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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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.

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

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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