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

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(14 Reviews)
Positive
93%
Mixed
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Negative
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

73
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.

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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

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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

80
Enchanting, Clever

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

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Critic Reviews (6)

BroadwayWorld
October 20th, 2019

"The York Revisits Ben Bagley's 'THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ENTIRE WORLD AS SEEN THROUGH THE EYES OF COLE PORTER'"
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Lighting & Sound America
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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Talkin' Broadway
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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New York Stage Review
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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New York Stage Review
October 14th, 2019

2/5 Stars "'Too Much Winking': Vintage songs curdle in coy performances"
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TheaterScene.net
October 18th, 2019

"As part of its Fall 2019 Musicals in Mufti Cole Porter Series, The York Theatre Company has smartly revived this 1965 Ben Bagley - Cole Porter revue not seen in New York in 54 years. Pamela Hunt's delightfully sophisticated production uses four talented performers at the height of their powers."
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