Already closed | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Du Barry Was a Lady

From 22 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Fluffy, Delightful, Great singing

About the show

Musicals Tonight! revives Cole Porter's 1939 tuner about a washroom attendant who dreams he is King Louis XV of France. Classic songs include 'Friendship,' 'Well, Did You Evah!,' and 'Katie Went to Haiti.' More…

Washroom attendant Louis Blore wins a sweepstakes and quits his job. He is in love with nightclub singer May Daly, but she only has eyes for Alex Barton. Louis' friend Charley suggests he slip Alex a Mickey Finn so Louis can put the moves on May. But while trying to do so, Louis inadvertently downs the drugged drink, falls asleep, and dreams he is King Louis XV of France with May as Madame du Barry. Hilarious, song-filled complications ensue.

2h 30m | Already closed | Theatre Row / Theatre One (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (22)


Funny, Entertaining, Fluffy, Delightful, Great singing
Avg Score

This troupe does so much with so little

See it if you enjoy little-seen shows by great writers. The plot is nonsensical, but the songs are swell, the staging clever, the performers talented.

Don't see it if you need high prodn values.This is just a piano, makeshift costumes, a modest set.But I had, as always, a great time. And the price is right

Dated, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy a poor plot, a dated show and very few decent songs. There are only 2 or 3 good lyrics.Disappointing Cole Porter show.

Don't see it if you enjoy a good musical.

Entertaining, Fluffy, Antidote to inge plays

See it if you realize this may be your last chance to see this Porter show. It's silly, with a plot that's almost incomprehensible. So what! It's fun!

Don't see it if you have no interest in or patience for old musicals for which adjectives like zany could apply.

Delightful, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you like old time musical comedies, Cole Porter's musicals and songs--though Du Barry is far from his best. Singing was excellent.

Don't see it if you don't like musical theatre or silly plots; dislike Cole Porter; want to see fully staged productions--costumes good, set not so much.

Delightful, Funny, Fluffy, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You want a delightful Cole Porter musical, played as a farce for maximum laughs, with a terrific cast hamming it up.

Don't see it if You want something serious, or don't have the patience for a very thin plot that's really window dressing for songs and jokes.

Good acting, Good singing, Dated, Funny

See it if You like a good old fashioned musical that's rarely performed.

Don't see it if Don't like old fashioned shows or shows without a lot of memorable songs.

Funny, Fluffy, Delightful, Silly

See it if you're up for a light, fun Cole Porter show with a couple of classic songs.

Don't see it if you want to see great production values.

Classic, Delightful, Fluffy, Good acting

See it if you want to see a classic show with a brilliant score done very well. My favorite of theirs this season.

Don't see it if you don't want to hear a great score with great lyrics. Or want to see HAMILTON.

Delightful, Great singing, Funny, Refreshing, Charming

See it if you appreciate old-fashioned, raucous, naughty musical comedy that defies logic but provides a rollicking time, & love Cole Porter songs.

Don't see it if you don't like pre-Oklahoma! musicals with wacky plots, are not a fan of Cole Porter songs, expect grand scenery & don't like silly jokes.

Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if Love Cole Porter and the venue of "Musicals Tonight"

Don't see it if na

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like comedies

Don't see it if you don't like comedies

Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like the bare bones Musicals Tonight approach to the classics

Don't see it if you only like it when it really works

Also This was hilarious and charming at Encores 20 years ago or so. This on... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny, Slow, Fluffy

See it if You're a cole porter fan. As always this group does many revivals of old shows and does large production in a small space

Don't see it if Need big scenery

Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Fluffy, Wonderful score

See it if You enjoy seeing early musical comedy rarely performed. Enjoy hearing Cole Porter's work, both standards and obscurities.

Don't see it if You prefer your musicals with depth and relevance. Demand grand production values.

Fluffy, Quirky, Disappointing, Dated, Banal

See it if You like old style fluffy muicls

Don't see it if You like modern musicals

Entertaining, Great singing, Dated

See it if you are a Cole Porter fan and want to see one of his musicals with a silly plot and some pleasant songs. The performers make it work.

Don't see it if you are looking for a brilliant plot and can not be engaged by a lively, talented and dedicated cast.

Entertaining, Funny, Confusing, Light

See it if You like Cole Porter and want to have a fun time seeing a classic musical

Don't see it if You're wanting something modern

Disappointing, Slow, Fluffy

See it if you'll a big Cole Porter fan

Don't see it if you expect it to be as good as "Anything Goes"

Also A very disappointing performance. The cast is good and they work hard:... Read more Read less

Delightful musical, cozy setting

See it if An enchanting piece by Cole Porter, performed with style by talented actors/singers. See it if you like his work, and small budget musicals

Don't see it if You are looking for the hoopla and pizazz of a big brassy Broadway musical. Be prepared for a second act that doesn't live up to the first

Also This was a new piece to me, and I enjoyed the intimate setting. The ac... Read more Read less

Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You enjoy musicals and like a show that was a classic on Broadway.

Don't see it if If you don't like musicals and prefer a more thought provoking show. It was also little lengthy at just over two hours.

Fluffy, Great staging, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy Cole Porter music.

Don't see it if you don't to see so many performers on such a small stage.

Delightful, Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if You like vintage Cole Porter

Don't see it if You don't like silly musicals

April 6th, 2017
"Musicals Tonight!'s revival of 'Du Barry Was a Lady' reveals that even a Cole Porter score cannot save a weak book. A show this thin needs a much more stylish and lavish production to give it the pizzazz that it is sorely missing."
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April 2nd, 2017
"The book is sheer ba-dump-dump pastiche...A contemporary production of 'Du Barry' depends on its director and performers to make froth sit well...While a little wink-wink mugging may fly, this particular version, particularly its foray into ersatz history, is self-consciously broad to the extrem...
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