The New Yorkers

The New Yorkers NYC Reviews and Tickets

(82 Reviews)
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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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982 Reviews | 343 Followers
Frothy, flimsy, flighty, fabulous fluff, A valentine to "that dear old dirty town"

See it if you don't need plot or characters to have a good time. TNY has some great music, clever lyrics, snappy dialogue, animated choreography...

Don't see it if strong voices, swell costumes, a solid orchestra. But, I repeat, it doesn't have a plot. Still, lots of fun. CP writes fine anthems for NYC.

754 Reviews | 124 Followers
Delightful, Great singing, Refreshing, Great dancing, A good time

See it if you love the American Song Book or enjoy music that makes you want to sing along, tap your feet & leave the theater feeling great.

Don't see it if you hate musicals. The plot makes no sense being an excuse to sing and dance with no redeeming social value.

650 Reviews | 284 Followers
A fresh quaff of champagne - brings to life the glittering world of cole porter, fred astaire and ginger rogers

See it if almost perfectly realized 1930s musical, featuring slick dancing, beautiful ballads, clever lyrics, and very hammy acting

Don't see it if though a great period piece, this is ultimately no more than escapism; like champagne bubbles, it just floats away

506 Reviews | 1000 Followers
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Epic

See it if 1930 is back again. the patter song. the topsy turvy the corny jokes,the songs the era.. all brought back in true Encores tradition...

Don't see it if if you need the here and now. This is for those who remember or want to. The Audience was enthralled

535 Reviews | 488 Followers
Uneven, Bizarre, Fluffy, Silly, Dated

See it if you want to see what a show-stealing performance looks like. Arnie Burton is a treasure and holds the audience in the palm of his hand.

Don't see it if you're expecting top-level Cole Porter wit and tunes. Some of these bits just fall totally flat.

488 Reviews | 316 Followers
Delightful, Entertaining, Interesting to see early cole porter, Silly, Tap dancing!

See it if You enjoy musicals. This one is only around for 6 performances so go see it. Very silly. There are some great musical numbers. Nice costumes

Don't see it if You want to see a serious play. If you don't like musicals. if you are not interested in seeing a rarely seen early Cole Porter show. Read more

480 Reviews | 134 Followers
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if Encore Series shows have only a brief run. Unfortunately the last performance of The New Yorkers was last night.

Don't see it if Anyone who likes Cole Porter style music and musicals would love this show.

468 Reviews | 121 Followers
Cole.porter bauble shines in singing, tapping spree

See it if Fine Encores orch plays great Porter score laid over silly plot. Nice choreography -- lots of tap -- even a tap-dancing machine gun fight!

Don't see it if Iconic Porter songs -- Love For Sale; I Happen To Like New York. Kevin Chamberlin makes the Jimmy Durante part and comic songs his own.

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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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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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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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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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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