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 Photos by  Joe Walker , Graphic Design by Luke Strickler.

Photos by Joe Walker, Graphic Design by Luke Strickler.

Pop Punk High is a new musical by Ben Lapidus and Anderson Cook that parodies and celebrates the pop punk bands of the 2000’s and all the misguided angst they inspired. 

Pop Punk High is a place where everyone is pop punk, it’s always 2006, and there’s never been anything cooler than skating, shredding, and flipping off your lame-ass parents. Derek, a young poser, wants nothing more than to become king of Pop Punk High and win Amanda Bunkface’s love. It seems all but impossible for a loser like Derek, but when he finds a bong in his attic containing the ghost/genie of Avril Lavigne (who's trying to find the record exec that murdered her), his wildest dreams may be possible after all.

 

Pop Punk High features a score reminiscent of blink-182Sum 41, and New Found Glory. The music is composed by Ben Lapidus, frontman of alternative band Ambler and skate-punk band Kill Your Friends.

 

The show blends pop punk authenticity with a book full of inventive, obscene humor from Anderson Cook, the creator of The Disembodied Hand That Fisted Everyone to Death – the Musical!, the low-budget smash hit that played various theaters in NYC for over a year.

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Featured Vocalists

My Life Sucks: Ben Lapidus
Pop Punk Fantasy: Amanda Centeno, Ben Lapidus
Three Wishes: Kelly Krauter, Ben Lapidus
He's Growing Up: McLean Peterson
How'd He Do It: Patrick Sweeney
Before Pop Punk Got So Mean: Melanie Brooke
I Don't Give A Fuck: Ben Lapidus

Production

Music and Lyrics by Ben Lapidus © 
Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Lapidus Audio LLC © 
Instrumentation by Ben Lapidus

Cast

Creative

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Ben Lapidus | Music & Lyrics

 

 

Ben Lapidus is a songwriter, performer, and sound engineer based in NYC. He stars in and wrote the music/lyrics for Pop Punk High. He is the lead singer/songwriter for the the alternative band Ambler, and the skate-punk band Kill Your Friends. His company Lapidus Audio creates original music and sound for film and stage. Ben holds a BFA in Recorded Music from the The Clive Davis Institute at NYU Tisch.

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Anderson Cook | Book & Producer

 

 

Anderson is a playwright, librettist and lyricist. Anderson’s musicals have been 

seen at the Boston Conservatory, the PIT, the Reckless Theatre,

and the 2017 NMI Stages Concert. He and his writing partner Amanda 

D’Archangelis were winners of the 2017 NMI New Voices Contest, sponsored by Walt 

Disney Imagineering. His plays have been produced at the Secret Theatre and the San 

Diego Fringe, and have received staged readings at the Lee Strasburg Institute and 

Dixon Place. Anderson is currently working on a commissioned musical adaptation 

from Marc Eardley and a commissioned play from Brian Spector/Keaka Productions. 

His writing appears in the Secret Theatre’s Act One 2016 Anthology and in The Best 

Men’s Stage Monologues of 2018 (Smith & Kraus). BFA: Tisch School of the Arts at

NYU. MFA: Carnegie Mellon University.

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Felicia Lobo | Director

 

 

Felicia Lobo is a Brooklyn based director who specializes in horror and fantastical theatre. Recent projects include High School Coven (Corkscrew Festival), Suburban Nightmare (workshop with Insomnium Theatre Company), Wunderkammer (reading with Pipeline Theatre Company), BB's Inferno (PIT Striker), and Rubiella: A Ghost Story (Pipeline Theatre Company). Outside of her theatre work, Felicia is the front woman of QWAM, a local punk band. BFA: NYU Tisch Drama. www.FeliciaLobo.com

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Carly Oscar | General Manager

 

 

Carly Oscar is a New York based creative with a passion for producing and performing comedy in all mediums. She's worked as a producer on thirteen short films, five indie music videos, and two theatrical productions including The Disembodied Hand That Fisted Everyone To Death - the Musical! (The PIT, Reckless Theatre) for which she was an original cast member. Over the past year she's worked for the Weinstein Company, The New Yorker, and Late Night with Seth Meyers. Outside of school, she works with HeadGum Podcast Network and is a member of the Producer's Guild of America student program. She is currently in her senior year at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts completing a BFA in Film & Television Production.

Assistant directed by Stephanie Wurster

Choreographed by Christine Ferry

Musical Direction by Emily Erickson.

Stage Management by Jaye Hunt.

Set & Prop Design by Rachel Brown.

Lighting Design by Elizabeth M. Stewart.

Costume Design by Noelia Mann.

Press

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"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... keep your eye on this creative team. Remember that we all could have bought $30 tickets to see Hamilton at the Public Theater back in 2015. And the $15 ticket you buy to see Pop Punk High today could end up being a great 'I knew them back when' story." – New York Theatre Review

What Cook and his crew have created here is explosively good… I left this show and immediately wanted to watch it again. If you get the chance, you absolutely must see it.”

Thomas Burns Scully for Popdust

 

"The music is on point and reminiscent of Green Day, Simple Plan, and Fall Out Boy... it is hilarious, fast-paced, and very affordable."

– Ludus NYC

 

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"Brings you back to those mid-aughts days in a funny and waaay too relatable way... 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."

NYU Local

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