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From 24 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Clever

About the show

The York presents Lerner and Lane's 1979 musical as part of their concert revival reading "Musicals in Mufti" series. More…

In a picturesque Italian village, Carmelina has raised her teenage daughter to believe her father was an American who died heroically in World War II—all the while collecting child support checks from three American soldiers, each of whom thinks he is the girl’s father. Complications arise when all three soldiers show up at the same time for a reunion.

Member Reviews (24)


Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Clever
Avg Score

Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Delightful

See it if you like old fashioned musicals revived by very talented folks.Andrea Burns is a delight.

Don't see it if you are looking for something edgy.This is just pure old fashioned fun. Terrific score, great performances.

Romantic, Entertaining, Dated

See it if you are a fan of Lerner or if you just want to hear two of his rarely performed love songs.

Don't see it if You're expecting My Fair Lady or Camelot. This piece is lovely, but not traffic-stopping like MFL/C.

Also The York is the champion company for keeping this show music alive, an... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Romantic, Great singing, Old school, Clever

See it if You like to see shows that were shunned originally get remastered to shine, even if for only a short time

Don't see it if You like flash and dazzle, that's not what Mufti is about

Clever, Dated

See it if you want an original score Mamma Mia story and don't mind a rough version, as it is not fully staged.

Don't see it if you don't like sappy love stories.

Charming, Fluffy, Delightful, Funny, Romantic

See it if You want to see a classic musical that's sweet, funny, and just a good time.

Don't see it if You want theatre that will profoundly move you - this is theatre fluff at its fluffiest.

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if you want to see a beautifully sung, quite amusing staged reading of a charming piece. Wonderful cast. I had never heard of it but loved it!

Don't see it if you don't like staged readings. The cast holds their scripts and staging is rudamentary. But the cast is so wonderful, you should still go!

Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you like musicals. Despite the spare set and no costumes, this show is very engaging. Great talent and cleaver lyrics carry the show.

Don't see it if you don't like heart warming shows. The plot kind of peters out with a hokey resolution. But that does not matter too much.

Funny, Great singing

See it if you are open to the mufti style and want to see a solid production of a rarely-done show.

Don't see it if you dislike shows that have a very pat ending or if you prefer a big fancy showbiz-type musical.

Also Andrea Burns is CRAZY talented. The plot of the show was fun, but the ... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Funny

See it if Delightful and unexpected since it closed in days after opening on Broadway. Hard to believe. Great singing using clever lyrics and acting.

Don't see it if Not for you if you disliked Mama Mia. No nonsense funny but not for the serious.

Entertaining, Delightful, Sweet

See it if You like musicals.

Don't see it if Old-fashioned songs is not your style.

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if You like charming love stories. Beautiful songs.

Don't see it if You dislike romantic musicals.

Banal, Disappointing, Insipid, Fluffy

See it if you haven't seen any other muftis at the York so aren't expecting something up to their usual caliber

Don't see it if you were expecting a more polished mufti experienced, better singing from the male lead, better score/script, etc.

Also I am perfectly okay seeing old-fashioned, dated musicals with problema... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Funny

See it if you like delightful musicals and great singing

Don't see it if you don't like delightful musicials and great singing

Also Hurry up - it is closing Feb 3rd.... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing

See it if you enjoy a charming/funny/delightful musical on a small scale. Joey does indeed steal the show as Vittorio. It's just what is needed now.

Don't see it if you need a lavish set/costumes. Silly you, they are not needed.

Delightful, funny, clever, great acting , great singing

See it if You love Alan Lerner (and if you don't there is something very wrong with you), you enjoy light, funny, sweet musicals.

Don't see it if You require musicals to have a deep message or dislike staged concerts of musicals .

Also Carmelina is pure joy. Wonderful singers and actors perfectly cast, wh... Read more Read less

Dated, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if You love pidgin-Italian accents.

Don't see it if You don't like pidgin-Italian accents and are irritated by books that don't go beyond blackout-sketch bad sitcom writing.

Also The York has done CARMELINA three times?! Why?! Except for a pleasant,... Read more Read less

Us occupation of italy post-ww2, mixed with old world romance provides almost fun; dated but very well-sung

See it if Broadway history of Lerner or Lane or what-went-wrong’s is part of your passion.

Don't see it if You want more than a light-hearted sketch of a story.

Clever, Enchanting, Funny, Should have been a big broadway hit

See it if you love Lerner's work; you enjoy very clever comedy with wonderful music by Lane

Don't see it if you are expecting a big splashy musical (though Mamma Mia is that). It's a great mini-musical with wonderful characters.

Not great but not bad so probably not likely to change minds about this show

See it if You're a musical theater completist -- i.e., you want to see flop or forgotten shows by greats like Alan Jay Lerner.

Don't see it if You have no tolerance for shows that are not thoroughly well-structured and well-acted. This one has flaws!

Also A great performance by Anne Nathan (as the maid). Some genuinely funny... Read more Read less

Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if If you like musicals, you'll love Carmelina! This production is perfect in every way. We haven't laughed this much in ages! Beautiful music

Don't see it if The only reason someone wouldn't like this show is if they don't like musicals!

Also The story is hilarious, acting superb, cast outstanding, every song ex... Read more Read less

During previews
Banal, Slow, Entertaining, Quirky, Dated

See it if It's Lerner & Lane's music/lyrics that provide the modest joys of the piece which is a precursor to Mamma Mia. Sorge's Vittorio steals show

Don't see it if Mufti series is bare-boned, dated & often just tired but also a needed archival resource & theatre touchstone Carmelina more banal than bad

During previews
Funny, Great writing

See it if you enjoy musicals that also make you laugh. Joey Sorge is the perfect Italian lover, and Andrea Burns is excellent as his love interest.

Don't see it if you would not like a comic musical version of "Buena Sera, Mrs. Campbell," the movie, or if a love story isn't your thing.

Also At first I was disappointed that I knew the story from seeing the movi... Read more Read less

During previews
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you enjoy entertaining musicals that are funny.

Don't see it if you dislike "sappy" endings where every character has a happy ending.

During previews
Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to spend two hours listening to the music of Lerner and Lane in an all but forgotten delightful gem of a musical.

Don't see it if you want a more lavish production (the Mufti productions are more of a concert - minimal props, costumes and scenery.)

February 1st, 2019
“Leeds directs the York's latest visit to this underappreciated effort, a very enjoyable book-in-hand production featuring a terrific cast...Burns gives a gutsy, dramatically sung performance as the title character...The score features the catchy, Neapolitan-styled ‘It's Time For A Love Song’, a ...
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February 4th, 2019
"No justification is needed for an entertainment as charming and tuneful as this...The show had only thirty-six hours of rehearsals; one imagines that, had he had more time, the director, Michael Leeds, would have cleaned up a bit of business...But the laughs are plentiful, the songs fall beautif...
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January 28th, 2019
“Witty, well-crafted, romantic, smart...and gorgeously melodic...Harman's heavily rewritten book plays just fine, and the score, re-conceived and reordered as it is, remains both a model of musical-comedy efficiency...It's a rare look at a late work from musical masters, and, as much as it's been...
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January 31st, 2019
"Though not in the same class with Lerner's masterpiece, 'My Fair Lady,' 'Carmelina' has a similar theme: how a young woman reinvents herself. While the three soldiers are under the impression that they invented Carmelina in the classic Pygmalion and Galatea fashion, in fact Carmelina has reinven...
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