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.”
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.
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
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
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.
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..
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
See it if Socialite becomes an ambassador but doesn't know foreign policy. Fun dance scenes to elegant music and cute predictable budding love stories
Don't see it if Light on plot, didn't feel relevant to today, romantic American nostalgia (if you're white, glamorous, and rich), uses European stereotypes
Also Ticket from box office for $35.
See it if You want to see a classic musical done by Broadway-caliber actors, in a gentle political satire
Don't see it if You'll be bored by dated songs; the music is quite dull. You want to go for Carol Kane, who's only in it for 5 min.
See it if you like Encores--orchestra is wonderful, great performances in a show that doesn't really hold up. That said, it was an enjoyable evening.
Don't see it if you don't like old fashioned shows, want something edgy or with more depth. Cusack good but not larger than life. Take it for what it is.
See it if for some delightful talent, familiar tunes and the joy of a never produced work; choreography and duets of the young lovers worth it all.
Don't see it if you expect a charismatic Sally who creates irresistible chemistry with her lover and the rest of the production; costumes accurate to period