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New York City Center on Broadway

Seven productions that originated as part of New York City Center’s Encores! series have transferred to Broadway—including our 1996 production of Chicago, which won six Tony Awards and is currently the longest-running American musical in Broadway history. Here’s a look at Encores! shows that have moved to the Great White Way.

Chicago on Broadway

Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Production Originated at Encores!: May 1996

Starring Bebe Neuwirth, Ann Reinking, James Naughton, Joel Grey, Marcia Lewis, D. Sabella
Directed by Walter Bobbie
Choreographed by Ann Reinking
Music Direction by Rob Fisher

Broadway run: Opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on November 14, 1996. Currently playing at the Ambassador Theatre.
Awards: Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical (Walter Bobbie), Tony Award for Best Choreography (Ann Reinking), Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical (James Naughton), Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical (Bebe Neuwirth), Tony Award for Best Lighting Design (Ken Billington)

Wonderful Town on Broadway

Book by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green 

Production Originated at Encores!: May 2000
Starring Laura Benanti, Donna Murphy

Directed and Choreographed by Kathleen Marshall
Music Direction by Rob Fisher

Broadway run: Opened at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on November 23, 2003 and ran for 497 performances, closing January 30, 2005.

Awards: Tony Award for Best Choreography (Kathleen Marshall)

Apple Tree on Broadway

Book, Music and Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock

Production Originated at Encores!: May 2005

Starring Kristin Chenoweth, Malcolm Gets, Michael Cerveris

Directed by Gary Griffin
Music Direction by Rob Fisher

Broadway run: Opened at Studio 54 on December 14, 2006 and ran for 99 performances, closing March 11, 2007.

Gypsy on Broadway

Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Production Originated at Encores! Summer Stars: July 2007

Starring Patti LuPone, Laura Benanti, Boyd Gaines, Leigh Ann Larkin, Tony Yazbeck, Alison Fraser, Nancy Opel, Marilyn Caskey, Sami Gayle, Emma Rowley, Jim Bracchita, Bill Bateman, Bill Raymond, Brian Reddy

Directed by Arthur Laurents
Music Direction by Patrick Vaccariello

Broadway run: Opened at the St. James Theatre on March 27, 2008 and ran for 332 performances, closing January 11, 2009.

Awards: Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical (Patti LuPone), Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Boyd Gaines), Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Laura Benanti)

Finian's Rainbow on Broadway

Music by Burton Lane
Book by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg

Production Originated at Encores!: March 2009

Starring Kate Baldwin, Jeremy Bobb, Philip Bosco, Guy Davis, Alina Faye, Cheyenne Jackson, Jim Norton, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Andrew Weems, William Youmans

Directed and Choreographed by Warren Carlyle
Music Direction by Rob Berman

Broadway run: Opened at the St. James Theatre on October 29, 2009 and ran for 92 performances, closing January 17, 2010.

Cotton Club Parade on Broadway

(formerly Cotton Club Parade)
Conceived by Jack Viertel

Production Originated as an Encores! Special Event in partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center: November 2011 and returned for second run November 2012

Starring Alexandria “Brinae Ali” Bradley, Everett Bradley, Andrew “Dr.Ew” Carter, Carla Cook, Kyra Da Costa, Nicolette DePass, Brandon Victor Dixon, DeWitt Fleming Jr., Carmen Ruby Floyd, Jared Grimes, La Tanya Hall, Jeremiah “Supaman” Haynes, Christopher Jackson, Rosena M. Hill Jackson, Rachael Hollingsworth, Kendrick Jones, Monroe Kent III, Adriane Lenox, Karine Plantadit, T. Oliver Reid, Amber Riley, Britton Smith, Christian Dante White

Featuring Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra 
with Wynton Marsalis
Music Direction by Wynton Marsalis
Directed and Choreographed by Warren Carlyle

Broadway run: Opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theater on November 3, 2013 and played for 273 performances, closing June 29, 2014.

Awards: Tony Award for Best Choreography (Warren Carlyle)

Violet on Broadway

Music by Jeanine Tesori
Book and Lyrics by Brian Crawley

Production Originated at Encores! Off-Center: July 2013

Starring Sutton Foster, Joshua Henry, Van Hughes, Austin Lesch, Anastacia McCleskey, Keala Settle, Christopher Sieber, Emerson Steele, Chris Sullivan, Rema Webb, Paul Whitty

Directed by Leigh Silverman
Music Direction by Michael Rafter

Broadway run: Opened at the American Airlines Theatre on April 20, 2014, and ran for 128 performances, closing August 10, 2014.