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Casting announced for the Encores! production of The New Yorkers

We’re delighted to announce the cast of the Encores! production of The New Yorkers, the madcap Prohibition musical that introduced such Cole Porter standards as “Love for Sale” and “I Happen to Like New York.” Virtually unseen since its 1930 premiere, the show centers on featherbrained socialite Alice Wentworth (Olivier Award nominee Scarlett Strallen), whose bootlegger beau Al Spanish (Tam Mutu, Doctor Zhivago) leads her on a madcap romp from Park Avenue to Sing Sing and back again. Along the way, the couple encounters a parade of Depression-era archetypes: the vaudevillian Jimmie Deegan (three-time Tony Award nominee Kevin Chamberlin), the gangster Feet McGeegan (Arnie Burton, The 39 Steps), and a lady of the evening (Cyrille Aimée, A Bed and A Chair).

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February 23, 2017 by New York City Center

We’re delighted to announce casting for the Encores! production of Big River, Roger Miller’s Tony Award-winning musical about friendship, freedom, and the untamed Mississippi. Fresh off his Theatre World Award-winning turn as Arpad in She Loves Me, Nicholas Barasch will make his Encores! debut as the scrappy, restless dreamer Huckleberry Finn, who flees “sivilization” by way of a makeshift raft on the Mississippi River. His copilot: the runaway slave Jim (The Color Purple’s Kyle Scatliffe, also making his Encores! debut). Along the way, they encounter 1840s America in all its beauty and savagery—as epitomized by the mourning innocent Mary Jane Wilkes (Lauren Worsham) and the deliciously seedy theatricals known as the Duke (Christopher Sieber) and the King (Tony Sheldon).

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December 15, 2016 by New York City Center
Kelli O-Hara

Photo by Erin Baiano; Wardrobe Styling by Mia Tucker Williams; Kelli O’Hara Makeup by Tanya Rae and Hair by Chad Harlow; Victoria Clark Makeup by Deborah Altizio and Hair by Richard Keogh. Kelli O’Hara wears a top by The Korner. Victoria Clark wears earrings by Isharya and bodysuit by Bebe.

Theater people often make friends, and some even find spouses and partners, while working on shows together. But for actors forging original roles, the bonding can be especially intense. That was certainly the case for Tony Award winners Victoria Clark and Kelli O’Hara. In 2005, they starred as mother and daughter in Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas’ seminal, quasi-operatic musical The Light in the Piazza, resulting in a mutual admiration society that has mostly stayed offstage.

Until now. Just weeks after a Piazza reunion concert at Lincoln Center, O’Hara and Clark are joining MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale) for a rendition of Purcell’s early Baroque opera Dido and Aeneas at City Center from April 28–29. Ted Sperling conducts the piece, in which O’Hara plays the doomed mythical heroine with the famous lament (“When I am laid in earth”), while Clark plays a scheming sorceress intent on Dido’s doom. The two performers recently got together at City Center—where both are Board members—to talk about Dido and Aeneas, their craft, and their unique friendship.

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April 12, 2016 by New York City Center
Wild Party Cast

We’re delighted to announce that Steven Pasquale, Brandon Victor Dixon, and Miriam Shor will join Sutton Foster in the Encores! Off-Center production of Andrew Lippa’s tragic Jazz Age love story The Wild Party. The show also stars John Ellison Conlee, Kimiko Glenn, and Ciara Renée, with Penelope Armstead-Williams, James Brown III, Rachel DeBenedet, Raymond J. Lee, Kenita Miller, Talene Monahon, Sydney Morton, Clifton Oliver, Charlie Pollock, Britton Smith, Ryan Steele, and Samantha Sturm.

The Off-Center production will be a homecoming of sorts for Steven Pasquale, who made his New York stage debut in the original 2000 production of The Wild Party, performing in the ensemble and serving as the standby for the abusive clown Burrs, whom he’ll play at Off-Center. Tony Award nominee Brandon Victor Dixon (replacing the previously announced Joshua Henry) returns to City Center after starring in the Encores! productions of House of Flowers and Cotton Club Parade. Miriam Shor began her career in a string of acclaimed Off-Broadway shows, including the original Hedwig and the Angry Inch; she’s currently co-starring with Sutton Foster in the TV Land series “Younger.”

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June 10, 2015 by New York City Center
A New Brain Cast 2015

We’re delighted to announce that Tony Award winner Dan Fogler, “SNL” alum Ana Gasteyer, and Aaron Lazar (A Little Night Music, The Light in the Piazza) will join Jonathan Groff in the Encores! Off-Center production of A New Brain. The complete cast includes Jenni Barber, Quentin Earl Darrington, Bradley Dean, Josh Lamon, Alyse Alan Louis, and Rema Webb.

Inspired by William Finn’s real-life brush with death, the 1998 musical A New Brain is a medical tragedy seen through the iris of a Looney Tunes short. After struggling composer Gordon Michael Schwinn (Jonathan Groff) collapses face-first into a plate of spaghetti, he is diagnosed with a brain tumor and is forced to come to terms with his creative ambitions and the people in his life: an overbearing mother (Ana Gasteyer), a ruthless kiddie-show host (Dan Fogler), and a boyfriend who’d “rather be sailing” (Aaron Lazar).

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May 19, 2015 by New York City Center
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