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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

Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford joins SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE

Soon she can add Georges Seurat to her history of wrong guys: Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford will join the previously announced Jake Gyllenhaal in City Center’s Gala concert performance of Sunday in the Park with George on October 24. In response to overwhelming demand for performance-only tickets, we’ve added two additional benefit performances of Sunday on October 25 and 26. Click here to get tickets.

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July 14, 2016 by New York City Center

Meet the Runaways blog header

One boy came to auditions wearing gold nail polish and sang Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black.” A girl sang “Amazing Grace” and explained that she couldn’t come to callbacks on Sunday because she had church. Some were tap dancers and some were football players; some have starred in Broadway shows and some have never performed professionally before. “I wanted to assemble a wolfpack of 25 people who I adored, who were utterly different and utterly real,” says director Sam Pinkleton of the casting process for Runaways.
Well, he got his wolfpack. When Encores! Off-Center revives Elizabeth Swados’ landmark musical in July, the City Center stage will explode with 25 performers who embody the ferocious kinetic energy of today’s New York—just as the original cast reflected the New York of 1978. The Off-Center cast includes ASL interpreters, tattoo artists, transgender youths, unicyclists, and Jimmy Page fans. All but two are between 12 and 19 years of age. And a lot of them are obsessed with Hamilton. But we thought we’d let the cast speak for themselves.
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May 25, 2016 by New York City Center

City Center’s upcoming season will begin this fall with the thirteenth annual Fall for Dance Festival, the New York premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s opera 27, a “remix” of collaborative works from the Vail International Dance Festival, and an evening of US premieres with international ballet star Natalia Osipova. Alvin Ailey will return for its annual winter season, City Center’s Tony-honored Encores! series will revive three classic Broadway musicals, and Manhattan Theatre Club will present Vietgone and Sell/Buy/Date in their longtime Off-Broadway home. And that’s not even including behind-the-scenes programs like Studio 5 at City Center, Encores! Unscripted, and a new series of master classes—all of which are designed to bring the backstage center stage. We hope you’ll join us!

Fall for Dance
Grupo Corpo, photographed by Jose Luiz Pederneiras.

2016 Fall for Dance Festival
Sep 26—Oct 8, 2016
Tickets: $15
On sale Sep 10 at 11am

The 13th edition of the annual Fall for Dance Festival will feature 20 acclaimed international dance companies and artists in five unique programs and two world premiere commissions. In keeping with the Festival’s commitment to making dance accessible to everyone, all tickets are $15. The two‐week Festival will include performances by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, Bangarra, Compagnie Accrorap, Dada Masilo, Grupo Corpo, Hong Kong Ballet, Richard Alston Dance Company with Montclair State University Vocal Accord, Shantala Shivalingappa, and more. Full program details will be announced at a later date.

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May 13, 2016 by New York City Center

Big River, The New Yorkers, The Golden Apple

We’re delighted to announce the 2017 season of City Center’s Tony-honored Encores! series, which will kick off with Roger Miller’s Big River from February 8-12, 2017. The season will continue with Cole Porter’s The New Yorkers, running from March 22-26, 2017, and close with Jerome Moross and John Latouche’s The Golden Apple, running from May 10-14, 2017. Encores! Artistic Director Jack Viertel explains why we’re bringing these shows back to life.

The 2017 Encores! season will lead audiences all across the USA—and take a hundred years to do it. Our 24th season features three distinct American regions and three historic time periods. Beginning with Big River, which is set along the Mississippi River Valley in the 1840s, we’ll move to the East Coast for Cole Porter’s 1930 Prohibition jape The New Yorkers, and conclude with a visit to the Pacific Northwest, where The Golden Apple retells the stories of The Iliad and The Odyssey, setting them at the base of that other Mount Olympus, at the end of the Spanish-American War.

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May 10, 2016 by New York City Center
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