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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

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

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.

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

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

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

69
Disappointing, Creaky, Lead voice very weak, Some good songs, Dated

See it if You’ve never seen it before and like lots of corn with your musicals.

Don't see it if You’ve ever seen it before; this show relies on a brassy lead; she had either exhausted her voice or didn’t have it to start with.

Also I have a lot of patience for and joy in old musicals, but this product... Read more Read less

54
Cliched, Dated, Funny, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if you like stale political satire, historical musicals, or Irving Berlin. A fine revival of a very dated musical with a couple great numbers.

Don't see it if You don't feel the need for a predictable, slightly sexist comedy set in a poor duchy in Europe. It was fine, just very unmodern.

60
Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy all Encores as a history piece and saying you've seen a production of a rarely done show.

Don't see it if You're expecting a stand out star performance. Cusak is lovely but hardly the bulldozer required for the role.

63
Banal, Dated, Slow

See it if You don't mind a boring and dated plot and production. Didn't engage me except for one number. Left at intermission. Tons of people left.

Don't see it if Expecting a great show.

60
Cliched, Dated, Great singing, Fluffy, Old-fashioned

See it if you’re a historian who wants to see a relic live onstage.

Don't see it if you’re expecting something that feels fresh or relevant.

50
Disappointing, Excruciating, Poorly-cast, Bad-choice, Why?

See it if it has already closed, thank God. This production was dreadful. Carmen Cusack was completely miscast.

Don't see it if the thought of Ben Davis singing out of the left side of his mouth annoys you half as much as it annoyed me. Dreadful. Bad choice, Encores.

68
Slow, Funny, Fluffy

See it if Fabulous choreography, some old standards

Don't see it if If you expect Merman or Tyne Daley, you woll be disappointed. Not one of Encores! Best.

68
Cliched, Dated, Fluffy

See it if You would see Carol Kane in anything and if you love Randy Rainbow. The male lead was also very good. Good dancing and voices, but dated.

Don't see it if This is a creaky Berlin musical. I wished for the Merman or Daly version and was not bowled over. I'm glad I saw it as an historical piece


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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