Mack & Mabel NYC Reviews and Tickets

83%
(102 Reviews)
Positive
94%
Mixed
5%
Negative
1%
Members say
Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging, Great acting

About the Show

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").

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Member Reviews (102)

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84
Interesting premise, Tuneful score, Entertaining, Great staging/choreo, Talented cast

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.

75
Ok music, Great singing, Confusing, Old fashioned, Entertaining

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.

Critic Reviews (9)

The New York Times
February 20th, 2020

"Lights! Camera! Passion! Jerry Herman’s buoyant score is the highlight of this Encores! production about a troubled silent-movie-era romance."
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AM New York
February 20th, 2020

"‘Mack & Mabel’ balances bright music with layers of sadness and regret"
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Theatermania
February 20th, 2020

"Great Songs, Great Stars, Weird Show: Alexandra Socha and Douglas Sills star in Jerry Herman's Broadway flop at New York City Center."
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Talkin' Broadway
February 20th, 2020

"Encores! is doing what it does best with this first-class production of Jerry Herman's foray into darkness."
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New York Stage Review
February 20th, 2020

4/5 Stars. "A fond, agreeable interpretation of Jerry Herman's imperfect darling of a musical."
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New York Stage Review
February 20th, 2020

4/5 Stars. "Brushed off and spiffed up, the cult favorite 1974 musical finally gets the Encores! treatment"
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Theater News Online
February 20th, 2020

"MUSICAL MAKEOVER: Jerry Herman’s 1974 flop has been reborn and reformed into a splendid show."
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TheaterScene.net
February 23rd, 2020

"This production also has its problems, but it was enormously entertaining and worth seeing, mostly because of the Herman score and the delicious musical numbers."
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Front Row Center
February 26th, 2020

Score: 97%. "You want fire, pizzazz and romance - 'Mack and Mabel' is your show. In this production...the story of silent film director Mack Sennett and his protegee, comedienne Mabel Normand comes alive in brilliant color and sound."
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