Pop Punk High
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Pop Punk High
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Pop Punk High NYC Reviews and Tickets

75%
(115 Reviews)
Positive
85%
Mixed
11%
Negative
4%
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 2003, and there's never been anything cooler than shredding, pizza, and flipping off your lame-ass parents.

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Member Reviews (115)

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78
Ambitious, Great singing, Hilarious

See it if If you like a show like school of rock. A fun light hearted musicsl.

Don't see it if musical. You dont like cursing or some perverted subject matter.

70
Cliched, High octane, Fun, Great warm up band, Repetitive

See it if you have fond memories of the watered down version of punk that got lots of airplay at the turn of the last century.

Don't see it if you like your punk straight, or don't like punk at all, or do not want to stand for the length of a show, or hate loud music. Read more

Critic Reviews (14)

BroadwayWorld
October 17th, 2018

“The ups and downs of self-discovery are set to a wicked pop-punk sound in this bizarre and brave musical...A cast and score that can only be described as purely electrifying, this musical runs along the lines of a punk concert, with a dramatic flare of nostalgia...Riveting, head-bopping musical with a twisted, definitely unique plot...Not only are the songs brazen and catchy...the audience is given a clear picture of what this world of 'pop punk high' is truly like."
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Front Mezz Junkies
October 15th, 2018

“An inventive, loud, and ridiculously entertaining piece of musical theatre...An attempt to flip the high school story from cute to raucous. With a trite but efficient book...and deliberately rabid and rough music & lyrics...the rebellious but traditional tale...played with an over-the-top cartoonish glee by the playful Peterson and Wiegand transferes well...Moves at a clear and consistent pace, although...for a loud raucous piece of musical theater, it feels longer and loose. The cast is all on point.”
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DC Metro Theater Arts
September 27th, 2018

“Hilarious...Wildly comical and stridently raunchy...A spot-on laugh-out-loud farce of juvenile dreams, filled with the pop-culture references, language, aesthetics, and emo of the era...The ensemble of actors and musicians is across-the-board terrific, with powerhouse vocals and outrageously funny, but still recognizably empathetic, portrayals of the rebellious and anxiety-ridden students and principal...A ‘so totally badass’ alternative experience in musical comedy.”
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Diandra Reviews it All
October 1st, 2018

"The show is an unstoppable testament to strong women realizing their power should not be taken by weaker men...This musical feels accessible and gives the crowd a chance to partake...By the end of its 90 minutes people knew hooks, harmonies, and choruses as if they had written the musical’s songs, which was oddly moving. There is no doubt that each member of this cast is planning and can head into bigger, broader musical venues."
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M
September 28th, 2018

“An original musical comedy that travels back to senior year in high school in 2003...The clever and witty lyrics were something to really give a fuck about...The choreographer did a fantastic job...The plot needed some revamping...The dick jokes went on too long and needed to be axed...The musical gleefully captures the carefree high school years in the early 2000s...’Pop Punk High’ delivers an amusing look back at the era, a decent sound track, and a rollicking good time.”
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N
October 15th, 2018

“A fun musical...Based on a school where music and skateboarding is king...An R-rated ‘School of Rock’...We see humor in this musical...The great singing and funny lyrics made it a delightful evening...A first rate show that blended music and comedy alike. The show captured what high school was like...Most of the songs are catchy and some are downright hilarious. The battle of the bands steals the show with both talent and raucous laughter.”
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NYU Local
October 1st, 2018

“An immersive production...The non-restrictive nature of the choreography made the atmosphere more infectious, and I was sold on the interactive karaoke sessions...That said, the constant movement of the ensemble...came at some inopportune moments when serious angst was being built, breaking some of the amazing dramatic tension in parts of the musical. Nevertheless, the cast was incredibly talented and made ‘Pop Punk High’ more than noteworthy.”
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Pop Dust
May 30th, 2017
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."
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On Stage Blog
January 12th, 2018
For a previous production

“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.”
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New York Theatre Review
October 14th, 2017
For a previous production

"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."
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Electric Afro Music
October 12th, 2017
For a previous production

"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!"
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KRAD's Inaccurate Guide to Life
October 20th, 2017
For a previous production

“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.”
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T
January 26th, 2018
For a previous production

"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."
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NYU Local
March 10th, 2017
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.”
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