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

82%
(14 Reviews)
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93%
Mixed
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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.

Critic Reviews (6)

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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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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October 14th, 2019

2/5 Stars "'Too Much Winking': Vintage songs curdle in coy performances"
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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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