Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Funny, Clever

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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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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.'

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"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." Full Review

The Hollywood Reporter

"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." Full Review

The New York Times

"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." Full Review

New York Theater

"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." Full Review

AM New York

"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." Full Review

New York Daily News

"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." Full Review

Front Mezz Junkies

"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." Full Review


"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." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"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." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"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!" Full Review


"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.'" Full Review


"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." Full Review

Film Festival Traveler

"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." Full Review

Front Row Center

"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." Full Review


"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." Full Review

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Ambitious, Delightful, Dated, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you want to see a review showcasing some great songs. Kuhn is luminous. Carmello's rousing. Williams is delicious. Duncan stops the show.

Don't see it if you don't like Encores! type shows. This review is a fun change of pace for Encores! Great concept, and a very fun night at the theater.

Indulgent, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Dated

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.

Also Hey Look Me Over is a musical review that showed up DOA, dead on arriv... Read more Read less

Slow, Interesting, Great singing

See it if you're a serious geek for musical theatre obscurities

Don't see it if you're not a serious geek for musical theatre obscurities

Delightful, Disappointing, Entertaining, Fun, Great singing

See it if you're a fan of the Drowsy Chaperone and/or musical theatre history

Don't see it if you want an actual show with a plot and story

It has its' moments

See it if You want a slice of musical numbers you may not have seen, some exhilarating (Clifton Duncan in Greenwillow, Doug Sills in Mack & Mabel).

Don't see it if The other moments may kill it for you (chorus singing from Greenwillow) & make you realize why some shows flopped.

Also I applaud Encores for giving us a bit of the plot and setup for some o... Read more Read less

Slow, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you are up for some superstar performances in some lackluster numbers.

Don't see it if you do not want to sit through some unengaging acting scenes to get to the meat of the songs or you want a complete storyline.

Ambitious, Indulgent, Great singing

See it if enjoy hearing old chestnuts from great American musicals

Don't see it if obscure shows that did not last on Broadway are of no interest to you

Delightful, Slow, Great singing

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.

Also They spent what seemed like an eternity on Greenwillow, and I would ha... Read more Read less

Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you want a chance to see a compliation of rarely dones scenes and songs from old musicals performed by a talented cast/

Don't see it if you don't like shows that don't really have much of a plot but are just bits and pieces of other shows.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great choreography

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!

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you're a fan of older musicals, especially those that haven't received lots of attention but have great music; if you enjoy musical reviews.

Don't see it if you're looking for a full blown musical with a linear plot - you're getting snippets of different musicals.

Also Wonderful ensemble work.

Funny, Disappointing, Entertaining, Great singing, Unfulfilling

See it if you are looking for a nostalgic trip to the 60's as I was. (I had seen all the musicals included.)

Don't see it if you have no connection to the musicals included. The tidbits are too brief with no overall scope; how did the musicals resolve themselves?

Also Vanessa Williams, Clifton Duncan and Tam Mutu sang gloriously and outd... Read more Read less

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.

Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love musicals and comedies.

Don't see it if You don't like musical reviews.

Confusing, Disappointing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if See shows that won't be revived - even by Encores.

Don't see it if Wanted a better crop of shows and songs.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You enjoy music from old music theatre shows that are performed beautifully

Don't see it if You prefer a linear story and dislike rarely sung musical theater songs

Delightful, Masterful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You yearn to see those never revived musicals hidden in your record (!) collection. Great talent brings the best out in these hidden gems.

Don't see it if You don’t like revues. While there are small bits of dialog to give context, this mostly pulls the hits from these B’way misses.

Slow, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like revues or you like seeing numbers performed that you may not have ever heard of before. Fantastic singing.

Don't see it if you don't like revues, want to see something more familiar or a show with a plot.

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if If you are a musical theater lover. Great singing and dancing. Just a delightful time at the theater.

Don't see it if Not interested in older, a little down Broadway musicals.

Also I absolutely adored the show. Just fun to sit there and bask in all th... Read more Read less

Cliched, Disjointed, Some highs, Some lows, Bebe neuwirth

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.

Also Bebe Neuwirth's number was brilliant. It reminded me of why I love, no... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Refreshing, Resonant, Great singing, Joyous

See it if Famous songs from unsuccessful shows sung by some of the best and the brightest in the Broadway community with a Drowsy dash of humor

Don't see it if an appreciation of old-time throwback musicals is assumed along with an understanding of why the crowd went wild over an unbilled Joel Grey


See it if You are a Broadway Musical Fan. Excerpts from those "other shows" of major composers of the "Golden Age": Loesser,Herman,Coleman,Coward...

Don't see it if You aren't satisfied with a smorgasbord of highlights of shows that never "made it". More like a review than a full-bodied musical.

Also A very entertaining evening, if not a very satisfying evening. The thr... Read more Read less

Funny, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you would like to get some insights regarding a few of Broadway's "not-so-known" shows... lovely songs, wonderful talent and fine staging.

Don't see it if you desire a book musical or have little interest in musical theater history or have no interest in lesser known Broadway musicals.

Thoroughly entertaining, Lost broadway jukebox, Great singing + blatting, Bob martin = treasure, Some great / some not

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

Funny, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You want to be swept away with a brilliant combination of shows that have remarkable music. The talent was above and beyond. Thank you Bob M

Don't see it if You’re looking to get caught up in a singular plot

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