The Encores! season opens with Mack & Mabel, which tells the story of one of silent film’s first great pioneers, Mack Sennett. Starring Douglas Sills ("War Paint") and Alexandra Socha ("Head Over Heels"). More…
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The Encores! season opens with Mack & Mabel, which tells the story of one of silent film’s first great pioneers, Mack Sennett, played by Douglas Sills (War Paint, The Scarlet Pimpernel), and his first great discovery and muse, the comedienne Mabel Normand, played by Alexandra Socha (Head Over Heels, Spring Awakening). Mack makes Mabel a star and love blossoms. But Mack’s insatiable drive to succeed and Mabel’s natural vulnerability—the key to her audience appeal—turn their love affair into a high wire act with no net.
See it if you'd like a Brdway-quality prodn of JHerman show. Some gr performances, esp'ly Socha/Cooper. Gr orchestra. After, google Sennett/Normand!
Don't see it if you want upbeat; M&M is dark. Sills disappoints (grating, pitchy); 30 yrs older (59) than Socha (29). IRL, 12 yrs diff. Romance fizzles.
See it if Cute old fashioned musical with nice music. Great talent. Enjoyable and entertaining.
Don't see it if Old fashioned. The main premise of love is really tough to understand and buy into. Muisc is not great.
See it if You enjoy old musicals. This was fun to look at, done almost entirely in black and white. Great singing and dancing. Large talented cast.
Don't see it if You’re looking for something new or some out of the box interpretation. This is an old style musical done in old style.
See it if Herman's impressive score is the go-to here; covering an ill-conceived Stewart book Sills, Socha, Cooper & Encores Berman provide the sparks
Don't see it if Second act doesn't deflate as much as just doesn't exist Thankfully, Rhodes staging/cheoro goes into over-time w/ requisite razzle-dazzle
See it if Early movies & complex lives of their stars intrigue you. Dark musical offers fabulous singer dancers illustrating lives of Sennet & Norman
Don't see it if You’re willing to miss the chance to see the show that ran 56 performances then inspired decades of controversy.
See it if wonderful score by Herman; fine choreo & dancing; w performance as Mabel, Alexandra Socha emerges as one of NY’s leading musical stars
Don't see it if weak book/show fades as relationship between M&M fades; never brings 2 life Mack making comedies or Zeitgeist of silent film era
See it if you can a touch of early cinema history, a looking into two person who make people laugh and smile. There relationship with each other.
Don't see it if If you have no interest in the early cinema.
See it if You love a great Jerry Herman score, want to see it since it’s rarely produced, or want to see two actors at the top of their game.
Don't see it if You dislike more complicated musicals that aren’t always light and fluffy, & one that has a problematic central romantic relationship.
See it if you want to see a rarely performed musical by late great Jerry Herman. Wonderful lyrics and great character portrayal by actors.
Don't see it if you don't like musicals although in many ways this is a drama with music.
See it if The great Jerry Herman's 1974 flop in a top-notch, high energy Encores version. Douglas Sills is a fine Mack. Grand production numbers.
Don't see it if you're not interested in early Hollywood. The book relies too much on Mack's narration. The score has some beautiful, now-standard songs.
Also The full on-stage Encores orchestra is, as ever, sublime.
See it if a fan of Jerry Herman. The music & choreo are top notch & great orchestra.. Interested in the making of silent films.. Keystone Kops etc.
Don't see it if can't overlook book problems in this serio-comic story of the ill-fated romance between Sennett & Normand. 2nd act better than 1st.
See it if You enjoy Encores. A fully staged show, great costumes, wonderful tap dancing. Always interesting to see a forgotten musical revived.
Don't see it if You want chemistry between the two lovers. Sills screams too much and Socha is good but miscast. Production good but book has problems.
See it if closed yesterday, but this is one of Herman's best score and Sills and Socha were WONDERFUL in the leads. Best revival of a weak book.
Don't see it if this is such a 70's musical despite the score. The love story of an addict and philandering egotist. - the reason it's not revived more.
See it if Older man of power discovers and treats vibrant, innocent woman poorly, eventually extinguishing her fire as she gets addicted. Lovely music
Don't see it if Predictable story: he should've treated her better. Opioid addiction or gun/shots are triggering.
See it if you want to see Jerry Herman's tuneful score come to life. Some great acting, singing and dancing.
Don't see it if you would be troubled by the much revised, still troublesome book. This is not a happy story, but it's beautifully performed by a great cast
See it if You love classic musicals. You’re a Jerry Herman fan. (Sadly, he didn’t live to see this revival.)
Don't see it if You’re obsessed with the show’s purported book problems.
See it if Another gem from the late,great,Jerry Herman. Based on relationship between Sennett and Normand.Many great musical numbers. Cast excels.
Don't see it if This is not on the level of Hello Dolly, Mame, La Cage,but it is very entertaining. This is the first NYC revival.
See it if You can overcome the sour book and just enjoy the strong production; even with so much joy and big numbers, the second act is problematic.
Don't see it if You can only tolerate even tone throughout or don’t like classical musicals.
See it if Fun romp in old fashioned traditional musical territory-- great singing & dancing, performances, and costumes--all that you would hope
Don't see it if This IS Encores--a great band, classic show, so-so sets, and some stellar performances with a chance to revisit something people yearn for
See it if you want to hear a Jerry Herman score. Encores orchestra sounds great as always. Act 2 better than act 1.
Don't see it if you want a strong book or to see leads who have chemistry. This fell flat for me, unfortunately.
See it if You want to see a fine and energetic staging of a show with a great score but uneven book. Alex and Lilli are also fantastic.
Don't see it if Doug Sills is not up to the task in terms of acting or singing for the male lead role.
See it if Sublime Jerry Herman score about silent films and doomed relationship between director Sennet and Mabel his star. Great ensemble well done
Don't see it if Book is a little messy and this is sad tale mixed with some of the most beautiful torch stings - Time Heals Everything and I Won’t Send Rose