December 2004, The Belt Theater, New York City
“It's a high-spirited, feel-good rock show interspersed with pop, blues, excursions into larynx-wrenching Broadway-type ballads, and miniature mock production numbers. ... a gritty, freewheeling version of "Wonderful Town. The whole package, smartly wrapped in Andrew Grosso's direction, delivers some 90 minutes of titanic energy whipped into idiosyncratic, highly entertaining theatricality.”
-Ron Cohen, BACKSTAGE
”This show—the most fun I've had at a new musical in months, maybe years—is all about the jubilation that comes from figuring out and then following your path. The actors, musicians, and audience share in the sheer joy of the thing and when it's over, just about everybody is in a great mood. What Mamma Mia! And Brooklyn hope to do, Wrong Way Up actually does, in spades. It's a swell way to spend an evening having a blast with a roomful of strangers. The entire show is staged with zing and simplicity by Andrew Grosso. Wrong Way Up! never feels like it's overstaying its welcome. Quite the contrary: when it reaches its giddy, exalting climax, nobody seems to want it to end, on or offstage. What a kick. ”
- Martin Denton, NYTHEATRE.COM
The cast of Wrong Way Up! is superb…(and) have perfected the banter and seamless interaction of a vaudeville duo, breaking into song, dance and comedy whenever the story requires it. Joyful and life-affirming, without being cheesy. Wrong Way Up delivers on all the sweet, strange, hilarious and loving promise - and ups the ante. The energy is infectious and intense. And like some mildly pornographic revival, soon enough the audience is clapping and singing in gratitude.
- Jessica Cogan, NEWYORKCOOL.COM
I couldn’t have chosen a better show. Wrong Way Up’s high energy cast are accomplished performers who can make an audience laugh or cry with their inspired commitment to a song’s heart tugging poignancy then quickly turn around and deliver witty lyrics that make Andrew Grosso’s direction worthy of his reputation”.
- Larry Litt, NEW YORK THEATER WIRE