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.
"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 extreme. Still, the piece has its rewards...Evan Pappas’s choreography is lively and cute with subtle awareness of limited space...Vocal arrangements are very fine." Full Review
"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." Full Review
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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