George Street Playhouse presents the pre-Broadway production of the new musical comedy, the story of a laid off 40-year-old who finds that the only hope for his future lies in revisiting his rock and roll past. More…
Mitch Papadopolous always dreamed about being the next Bon Jovi, but he chose security over stardom and left those daydreams behind for a day job. For a while he thought he had everything – the high paying job, the high-rise apartment – until his 40th birthday when he got handed a pink slip and had to move back in with his Mom in Sayreville, New Jersey.
And when his high school arch nemesis (with a 20-year-old grudge and a tangerine spray tan) threatens to foreclose on their house, this big-shot banker must save his small-town home the only way he can…by winning The Battle of the Bands.
So he dusts off his guitar, gathers his old gang (the math teacher who isn’t good at math, the Irish cop who dreams about being on Broadway, the dermatologist who can’t get a date, and a 16-year-old Jewish rapper who makes Vanilla Ice look cool), and sets out to win the battle…and maybe even win back the high school sweetheart he left behind…proving it’s never too late to give your dreams one last shot.
"One of those rare productions that gets the blood pumping. It’s tuneful, hilarious, and thrilling...It’s about revisiting old triumphs, the kind that happen when you’re young and carefree and unencumbered by expectations...A rousing, very funny, and tuneful show...It’s a seamless stream of rock-inspired music, with comic parodies thrown in...It’s the most fun I’ve had at the theater this year. In a word: it rocks." Full Review
"Masterfully produced...Clever and comical...The cast is comprised of Broadway veterans who perfectly capture the uniqueness of their roles. George Street Playhouse audiences will be charmed and amused by male and female characters that they can truly relate to...Garden State audiences will enjoy some of the inside Jersey jokes...But, this show has a much broader reach...A laugh out loud musical for everyone that will definitely leave you feeling good." Full Review
"It empowers the kind of trite plot situation that would normally send shivers down your back. Actually, it has no right being as funny and as entertaining as it is...Has all the earmarks of a lampoon of those corny musicals about winning a contest or triumphing in the wake of impossible odds...You can't help but love a show as courageously presumptuous as this one...Some judicious pruning would be helpful, especially in the lengthy audition scene." Full Review
"A playful, good-natured, mildly irreverent and genuinely funny musical whose creators know how to mix the feel-good experience with touches of meanness...The show has flaws, like the audition and a few other instances in which Davenport’s book is a bit too taken with its own cuteness. Some of Allen’s Act I songs are badly derivative and forgettable. The title number (with nifty choreography by Kelly Devine) and the opener, 'Jersey!' are winners, however. This is a class act." Full Review
"Not a work of brilliant artistry, but then again, neither is Jersey. True to the land, Rando directs a production that is crude, loud, and blunt, yet, full of heart, making you fall in love with every last one of its bumps and blemishes...An original plot is admittedly not among the show's finest attributes...But not to worry. Davenport and his fellow book writers are in on the joke and take frequent jabs at their own clichés...A score of catchy tunes filled with plenty of blunt humor." Full Review
"Revels in the hoariest stereotypes about the Garden State and contains a celebration of despicable behavior the likes of which had me cringing in my seat and itching to head for the exit. Most of the audience roared with laughter and enthusiastically applauded...There is no attempt to make anything make sense in this cartoonish musical. Not only the story not make any sense, but there are no real people on stage acting like recognizable human beings with even a modicum of sense." Full Review
See it if you love NJ, or hate NJ. It's funny for everyone. The NJ show closed with great reviews, and the Broadway show is hilarious.
Don't see it if you want a really serious, upsetting musical. This one makes you laugh.
See it if The show and the George Street Production resonated with the New Jersey crowd that grew-up either being or knowing these characters
Don't see it if you don't understand the Garage Band phenomenon.
See it if I enjoyed the show. Many of the scenes and some of the songs were absolutely hilarious, especially the scene at the Orthodox Jewish wedding
Don't see it if and the singer at the diner was doing his "big" number and having a meltdown. The cast was very very enthusiastic.