Fifty Million Frenchmen
Fifty Million Frenchmen
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Fifty Million Frenchmen NYC Reviews and Tickets

77%
(13 Reviews)
Positive
85%
Mixed
15%
Negative
0%
Members say
Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Fluffy, Disappointing

About the Show

This 1929 Cole Porter musical offers a classic boy-meets-girl story set in the city of love. Part of "The Musicals in Mufti" series of minimally staged, script-in-hand productions of underappreciated Broadway musicals.

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Member Reviews (13)

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703 Reviews | 213 Followers
75
Fluffy, Funny, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

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. Read more

677 Reviews | 150 Followers
69
Quite the accomplishment for just 5 days of rehearsal, Great music, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched

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 Read more

430 Reviews | 114 Followers
74
Porter antique gets mufti treatment

See it if Silly book draped around early Cole Porter score. Two pianos and a banjo made a nice sound. The male singers were weak.

Don't see it if The show's best song, "You Do Something To Me," was spoiled by feeble singing. It was fun to see and I'm grateful to experience this rarity

330 Reviews | 69 Followers
90
Sweet, De-lovely, Ambitious, Great set and projections, Heavenly

See it if you love American musicals and would like to see one of the early ones written by a true master. Or, if you like French-themed pieces --go!

Don't see it if The silly plots of early musicals bore you, or if you don't want to hear beautiful songs from the last century, or if you want more polish.

295 Reviews | 123 Followers
71
Fluffy, Entertaining, Great songs

See it if you want to hear some great Cole Porter songs. I liked the 2 pianos and banjo accompaniment.

Don't see it if you're looking for more than bare-bones staging, as are all Mufti performances. Several singers lacked projection.

154 Reviews | 23 Followers
80
Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you enjoy musicals that make you happy.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy plays where everything turns out perfect.

154 Reviews | 21 Followers
79
Great writing, Clever, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want an old fashion feel good musical with songs by Cole Porter and a happy ending.

Don't see it if you want a musical with elaborate stage settings and costumes; this is all about the music.

79 Reviews | 22 Followers
50
Uneven, Disappointing

See it if You really are a Cole Porter fan and interested to see a pretty much never performed piece with some wonderful songs. A few talented singers

Don't see it if You are looking for a musically balanced show with talented performers and full production values. Read more

Critic Reviews (5)

BroadwayWorld
October 5th, 2019

"The York Serves Up Vintage Cole Porter With 'FIFTY MILLION FRENCHMEN'"
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Lighting & Sound America
October 1st, 2019

"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."
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Talkin' Broadway
September 29th, 2019

"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."
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TheaterScene.net
October 3rd, 2019

"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."
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Theatre is Easy
October 6th, 2019

"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."
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