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I Married an Angel

From 58 member  reviews
Members say: Dated, Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Fluffy

About the show

New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns stars as the Angel in New York City Center's Encores! presentation of Rodgers and Hart's musical, a light-hearted, love story for the ages that weds balletic grace with drawing-room comedy. More…

Meet Count Willy Palaffi, a jaded banker who swears off women claiming the bride for him would have to be an angel. When he eventually ties the knot with an actual celestial being, there are chaotic and comic  consequences that compel Willy’s shrewd sister, Countess Peggy Palaffi, to save him from his wife’s otherworldly innocence.

Member Reviews (58)


Dated, Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Fluffy
Avg Score

Fluffy, Stitled, Inane book, No great songs, Disappointing

See it if you LOVE everythg at Encores; you'll LIKE IMAA. For me, it lacked spark. No stellar performances/songs, some fun choreography. And a harp!

Don't see it if you dislike fluff. Absurd fr start to finish. Mearns dances (like an angel!) but struggles w speaking. James is fun, but not in gr voice.

Also I'm a big fan of Encores! prodns, but this one didn't captivate me. A ... Read more Read less

Light fare, Entertaining, Great singing, Great dancing

See it if you enjoy old fashioned musicals. Good music and great singing. Lots of top-notch​ dancing.

Don't see it if You don't like when several numbers seem to have nothing to do with the plot

Also Encores! does a great job in performing these old musicals. But usuall... Read more Read less

Silly, Great dancing, Great singing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You appreciate great singing and dancing. Lots of dance numbers and ballet.

Don't see it if You can't get past the silly premise.

Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if Worth a look at theater in 1938.We should appreciate & learn re: the growth of musical theater in the U.S. Dancing, Dancing, Dancing ALSO

Don't see it if Several folks left at intermission. Female-Male relations not up to 2019 expectations. Story plays 2nd fiddle.

Also Isn't this what ENCORES set out to do? Why such nasty remarks in the p... Read more Read less

Fluffy, Great dancing, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if You love dance and color and joy! Fun, fun evening. Left City Center dancing.

Don't see it if The story is thin and rediculous. No redeeming social significance. Leave your politics at home.

Dated, old style pre-oklahoma rogers & hart musical but come for the dancing

See it if dancing by a talented troupe particularly prima ballerina Sara Mearns is heavenly; solid cast

Don't see it if pre-feminist plot assumes women need to deceive 2 succeed; particularly silly plot; few memorable tunes & Hart is no Hammerstein

Disappointing, Fluffy, Uneven, Boring, Dumb

See it if you like hearing classical Broadway voices singing old-fashioned showtunes.

Don't see it if you like interesting plots, any sort of believable character development, or a show that has something to say.

Ballet and tap dancing, Sweet, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if It bring alive the late 30's, A different time and place. If you like classic and still enjoy them.

Don't see it if It's a straight lace happy end.

Also Love that they have ballet and tap dancing. I loved the movie made 194... Read more Read less

Great singing, Dated, Disappointing, Insipid, Good choreography

See it if you like Sara Mearns. There are some very good dance numbers. Nice costumes and good singing.

Don't see it if you like a show with decent lyrics, good story. This play is very dated, the lyrics are mostly boring. Story is stupid, very stupid.

Also This show should have remained buried. I would have liked to see Balan... Read more Read less

Dated, Boring, Disappointing, Great choreography, Cliched

See it if you have a connection to the show or love really old musicals. Nikki James is PERFECTION.But even she can't save this turkey.Choreo is WOW

Don't see it if you are tired of Encores digging in the bottom of the barrel.There's a reason this hasn't been revived.Offensive on so many levels.

Charming antique musical with eclectic choreography and minor rodgers & hart score

See it if Sara Mearns sparkles in Bergasse ballets, but there is plenty of tap & ballroom too. Flimsy book draped over minor R&H score. Nice costumes.

Don't see it if "Spring Is Here" and title song are the only well-known numbers in the show. Rob Fisher and his orch sound great. Mark Evans & Nikki James!!

Dated, Repetitive, Excruciating, Slow, Great dancing

See it if You love beautiful dancing, decent voices

Don't see it if You enjoy musicals. This old chestnut is over roasted

Some fine dancing, Fluffy, Middling score, Disappointing, Dated

See it if a Sara Mearns fan. She acquits herself quite well as do P. Attmore & H.Podschun.

