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Life is for Living: Conversations with Coward

From 4 member  reviews
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. More…

A uniquely British take on the twists and turns of life, 'Life is for Living' fuses theatricality, music, and conversations (both real and imagined). The show ties together Coward's songs and writings with the work of other artists he influenced, or with whom he shared similar sensibilities. 

Member Reviews (4)


Entertaining, Intelligent, Absorbing, Delightful, Great singing
Avg Score

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Intelligent

See it if you are a big fan of Noel Coward and are interested in his life; you enjoy cabaret style entertainment with a charming, talented performer

Don't see it if you hate cabaret and dislike Noel Coward 's romanticism.

Absorbing, Exquisite, Intelligent, Charming, Endearing

See it if You already adore Coward, or are waiting to fall in love with him. This is a delectable Valentine that illustrates almost all his facets.

Don't see it if You don't like Coward, the cabaret format, or things very British.

During previews
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Intelligent

See it if You are a Coward fan or you are curious about him. A cabaret style show is your thing. You know his plays but not his poetry or music.

Don't see it if You are looking for a play about Coward. This is a wonderfully entertaining duo performance an actor/singer and a pianist but not a play !

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of Noel Coward and all things English and enjoy sophisticated cabaret superbly performed with glorious musical accompaniment.

Don't see it if You don't like Coward's lyrics or the occasional reflective dip into poetry (set to music).

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...
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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 na...
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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 o...
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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 f...
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