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The Decline and Fall of the Entire World as Seen Through the Eyes of Cole Porter

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Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Fluffy, Refreshing

About the show

This irreverent musical journey travels the globe through an array of gems from the vast Porter canon. Part of "The Musicals in Mufti" series of minimally staged, script-in-hand productions. More…

From the show:

The irreverent musical journey that is THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ENTIRE WORLD AS SEEN THROUGH THE EYES OF COLE PORTER, originally conceived by Ben Bagley in 1965, travels the globe through an array of gems from the vast Porter canon, both familiar and forgotten. The "world" under scrutiny is that between 1919 and 1945 when, indeed, some considerable declining and falling went on. Unfortunately (but fortunately for us), it's just as relevant now as it was over fifty years ago. As Porter wrote,"times have changed, and we've often rewound the clock"-- and here we are doing it again.

The New York Times, in its original review, declared that the revue “relishes Cole Porter, feasting on his lively and lilting tunes, tunes that are so marked by the Porter dash and swagger that they are immediately recognizable even though one may never have heard them before.” In times of great turmoil, Porter created a world of his own through his songs, and made ours richer in the process.

Member Reviews (14)


Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Fluffy, Refreshing
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Fluffy, Great singing, Clever, Delightful, Riveting

See it if you love Cole Porter. Lots of CP lesser-known works sung beautifully. Very well-staged. Strg dancing. Talented pianist! Music/lyrics/voices!

Don't see it if you want plot. This is a revue, with meh commentary between numbers. Narrator can't sing. Fun/entertaining 2 hours. Chase away the blues.

Witty, Fluffy, Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful

See it if 2 hours of lesser-known Cole Porter songs, with an amusing narrator & some dancing. Lovely theatrical voices, clever lyrics & lively piano.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy American Songbook oldies. You want to see a full production rather than a staged reading.

Romantic, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if Good talent. Some good historical connections Good depiction of Cole Porter's works

Don't see it if True to Mufti presentations.. Dated. Appealing to an older generation

Lots of fun, Great tapping by danny gardner, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy the revue format and are a Cole Porter fan. Some of his lesser known tunes.

Don't see it if you need a strong plot line to link the songs together. The intimacy of the small theater and the great voices made for an enjoyable time.

Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you love everything Cole Porter wrote, even the lesser known works. Good singing & dancing.

Don't see it if You prefer hearing the better known works of Cole Porter.

Delightful, Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy staged readings with talented singers; this one closed, but you can catch the next Mufti Musical, Cole Porter's Panama Hattie

Don't see it if you don't enjoy script in hand performances; marvelous talent isn't enough for you; you need scenery, a big band, and such

Enchanting, Clever

See it if you want to hear a bunch of rarely-done Porter songs done delightfully well

Don't see it if you prefer a book musical or a big splashy visual show

Also This is one of the best muftis I've seen! Thoroughly enjoyable, not a ... Read more Read less

Refreshing, Fluffy, Epic, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you want to familiarize (or reintroduce) yourself with a classic composer who was edgier than you would imagine

Don't see it if you are expecting to hear his standards other than in a medley or are looking for something more modern

Great staging, Great singing, Confusing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you love classic Broadway songs, including some you may not know. You adore discovering some exciting young theater talent.

Don't see it if You prefer dramas, musicals with strong books or only contemporary scores.

Delightful, Fluffy, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you are a cole porter fan and would like to hear some of his rarely-performed songs.

Don't see it if you don’t like script-in-hand musical revues.

Also this charming pot pourri of cole porter tunes was compiled by ben bagl... Read more Read less

Witty, Discovery, Edifying, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if you're a fan of Cole Porter and want to hear some songs that aren't quite the greatest hits, but offer rewards; and of the revue format.

Don't see it if you want polished, high-power performances, or only want to hear the greatest hits; or you don't like the casual nature of Mufti formula.

Uneven, Entertaining

See it if You're a fan of Cole Porter and enjoy hearing his less popular songs.

Don't see it if You like big musicals with exceptionally talented performers.

Refreshing, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if Like Cole Porter or show tunes in general. Good singing. Want to hear some less known Porter songs. Enjoyable way to spend an evening

Don't see it if You are looking for a musical with a book. It’s more of a review. Of course if musicals aren’t your thing stay away.

Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like Cole Porter, beautiful unmiked voices, top-notch inexpensive theatre, Lauren Molina, Danny Gardner, the York's Mufti Series.

Don't see it if You don't like staged musicals with performers on book. (Review at

October 20th, 2019
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October 16th, 2019
"This revue, originally assembled by the producer Ben Bagley in 1965, could also be termed Porter 202, an advanced course of study that uses as its syllabus a lineup of lesser-known items from the master Broadway songwriter's catalogue, all of which provide a steady stream of delight."
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October 13th, 2019
"Most Porter shows are saddled with less than brilliant books, so ripping a couple dozen of his choicest songs out of them and placing them in these performers' expert care makes excellent sense."
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October 14th, 2019
4/5 Stars "'The Decline Rises': The 1965 Ben Bagley revue well treated by director Pamela Hunt, with Lee Roy Reams"
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