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Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope (NY City Center)

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Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Relevant, Delightful, Great staging

About the show

Encores! Off-Center presents this 1971 musical, a celebration of African-American culture and community, directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Savion Glover (Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk). More…

Originally conceived and directed by the first African-American woman to direct on Broadway, Vinnette Carroll, this radical work presents the issues of race politics in America and raises voices for change through a lively mix of song and dance with a score that includes gospel, jazz, soul, calypso, and rock.

Member Reviews (33)


Great singing, Entertaining, Relevant, Delightful, Great staging
Avg Score

Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Relevant, Great dancing

See it if Talent galore. A super cast than can dance and sing with the best. Tis a shame that none have made the aigic breakthrough yet. 75 minutes

Don't see it if For some the 75 minutes is too short. Rarity: Partner & I agree at 90%. Lack of a continuous story. Be aware that it is Encores Off Center

Revival from 1971, expertly performed blues, gospel, funk, etc. music illustrating '70s black community pathos, humor, power; joyously directed/choreographed by national treasure savion glover

See it if rousing portrait 1971 black America post-MLK; high spirited, witty choreography; strong cast w powerful voices, sizzlin' dancing

Don't see it if this is a review, not an integrated musical; dated "Laugh In" routine, campy Black Panthers/still relevant 2 today's Black Lives Matter

Poor sound design, Dated, Disappointing choreography and staging by savion glover, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you are interested in seeing this lost musical from the early 1970's. You probably won't have the chance to see it again.

Don't see it if you do like strong book musicals. This is more of a revue—a potpourri of Grant's songs.

Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you like amazing singing, great dancing, and a show that is sadly relevant. I long for the day when we look back at this show & can't relate

Don't see it if you want a story with a beginning & end.This is sung through and has no real plot.Very moving exploration of black culture in our racist USA

Infectious joyous revue with great cast

See it if Gospel-tinged revue of songs of black experience. James T. Lane singing "My Name Is Man" was devastating

Don't see it if Savion Glover's dances were excellent. Aisha de Haas and Wayne Pretlow were stunning singers. The show packs an emotional wallop.

Also The Lobby Project pre-show was well worth seeing.

Entertaining, Great singing, Relevant, Ambitious, Delightful

See it if you're interested in stories about the African American experience with great music and singing. So ambitious and impressive for Encores.

Don't see it if you prefer musicals with traditional showtunes. The music is more soul, R&B, and gospel.

Joyous, Inspiring, Insightful, Still relevant, Resonant

See it if interested in a 1970's musical detailing the joys & struggles of the African American community during the civil rights era told thru music.

Don't see it if you prefer a through story line. It's a series of many styles of music (gospel, jazz, blues, rock, funk even Calypso) all expertly performed

Also Savion Glover's staging & choreography perfectly suit the material. No... Read more Read less

Great singing, Masterful, Must see, Relevant, Great choreograpy

See it if you want to see a great cast superbly directed and choreographed by the terrific Savion Glover.

Don't see it if you are looking for a book musical.

Also Saw the original in 1972 and this far surpasses it in every way.

Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if and only if you were feeling nostalgic for something very 1972 in style and temperament. This show has all that and nothing more.

Don't see it if you saw the 1972 production and were expecting some 2019 twist to the production because it truly is a museum piece by every measure.

Also BE AWARE that this production has made revisions to this landmark piec... Read more Read less

Poc, Sung-through, Absorbing, Great singing, Exquisite

See it if You want to see an amazing sung-through show with a superb all-POC cast. Like gospel, blues, Caribbean music.

Don't see it if You dislike sung-through musicals. Want a musical that has a strong emotional pull.

Also "It's a statement piece."... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Masterful, Great staging

See it if a masterful ensemble dazzle in ballads and all-encompassing group sing and dance numbers; Glover shows great intelligence in staging

Don't see it if Tap is only of many tools despite Glover participation; truly an ensemble show without generally known stars

Great singing

See it if You like good singing and dancing, especially gospel music and tap.