Don't see it if Not a vintage Rodgers & Hart score; cringeworthy, dated humor; far below the usual high Encores standards in both material & execution.

Slow, Dated, Disappointing

See it if you just want to see that show and have never seen it before. Costumes are excellent, orchestra wonderful.

Don't see it if you want a solid good show. Story is inane, dancing just okay, Nikki James does not sing well, dancing disappointing.

Committed cast and crew, Exceptional orchestration, Dated charm, Hollow story-telling, Wonderful choreography

See it if you must see all of New York City Center's Encores! offerings; prefer dance-heavy musicals and won’t mind a lackluster, dated, sexist plot.

Don't see it if expecting to leave wowed and stunned by storytelling and exceptional singing; find dated misogyny and sexism more than just wince-worthy.

Also Encores! always has its heart in the right place; yet, recent shows fe... Read more Read less

Fluffy, High concept, Wonderful choreography

See it if You want to see gorgeous dancing. Second act has a very fun fantasy sequence. Fluffy but cute script. Music themes heard 20x typical Rogers

Don't see it if You want a contemporary show, or don’t have the patience for a long first act, or a very repetitive score.


See it if Pretty music and dancing. Man wants a “pure” woman as his wife, but realizes it’s not practical.

Don't see it if Problematic portrayals of women as either angels or lying, gold diggers. Story isn’t very relatable to today.

Also Show from box office for $25.

Great costumes, Silly, dated plot, Great orchestra, Some good dancing

See it if you're curious about shows from the '30's. You like dance-heavy shows.

Don't see it if you're looking for a plot that makes sense and a score with more than 3 memorable songs.

Great singing, Entertaining

See it if wish to see another Rodgers and Hart show. Terrible story but good dancing and some nice music

Don't see it if need a better book - but then again, back then the book was very secondary

Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if an only if you bought a subscription and can't find anyone to buy the tickets from you.

Don't see it if you have the option to say home and watch the old black and white NON MUSICAL film version of the story. You will definitely hate it less

Also This was a musical that should have NEVER BEEN REVIVED. SHAME on you E... Read more Read less

Fluffy, Slow, Dated, Talented cast, Lovely dancing

See it if you can think of it more like a ballet where plot/story are secondary. Dancing and singing are excellent. Nice costumes.

Don't see it if performances better than material. Very dated and songs not memorable. Not sure why Encores selected this one.

Dated, Great dancing, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if If you love dance this is a wonderful pastiche ranging from ballet to tap but the plot is silly and flimsily held together

Don't see it if You can’t take dated musicals and a related misogynistic bent - women are either good angels or bad schemers

Uninspired musically, choreographically repetitive, Disappointing

See it if you are dedicated to Encores! regardless of what they present and willing to tolerate a mediocre production.

Don't see it if you expect insights into what Balanchine and or Rodgers & Hart were intending as entertainment. It was just boring.

Great dancing, Indulgent, Fluffy, Dated, Entertaining

See it if it has closed so you can't, but the ballet was sublime. All the dancing was good, and the show was mildly entertaing.

Don't see it if you expect a book that makes sense and is clever and funny. This one is not. And the "angel" was an amazing dancer but not an actress.

Great singing, Excruciating, Dated, Cliched, Banal

See it if You like seeing rarely performed musicals. The dancing is stellar and the cast and orchestra turn in stellar performances

Don't see it if It's dated, misogynistic and annoying to sit through

March 21st, 2019
"Not only does it provide an opportunity to watch the New York City Ballet star Sara Mearns perform the choreography of her husband, Joshua Bergasse, and to hear a Richard Rodgers score suavely reincarnated, but it also makes you think about the role musical theater has often played in maintainin...
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March 21st, 2019
"The plot is flimsy and meandering, and the score is not exactly on par with the best of Rodgers and Hart. Nevertheless, the production is an elegant affair...One hopes the production will receive a cast recording, which will at least preserve the score (which contains some lovely ballads and a l...
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March 21st, 2019
"Even with a newly adapted script by writers Sandy Rustin and Sarah Saltzberg, this dated, mind-boggling musical is far too outmoded in its attitudes toward women...On one hand, it's interesting to see something like this, where the dialogue and topical references are so of a different era, to ex...
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March 21st, 2019
"The trouble with opening a jeweled candy box that has been collecting shelf-dust for 80 years is—well, the contents can prove to be beyond dusty. And that, alas, is today’s report on 'I Married an Angel.' What can they—songwriters and librettists Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, at the absolute ...
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