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God Save Queen Pam

From 4 critic and 49 member reviews
Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Quirky

About the show

In this new Off-Broadway musical comedy an everyday American bartender is thrust into the British Royal family. More…

The British Royal House has died out, and the only living heir is an American bartender with a heart of imitation gold metal-like substance. With the help of her devoted royal staff, Pam Duffy must take on the duties of Queen and prove herself to be a suitable monarch before the scheming Lady Fenella de Dieul can unseat her and to do that, she has to stay out of her own way.

2h 30m | Already closed | Players Theatre (Greenwich V)


85
Motherhood Later

"Erin Murray Quinlan in the star role as Pam is so likeable you just want to stick around after the performance and tag along for an after-show snack...This show is just plain FUN. There is no hidden message or agenda, just pure escapism and entertainment. The story is well-told and the characters are likeable and entertaining...The show is laugh-out-loud funny in many scenes." Full Review

80
Diandra Reviews it All

"While 'God Save Queen Pam is for adults,' it appeals to that inner, teen girl...The twinkling, piano melodies add a brightness to script and heighten the delightful silliness of its puns...Quinlan gives this character such a warm amiability, and a bright-eyed optimism that counters well with the friendly, but stiff upper lips...'God Save Queen Pam' goes by quickly with brisk laughs, but is surprisingly more insightful than at first glance." Full Review

75
Says Me Says Mom

"I was expecting this show to be more of a farce. However, I am happy to say that is not. While it is a funny show, it is not over the top...It is not a one woman show, however, and one or two of the other characters do seem a bit underdeveloped. However, all in all, it is a good entertaining show that seems very timely in light of the fact that in actuality an American actress recently married the Prince of England." Full Review

60
TheaterScene.net

“An erratically entertaining fish out of water tale...A zany fantasy...Though spirited, it’s sluggish...There’s repetitiousness, extraneousness and a wan presentation. With editing that enforces more of the plot and higher production values it’s conceivable that its evident whimsical charms could be whipped up into a madcap entertainment. For now, it’s best viewed as a workshop with potential that showcases the game cast...Does achieve a level of the frothy escapism it aspires to.” Full Review


85
Funny, Delightful, Quirky, Clever lyrics, Drags at times

See it if you want to see a fun musical about an American that becomes the Queen of the UK. Lots of laughs

Don't see it if you're looking for a big production. Minimal sets here but lots of fun

Also I think if this show was cut down to a 90 minute musical, it would flo... Read more Read less

80
Funny, Clever, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you are OK with seeing well-crafted pro-level new musical material being introduced in rather primitive community-theater "trappings"

Don't see it if you can't focus on the witty material and energetic acting well enough to disregard the primitive set/costuming/lighting/venue!

Also If you attend NYMF (NY Musical Festival) workshop readings, then you k... Read more Read less

79
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you love small original productions with actors playing several roles with a quirky story and a lot of heart.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy silly musicals.

79
Quirky, Relevant, Fluffy

See it if you like pretty well acted musicals that are light and easy to watch.

Don't see it if you want a full out musical with great voices and production values.

Also Could be condensed to a shorter version. Many very short scenes get te... Read more Read less

79
Funny, Delightful, Relevant, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You want to laugh and be entertained. The story is well written with the music and timing. You won't be bored.

Don't see it if You simply crave for grand staging. Give it a chance!

78
Ambitious, Quirky, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if If you are into Brit-royalty spoofs this is for you. If you like to root for the plain/not too bright girl to make good-this time as Queen.

Don't see it if You want a big, lavish production. It could be cut down a bit. Have no patience for banter and fluff.

77
Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you are in the mood for some fluffy entertainment with a solid sense of humor helped by the comic timing of the lead performer.

Don't see it if you want a musical to tug at your heart strings or that features powerful singing performances.

77
Funny, Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like pretty darn good music and very good singing and a funny story packaged in an original, witty little musical

Don't see it if you're too serious, don't laugh easily and want everything to be a broadway mega production

76
Funny, Ambitious, Quirky, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You like quirky alternative style theater. I loved the singing and trio live band playing- very energizing! Original play.

