Already closed | 2h 25m | Midtown W

Louisiana Purchase

From 15 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Dated, Funny, Delightful

About the show

Musicals Tonight! revives Irving Berlin's obscure 1940 musical satire of Louisiana Governor Huey Long. More…

An honest US senator travels to Louisiana to investigate corruption in the Louisiana Purchase Company. The company's lawyer attempts to divert him via the attentions of two beautiful women, but the senator maintains his integrity and even ends up marrying one of the gals. Songs include "Sex Marches On," "You're Lonely and I'm Lonely," "Latins Know How," "Outside of That I Love You," and "Fools Fall in Love."

2h 25m | Already closed | Theatre Row / Theatre One (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (15)


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

Dated, Great singing, Charming, Fun, Intimate (no mic-ing!)

See it if you enjoy seeing an old musical even w/a dated 1940 book. Some lovely songs, very well-sung. I love Musicals Tonight, but it's not Encores.

Don't see it if you want a lot of polish or a strong plot. LP is just fun...and surprisingly well staged and performed. That Berlin guy sure was talented!

Delightful, Great acting, Funny, Relevant, Resonant

See it if A musical for our time written 70 years ago with music by Irving Berlin. The plot could actually be ripped from today's headlines !

Don't see it if You don't enjoy old style musicals. You can't deal with any more political scandals ! This is a thinly veiled satire on Huey Long of Nawlins

Charming, Dated, Great singing, Fluffy, Sweet

See it if You need a break from the subject matter of new musicals. Also, Berlin was a master, and any chance to catch his work is a must-do.

Don't see it if You don't care about the origins of the musical art form, or need a full-out production to be satisfied.

Also Let us always remember the limitations of the two entities that revive... Read more Read less

Dated, Great singing, Charming, Fluffy, Interesting

See it if You can appreciate it thru the lens of what Musicals Tonight is all about - resurrecting little-known or forgotten musicals. Top notch cast.

Don't see it if This is not Irving Berlin's finest, but it's interesting for a glimpse of 1940s politics, tho some jokes & references were too dated to get.

Also Musicals Tonight is a truly unique gem. The productions are bare bones... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Dated, Fun

See it if want a really old fashioned musical. It's not Berlin's best, but cast is energetic and everyone can sing. It's an entertaining evening.

Don't see it if want a big production, or deep meaning. Much of the context (Huey Long and Louisiana politics) is lost on a modern audience.

Great singing, Overrated, Good acting, Disappointing, Dated

See it if you like rarely produced players by famous playwrights

Don't see it if you don't like a show that has good songs but not a very interesting story.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you want to see a "forgotten musical" done really well.

Don't see it if you aren't prepared for a dated, topical show without sets or full orchestra. Or you want to see HAMILTON.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Relevant

See it if you want to see a rarely revived, slightly risqué Irving Berlin musical with witty songs & performances; don't mind concert-style bare bones

Don't see it if you like only fully staged shows, not concert versions; are not a fan of old Irving Berlin musicals; have had enough of politics/corp greed.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Delightful; corning and charming

Don't see it if na

Cliched, Dated, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy musical theatre history and classics.

Don't see it if you're easily upset by offenses of the past, or can't just turn your brain off.

Clever, Entertaining, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you like to check out all the older shows at Musicals Tonight!

Don't see it if you only want to see their best work; this was not it

Also It was enjoyable, but it didn't have the pacing and the overall qualit... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Dated, Great singing, Great score

See it if You want to see a rarely done musical comedy with a great score and delightful performances.

Don't see it if You aren't willing to sit through a terrible book to enjoy the score.

Also This show was conceived as a satire of current events. Unfortunately, ... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if want to enjoy some Irving Berlin--not so familiar--tunes sung by a wonderful cast in a 1940ish musical.

Don't see it if are looking for a profound plot and you can not be charmed by lovely and witty songs, performed by a very talented cast.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if you would enjoy a delightful, yet little-known, Irving Berlin musical well-acted by a talented cast who seemed to really enjoy themselves.

Don't see it if you only like big productions. (The set is minimal but effective.)

Also Mel Miller, producer of Musicals Tonight!, scored with another enterta... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Enchanting, Great acting, Funny, Great singing

See it if great singing, great charm, very entertaining

Don't see it if you need a big production

March 9th, 2017
“Although it is not one of Berlin's best shows, it does have a lot of nice songs…The characters are interesting and well played by the talented Musicals! cast. The politically based story is very timely…I just would have preferred if the ending of the show were different, although that is not the...
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