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Call Me Madam

From 13 critic and 76 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.


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.” 

Entertaining, Dated, Great singing

See it if Interesting to see a show that was topical in the post-war years. Solid music and acting.

Don't see it if You don’t like dated stuff.

Nostalgic, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you love a good score by Berlin and some wonderful voices!

Don't see it if you don't enjoy a nostalgic Musical!

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

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

Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful

See it if Fun, light, frothy and Randy Rainbow😃

Don't see it if If you don't like frothy musicals

Great singing, Overrated, Cliched, Entertaining

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..

Fun, Great singing, Vintage, Charming, Cute

See it if This isn't neuroscience, just plain old fashioned fun. Great singing. Just top notch.

Don't see it if You don't want the gift of a little Irving Berlin--feel good music. It's a warm fuzzy experience, but not profound​.

Relevant, Great dancing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love Encores! shows, Carmen Cusak, great singing/dancing. Encores! productions are always charming & fun. Political but still relevant.

Don't see it if You want a fully staged show. Show is dated but has a current feel. A bit sexist, old-fashioned, cliched, & cookie-cutter/predictable.

Fluffy, Great dancing, Great acting, Dated, Entertaining

See it if love Irving Berlin & would like a flashback to an era where gentle satire was sufficient to capture the most egregious of political faux pas

Don't see it if you dislike predictable plots or minimalist sets

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

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

Great staging, Romantic, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy period musicals with a rose-colored view of how the world should work.

Don't see it if Today’s political shenanigans upset you. All the people around you laughing at the pointed corollary will surely give you a coronary.

Also It’s beautifully staged, dressed, danced and sung. Carmen Cusack is wo... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Cliched, Dated, Clever

See it if You respect Berlin and like old musicals that are relics in a time long ago and far away.

Don't see it if You want to see an exciting new show with big sets and inventive out of the box ideas.

Fluffy, Great singing, Silly, Dated, Entertaining

See it if You love old-fashioned Broadway shows with long dance breaks, great singing, and improbable plot resolutions

Don't see it if You want anything edgy or modern, this is pure schmaltz.

Classic musical theater, Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like the City Center style of presenting musicals and want to experience the music played as it was originally written

Don't see it if You are looking for something modern and non traditional.

Also I love the City Center musicals. Hearing these older shows played as t... Read more Read less

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

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.

Dated, Musical comedy comfort food, Entertaining

See it if You love those classic Irving Berlin tunes performed by top-notch entertainers. You love revivals of older musicals.

Don't see it if You can't image anyone but Ethel Merman (or Tyne Daly) as Sally Adams. You don't care for older musicals.

Also I enjoyed this production thoroughly. It's always a pleasure to hear R... Read more Read less

Amazing choreography, Slow, Great singing, Dated

See it if you enjoy beautiful music with great singing. Cusack has glorious pipes; Davis is compelling-PLUS Randy Rainbow! though he doesn't sing. ):

Don't see it if you aren't fond of dated material and corny jokes. Or, if you want a big set, and a compelling story. Enjoy listening to the music instead

Also The choreography is marvelous-simply wonderful.

Nostalgic, Tuneful, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy an old-fashion tuneful Bway musical.

Don't see it if you do not like an old-fashion Bway musical.

Also Musical vehicles written for Ethel Merman need Ethel Merman. Her sound... Read more Read less

Great singing, Disappointing, Dated

See it if Support City Center.

Don't see it if Looking for Merman.

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

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.

Slow, Dated, Entertaining

See it if You like older, charming musicals with good old-fashioned songs. Most of the cast is strong -Worsham, Gotay and Davis were stand-outs.

Don't see it if You want a realistic story. Also, Randy Rainbow was not a particularly good actor and Cusack's voice had some weaknesses in the top range.

Fluffy, Great staging, Dated, Cliched, Entertaining

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

Great singing, Slow, Cliched, Entertaining, Dated

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

Entertaining, Dated, Fluffy, Great singing, Cliched

See it if you are interested in revivals of old shows. It has some lovely songs, of course, and Carmen Cusack gives it her best shot. Script is creaky

Don't see it if you expect musicals to have strong, logical, funny books. This one hasn't held up. Some people hate City Center, too, for the size.

Good singing and staging, Delightful

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

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

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.

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