Friday June 21, 2013 / 8:00pm (Preview)ModRock
Upper Side Section Special
How was your experience?
There’s one review on here that is so harsh (and, I now know, unfair) that I almost didn’t bother to go to this show. I’m glad I did. There are a lot of talented performers in MODROCK, which – like MAMMA MIA! – uses songs that have already been written to help tell its story. The writer did a great job of selecting those catchy, ‘60s songs, and there were many times when I felt like singing along (something that the audience finally gets to do at the end of the show). The sets were clever and the costumes fun. I can easily imagine this show becoming something that a lot of high schools, colleges, and small theaters will want to stage. Are there problems with it? Sure. The sound system made it hard to decipher some of the dialog. There needs to be more choreography -- what should have been the “big dance number” in the club scene ends just as it’s getting started. A brief explanation of why clothes are so important to the main girl’s brother would add depth to his character, the shy boy’s storyline mysteriously vanishes early on, and slightly altering the staging of the final confrontation between the two main guys would improve the drama of it. But if you go to see this jukebox musical and you love pop music from the 1960s, I think you’ll enjoy this show more than the first reviewer did. Give it a chance.