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The New Yorkers

From 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.


Member Reviews (82)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Dated
80
Avg Score

77
Silly fun, Enjoyable, Fluffy

See it if you're a Cole Porter fan.

Don't see it if you don't like old musicals.

85
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You want to experience an entertaining 1930's review. You want to discover some great new musical talents: Stratten, Mutu, Burton & Aimee.

Don't see it if You require a plot to bear a relationship to reality. You don't like Cole Porter. You want your theater to be "serious".

82
Great staging, Great singing, Funny, Dated, Entertaining

See it if It's gone now, but, cross fingers, there will be a recording. Two number were outstanding w/ sublime orchestrations: "Love for Sale" and

Don't see it if "Let's Fly Away." Cyrille Aimée scored a major success as "A Lady of the Evening" and Scarlett Strallen stood out as a "strong" ingenue.+++

74
Entertaining, Disappointing, Fluffy, Ambitious, Funny

See it if you'd like a take on Jimmy Durante or just hearing NIGHT AND DAY, but

Don't see it if you expect a string of hit songs. A disappointing choice by ENCORES.

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

85
Delightful, Ambitious, Funny

See it if you love classic American Musical Theatre in its early form--crazy fun and at times illogical.

Don't see it if you can't have fun. Or want to see HAMILTON.

79
Old school charm, Great singing, Great dancing, Charmingly dated

See it if you like to go back to another age of musicals. Like Cole Porter and Jimmy Durante tunes.(yup he wrote his own material),Enjoy peppy dance.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of nostalgia and corn with charm.

86
Clever, Funny, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you love Cole Porter music and you want to see a truly forgotten musical that became source material for so many musicals that followed.

Don't see it if you can't imagine what seeing this would be like during prohibition and the depression or you dislike great music and writing.

69
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

90
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You want to hear Cole Porter and take in a piece of delightful theater history.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of the "Encore's" style of presentation or period musicals.

Also This is delightful. Not done since the 1930's, this is history and don... Read more Read less

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?"

86
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great dancing

See it if You love Cole Porter, love New York, love old shtick and want to see a great cast. Cyrille Aimee was a standout as was entire cast.

Don't see it if You can't take broad comedy or prohibition era gangsters meets super rich plot

80
Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you enjoy the history of musicals and want to see what the old ones were like even if they aren't classics

Don't see it if you have no context for something from 1930; it might feel bewilderingly silly

Also The choreography was excellent. I love this kind of archaeology so I c... Read more Read less

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!

85
Great singing, Dated, Great dancing, Silly

See it if you want to hear Cole Porter songs performed by very talented singers and dancers, backed by an excellent orchestra.

Don't see it if you require a musical to have a coherent plot or don't enjoy silly jokes. The Durante bits were tiresome, despite Chamberlin's best efforts.

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

69
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.

60
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

90
Hilarious, Great singing, Great dancing. ridiculous. superb songs.

See it if You love Cole Porter, frothy fun, and sheer nonsense. You remember Jimmy Durante.

Don't see it if You hate Cole Porter, frothy fun, sheer nonsense, and Jimmy Durante.

Also My husband and I took two thirty-year-olds to see this fluff from 1930... Read more Read less

78
Clever, Entertaining, Dated, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if You love classic Cole Porter, great voices, silly schtick and great dancing and if you have affection for prohibition era style.

Don't see it if You want believable plot, actually witty dialogue and characters you are invested in or if you want anything more than an extended review.

85
Funny, Great singing, Great staging, Great dancing, And lots of cole porter

See it if you enjoy flashy, silly musical comedy from the earliest age

Don't see it if you are only satisfied with coherent, meaningful story telling

Also This may be one of the most inauthentic Encores production with a cobb... Read more Read less

81
Delightful, Fluffy, Hilarious, Retro, Clever

See it if You enjoy the music of Cole Porter, old movie musicals, old-time risqué humor

Don't see it if You prefer the modern, don't care for wordplay

70
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy, Funny

See it if you like classic musical comedies. A beautiful production of a rarely produced show. Lighter fare, pure entertainment.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of old-fashioned humor or don't like period shows. It's a comedy satire, so the characters aren't fully drawn out.

85
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if you're a fan of Cole Porter and have an interest in rare shows.

Don't see it if you only see message musicals. If so, your loss.

Also This is irrelevant now, since tonight's performance was the last. It w... Read more Read less

86
Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like Cole Porter and enjoy watching an excellent orchestra (they are on stage the entire time).

Don't see it if you expect elaborate staging.


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...
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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 ...
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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 Port...
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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 th...
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