be more chill wannabe, An admirable effort, Amateurtish, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if ... you like to see work by new artists. Tries to check too many topical boxes. Inane, complicated plot and characters. Committed cast.

Don't see it if prefer a focused story. This one is all over the place. From a missing kid to addiction/drug dealing, to a HS science competition.

During previews
Quirky, Confusing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you like rock and roll

Don't see it if you're expecting a fulsome show

During previews
Unique, Profound, Edgy, Game changing !!

See it if You want to see a young Jonathan Larson (Rent) who is a true visionary and has written and produced the most creative show in decades

Don't see it if This show may not appeal to older audiences and is VERY far from the cliche Broadway musical. Unique subject matter - need to follow closely

Also It is 2am and I am up writing on this site because this is the most un... 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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