Encores! kicks off its 25th season with a new musical about Broadway gems they have not yet revived. Featuring a star-studded cast including Tony Winner Bebe Neuwirth and Tony nominee Vanessa Williams.
Bob Martin, as his beloved Man in Chair character from 'The Drowsy Chaperone,' plays an opinionated Encores! subscriber who leads the audience on a guided (and sometimes mis-guided) tour of his favorite scenes and songs from musicals he’s always wanted to see at City Center: 'All American,' 'George M!,' 'Greenwillow,' 'Jamaica,' 'Mack & Mabel,' 'Milk and Honey,' 'Sail Away,' and 'Wildcat.'
See it if you love well-performed Broadway songs. HLMO is chock-full of them. Bob Martin (Drowsy Chaperone) is your charming tour guide. Uplifting.
Don't see it if you want only old favorites; many songs are obscure...a few aren't good. Great orchestra occasionally overpowers. Little context given for
See it if you wish to see 9 partials from musicals from 1958 - 1974, a perfect period to revisiit for us. This is a wonderful 25th anniv idea.
Don't see it if you are fixed on an entire production of one show ala the tradition for Encores (The variety worked here) We did miss Joel Grey though.
See it if you'd love a delightful return of Man In Chair from The Drowsy Chaperone. (He hosts the evening and is just as wonderful as ever.)
Don't see it if you'd be frustrated by seeing 15 minutes of scenes and songs from each musical, which is rarely enough time to care about what's happening.
See it if 2 hear gorgeous tunes like "Never Will I Marry;" see young stars A. Socha/C. Duncan, and always-fine Judy Kuhn shine; first class dance
Don't see it if great old stars Vanessa Williams and Bebe Neuwirth past their prime vocally; only a few performances evoked major applause
See it if You want to see highlights from rarely seen musicals. You want to see amazing performers.
Don't see it if You want more well-known musicals. You don't like the revue format. You want a contemporary musical.
See it if To see some unforgettable numbers. I really enjoyed it although songs were uneven. Stay to the end for last two numbers.
Don't see it if If you do not enjoy musicals and have no interest in seeing shows that were not hits, for whatever reason, in their time.
See it if You want to hear mostly obscure musical theatre songs & scores performed by a top-notch orchestra and your favorite Broadway stars.
Don't see it if You think flop musicals were flops for a reason and there’s no need to rehash them, especially in snippets over 2.5 hours.
See it if you like to hear excerpts from lesser known musicals with a great cast and wonderful orchestra. Great Encores.
Don't see it if you like only well known musicals or do not like musicals without full staging.
See it if The "Mack & Mabel" section is the best thing about this Encores! presentation. Douglas Sills & Alexandra Socha are at the top of their game
Don't see it if you are not into musicals that are now mostly forgotten and stand no chance of a revival.
See it if a peek at lost Broadway treasures & not so treasureables in context with scenework & full orchestra sung by BWY luminaries delights you
Don't see it if have no interest in BWY history, Bob Martin connective tissue, lush singing & orchestrations, or cherrypicking numbers from underheard shows
See it if Well worth seeing. Two or three numbers from obscure Golden Age musicals. Bebe Neuwirth got a big hand for Noel Coward's Sail Away.
Don't see it if Clifton Duncan brought down the house with Greenwillow numbers. A surprise star in the last segment capped an enjoyably unusual Bway special
See it if you love Bob Martin (and who doesn't) and/or old musicals. It's a fun show.
Don't see it if you want a fully fledged musical (which is what Encores does now). It's a fun show with a bunch of ridiculously talented performers!
See it if you want to see bits of former relatively unsuccessful musicals that had redeeming values. Some wonderful performers do the honors.
Don't see it if you don't like musicals. It's apparent why some of these shows didn't make it.
See it if You love musicals and want to be introduced to some treasures from the past. I'm so greatful to be introduced to Mack & Mabel
Don't see it if You want a full story, this is more of a review. Some numbers are stronger than others
Also Standout of the night- Alexandra Socha
See it if you want to experience some old forgotten bits of old forgotten musicals. A standout performance by D. Sills. And special surprise at end.
Don't see it if you are hoptng for full blown show. Just snippets. If you are not familiar with the old shows, you will not know the story.
See it if You want the Man in the Chair to walk you through some un-revived Broadway show excerpts. Robert Martin is Delightful. Clever concept show.
Don't see it if You mind unevenly paced show. Robert Martin was great, but there is a reason many of the shows haven't been revived. Saw the closing perf.
See it if You want a melange of greatest hits from lesser musicals hosted by the droll, hysterical man in chair
Don't see it if You want full scenes and context for those songs
See it if Select scenes and songs from old musicals are of interest to you. To date, the shows displayed hadn't been given full revivals. Cast shines.
Don't see it if Old,classic musicals are not of interest.You will recognize many of the songs.You may regret not seeing some of the greatest musical stars.
See it if you *love* musicals and want terrifically-performed songs/scenes from often forgotten/neglected works. Splendid buffet for musical lovers!
Don't see it if you won't appreciate a hilariously curated tour of 8 lesser-known musicals. A true feast for musical lovers; decent meal for all others.
See it if You just enjoy Bway music of all types, without plot or context. You love Bebe Neuwirth and will go to any lenghts to see her do 1 song.
Don't see it if The above is not true.
See it if You love a musical from overture to outre that ranges from rootin'-tootin' to deepest drama to hilariously snarky.
Don't see it if You can't withstand stretches of dialogue that demonstrate why some of these shows were flops.
See it if you are feeling nostalgic for a vaudeville revue that your grandparents used to tell you about.
Don't see it if a hodgepodge of musical numbers from old Broadway musicals that should NEVER be revived isn’t your cup of tea.