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The Golden Apple

From 77 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Dated, Ambitious, Disappointing

About the show

Encores! presents a staged concert of the 1954 musical comedy that reshapes the myths of 'The Iliad' and 'The Odyssey' into an all-American fable. More…

Helen of Troy as a bored housewife? Ulysses as a dashing hero of the Spanish-American War? This whimsical and ambitious musical offers all that and more as it conjures up the days when pie-baking contests were cutthroat and lovers eloped in hot-air balloons. Despite its brief run, John Latouche and Jerome Moross’ show was hailed by critics, and introduced the classic torch song “Lazy Afternoon.”

Member Reviews (77)


Great singing, Entertaining, Dated, Ambitious, Disappointing
Avg Score

Ambitious, Clever, Unusual, Sung-through, Epic

See it if the you like innovative theater. 1954's GA feels new. Sometimes it tries too hard, but often succeeds. Many great voices. Mendez stands out!

Don't see it if you only like classic musicals. The score has hints of G&S, opera, Copland, Gershwin, etc. Clever lyrics, but some are lost to bad diction.

Also I felt privileged to see this lost gem. I went with no prior knowledge... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing, Confusing

See it if Good songs, fantastic singing. Overall good show. 1st act (Iliad) is solid fun clever & understandable.

Don't see it if 2nd act (Odyssey) is very confusing and unfocussed. Only a good knowledge of the original kept me interested.

Also I can't speak more highly of the singers. Truly wonderful all of them ... Read more Read less

Confusing, Entertaining, Uneven, Great singing

See it if You enjoy experiencing lesser known musicals. The singing & orchestrations were gorgeous. Act1 is strong & very entertaining.

Don't see it if Act2 kind of flew off the rails for me. Found it slow, confusing and overly long. It's a shame since Act 1 was strong. Still glad I saw it.

Clever, Confusing, Slow, Quirky

See it if tales of the ancient Greeks done operatic style by a talented singing cast

Don't see it if no talk ... a bit slow... sometimes confusing

Encores revives older tuneful but aimless musicals w top notch talent; this ulysses takeoff is more ridiculous than most

See it if /4 superb dancing/B. Cowperthwaite as Paris is star in the making; Lindsay Mendez as Helen of Troy winning songstress

Don't see it if musical transfer of the heavy Helen/Ulysses tale to 1900s US farming community strains credulity as cheeky entertainment vehicle

Fine, Boring, Sung-through, Cluttered, Great music

See it if you want to see the stories of both Helen and Odysseus adapted, chopped to bits and crammed into less than 2 and a half hours.

Don't see it if you struggle with sung-through musicals.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated, Confusing

See it if You are an Encores completist. I thoroughly enjoyed Big River and The New Yorkers recently but this show just was not up to the usual level.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a dated show with only a few good songs. Would not recommend this. I left at intermission.

Entertaining, Funny

See it if enjoy Encore's shows. Not great music but production does the most with what it has with plot. Good cast and nice costumes.

Don't see it if you like great music. Encores does shows that it's nice to sample once. This is one of them.

The desecration of an american cult musical, One-note, Sluggish direction—needs a shot of adrenaline, Ambitious but not successful, Disappointing

See it if you have never seen "The Golden Apple" and you want to have the experience. You would be much better off listening to the recent recording.

Don't see it if you can't tolerate slow moving productions. Very poor direction—stage feels terribly cramped throughout the evening.

Also "The Golden Apple" was done by the York Theatre Company when they were... Read more Read less

Great music. lousy show. incoherent book.

See it if You're a musical fanatic and want to hear a legendary score.

Don't see it if You want to see good musical theatre.

Forgotten 50s musical masterpiece

See it if beautiful music, great singing, terrific Joshua Bergasse choreography. Ryan Silverman's baritone is powerful. Lindsay Mendez shines.

Don't see it if This Odyssey adaptation makes Paris a dancing role and Barton Cowperthwaite is wonderful. Moving the story to 1901 Pacific NW is strained.

Quirky, Ambitious, Great singing, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a rarely produced version of what is considered a cult classic of the 1950's. Great singing, clever lyrics & a great cast.

Don't see it if if an updated version of the Odyssey & the Iliad that is mostly sung does not sound appealing. There are slow stretches.

Also The entire cast is wonderful. Lindsey Mendez is outstanding & ... Read more Read less

Great singing, Quirky, Ambitious, Lovely music

See it if rarely performed 50's musical, sung-through, operatic; variety of fantasy scenes in Act 2 start off fun. Paris role - great ballet moves.

