The New Yorkers
80

The New Yorkers NYC Reviews and Tickets

80%
(82 Ratings)
Positive
85%
Mixed
11%
Negative
4%
Members say
Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Dated

About the Show

Encores! presents a concert version of Cole Porter’s 1930 musical, an evening of sophisticated Depression-era madness.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (82)

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273 Reviews | 36 Followers
100
Enchanting

See it if If you like Cole Porter. This show was one of the most entertaining musicals in years!

Don't see it if na

194 Reviews | 39 Followers
100
Delightful, Enchanting, Great everything!

See it if You were lucky enough to catch this amazing revival...such a great Show, loaded with an Amazingly Talented Cast!!!

Don't see it if Period Musicals or Cole Porter isn't your thing!

364 Reviews | 76 Followers
95
Delovely!, Great staging, Dated, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you want a break from many of the downers currently popular on stage. This is a mindless confection which is a relief from the news.

Don't see it if you don't care about the history of our greatest art form, the American Musical. If you're looking for meaning, plot, or takeaway, don't go Read more

58 Reviews | 13 Followers
95
Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love Cole Porter's music, and you like shows that are pure entertainment.

Don't see it if You want a show that deals with serious issues, or you want a show with elaborate sets.

68 Reviews | 19 Followers
92
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging

See it if you love Cole Porter's lyrics and music. Enjoy extremely talented actors sing, dance and act. Enjoy great production number.

Don't see it if old shows don't interest you.

133 Reviews | 36 Followers
92
Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy Cole Porter, tap dancing dames, sultry jazz babes, Busby Berkley turkey legs, sequins, martinis, Durante...isn't that everyone?

Don't see it if you need a plot you can nail down. If you thought you bought tickets to "Hamilton." If you wonder, "If 'Bees do It,' what are they doing?"

61 Reviews | 6 Followers
90
Refreshing, Great staging, Great acting, Enchanting, Banal

See it if Love a rich score played lushly

Don't see it if Want a great story

285 Reviews | 39 Followers
90
Funny, Great singing, Great staging, Dated, Romantic

See it if you want a fun evening with true camp.

Don't see it if You want intensity or you don't like traditional musicals

Critic Reviews (13)

The New York Times
March 23rd, 2017

"Directed by John Rando, with a choice cast of singing shtick artists, 'The New Yorkers' makes the most puerile silliness seem deeply sophisticated and high sophistication look sublimely silly...This blithe and boozy production is a product of painstaking theater archaeology...Porter’s impeccable tongue-twisting lyrics have been mastered with style by all involved."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
March 23rd, 2017

"Don’t let the lovely silvery MGM draperies fool you, nor the silky gorgeousness of the orchestrations: 'The New Yorkers' is a clumsy, instructive, disorganized, high-tone, low-tone, witty, ridiculous mess...What 'The New Yorkers' is really about is seeing what, if anything, will stick. Not much really does...The pacing and stage pictures by director John Rando and choreographer Chris Bailey are as leaden and clumsy as the vocal arrangements by Rob Berman are featherweight."
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Deadline
March 23rd, 2017

"It’s an eyeful and an earful, a total delight...Freed from their usual commitment to restoring forgotten musicals to their original form, Viertel, along with director John Rando, music director Rob Berman, choreographer Chris Bailey and a design team run riot get larcenous not only with the Porter catalogue but with the jokester’s playbook as well."
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AM New York
March 24th, 2017

"The resulting product — made up mostly of second-tier selections from the Porter catalog, sprightly dance sequences, ancient jokes and a dragging, labored, outright idiotic book — was probably not worth the effort, especially since all of the songs can easily be enjoyed outside the context of the show in revue, a nightclub format or on audio...The production also exhibits a roughness and aimlessness that is rare for anything from the characteristically polished Encores! series."
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Theatermania
March 23rd, 2017

"The series' weakest offering in several seasons. It falls flat as a pancake when it really needs to bubble like champagne...The plot is only barely decipherable at best, and Fields' original book, with hoary old 'New Yorker'-style bon mots and sexual innuendo up the wazoo, hasn't aged well even a little bit...Rando's production is unusually slow-moving and far too reliant on props...Only supporting players Burton and Chamberlin really managed to fire on all cylinders."
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BroadwayWorld
March 26th, 2017

"Even the best attempt at reconstructing 'The New Yorkers' from what's left leaves holes to be filled...So while director John Rando's giddy and effervescent new mounting is an adaptation by artistic director Viertel that sports some new dialogue and additional Cole Porter numbers from the era, there's no attempt to make any sense of the proceedings. The new 'The New Yorkers' is just as delightfully flimsy and nonsensical as the original surely was."
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TheaterScene.net
March 29th, 2017

“A long, two and half hours that’s strictly for hardcore musical theater devotees curious about Cole Porter’s ‘lost’ 1930 show. It’s a fossil of its time that has been poorly revised…Stale, musty and flat…Director John Rando’s polished staging injects as much flashiness and fun as possible. Mr. Rando commendably strives to elevate the arch material...This Encores! reconstruction has not unearthed a forgotten masterpiece, or an entertaining trifle, but reveals a dated curio of mild interest."
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Theater Pizzazz
March 24th, 2017

"Essentially a highly polished cubic zirconia...But not even their A-plus efforts can really transform this silly and overlong piece into a must-see musical...The odds that you’ll actually care what happens to any of the characters is probably 100 to 1. What counts here, naturally, is the score, which is primarily comprised of unknown Porter songs—here augmented by some of his biggest hits...'The New Yorkers' only intermittently really takes off."
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