Don't see it if If you want a storyline and need to hear the lyrics of the songs.

Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if You want to see a perfectly pleasurable non-book musical that feels very much of the 1970s and a cast with lovely voices.

Don't see it if You want something that feels complete or current—at barely 75 minutes and feeling all of its 40+ years of age, it lacks urgency/dynamism.

Exquisite, Absorbing, Great staging, Great singing, Masterful

See it if You love creative dancing and singing, want to see talented artists at their best, enjoy gospel/soul music, want to be wowed!

Don't see it if You dislike musicals, want to be bored, don't like to feel emotions, want to stay home and watch TV.

Masterful, Great singing, Great writing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Fabulous singing breathing new life into updated oldie but goodie.Encores on a winning streak. A must see if it transfers.

Don't see it if If don't like Encores minimal staging & format. Encores performances at City Center usually terrific, if not outstanding.


See it if the message is more important to you than the entertainment value.

Don't see it if you have fond memories of the original '70s production (which I enjoyed). I recall it being much more fun & less strident than this version.

Also This was really disappointing to me as the original was the 1st show I... Read more Read less

Dated, Engegetic., Great singing, No emotional connect.

See it if you like cabaret style shows.

Don't see it if Want to be moved.

Great singing, Great staging, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you love when great music, great direction, and great choreography come together in a timely show with meaning and heart.

Don't see it if you need elaborate sets or storyline to move you - this gives the complexity in its simplicity in a truly moving one act.

Great cast!, Great band!, Great choreography, Entertaining

See it if Energetic, talented cast singing and dancing. A fun evening.

Don't see it if Talented band, but their sound levels sometimes were louder than the cast's voices. Saw it Thursday, so hope the sound is leveled out.

Also I actually worked as an usher on Cope the summer of '73. I loved the o... Read more Read less

Great singing, Relevant

See it if you like gospel, blues, jazz, funk, soul, tap or just great musicians, singers and energy.

Don't see it if If you need a linear story.

Also This was a celebration of black culture, with still-relevant remarks o... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if choreography is amazing, some of the most beautiful songs ever . . .

Don't see it if see it

Delightful, Relevant, Intelligent, Great singing

See it if you like fantastic voices, high energy movement and near 50 year content that remains relevant and poignant today.

Don't see it if you prefer shows with elaborate sets and don't want to see dance sprinkled throughout all the songs.

Entertaining, Great singing, Resonant

See it if you're interested in the black experience or enjoy a variety of musical styles.

Don't see it if you only like shows with a plot.

Great singing, Delightful, Relevant

See it if Sensational production! The African-American experience at a turning point. All heart, soul and high energy. Savion choreography. Right on!

Don't see it if A revival, medley format, no book. 1970s period costumes nevertheless, an authentic reflection of its era.

Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Relevant, Must see

See it if Like the staging and directing of Savion Glover, lot of toe stomping music, great singers.

Don't see it if Don't like nostalgia musical.

July 26th, 2018
"Ms. Grant’s eclectic music is virtuosically ingratiating...Though the stage is in constant motion throughout, Mr. Glover forbears to knock our socks off or upstage the material with the pyrotechnics we know he is capable of...Not all of his staging concepts are convincing...But the overall effec...
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July 26th, 2018
“A propulsive evening of music and dance, one that speaks as much to the world of 2018 as it does the 1960s and '70s...Grant's music, played by a kickin' five-piece band, is a generous blend of styles her songs have the kind of rhythms that instantly make us dance in our seats, while her lyrics a...
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July 28th, 2018
“Despite updated references to Trayvon Martin, Roseanne Barr and the Obamas, and a significant knee-taking moment, the 75-minute presentation of blues, funk, gospel, calypso and spoken word, presents its themes with that very 1970s mixture of heart-on-sleeve sincerity and arch commentary...James ...
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July 29th, 2018
"A celebration of African American culture and community...This production has been rearranged into a condensed one-act show, staying true to addressing a range of Black experiences from its original show with a few modern updates...The singing throughout the show was absolutely amazing!...The vo...
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