Hey, Look Me Over!
Midtown W
81

Hey, Look Me Over! NYC Reviews and Tickets

81%
(104 Reviews)
Positive
91%
Mixed
8%
Negative
1%
Members say
Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Clever, Funny

About the Show

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.

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80
Entertaining, Great choreography, Great singing, Fluffy fun

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 Read more

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Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

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.

Critic Reviews (15)

February 8th, 2018

"A peculiar and inevitably incoherent assemblage conceived...Though Mr. Martin’s interstitial jokes are often funny, they are not substantive enough to make the selections seem anything more than convenient...There are remarkable performances along the way...For the most part 'Hey, Look Me Over!' has little new to say about its old sources. It will be of interest to historians, if not to history."
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February 8th, 2018

"Martin's presence was particularly helpful since 'Hey, Look Me Over!' proves to be a textbook example of a mixed bag...There is the superb 30-piece orchestra conducted by Rob Berman, delivering lush orchestrations of the music...The problem is, since it's safe to say that all but the most ardent musical theater buffs are probably unfamiliar with much of the material, the dramatic scenes feel scattered and confusing, more often tedious than enlightening."
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February 8th, 2018

"Offers slivers of 10 lesser-known musicals...And for good reason, they’ve all got issues — and a sliver is enough, thanks very much. Still, Encores! deserves credit for trying out an experiment and assembling a game cast...This 2 1/2-hour revue isn’t about wall-to-wall hits and showstoppers. Still, bright spots shine...Even when an Encores! production leaves something to be desired, it’s a reminder that looking back helps you see where you are and where you’re going."
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February 8th, 2018

"An unusual and uneven tour of various musicals...This is not a concert, but rather a super sampler of overtures, songs, and dialogue from each musical...The resulting show is sometimes enjoyable but often clunky and disorienting, with some great solos and duets followed by insipid dialogue and ensemble numbers. While most of these shows do not deserve full Encores! productions, it is difficult to take them seriously on their own terms in this rushed and limited context."
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February 11th, 2018

"Each was created by accomplished Broadway professionals who knew how to inject a few choice moments of showbiz panache...This isn't just a song and dance concert...The books of the musicals are also represented, allowing audiences a taste of the characters and plots...In a show featuring terrific performances by contemporary theatre stars, that connection between musical theatre's past and present is a thoughtful example of what makes City Center Encores! so indispensable."
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February 7th, 2018

"It is, indeed, uneven, despite the participation by many Broadway notables...Encores! has given us a brew that includes some thrilling moments, some also-rans, and the perfect host in Bob Martin's 'Man in Chair' character. The potpourri of excerpts that make up the revue defies us to discern any logic to its overall shape and form, but if any of the featured shows or performers are on your I-always-wanted-to-see-that list, then by all means head on out to City Center."
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February 10th, 2018

"Like some of the shows it samples, this presentation is imperfect but is overall entertaining. Mr. Viertel's conception also includes an arguably irksome framing device...Martin addresses the audience to offer commentary, often tells inside jokes and interacts with the cast. Depending on one’s sensibilities, this is either an inspired or an insufferable device. However, it doesn’t mar the actual production...Bruni’s staging is resourceful, brisk, and conveys the essence of all the shows."
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February 8th, 2018

"Narrated by the hilarious Bob Martin...this revue-like piece – nicely directed by Marc Bruni and choreographed by Denis Jones — is made even more delicious by the presence of some of Broadway’s biggest luminaries...Yes, the show is sometimes a little confusing (if you don’t know all the source material) and a tad overlong. But it’s mostly (to paraphrase a title from 'Greenwillow') 'A Night Borrowed from Heaven,' and a very fitting way to start off the next quarter century of Encores!"
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February 13th, 2018

"Most complaints feel subjective, and don't detract from what made 'Hey, Look Me Over' a massively delightful and unique experience. All the performances were top form...The overtures were as much a highlight as any scene with actors. And the actors: Never again will a stage see the same buffet of so many perennial Broadway favorites, each of whom gave linchpin portrayals to rival and even surpass their original counterparts."
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February 9th, 2018

"This eclectic and fun evening is brimming over with highlights and, well, not exactly lowlights, let's call them, but slightly-less-than the glorious highlights that surround them...Staged beautifully by Bruni...A night of celebration that should not be missed. It's fun and festive, and makes one dream about a glorious future when all these stars will once again grace our Broadway stages in musicals that will give us wonderful memories to hold onto for years to come."
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February 10th, 2018

"It’s impossible to dismiss a show with such a starry talented cast...Its delights were enough to make me glad I was there...Deliberately or not, the effect is to communicate that the books for these particular shows weren’t just faulty; they weren’t worth anything at all; certainly not a revisit...Some audience members might feel tired, after a scattershot show that lasts more than two and a half hours...But most will surely also depart feeling entertained."
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February 8th, 2018

"Delightful...Vanessa Williams sizzled...Judy Kuhn and Reed Birney (he sings!) were heartwarming...Douglas Sills killed it in 'Movies Were Movies' from Jerry Herman’s 'Mack & Mabel,' and Bebe Neuwirth brought out her comedic chops in 'Why Do the Wrong People Travel' from Noël Coward’s 'Sail Away.' As with any revue, some of the material didn’t work...Minor missteps were redeemed with the glorious encore from Irving Berlin’s 'Miss Liberty.'"
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February 13th, 2018

"Spectacular lineup of Broadway performers assembled...Martin's patter is alternately charming and naughty, funny and quirky, with just enough edge to maintain the curmudgeonly nature of his beloved 'Drowsy' character. True, the narration doesn't always serve the musical he's setting up, and the jokes don't all land. But he more than matches the affection that many audience members have for these historical shows."
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February 9th, 2018

"Despite the creakiness of the concept, there is the music and the performances, which is why we are all in the theater in the first place...To be sure, a lot of what is excerpted for 'Hey, Look Me Over!' is not top-drawer, but even when the material isn’t top-notch, the performers are...Although the finale is anti-climactic, 'Hey, Look Me Over!' remains a delightful evening of sheer entertainment...conducted by Rob Berman, whose Encores Orchestra is, as always, the evening’s true highlight."
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February 28th, 2018

"Bruni met the challenge to keep his 30 plus cast at a brisk pace...Affable Martin, in the guise of his memorable role...from 'Drowsy Chaperone', nimbly provided a guided tour...The show's title song...aptly states the Encores! mission to re-examine the merits of worthy musicals not likely to be seen again...Like that famous box of candies, not all are great...What holds these bon bons together is...Encores! ineffable adoration and respect for our national treasure, the American musical."
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