Don't see it if You don't like plays with fantasy plots.

75
Clever, Quirky, Cute

See it if fish out of water comedies about people finding out they are really royalty and then have to fit into their newly discovered role.

Don't see it if you don't like shows like Me & My Girl or movies like the Princess Diaries or characters who discover they are royalty.

75
Entertaining

See it if love good British manners played off American brashness. This was an entertaining off broadway musical and I quite enjoyed it

Don't see it if you don't love the whole British v. American thing,

70
Funny, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy a light comedy about an unlikely person becoming queen and what results. Some cute songs, not memorable. Nice use of small stage.

Don't see it if you like sophisticated comedy or a big theater. There is no elevator in this small theater so there are steps.

70
Funny, Quirky, Refreshing, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy silly plays that end happily

Don't see it if you are looking for real drama and a thought provoking play.

66
Funny, Clever, Fluffy

See it if It wasn't very good but I had a great time. It was pretty much high school quality but I really did enjoy it. Does that make sense??

Don't see it if You want a polished production. You want good music. The music was really bad. The story actually was pretty good. Better as a play.

65
Quirky, Disappointing, Campy, Fluffy

See it if You want to see a musical which is not thought provoking, and have an interest in royalty.

Don't see it if You expect a totally professional performance by the actors with elaborate sets.

65
Ambitious, Slow, Fluffy

See it if It’s a cute show with potential but it needs serious trimming and dances on the edge of “corny”

Don't see it if Remember in the show Friends when the gang had to endure Joey’s off broadway plays? By the end of act 1, it was like watching a Joey show.

63
"king ralph" light: substitute queen for king, add music; ok but without wit or panache

See it if high spirited musical tells story of unpolished NJ cocktail waitress made Queen of England; genial/winning performances

Don't see it if predictable plot as King Ralph redux; singing not at high level, tunes meh, lyrics simplistic, 2 pianos/drums accompaniment thin

60
Funny, Ambitious, Quirky, Silly, Amateurish

See it if you want to see a play that is mildly entertaining with a cast that really tries their best. Needs a rewrite and a partial recast.

Don't see it if you want a play is that fully formed. You get the feeling that this is a work in progress.

Also The only difference between this show and my kid's camp play is that m... Read more Read less

50
Banal, Cute, Long, Fluffy, Unoriginal

See it if This is a 2hr plus show that should be 60 min. A slight cuteness doesn’t overcome the underwhelming-ness. Most of the audience left at int.

Don't see it if You want high quality theater or didn’t like the movie King Ralph.... same plot.

50
Funny, Quirky, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if If you like a king Ralph theme to music. Some really good songs and some actors were good.

Don't see it if First 50 minutes were good, last 20 of ist act got slow. Second act needs to be reworked.

50
Disappointing, Fluffy, Earnest

See it if you know someone in the show and want to support new musicals. Some nice tunes, but flawed premise. Needed more rehearsal and minimalist set

Don't see it if Expecting a polished production. Lots of raw edges to be worked out. Maybe should've been billed as a workshop production?

Also Imho, The show chooses the wrong protagonist. There isn't much endeari... Read more Read less

49
Amateurish, Uninteresting, Poor singing, Not very funny, Sophomoric farce

See it if you accept amateurish singing and production values, very silly, non-nuanced farcical script with a cast that puts forth maximum effort.

Don't see it if you expect a "professional" presentation, some nuance in a farce, adequate singing ability and a spoof with consistent laughs.

45
Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if You want to see an underdeveloped and totally unbelievable musical with some fine cast members and some not so. Good band.

Don't see it if You have reasonable expectations of off broadway musicals. Like they should have some sense of verisimilitude & maybe some production values

93
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if Great writing too! And Hilarious! And intelligent! And the songs are poignant and delightful! See it if you enjoy these qualities.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you are a grump and are determined to stay a grump.

80
Funny, Clever, Fluffy

See it if You enjoy light musical comedies

Don't see it if you only like serious stuff


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