Life is for Living: Conversations with Coward
Closed 1h 15m
Life is for Living: Conversations with Coward
93

Life is for Living: Conversations with Coward NYC Reviews and Tickets

93%
(4 Reviews)
Positive
100%
Mixed
0%
Negative
0%
Members say
Entertaining, Intelligent, Absorbing, Delightful, Great singing

About the Show

The creators of 'Coward at Christmas' return to 59E59 with the world premiere of their new musical celebrating Noel Coward's remarkable impact on British and American culture.

Read more Show less

Member Reviews (4)

Sort by:
  • Default
  • Standing in our community
  • Highest first
  • Lowest first
  • Newest first
  • Oldest first
  • Only positive
  • Only negative
  • Only mixed

Critic Reviews (14)

The New York Times
December 18th, 2016

"Mr. Green is not performing an act of mimicry; he is not playing Coward himself, but interpreting his songs, and reciting from the diaries and letters, in a style that recalls the 'master.' His voice is neither large nor particularly rich, but his phrasing has the lightness and drollery, and the occasional bite, that’s ideal for Coward...I most enjoyed Mr. Green when he was on home turf, bringing a cool romantic ardency to Coward’s wistful love songs, or a lightly savage humor to songs."
Read more

Time Out New York
December 18th, 2016

"Green skims lightly over Coward’s life and art as a playwright, matinee idol, songwriter, bon vivant and embodiment of stiff-upper-Englishness. The performer’s light tenor nicely evokes Coward’s early recordings, but serves less well for later, more acerbic items. With light, crisp diction he navigates Coward’s twisty, rhyme-packed lyrics, but his comic attack is too gentle. And Green seems determined to elevate Coward’s brittle, slightly misanthropic humor with melancholy wistfulness."
Read more

BroadwayWorld
December 20th, 2016

"Artfully blends music and theatrics along with some of Coward's personal conversations and correspondences. Coward's extraordinary musical talent, wit, and wisdom are wonderfully depicted...Bravo to Green for his dazzling performance as Coward. His vocal talents are complemented by Shrubsole's outstanding piano accompaniment...The show will give you a true sense of Coward's personality and his brilliance...An insightful, entertaining show."
Read more

Lighting & Sound America
December 19th, 2016

"Treat yourself to this champagne cocktail of an entertainment, celebrating a rather different Noël...Green and Shrubsole have assembled this delightful portrait of the artist...Green's most Coward-like quality: his ability to suggest a vein of deep feeling hidden beneath his clipped, civilized façade...Simon Green is a very Noël Coward sort of person -- and the perfect antidote to more tinsel-covered holiday entertainments."
Read more

TheaterScene.net
December 24th, 2016

“Green places the romantic Coward alongside of the cynical one for a very three-dimensional portrait. As he tells us at the beginning of the show, there may have been greater theater talents, but it would have taken 12 people to combine all of the things in which he excelled. ‘Life Is for Living: Conversations with Coward’, a sophisticated and scintillating evening of music, verse and wisdom is a fitting tribute to The Master and a delightful show for those who cherish the perfect bon mot.”
Read more

Theater Pizzazz
December 18th, 2016

“It would be so much better if the skimpy narrative were to consistently connect the dots, succinctly indicate just what that conversation is, and how these particular selections contribute to it. Instead, the linkages jump from subject to subject and the transitions often seem arbitrary...Audiences should be prepared simply to appreciate the pieces...Green radiates casual British charisma, sophistication, wry humor, melancholy, and occasional archness.”
Read more

CurtainUp
December 22nd, 2016

"Mr. Green is a tall, nice-looking gentleman with a poise, presence and demeanor that is tailor-made to represent, if not impersonate, the aura of Sir Noel. He segues from text to tune with artful and obligatory precision and sings well enough and at times very well, indeed...Green gets major and marvelous assist from his accompanist and composer David Shrubsole who doesn't miss a beat following Green's breezy and purposely fluid narrative."
Read more

The Huffington Post
December 19th, 2016

"Yes, an argument can be made that Coward’s drinks-party sophistication, for which his cigarette holder is a perpetual synecdoche, runs so deep here that it just about reaches the genuinely philosophical...'Life is for Living' may only be 70 minutes in length, but it’s appreciably more in breadth and depth. Destiny’s tot himself would be grateful for the cleverly presented perceptions."
Read more

Watch This Next (3)

93
Must See!
232 Reviews
Ends Oct 2022
NYC: Midtown W

Stephen Sondheim's classic musical that intertwines the plots of classic fairy tales.

87
Excellent
349 Reviews
Ends Oct 02
NYC: Midtown W

A new musical based on the young adult novel by bestselling author Jodi Picoult and her daughter.

86
Excellent
121 Reviews
Ends Oct 2022
NYC: Midtown W

The West End play based on Khaled Hosseini's international best-selling novel comes to Broadway.