Musicals Tonight debuts Noel Coward's lost musical about a sailor on leave and a London lass who are helped along by a very posh couple they keep running into. More…
Hoi Polloi is a 1949 musical created by Noel Coward that was never produced. Barry Day, Noel Coward scholar and OBE, has reconstructed and adapted the tuner, and selected the Obie-winning Musicals Tonight to present this world premiere.
"A warm, charming, often moving and thoroughly delightful evening, with a talented cast in a sweet-spirited production...The tiny Lion Theater stage and its loft are imaginatively put to use by the show’s director/choreographer, Mindy Cooper. The stage is also where the orchestra sits, in the form of a single piano, richly played throughout...The cast—acting, singing and dancing—is among the finest you’ll see on any stage...The score is a rich one, with two Coward classics." Full Review
"While some songs are pleasant though unmemorable, the musical also features iconic numbers...Act II is a bit overstuffed with songs, but entertaining...Director/Choreographer Mindy Cooper uses the theater well, aisles and balcony inclusive, creates attractive tableaus (clearly a signature), and affects a light, stylized (wink, wink) touch befitting the piece. Her characters could be more unique, but the show is not harmed." Full Review
“At this vantage point, the tour of London plot seems trite and Coward’s characters are paper thin. Both the Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park sites now seem like the merest clichés to take a tourist to on their first day in London. The cast’s accents vary all over the place, and although ‘Harry Hornby’’s name suggests that several of the characters should speak Cockney and drop their haitches, there is not much evidence of that. Many of the unfamiliar songs are extremely prosaic.” Full Review
See it if You want to be thoroughly entertained by a super talented cast in a classic musical with just a tiny touch of drama. Sit back and enjoy.
Don't see it if Frothy throwback musicals are not your thing.
See it if want to see a probably never-to-be-seen Noel Coward world premiere musical that may not be perfect but is so entertaining.
Don't see it if you only want to see shows like HAMILTON.
See it if you enjoy a sweet, world premiere with music and lyrics by Noel Coward, written in 1949, well cast with good acting.
Don't see it if you cannot appreciate energetic performances in a minimalist setting.
Also Mel Miller, producer of Musicals Tonight!, always finds gems.
See it if You would be interested to see a never-before produced Noel Coward musical. Bare bones production with strong acting & singing, no sets.
Don't see it if You expect the usual witty, tuneful Noel Coward fare; not his best work, probably why it was never produced before.
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