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The New Yorkers

From 13 critic and 82 member reviews
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. More…

Bullets fly and bathtub gin flows in this gleefully amoral celebration of speakeasies, gangsters, society dames, and the great city they love. The show centers on featherbrained socialite Alice Wentworth, whose bootlegger beau leads her on a madcap romp from Park Avenue to Sing Sing and back again. Although 'The New Yorkers' produced a number of standards—'I Happen to Like New York,' 'Love for Sale'—much of the original material has been lost, making this Encores!’s most ambitious musical reconstruction ever.


“A lark of a racy musical…Not meant to be one of the series’ immaculately reconstructed reclamations. Given the unforced spirit of director John Rando’s frolic and the preposterous vaudeville numbers interrupting what exists of a story, authenticity is hardly a concern here…The importance, besides the surprise of such casual debauchery in 1930, is the music…Mostly, we can revel in the cleverness of Porter’s lyrics.” Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"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." Full Review

Dated, Fluffy, Insipid, Slow, Great singing

See it if you like an old-fashioned show with a parade of great songs and terrific singing, and you don't mind a mess of a silly book.

Don't see it if you like coherent logical musical theater.

Dated, Some delicious songs, Disappointing

See it if you like old musicals with singing and dancing. A couple of songs are worth it; otherwise, it is a silly show. Though, others enjoyed it.

Don't see it if want something relevant and that keeps you interested. Songs are just put in; they do not move the plot.

Also Excellent costumes and fine dancing. "Love for Sale" was beautifully d... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if you are curious about a so called lost Cole Porter show. The show is a pastiche of his songs of which many are not from the original.

Don't see it if you are not a musical theater buff. You'll sit there wondering why, except for the name Cole Porter, it was revived.

Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Dated, Fluffy

See it if like old-fashioned musicals; it's middle of the road Cole Porter; cast does what it can with a weak script; songs are good, some classics

Don't see it if want the usual Cole Porter wit and sophistication

Banal, Dated, Disappointing, Insipid, Artificial

See it if you want to experience old-fashioned musicals for the tired business man.

Don't see it if you want to be challenged intellectually, inspired by great theatre or wowed by genius.

Also I was disappointed that there were a lot of interpolations and reworki... Read more Read less

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.

Dated, Confusing

See it if you are a big Cole Porter fan, or like to see all the Encores! shows

Don't see it if you are put off by a rotten book with songs shoehorned in randomly.

Also I feel like this is a fine production of a terrible show. Not sure wha... Read more Read less

Cliched, Dated, Disappointing

See it if You like period pieces with clever riffs and wordplay a la Cole Porter.

Don't see it if You want something fresh. This was REALLY dated and the songs were mostly (aside from the obvious popular add-in's) flat and silly.

Confusing, Quirky, Fluffy, Refreshing, Funny

See it if you want to hear wonderful singing and want to be entertained.

Don't see it if you get confused easily by multiple parts moving that are difficult to follow.

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