Panama Hattie

Panama Hattie NYC Reviews and Tickets

(10 Reviews)
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Great singing, Fluffy, Entertaining, Delightful, Funny

About the Show

In Cole Porter's 1940 comedy, a brassy nightclub owner must bid for the approval of her fiancé’s family. Part of The York's "The Musicals in Mufti" series of minimally staged, script-in-hand productions.

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Member Reviews (10)

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712 Reviews | 215 Followers
Great singing, Slow, Cliched, Dated, Corny

See it if Brightly performed Cole Porter songs with clever lyrics. Charismatic child actress. Catchy tune, "Let's Be Buddies".

Don't see it if I saw all 3 CP shows in the York series, and liked this one the least. It was more dated, and had less humor, musical interest & charm.

267 Reviews | 598 Followers
Cole porter!, Silly, fun!, Fluffy

See it if If you are a Cole Porter fan. This show isn't done often mostly because of it's silly plot. But if you are in for good music & fun, go!

Don't see it if You are looking for a drama, or a cohesive plot. Don't like Porter's music. Also be aware that Mufti prod. are minimal sets, & rehearsal. Read more

337 Reviews | 72 Followers
Sweet, Fluffy, Great singing, Entertaining, De-lovely!

See it if you like musicals from this era, Cole Porter or Ethel Merman. This plot is as thin as tissue paper, but who cares? It will make you happy!

Don't see it if You have high expectations for captivating plots in a musical, or if you don't care for old musicals in general. Read more

312 Reviews | 126 Followers
Fluffy, Fun, Terrific cast, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you're a Cole Porter fan. A terrific cast on book in a story that's surprisingly touching at times. An entertaining evening.

Don't see it if the Mufti concept (no sets, small cast on book, two-piece "orchestra") is not for you. Read more

267 Reviews | 49 Followers
Okay cole porter, Lightweight, Silly, Entertaining

See it if You really are desperate for a Cole Porter fix. You want to see what passed for entertainment in 1940.

Don't see it if Bare-bones old musical on short rehearsal with scripts in hand, piano and bass, no sets no costumes. Read more

216 Reviews | 21 Followers
Refreshing, Hilarious, Great singing, Delightful

See it if You enjoy Cole Porter’s songs in a sweet story. Great talent in a small venue. Marvelous!

Don't see it if You want a big show or don’t like to old standards.

81 Reviews | 19 Followers
Winning & lovable cast make this silly & bawdy musical breezy and fun, and a mufti must-see

See it if you want to have fun. The actors are great-- especially gratifying to see such supporting players as Jay Aubrey Jones & Casey Shuler shine.

Don't see it if you want to miss seldom heard tuneful & clever Cole Porter compositions. Several songs make no sense plot-wise but are a delight here.

28 Reviews | 7 Followers
Fun, but..., Banal, Fluffy

See it if Klea Blackhurst was born to play Merman musical comedy heroines, and she does the Merm's memory justice here, as well as others in the cast.

Don't see it if The show's hardly worth a visit, much less a revival. The book is tired and the score isn't close to Porter's best.

Critic Reviews (6)

November 1st, 2019

"Boffo Belter Klea Blackhurst Is In The Zone As Cole Porter's 'PANAMA HATTIE'"
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Lighting & Sound America
October 30th, 2019

"For whatever reason, book writers Herbert Fields and B.G. DeSylva decided it would be fun to have Merman running around in the tropics, doing what she usually did …. 'Panama Hattie' would have been more fun if it didn't have so much book, but Porter's score has some nifty items."
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Talkin' Broadway
October 28th, 2019

"Michael Montel directs efficiently, and the two-man orchestra, Deniz Cordell on piano and David White on bass, sounds swell. Panama Hattie is no lost treasure, but as a Merman vehicle it's solid, you'll probably never get to see it again, and in Klea Blackhurst we have perhaps the most capable Merman stand-in on the planet. Go."
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New York Stage Review
October 29th, 2019

3/5 Stars "The revival does entertain, but it simultaneously presents hard-and-fast proof why this 1940 musical isn’t a hot candidate for reviving—now or, perhaps, ever."
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October 29th, 2019

"As the third and last show of its Cole Porter Series, The York Theatre Company's Fall 2019 Musicals in Mufti is presenting Michael Montel's delightful production of this rarely revived musical comedy, a farce actually, as a staged concert with book in hand."
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Theatre is Easy
November 2nd, 2019

"The spirit of Ethel Merman-fearsome vibrato and wise-cracking wit intact-is alive and well at the York Theatre in Kylie Kuioka, the 9-year-old stick of dynamite who plays Geraldine, Hattie's fiery step-daughter-to-be."
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