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 /to see scathing satire that takes on issue of inequality/ahead of its time; brilliantly subversive lyrics; Santino Fantana in top form
Don't see it if /since plot is colossally silly and musical fails to capture surrealistic nature of Vonnegut's novel
See it if you want to see a quirky 70s musical with some funny moments and strong vocal performances. You like Cheese Nips.
Don't see it if you don't like concert performances or actors being on book. Or if you were hoping for a full-scale production.
See it if Some good Ashman-Menken songs. Santino Fontana can do no wrong. The book is not believable. But James Earl Jones adds some uplift.
Don't see it if The book disappoints in that it seems to disparage the downtrodden people it is supposed to champion.
See it if you enjoy fabulous productions of average material. It was hilarious and the performances were great. It was handled as well as it could be.
Don't see it if you don't like simplistic yet convoluted morality tales. It's hard to say where this goes wrong. It just doesn't pack the punch it should.
See it if You are a fan of Ashman and Menken'This revival of their initial work from 1979 is a lot of fun.The performances are great!
Don't see it if You won't appreciate an off-beat,quirky musical based on Kurt Vonnegut's book.The characters are definitely unique and the cast is wonderful
See it if you love Alan Mencken & Howard Ashman...combined with the dark satire of Kurt Vonnegut. Musical comedy with serious undertones. Great score!
Don't see it if you don't like quirky musicals with an odd story line.
See it if you're a fan of Alan Menken and want to see his early work, or if you're curious how Vonnegut's work might be represented on stage.
Don't see it if you're looking to see a fully-fleshed out musical, it feels as through it still needs quite a bit of work.
See it if you're interested! The mix between the Vonnegut story and early Menken is a bit odd but definitely intriguing! Also love NYCC, too cool.
Don't see it if You're looking for an inspiring or thought-provoking show that stays with you. It's rather disappointing in that regard but fun to watch.
See it if You want to see the 1st Menken/Ashman musical. You love the idea of doing for your fellow man when the world tells you to think of yourself.
Don't see it if You want something focused. Rosewater's mind is all over the place, and because of that, so is the story.
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 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're a big enough fan of Ashman and Menken to sit through two and a half hours of complete nonsense, which admittedly has good music.
Don't see it if You want a coherent plot that makes any sense at all.
See it if you are losing faith in humanity. This show will provide a new outlook of empathy and community. You'll leave the theatre with a warm heart.
Don't see it if you don't enjoy quirky humor. This show is filled with slightly odd scenes and songs that are overall enjoyable.
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