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Joining the Mark Morris Dance Group imbues you with certain superpowers: you shed your dancerly self-indulgence, you stop needing count-offs, and you gain such an encyclopedic grasp of classical music that—as dancer Sam Black put it—“We can sing a vocal quartet [of Bartok’s fourth string quartet].” “While drunk,” added dancer Maile Okamura. “That helps,” said Black. On October 9, 2014, Okamura and Black joined dance critic Marina Harss in New York City Center’s grand tier lobby to discuss Mark Morris’s witty Fall for Dance world premiere. Listen here:

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October 10, 2014 by New York City Center
Ramirez & Wang

Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang, photographed by Nika Kramer.

Genre-splicing choreographers Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang came to dance from different angles: Wang trained at the ballet barre as a child, and Ramirez did his first b-boying at age 13 in an abandoned French shopping mall. “There was a really nice marble floor where everyone started to meet at night and train,” explains Wang. “When you’re a hip-hop artist from a small town, it’s hard to find places to meet.”

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October 7, 2014 by New York City Center
Band Wagon Cast

We’re thrilled to announce that Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell will be joined by Tony Award winner Roger Rees, seven-time Emmy Award winner Tracey Ullman, Academy Award nominee Michael McKean, and Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes in The Band Wagon, an Encores! Special Event based on the classic MGM film. The Band Wagon tells the story of a washed-up Hollywood star who attempts to make a comeback by doing a Broadway show, with a glorious score by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz that includes “Dancing in the Dark,” “By Myself,” “I Guess I’ll Have to Change My Plan,” and “That's Entertainment.”

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October 6, 2014 by New York City Center
Angela Lansbury

Angela Lansbury, photographed by Annie Leibowitz for Vanity Fair in 2012.

In our new series My Dream Encores! Show, actors, writers, and directors will discuss little-seen Broadway musicals that they’d like to see revived by our Tony-honored Encores! series. Our inaugural guest is stage and screen legend Angela Lansbury, who will be honored with the 2014 Rolex Dance Award on October 6 at the Career Transition for Dancers’ 29th Anniversary Jubilee Gala. For her dream Encores! show, Lansbury selected Mack & Mabel, the short-lived 1974 Jerry Herman musical about the torturous romance between real-life silent movie comedienne Mabel Normand and her callous, slapstick-loving Svengali, Mack Sennett.

CITY CENTERI know that you’re great friends with Jerry Herman. With Mack & Mabel, was he consciously trying to write something darker and deeper than the shows he’d become famous for?
ANGELA LANSBURY: Possibly. Maybe he wanted to bring a more human quality to his work. I think he succeeded with Mack and Mabel—these two extraordinary, sort of mismatched people who come together through the motion picture business. The combination of those two opposites made the show interesting—and also a difficult one to sell, in some respects. Jerry tempered it with the cop stuff—policemen flying around stage, and so on. He realized the importance of stressing the knock-down drag-out stuff that they did in the movies of the time. It’s a small musical, but nevertheless, it deserves another look.

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October 2, 2014 by New York City Center

To celebrate John Lahr’s colossal new biography of Tennessee Williams, we’re exploring the playwright’s long association with City Center. Up today: the 1950 run of A Streetcar Named Desire, starring Uta Hagen and Anthony Quinn. We’re pleased to present a previously unpublished letter that Williams wrote to Hagen about her radical reinterpretation of Blanche.

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Uta Hagen and Anthony Quinn in Streetcar.

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September 29, 2014 by New York City Center
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