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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
78
Avg Score

80
Entertaining, Dated, Silly, Great singing, Fluffy

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.

80
Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Great dancing, Relevant

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.

70
Slow, Entertaining, Dated, Memorable music

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.

88
Dated, Delightful, Great staging, Fluffy

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.

91
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Masterful

See it if you enjoy wonderful musicals that have great singing and dancing mixed with laughter.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy endings that tie everything together and makes you feel good.

90
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great writing

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.

82
Entertaining, Great singing, Nostalgic

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!

79
Entertaining, Funny, Tuneful, Nostalgic

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

90
Absorbing, Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Must see

See it if You love Encores! Carmen Cusack and Rob Berman are amazing!!

Don't see it if You do not like classic show, restaged fairly faithfully to the original.

Also Irving Berlin's score is totally beautiful and soothing and incredible... Read more Read less

79
Dated, Great singing, Slow, Amazing choreography

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.

92
Delightful, Entertaining, Must see

See it if this production was Encores at its best The cast, muxic, the staging-all terrific Don't miss it

Don't see it if you don't like Broadway musicals

92
Delightful, Enchanting, Romantic

See it if you love old fashioned musicals

Don't see it if if silly stories are not your cup of tea

Also With tunes by Irving Berlin this show should have been a 100.... Read more Read less

70
Great singing, Funny, Dated

See it if You love Irving Berlin. You love 40’s fashion

Don't see it if You expect a serious complex plot

74
Fluffy, Disappointing, Dated, Clever

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.

71
Delightful, Dated, Great singing, Slow

See it if you enjoy seeing classic musicals of yesteryear.

Don't see it if you want those musicals to perfectly match your memories or ideals.

Also I love seeing shows at Encores. The more obscure & older the show the ... Read more Read less

86
Delightful, Refreshing, Great staging, Enchanting

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.

89
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing

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.

Also After leaving the show, my ear worm delightfully festered with Berlin'... Read more Read less

87
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Funny

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.

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.

79
Entertaining, Dated, Slow

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.

80
Entertaining, Dated, Great acting, Great dancing, Fluffy

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

82
Great singing, Dated, Entertaining

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.

80
Clever, Dated, Cliched, Entertaining

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.

89
Delightful, Entertaining, Fluffy, Clever, Great singing

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.

84
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting

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.


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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