Helen of Troy as a bored housewife? Ulysses as a dashing hero of the Spanish-American War? The whimsical and toweringly ambitious 1954 musical The Golden Apple does all that and more, reshaping the myths of The Iliad and The Odyssey into an all-American fable that conjures up the days when pie-baking contests were cutthroat and lovers eloped in hot air balloons. Despite its brief run, John Latouche and Jerome Moross’ “opera for Broadway” was hailed by critics and introduced the classic torch song “Lazy Afternoon.” Encores! is delighted to present the ultimate cult musical to a new generation.
“A magnificent achievement. The most imaginative work of its kind.”
–New York Daily Mirror review of the original production
The Golden Apple is part of the 2017 Encores! season, which also includes Big River and The New Yorkers.
Cast & Credits
Music Composed by Jerome Moross
Written by John Latouche
Choreography by Joshua Bergasse
Featuring The Encores! Orchestra
Music Director Rob Berman
Directed by Michael Berresse
City Center dedicates this production of The Golden Apple to the memory of
Lex Kaplen, a devoted supporter of Encores!
Support for The Golden Apple is generously provided by
Roz and Jerry Meyer
Margot and John Ernst
Encores! Season Sponsors
Stacey and Eric Mindich
Nathalie and Pablo Salame
The Shubert Foundation
Stephanie and Fred Shuman Fund for Encores!