Encores! revives Alan Menken and Howard Ashman's little-known musical based on Kurt Vonnegut's comic novel of the same name. Directed by Tony winner Michael Mayer, and starring Santino Fontana, Skylar Astin, and James Earl Jones. More…
The songs of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken ('Little Shop of Horrors,' 'Beauty and the Beast') are legendary, and yet few have heard their first musical: 'Kurt Vonnegut’s God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater.' The show tells the story of Eliot Rosewater (Santino Fontana), a drunken millionaire who decides to blow his fortune on a town full of pitiable creatures: the illiterate, the depressed, and the eternally pregnant. But there are forces who want to put the kibosh on his philanthropy—like Norman Mushari (Skylar Astin), a lawyer plotting to have Eliot declared insane. Part of Encores! Off-Center season.
See it if all you want is to see Santino Fontana shine on a stage. (He does. As always.)
Don't see it if you'll be bothered by super unclear storytelling.
See it if The enthusiastic Encores! audience seemed to love it. There was a loud ovation at the end. Production values and cast were excellent.
Don't see it if I was bored stiff with the story & confusing libretto. The music is bouncy & a recording would be nice for posterity. But bury this show.
See it if you're curious about old Broadway musicals that didn't become hits.
Don't see it if you *need* to be 100% satisfied with every show you see. It's a frustrating parody on the wealthy & the "system" in the USA.
See it if You love quirky satires and terrific performances. The cast is top-notch and the show has a fun tone throughout.
Don't see it if You prefer more ambitious or resonant theater. While the show is fun and enjoyable it doesn't quite fully engage the heart or the mind.
See it if you love Alan Menken and want to see some of his underproduced work. Fun, Smaltzy, with some good music
Don't see it if you dont like classical musical theatre or need the entire show to be strong, the writing in parts of it is better than in others and also,
See it if You love Kurt Vonnegut but are okay with a watered down and poorly put together staging of one of his books.
Don't see it if You don't want to ruin the book by trying to follow the disjointed story via music on stage.