NEW YORK CITY CENTER
From visionary dance works to classic, rarely-seen Broadway musicals, City Center’s 2019-2020 Season offers vibrant and eclectic programming—all limited engagements.
Oct 1 – 13, 2019
The 16th Fall for Dance Festival kicks off our 76th season with three City Center Commissions: tap phenomenon Caleb Teicher expands his 2018 Fall for Dance hit Bzzzz, Kyle Abraham develops a solo for American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Misty Copeland, and Kim Brandstrup creates a duet for New York City Ballet principal dancers Sara Mearns and Taylor Stanley. That’s just a small part of this iconic event—all for the price of a movie ticket. From cherished companies to new and dynamic artists from all over the world, the five programs—many with live music—promise to challenge and delight. Fall in love with dance for the first time or all over again!
Oct 24 – 26, 2019
Houston Ballet will celebrate their 50th Anniversary Season with a program of contemporary works by Aszure Barton, Mark Morris (NY Premiere), and Justin Peck (NY Premiere). This marks the company’s largest engagement in New York since their season at The Joyce Theater in 2013 and their first program at City Center since 1986.
Annual Gala Presentation
Nov 13 – 24, 2019
Our Gala presentation features a new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s acclaimed rock opera Evitadirected by Sammi Cannold. Funds raised at all performances will allow City Center to continue making the best of the performing arts accessible to the widest possible audience by subsidizing education programs and affordable tickets throughout the year.
Dec 4, 2019 – Jan 5, 2020
"Cultural ambassador to the world," and City Center’s resident dance company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to our stage for their annual holiday season, heralding five weeks of riveting dance programming.
Jan 30 – Feb 9, 2020
Retaining the iconic elements of the original production loved by millions around the world, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake returns to City Center in a bold, new incarnation. The show that “changed the dance landscape forever” turns Tchaikovsky’s classic work into a love story for our times—audacious, witty, and touching.
Mack & Mabel
Feb 19 – 23, 2020
The Encores! season opens with Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart’s Mack & Mabel. Follow the dramatic, romantic entanglements of silent movie pioneer Mack Sennett and his comedienne-muse Mabel Normand. Relive Herman’s timeless score which includes the beloved ballads, “Time Heals Everything” and “I Won’t Send Roses.”
Mar 4 – 7, 2020
Innovative and aesthetically exquisite, Nederlands Dans Theater returns to City Center with a trio of works that range from sweet to thrilling to idiosyncratic—touching on the complexity of the human experience.
Mar 18 – 22, 2020
Love Life, the only collaboration between Kurt Weill and Alan Jay Lerner, is a journey through American history with a family that never grows any older. Directed by Victoria Clark, the story is accentuated with vaudevillian acts and features some of Weill’s most beautiful and accessible songs, including “Mr. Right,” and “Here I’ll Stay.” Little-seen but much-discussed, Love Life has had a large and direct impact on Broadway shows such as Gypsy; Cabaret; Follies; and Hallelujah, Baby!
Mar 27 – 29 & Apr 3 – 5, 2020
The year 2020 marks the 20th Anniversary of this beloved festival—a citywide celebration of Flamenco. Featured are leading-edge artists of the genre such as Rocío Molina, María Pagés, and Manuel Liñan as well as Gala Flamenca that brings together premier artists from across the spectrum of this passionate artform.
Apr 15 – 18, 2020
Dance Theatre of Harlem continues their 50th Anniversary celebration, to push the boundaries of classical ballet through an eclectic repertoire.
Apr 22 – 26, 2020
The oldest dance company in America will present the second season of The EVE Project with masterpieces by Graham including Circe, Every Soul is a Circus, and Night Journey, presented alongside newly commissioned works by Maxine Doyle and Bobbi Jene Smith, Pam Tanowitz, and a world premiere by Andrea Miller.
Thoroughly Modern Millie
May 6 – 10, 2020
Dick Scanlan and Jeanine Tesori’s Thoroughly Modern Millie is a raise-the-roof tribute to the indomitable spirit of New York and the diverse people who call it home and features showstopping numbers like “Forget About the Boy” and “Gimme Gimme.” Starring Ashley Park (Mean Girls, The King and I) with direction by Encores! Resident Director Lear deBessonet, and playwright Lauren Yee working with the show’s original authors as creative consultant, the team will explore the work with a fresh perspective to deliver a thoroughly modern Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Chekhov Moscow Arts Theater
The Chekhov Moscow Arts Theater makes a rare appearance at City Center with the US premiere of Seryozha—a new work by Dmitry Krymov that blends comedy, horror, and tragedy with puppetry, innovative lighting, and audience interaction for a cutting-edge approach to theater.
The acclaimed Encores! Off-Center series returns in summer 2020 under the leadership of Artistic Director Anne Kauffman and Creative Advisor Jeanine Tesori. Programming for the Off-Center season will be announced at a later date.
Studio Events and Community Programs
The 2019-2020 Season also includes an exciting menu of events that bring you closer to the artists who grace our stage.
The Studio 5 series takes audiences beyond the proscenium for conversations and live performances from the great dance stars of today. The intimate master class series Front & Center is an evening with award-winning musical theater veterans.
Newly launched last season, the crowd-pleasing City Center On the Move travels across the five boroughs bringing free world-class performances to New Yorkers in their own neighborhoods. The Civilians, an investigative theater company, will be the featured performers for On the Move in 2020.