See it if I enjoyed this early Cole Porter show, with its clever lyrics and feel-good fun. Impressive small production given just a week of rehearsal.
Don't see it if Some of the singers are much better than others. The story is a cliched “two young men make a bet on a girl” plot set in the 1920's.
See it if you're a Cole Porter fan & curious about this show, you enjoy the York's minimal Mufti stagings, you want to see what can be done in 5 days
Don't see it if you expect a large, fully-staged show or more modern plotting, want elaborate dancing, more than a 3-man combo or the feel of the original
"The York Serves Up Vintage Cole Porter With 'FIFTY MILLION FRENCHMEN'"
"As was always the case, the crossbreeding of Porter and Paris yields a harvest of double entendres, here delivered with brio by a pair of standout performers…..A must for Porter fans and students of vintage musicals."
"The 1929 hit is a whoop of joy from the late Jazz Age with one of Porter's sauciest, most impudent scores. And if the book, by Herbert Fields, isn't a humdinger, it doesn't overly get in the way of the fun, either. That said, this Mufti does screw a couple of things up."
"However, even after all these years the show is both entertaining and smart and offers a pleasant evening in the theater. Another plus is that it features a great many top-drawer Cole Porter songs that will be unfamiliar to most theatergoers."
"Kristy Cates, as an American tourist looking to be 'shocked' in Paris (that's literally the extent of her character development), runs away with the show…Porter's lyrics pop with their usual charm and occasional acerbity…most of the show feels snugly rooted in 1929."