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Milk and Honey

From 19 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Dated, Romantic, Delightful

About the show

Part of the York Theatre Company's Musicals in Mufti series, this spare revival of Jerry Herman's 1961 musical centers on the romance between two Americans in Israel: a lonely widow and an unhappily married man. More…

Set against the backdrop of Israel's struggle for recognition as an independent nation, 'Milk and Honey' is a tale of love, optimism, and second chances. With his first Broadway score, Jerry Herman—who went on to write 'Hello Dolly,' 'Mame,' and 'La Cage aux Folles'—showed the promise of his future musical theater work. Part of the York's 'Musicals in Mufti' series spotlighting classic, underappreciated Broadway musicals. 'Mufti' means 'in everyday clothes, without all the trappings of a large production.' Each show is presented script-in-hand, with minimal staging. 

Member Reviews (19)


Great singing, Entertaining, Dated, Romantic, Delightful
Avg Score

Entertaining, Enchanting, Great singing, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if you're a Jerry Herman fan, have never seen this show before, enjoy humorous songs and rapturous ballads, like plots about late in life love

Don't see it if you're not a Herman fan, like to see musicals fully staged with scenery, large orchestra, costumes and dancing,

Cliched, Dated, Entertaining, Great singing, Great score

See it if you love the score. The book needs some serious updating. I'd love to see Harvey Fierstein work his magic! Voices are wonderful.

Don't see it if you are looking for an engrossing serious musical about Israel's early days. It is fun, great score, stereotyped about women. But fun

Heartfelt, Dated, Romantic, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you love Jerry Herman, want to see a romantic story about middle-aged people, or want to see a pack of great performers give it their best!

Don't see it if you need spectacle and bombast to enjoy a musical. This ain't it, but what it is is terrific.

Entertaining, Great singing, Gorgeous music

See it if you want to enjoy Jerry Herman's 1st musical about love and life of a group of tourists visiting Israel in 1961 performed in concert version

Don't see it if you don't like musicals performed in a bare minimum production with no scenery, dancing or costumes and the cast holding scripts.

Dated, Great singing, Uncomfortable

See it if you are a Jewish grandparent.

Don't see it if you are easily upset by old fashioned views of Israel-Palestinian relations, like a fulfilling story.

Entertaining, Nostalgic, sentimental, fun

See it if you remember how good lyrics and lyrical music sound and want to hear singing unamplified. Enjoy some funny stereotypes well acted.

Don't see it if You expect a full production or perfect singing. I would have transposed some of the music into a more singable range for some principals.

Dated, Great singing

See it if you want to see a rarely-performed Jerry Herman musical sung by some incredibly talented people.

Don't see it if you don't like the idea of bare-bones readings, or are put off by dated shows.

Funny, Dated, Great singing, Great acting

See it if lesser known shows by famous composers.

Don't see it if you don't like old fashioned shows with lesser known songs.

Delightful, Great singing, Funny, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if you're interested in seeing an early Jerry Herman show that is seldom produced.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or Jerry Herman's work.

Really good singing, A preview of sorts of hello dolly, Comic moments, Sad moments, Romantic

See it if you love musicals. See it is you are a fan of thoughtful love stories. See it if you can relate to Israel.

Don't see it if you are expecting a big orchestra, lots of dance numbers, and terrific scenery. Don't see it if you do not have some affection for yentas.

Also When you think about the widows, think about family and loneliness. Be... Read more Read less

Delightful, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you love Jerry Herman, rare musical gems from the 60s, lovers in their 40s (and older), a country not usually portrayed on stage. A kibbutz!

Don't see it if Israel is a hot button issue for you or need every ending to be happy. Also, this is a concert version; actors w/ scripts, no costumes, etc.

Also This show is rarely done, so I highly recommend you grab this opportun... Read more Read less

Great singing, Delightful, Entertaining, Romantic, Classy

See it if You love beautiful music, lovely lyrics, great singing, romantic story, and historical glimpse into early Israel in a classy energetic show!

Don't see it if You dislike concert style musical plays where actors bring their music sheets & scripts onstage or you like fancy stage sets & costumes.

Also Milk and Honey is a loving revival tribute to legendary Broadway compo... Read more Read less

Oy vey

See it if you like bare bones concert staging of lost or forgotten musicals

Don't see it if you want good acting and lively productions.

Also Extremely dated. A couple of clever touches and strong voices, but ove... Read more Read less

Dated, Entertaining, Great singing, Romantic

See it if you remember, and loved it. Performers more than do it justice. Great voices. Very enjoyable evening.

Don't see it if you remember it, and will resent a little camping it up, and reading from scripts. No costumes, or sets. Music stands labeled"sheep"

Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing

See it if want to see a script-in-hand lovely Jerry Herman musical with many beautiful songs you will recognize.

Don't see it if you need a full blown production and are turned off by somewhat sentimental musicals.

Dated, Enchanting, Disappointing, Great singing, Slow

See it if good vocals mean more to you than an outdated and slightly offensive script

Don't see it if you are unwilling to sit through a poor book to reach some powerful and well-performed songs

Clever, Enchanting, Funny, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you have any interest in music theatre history, or have ever been, or want to be, in love.

Don't see it if you believe that any musical written before Wicked is "not culturally relevant". If so, I feel sorry for you.

Also Milk and Honey was Jerry Herman's first book musical. I was, then, exc... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Refreshing, Archival, A missing piece in my theater-going.

See it if for an opty to see this rarely done show. You like Herman's talent and want to see his roots. To support the York...a lovely gem for NYers.

Don't see it if need fully staged musicals, full orchestras, or spectacle.

Also The Musicals in Mufti are a great way to see shows that are either dat... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Beautiful Jerry Herman musical with brilliant actors and singers.

Don't see it if You have to see big sets and orchestra.

February 1st, 2017
"Though time has not been kind to playwright Don Appell's book, the score is impressively varied, with hints of the classics to come...The talented company belted each moment with gusto, giving audiences a rare opportunity to get a taste of this historic show...Don't look for a Broadway revival o...
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January 31st, 2017
"'Milk and Honey' is the kind of musical that they don't write much anymore, particularly on the subject of middle-aged love. However, Michael Unger's Mufti production for the York Theatre Company gives an excellent and entertaining account of this musical which has never received a Broadway revi...
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February 3rd, 2017
"A charming love story, a rare one that involves older people who happen to be in Israel. Whether some of the 'pro-Israel' conversations have been edited, I have no idea, but the York production was as breezy and uncontroversial as 'The Music Man'...Korey as the widow Clara Weiss was terrific...S...
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January 29th, 2017
“Alix Korey steals the show with her hysterical delivery and comic timing. Anne Runolfsson shows star power with her perfect soprano vocals and her heartbreaking delivery. Perry Sherman has a gorgeous voice...The direction by Michael Unger was well done...The music direction by Jeffrey Saver woul...
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