Glory Days

  • Date:
    May 1, 2008

    "Its characters are gawky, sincere, tentative, self-contradictory and given to home truths that are expounded on as if they were discoveries of new planets. The production manages to seem fresh and seriously stale at the same time."
    Ben Brantley
    New York Times

    "'Who cares, who cares, who cares?' That's a line from a song in "Glory Days." It's also the sentiment that sums up this undeveloped post-high-school musical."
    Joe Dziemianowicz
    New York Daily News

    "The music and lyrics are by Nick Blaemire, whose Playbill bio reads, "Can't believe this is happening. Not one bit." Well, neither can we. The music is difficult to describe and utterly unmemorable (it certainly has nothing to do with Bruce Springsteen's hit of the same name), and the lyrics are jejune."
    Clive Barnes
    New York Post

    "If that adage regarding the proper thing to do when there's nothing nice to say was applied to the new musical "Glory Days," then the rest of this space would be blank. In brief, "Glory Days"... It won't be there for long." & "For all of this musical's teen navel-gazing, all they ever pick out is lint."
    Michael Sommers
    Star-Ledger

    "Looks hopelessly amateur. Broadway is tough enough on pros; it's no place for novices."
    Jeremy Gerard
    Bloomberg

    ""Glory Days" � the story has the same theme as Bruce Springsteen's song � is an artless, drearily obvious look at growing up, of moving on from the happy times of high school, set to an unfortunate musical score."
    Robert Feldberg
    The Record

    "Glory Days" is the opposite of slick. The show is a bit gawky and unsure of itself, much like the youthful characters it celebrates."
    Michael Kuchwara
    Associated Press

    " The producers have done an extreme disservice to the inexperienced creative team by shoving them into the spotlight with what's likely to be a commercial embarrassment." & "While the interchangeable cast members are affable, not untalented performers, they are out of their depth trying to stamp a personality on this one-dimensional material."
    David Rooney
    Variety