When I purchased the tickets to see Getting the Band Back Together on Broadway I really did not know what to expect. The fact that this is an original musical – not a jukebox style musical – a true blue new musical makes this a must see. It is a fresh and original theater romp. There was not one moment where I was bored or not entertained. If you ever played in a high school band and you are now in your 30’s, 40’s, 50’s or 60’s – this is your musical. If you never played in a band, then get yourself to the theater and imagine you did.
The plot revolves around Mitch, (played by the very talented Mitchell Jarvis) a guy who turns 40 and loses his Wall Street job. He goes home to New Jersey to live with his mother – the ever stunning Marilu Henner (Taxi, Evening Shade, DWTS)- and the fun begins. He meets up with his high school band mates and they decide to enter the battle of the bands contest against the same rivals they had in high school who are still playing in the local bars.
Going back in time, and reliving the past is not always easy or enjoyable as the guys find out. This supporting cast of band mates keeps the music going and the laughs coming. There are some unexpected twists that make this a great show. Kelli Barrett – as Mitch’s love interest – exudes all the beauty and charm you expect from a leading lady. Jay Klaitz is hysterical as Bart, Mitch’s best friend. Kudos to Ken Davenport, whose book is solid and perfect for the musical theater. He also doubles as one of the producers.
Getting the Band Back Together is great for all ages from teens through seniors. If you have to see one show, see this one. I cannot recommend it enough.