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Hoi Polloi

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Romantic, Clever
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Critics
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3 reviews
Members
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11 reviews
 

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.

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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.

 

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Reviews (14)

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72
Avg Score

60
TheaterScene.net

“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

70
Woman Around Town

"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

90
Theater Pizzazz

"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

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77
Avg Score

51
Disappointing, Slow, Dated, Good acting, Oversimple

See it if If you love Noel Coward and you want to see a never before performed show by him.

Don't see it if you want to see a show with an interesting plot and/or good songs.

84
Ambitious, Lovely, Entertaining

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.

Also Musicals Tonight! once more entertains and gives good history done wit... Read more Read less

85
Delightful, Enchanting, Romantic, Entertaining, Frothy

See it if you love Noel Coward and shows set in the 1940s.

Don't see it if You need a high octane musical to be happy.

Also This little unknown treasure has finally been produced, and I'm happy!... Read more Read less

60
Disappointing, Insipid, Poorly directed, Hard working cast

See it if only if you have genuine interest in Noel Coward.

Don't see it if you don't have patience or if you're afraid of disappointment.

Also This may not be Coward at his best; but, it does have possibilities. I... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You like old-fashioned, lightheaded and -hearted musicals

Don't see it if You need substance and contemporary relevance in your shows

77
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if Fans of Noel coward and nostalgic theater fans

Don't see it if Looking for big production and lots of scenery. Cast does great job but not a great book

79
Enchanting, Cliched, Dated, Great singing, Frothy

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.

Also I'm a big fan of Musicals Tonight! They always do a great job resurrec... Read more Read less

86
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing

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.

78
Delightful, Romantic, Dated, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you love Noel Coward and you want to see a show you've never seen before.

Don't see it if you don't like old-fashioned girl meets boy stories.

82
Funny, Delightful, Refreshing, Romantic, Entertaining

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.

85
Delightful, Great writing, Great singing

See it if you are a Noel Coward fan. This is an unproduced work which still shines. A love letter to London with a minimal set and great talent.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy musicals or new works.