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 to hear the music of Irving Berlin in a musical spoof on the politics of the 1950's that is still relevant today.
Don't see it if you want a musical with more elaborate sets - the Encore performances focus on the music.
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.
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.
See it if If you're a fan of old musicals, accept the Encore style of production (great orchestra, low production values, short run, shorter rehearsal
Don't see it if if you are expecting My Fair Lady or super relevant political commentary, don't like slapstick, want elaborate production.
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.
See it if you enjoy Encores and are willing to just be entertained, you like Carmen Cusack even if it takes a while for her to come into her own.
Don't see it if you expect anything that feels relevant, you are put off by old-fashion stereotypes, you can't get into great classic tunes just for fun.
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.
See it if You have never seen a production of the show. Some very clever writing and some wonderful (though oft repeated) music by Berlin.
Don't see it if You have seen the movie (or even the original Encores prod.) - you will be disappointed.
See it if you enjoy a delightful romp through history with a sublime Irving Berlin score and great singing and dancing.
Don't see it if you can't appreciate minimalist staging and are unaware of historical references.
See it if you like classic musicals.
Don't see it if you don't like classic musicals.
Also Light, breezy, pleasant musical... totally entertaining escapist fun.
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.
See it if If you'd like to see a fun, joyous, effervescent show with some terrific music.
Don't see it if If you want something profound and political statements given by today's standards.
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.
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
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.
See it if Pure fun and fluff, but clever and great classic Berlin score. Carmen Cusack is charming and funny, and her voice is among broadway’s best.
Don't see it if It’s pure 1950’s, musical comedy entertainment. No depth but lots of fun.
See it if See it if you enjoy old musicals with great songs, great music and great dancing. And it's lots of fun to boot.
Don't see it if Don't see it if you don't like old musicals.