Encores! has done it again with “The New Yorkers.” Led by artistic director Jack Viertel, this theater series from New York City Center has resurrected a forgotten, creaky, nine-decade-old Cole Porter musical and created an evening of dance, songs and entertainment that makes you forget for a couple of hours the travails of the world. The performance, like all Encores! productions, is semi-staged and rehearsed for only a week. But these hurdles are more than overcome by 31 enthusiastic top professional actors and dancers who are backed by a 32-piece orchestra on stage — try those numbers, Broadway! Thirty-one songs by Cole Porter, including “Love for Sale,” “Night and Day,” “You’ve Got That Thing” and that underperformed treasure, “I Happen to Like New York.”
By the way, The New York Times just gave it a rave review this morning. The show plays for only five performances; it closes Sunday, so there’s still a little time left to see it.