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.
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.”
"This particular production unfortunately, suffers from numerous missteps...That's not to say there isn't a lot to like in the show. The entire cast projects an infectious enthusiasm in their performances and the Berlin score is a joy to hear...However all too often, this Encores! offering chugs along when it should soar and meanders when it should be tightly focused. It's not so much a bad production as a missed opportunity." Full Review
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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