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Kurt Vonnegut’s God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

From 12 critic and 77 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Quirky, Funny, Great singing, Clever

About the show

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.

The crazy offbeat brechtian musical that wunderkinds ashman and menken were able to make before they sold out to disney

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

Delightful, Enchanting, Resonant, Fluffy, Great singing

See it if Like a nostalgic show, excellent singing, a little bit off-center plot and like Vonnegot at all

Don't see it if Want a bit time modern production

Delightful, Great singing, Quirky

See it if love Alan Menken and want to explore all angles of his works

Don't see it if you don't like quirky kind of weird musicals

Also Santino and Skylar were great. Perfectly cast. I am very excited that ... Read more Read less

Funny, Dated, Quirky, Great singing

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.

Silly, stars steal the show

See it if You want to see skylar astin steal the show. James earl jones as well

Don't see it if You arent used to quirky (in a good way!) encores choices

Clever, Confusing, Funny, Quirky

See it if You enjoy Menken's beautiful score, and witty lyrics.

Don't see it if Don't find witty humor funny or you are looking for a rock solid plot because this show is full of holes

Santino fontana saves a daft musical

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.

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Great singing

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.

Clever, Original

See it if you like satire, Ashman & Menken scores, and the dry, hilarious delivery of Santino Fontana.

Don't see it if you are expecting a show starring Skylar Astin (I feel like they are marketing this with him as the lead?)

Entertaining, Quirky, Original

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

Quirky, Funny, Thought-provoking

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.

Entertaining, Great writing, Quirky, Relevant

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.

Great acting, Insipid, Disappointing, Dated, Entertaining

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.

Dated, Funny, Unfocused

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.

Dated, Fluffy, Quirky, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You enjoy quirky musicals or are a serious fan of Mencken & Ashman

Don't see it if You like a straightforward narrative or are put off by zaniness

Great acting, Quirky, Fluffy, Funny

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.

Clever, Disappointing

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,

Banal, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Quirky

See it if You like old fashioned shows, good musicians, a chance to see James Earle Jones

Don't see it if You do not like dated books, flubbed lines, over long plays

Confusing, Dated, Slow, Not thought-provoking

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.

Great acting, Confounding, Disappointing, Incohesive, Bizarre

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.

Ambitious, Disappointing

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.

Confusing, Disappointing, Nonsensical, Quirky, Great singing

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.

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Funny

See it if You like a play that makes you think with funny satirical humor and great songs and music

Don't see it if Want a light play

Delightful, Heart-warming, Refreshing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

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.

Entertaining, Relevant, Fun, Refreshing, Thoughtful

See it if you enjoy off-beat comedies.

Don't see it if you're looking for a traditional musical.

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