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Call Me Madam

From 83 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Dated, Delightful, Fluffy

About the show

A highlight of the second season of Encores! (1995) and featuring a memorable score by Irving Berlin, "Call Me Madam" centers around a brassy ambassador to the fictional European nation of Lichtenberg.

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The show pokes fun at a far more polite and benign political world and includes standards such as “It’s a Lovely Day Today” and “Something to Dance About,” along with Berlin’s famous counterpoint duet, “You’re Just in Love.” 


Member Reviews (83)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Great singing, Dated, Delightful, Fluffy
78
Avg Score

85
Dated, Fluffy, Great singing, Engaging, Weak script/great songs

See it if you want an escape. Entertaining Encores! Fun choreog/gr voices (incldg Cusack who hits notes, unlike Merman). Gr costumes. RandyR is wasted

Don't see it if you want substance. CMM is pure fun, w/memorable melodies. Needs cuts. Broad humor. Some lyrics get lost. Gr orchestra. Gotay/Worsham shine.

70
Dated, Slow, Great singing, Fluffy, Insipid

See it if you like Berlin's music and Great Singing. There are some very cute and catchy tunes. Terrific choreography​.

Don't see it if you want to see a comedy with a bare minimum of story tension. There is practically none in the entire show. Feels more like reading a diary

Also Even though the music is good, it really does nothing to either furthe... Read more Read less

70
Cute, Slow, Great singing, Fluffy, Dated

See it if You enjoy beautiful singing. The cast is great and the songs and the orchestra sound wonderful

Don't see it if You dislike slower shows with little action or excitement. The songs are pretty but most don't further the plot

88
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Old fashioned, Funny

See it if You like old style Broadway Musicals...with lots of fluff under furl, forbidden love and happy endings.

Don't see it if You want more than a fluffy good time. This is a fun old musical filled with fun moments done with a lot of fun actors seemingly having fun.

Also Keep your eye out for Jason Gotay who played the part of the assistant... Read more Read less

68
Dated, Great singing, Pleasant, Entertaining

See it if you'd enjoy a jaunty, passé, old-fashioned Irving Berlin musical, staged with reverence & style by NYCC.

Don't see it if ur avoiding political(ish) theater, even if it strays about as far from our present political drama as possible; u hope to see Cusack shine.

Also Carmen Cusack, although wildly talented (and the sole reason I went to... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Cliched, Overrated, Great singing

See it if Encores can do no wrong. Much talent gets to shine Sound system so improved. Male trio got to me. Dancing brings back memories

Don't see it if Seat location matters much. No Ethel Merman I prefer the first production of Call Me Madam by Encores..

79
Dated, Entertaining, Cliched, Slow, Great singing

See it if Though very much of its era, quite tuneful & enjoyable Jones' choreo takes top honors while young lovers Gotay & Worsham charm us throughout

Don't see it if Cusack's Sally doesn't have the vocal power needed tho makes for a sexy Madam Political plot line is contrived w/ lame topical references

65
Dated, Great acting, Boring, Generic

See it if you want to see some warm, wonderful performances, especially from Carmen Cusack and Lauren Worsham.

Don't see it if you've already seen any other show from this era. It follows the formula for the plot points of a love story but it doesn't have any stakes.

75
With merman “madam” was a smash; without her it’s entertaining but has lost some of its mojo

See it if charming Irving Berlin score w several classic tunes/e.g., Lovely Day Today; normal Encores superb dancing and orchestra

Don't see it if thin silly plot; big hole in cast: Carmen Cusack tho engaging as lead does not have the voice or the “brass” to carry the show

82
Great singing, Nice staging, dancing, Fluffy, Story was not great but show was still enjoyable

See it if you enjoy a pleasant, silly, romantic musical. Beautiful costumes evoking the 1950s. Singing was excellent. Jason Gotay impressive.

Don't see it if you want a relevant show that makes sense. Not the best Encores! show, but still fun. A bit too long.

Also I try to see all the Encores! shows. My favorites recently have been K... Read more Read less

86
Great singing, Delightful, Great music, Entertaining

See it if Want to see a classic with refreshing update to a point.

Don't see it if If you hate musical and no interest in classic theater.

Also Encore refresh older shows and brings them to live again so you see gr... Read more Read less

80
Dated, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Lovely dancing

See it if You love Berlin’s music and his musicals staged. You are ready for an old fashioned musical in which you can actually hear the lyrics !

Don't see it if If you are looking for action in a super fast paced show this is not that style show ! It is though very lovely and typical of its era.

83
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you enjoy a funny musical by Irving Berlin. A little dated but still relevant talk of politics. Some very wonderful music. Nice costumes.

Don't see it if you only like modern musicals.

Also Encores did a nice job with this musical and it was very well cast.

50
Banal, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if you want to see a second-rate production of a third-rate musical.

