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Call Me Madam

From 84 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 (84)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Great singing, Dated, Delightful, Fluffy
78
Avg Score

80
Delightful, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if You like to see “rarely” produced classic musicals. Encores always pleases.

Don't see it if You’re expecting the “magic” of a musical designed specifically for the bombastic Ethel Merman.

Also While Ms. Cusak is a terrific singer and performer, she just wasn’t th... Read more Read less

72
Great singing, Entertaining, Confusing

See it if you want to just get and be entertained by good choreography, voices and costumes

Don't see it if you don't like old fashioned shows, or want something cutting edge with more depth

68
Slow, Funny, Fluffy

See it if Fabulous choreography, some old standards

Don't see it if If you expect Merman or Tyne Daley, you woll be disappointed. Not one of Encores! Best.

84
Delightful, Relevant, Funny

See it if You love encores shows! Ones with big musical numbers. You want to see how something from the 50s could have such relevant commentary

Don't see it if You want to stay completely away from the political

Also Honestly the whole was greater than the parts. There were a few songs ... Read more Read less

68
Cliched, Dated, Fluffy

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

77
Delightful, Banal, Clever, Disappointing, Funny

See it if You love great music and good comedy players in bit parts. The lyrics are some of the most clever of all time. Randy Rainbow is amazing.

Don't see it if You want a very strong lead. Carmen Cusack cannot belt or act the songs in the same way Merman could. The production is a bit lackluster.

98
Delightful, Brilliant music, Lovely vocals

See it if you know and love the musical theatre genius of Irving Berlin and the Lindsay/Crouses of the theatre world. See it if you need a lift.

Don't see it if Uh.....uh......can't think of any really good reason

Also The music is delightful and the vocals are equally fabulous. toe tappi... Read more Read less

78
Ambitious, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You want to hear the fabulous Cole Porter score sung beautifully. The clothes, the sets, everything about this revival was right.

Don't see it if You're looking for Ethel Merman.

85
Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if amazing singing, wonderful show.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals and want a fully staged production. This is more bare bones than usual because only a short run.


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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