Encores!


Encores!

New York City Center's Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert has been performing since 1994. Encores! is dedicated to performing the full score of musicals that may otherwise rarely be heard in New York City. Each season consists of three different shows. The music of Stephen Sondheim, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Rodgers & Hart, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Kurt Weill, George and Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick, Kander and Ebb, Jule Styne, and Comden and Green have been heard at an Encores! production.

Actors involved in productions at Encores! appear with book-in-hand, and have had little more than a week or two of rehearsal staging and choreography have become more common over the years. Performers and directors who have worked on "Encores!" productions include:

*Adam Arkin
*Andrea Martin
*Ann Reinking
*Ann Reinking
*Bebe Neuwirth
*Brian Stokes Mitchell
*Celeste Holm
*Charles Repole
*Charles S. Dutton
*Cheyenne Jackson
*Christine Baranski
*Christine Ebersole
*Christopher Reeve
*Donna McKechnie
*Doris Roberts

*Dorothy Loudon
*F. Murray Abraham
*Faith Prince
*Gary Beach
*Gregg Edelman
*Idina Menzel
*Jack O'Brien
*James Naughton
*Jane Krakowski
*Joel Grey
*Judy Kuhn
*Julie Newmar
*Kathleen Marshall
*Kristin Chenoweth
*Laura Benanti

*Len Cariou
*Lewis Cleale
*Lewis J. Stadlen
*Liz Callaway
*Lonny Price
*Lynn Redgrave
*Malcolm Gets
*Marcia Lewis
*Marilyn Cooper
*Mario Cantone
*Martin Short
*Maurice Hines
*Michael Arden
*Nathan Lane
*Patti LuPone

*Patti LuPone
*Peter Gallagher
*Peter Scolari
*Philip Bosco
*Rob Marshall
*Roger Bart
*Ruthie Henshall
*Sarah Uriarte Berry
*Stephen Bogardus
*Susan H. Schulman
*Tony Goldwyn
*Tony Randall
*Tony Yazbeck
*Vanessa L. Williams
*Walter Bobbie

The "Encores!" series has been honored with the Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre (2000), the Association for Independent Music "Indie" Award (1998), the Jujamcyn Theater Award (1997), several Lucille Lortel Awards, and an Outer Critics Circle Award. Cast recordings of the "Encores!" productions of "Call Me Madam", "Out Of This World", "Pal Joey", "Chicago", "The Boys From Syracuse", "St. Louis Woman", "Babes In Arms", "Do Re Mi", "Tenderloin", and "Face the Music" have been released (accredited scholars can view videotapes (only within the library) of many "Encores!" productions at the [http://www.nypl.org/research/lpa/lpa.html Billy Rose Theater Collection of the N.Y. Public Library for the Performing Arts.] )

Productions

1994:
Fiorello!,
Allegro,
Lady in the Dark

1995:
Call Me Madam,
Out of This World,
Pal Joey

1996:
DuBarry Was a Lady,
One Touch of Venus,
Chicago

1997:
Sweet Adeline,
Promises, Promises,
The Boys from Syracuse

1998:
Strike Up the Band,
Li'l Abner,
St. Louis Woman

1999:
Babes in Arms,
Ziegfeld Follies of 1936,
Do Re Mi

2000:
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever,
Tenderloin,
Wonderful Town

2001:
A Connecticut Yankee,
Bloomer Girl,
Hair

2002:
Carnival,
Golden Boy,
The Pajama Game

2003:
House of Flowers,
The New Moon,
No Strings

2004:
Can-Can,
Pardon My English,
Bye, Bye, Birdie

2005:
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,
Purlie,
The Apple Tree

2006:
Kismet,
70, Girls, 70,
Of Thee I Sing

2007:
Follies,
Face the Music,Stairway to Paradise,

2008:
No, No, Nanette,
Juno,
Applause, Damn Yankees

2009:
On the Town, Music in the Air, Finian's Rainbow

References/External links

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* [http://www.nycitycenter.org/ City Center website]
* [http://www.americantheatrewing.org/seminars/detail/evolution_of_encores_01_07 The Evolution of Encores!] "Working in the Theatre" video at American Theatre Wing, January 2007
* [http://www.americantheatrewing.org/downstagecenter/detail/walter_bobbie/ Walter Bobbie, Encores! former artistic director] "Downstage Center" interview at American Theatre Wing, March 2007
* [http://www.americantheatrewing.org/downstagecenter/detail/jack_viertel/ Jack Viertel, Encores! artistic director] "Downstage Center" interview at American Theatre Wing, 2005


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