Don't see it if agree that diction in many songs a problem (not usually with Ms. Mendez); fantasy scenes get tiring so Act II seems very long

Also The wonderful orchestra is on stage but there is a large ensemble so s... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Dated, Disappointing, Dizzying, Great singing

See it if you are interested in cult musicals. Sometimes there is a reason why a show deserves restoring. This one is a puzzlement. A one song show.

Don't see it if if you want to relish the mystery of the cult musical. This show is overproduced. A real disappointment.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you like opera-like musicals...lots of singing...superior dancing...very well done...lovely music

Don't see it if you find confusing plot/books difficult..mixture of illiad and odyssey updated which does not really work

Dated, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if You enjoy old fashion musicals, updates versions of the classics - Homer in this instance; strong vocals - particularly Lindsay Mendez

Don't see it if You are looking for something on the modern side

Ambitious, Disappointing, Intelligent

See it if You want to round out your musical theatre experience with a much-revered classic from long ago. If you like Josh Bergasse choreography.

Don't see it if You don't know your basic Greek mythology--you'll end up very confused. My issue was that we couldn't understand many of the lyrics--pity!

Also This show requires great musical chops, which was certainly in evidenc... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great singing, Romantic, Ambitious

See it if You want to hear a luscious score done by exemplary artists

Don't see it if You want dialog and script scenes or hate mythology

No reason to ever be revived again, Quirky, Cliched

See it if you ONLY want to recapture that feeling you got when you saw the show for the first time back in 1954 (NOTE: That rules out most of us.)

Don't see it if you enjoy contemporary musical theater musicals.

Also Though the singing voices of the cast were stellar, and the choreograp... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if Very entertaining production of 1954 musical.Version of Odyssey and Iliad brought to Pacific Northwest.Great voices and comedic talents.

Don't see it if You prefer musicals with more dialogue.This sung through version has 27 musical numbers.Cast members were off-book throughout.

Confusing, Disappointing, Insipid, Overrated

See it if you want to see a cult classic that will never be performed professionally that is sung through and is an updated version of Greek classics.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy operatic sung through musicals where it is hard to understand the operatic singers and the story is confusing and boring.

Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing, Slight story, but who cares?

See it if You love musicals, enjoy some good music and voices. Lyrics are fun, a few songs really special. Good singing/dancing. It's Encores!

Don't see it if You like big staged effects, loud rock musicals, have no feel for old musical gems or semi-precious stones.

Delightful, Great singing, A little slow, Clever, A glimpse of musical theater history

See it if you want a musical that's a cross between OKLAHOMA and CANDIDE, with a hint of PORGY & BESS. A rarely-seen gem, albeit an acquired taste.

Don't see it if you're not prepared for something charming but dated in style. Clever re-telling of the Iliad, although story can drag a bit at times.

Clever, Great singing, Confusing, Quirky, Slow

See it if you want to see a show that isn't produced much. This was an excellent production of an imperfect work.

Don't see it if you prefer more traditional musicals. If you aren't familiar with the Odyssey you may be lost (as I was). 2nd act felt slow to me.

Also There were some lovely performances. Keep an eye out for newcomer Mika... Read more Read less

Great singing, Dated

See it if adore seeing musical rarities like Golden Apple. Great cast and Mikaela Bennett and Barton Cowpertwaite wowed me as did the music.

Don't see it if You like the full out big Broadway musical and a great book and witty lyrics are a must.

May 11th, 2017
"These are the ingredients of a camp Americana operetta, which is what 'The Golden Apple' could so easily have been. But oh, the music: 135 glorious minutes of it, unsullied by dialogue...The glory of 'The Golden Apple' is a series of complex musical scenes and let’s-call-them-arias that define t...
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May 12th, 2017
"The essential silliness of an incoherent plot takes nothing away from the qualities that have made the score treasured by Broadway cultists...The music has an infectiously Coplandesque appeal, careering from folksy to modern...The performances were utterly charming. But the true strength of the ...
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May 11th, 2017
"It's hit and myth, frankly...The delightful and punchy orchestral prelude gets things off to a rousing start — but it’s a mixed bag from there. Suffice it to say that compacting the whole Trojan War and its aftermath gets a bit zzz-inducing...Director Michael Berresse has assembled a game and ta...
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May 11th, 2017
"An unusual, daring and unapologetically brilliant 1954 musical...The Encores! staging is clean and simple but vibrant and beautifully sung by a fine cast led by Mikaela Bennett...Whether 'The Golden Apple' grows on you or not, this production shows off the Encores! series at its best, in produci...
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