Don't see it if you saw the previous revival with Tyne Daly. This one pales in comparison.

Also Why Encores! decided to revive this musical for the second time baffle... Read more Read less

86
Berlin score beautifully sung by great cast

See it if Golden Age musical brought to life. Carmen Cusack is wonderful. Jason Gotay is charming and in great voice. Denis Jones choreography lovely

Don't see it if Old fashioned sparkle shines through book that creaks - though resonant to current themes of cronyism and democracy. Many songs we cherish .

85
Great singing, Great staging, Dated, Entertaining

See it if you like old musicals.This one has only 1-2 songs that you might know.Plot is predictable.Performances are wonderful.Choreo is amazing.

Don't see it if you are looking for something challenging.This one is dated, but has some fun things to say about politics.Singing is out of sight!

69
Banal, Disappointing, Great singing, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if you enjoy politically referenced stories albeit a bit dated. some solid supporting roles

Don't see it if well sculpted interesting shows that entertain and come to a point

79
Dated, Great singing, Entertaining, Fine orchestrations, Lame humor.

See it if a fan of old fashioned musical comedies. Cusack tho no Merman (few are)gives a thoroughly professional, well sung performance. Gotay super.

Don't see it if you expect all the comedic bits to land. Some do, many don't.

Also Overall, an enjoyable evening if you don't expect too much.

71
Disappointing, Dated, Fluffy

See it if It is closed.

Don't see it if In today’s climate where politics are crazy, this old fluffy romp seems perticularly shallow. Dated and silly.

77
Delightful, Good singing and staging

See it if You like musicals. Costumes, choreography, singing ..all good. Orchestra great. Encores puts on good shows; bigger than most bdwy musicals

Don't see it if If you want a modern up-to-date musical; this is corny and silly.

Also The music is good, you will recognize some of the wonderful songs. The... Read more Read less

80
Dated yet decently-entertaining, Clichéd, Great musical performances, A bit flat in some places, Dedicated and delightful cast / ensemble

See it if a fan of Carmen Cusack and/or plucky 1940s-‘50s shows where women are a bit dumb yet sassy; you can overlook imperfect work for great music.

Don't see it if you dislike datedness; seek something more risqué or glamorous; or don’t want to sit through about 2.5 hours of fluff, with an intermission.

Also I felt underwhelmed by Call Me Madam, but not by the talent upon the s... Read more Read less

85
Great singing, Great dancing, Lovely score, Great orchestrations, Entertaining

See it if you're looking for an old-fashioned musical. Thin plot, some lovely songs and dances, and a happy ending. Great costumes.

Don't see it if you want fast-moving action. However, the Berlin score is well-served by the talented cast.

76
Charming, Funny, Weak singing (lead), Nostalgic, Entertaining

See it if you want old-fashioned musical with lovely tunes and light, amusing tale. Great choice (again) for Encores. Gotay & Worsham esp. good.

Don't see it if You want something new or edgy - or you want lead w/powerhouse singing. Cusack's voice lovely for some scores, but not for belting Berlin.

79
Entertaining, Cliched, Dated, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if You like old musicals and are ready to take this in as a piece in its time.

Don't see it if You aren't ready to roll your eyes a little at the sexism of this show.

Also I once met the US Ambassador to Liechtenburg, and the portrait isn't t... Read more Read less

50
Disappointing, Never should have ever been revived again since it's first encores revival in 1995, Dated

See it if and ONLY if you are feeling nostalgic for something from the 1950 theater season. Otherwise, DON'T Bother!

Don't see it if you wanted something a little 1950 nostalgic but with a 2019 twist, because this old relic should have been put down a long time ago!!

Also Despite the fact that I was looking forward to hearing that fabulous B... Read more Read less


February 7th, 2019
"The pulse-lowering Encores! production...Cusack, a strong performer in other circumstances — is overpowered here by material that, if it can work at all today, can do so only when rough-handled by a mauler....'Call Me Madam' can’t support much political reflection, or any reflection, really...Th...
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February 7th, 2019
"Sadly, Carmen Cusack doesn’t quite have the larger-than-life presence necessary to lift this flimsy star vehicle. She does, however, have a gorgeous voice and charm to spare, and these assets, along with Irving Berlin's terrific score and some deftly amusing supporting performances, make this 'C...
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February 7th, 2019
"What passed as 'political satire' in 1950 does not have quite the same bite in 2019 — at least not as seen in the flat and tiresome revival...While 'Call Me Madam' has at least four good songs, much of the rest is second-rate operetta pastiche and the book is drawn-out. The Encores! revival stil...
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February 7th, 2019
“’Call me Madam’ is breathing in new life in the 21st Century...Cusack's casual charm comes with a delightful drawl and spirited country-pop vocals...By no means a classic musical, ‘Call me Madam’ is nevertheless a classic style musical of its time, offering 1950s audiences some good laughs, some...
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