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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

PAINT YOUR WAGON Cast  Recording Announcement
Alexandra Socha and Justin Guarini in Paint Your Wagon, photographed by Joan Marcus.

“Whoop-ti-ay,” indeed! On Friday, Masterworks Broadway will release the Encores! cast recording of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s rollicking Gold Rush musical Paint Your Wagon, and we’re happy to share two exclusive tracks from the album. Listen to Justin Guarini prove his Broadway bona fides once and for all with the soaring ballad “I Talk to the Trees,” and hear Alexandra Socha bring a scrappy sense of yearning to “How Can I Wait?”

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May 23, 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

Enter City Center’s MENKEN MIXTAPE Challenge

 

Two years ago, New York City Center issued a challenge to cutting-edge producers, house/electronic musicians, spoken word artists, and music-makers of all styles: take any piece from Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park With George and remix it. Make it yours. Sample it. Adapt it. Run with it.

This July, Encores! Off-Center is reviving Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s 1979 musical God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. In honor of the show, we issued the same challenge using Alan Menken’s songbook as source material. Take any song with music by Menken and flip it on its head.

Winners will present their pieces before the opening night of God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater at Encores! Off-Center for Alan Menken himself and will receive an honorarium of $200.

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April 29, 2016 by New York City Center
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