2023 Encores! Season

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Mar 15 – 19, 2023
Wed – Fri | 7:30pm
Sat 2 & 8pm | Sun 2 & 7pm

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Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
Based on The Madwoman of Chaillot by Jean Giraudoux as adapted by Maurice Valency
Featuring The Encores! Orchestra
Directed and Choreographed by Josh Rhodes
Starring Donna Murphy

When an evil trio of bankers smells crude oil deposits under the picturesque Chaillot quarter of Paris, the neighborhood’s motley residents must rally to save all that’s beautiful and good in this madcap musical fable that, in 1969, made Jerry Herman the first composer-lyricist in history to have three shows running simultaneously on Broadway. Now, two-time Tony winner Donna Murphy triumphantly revives Herman’s eccentric heroine Countess Aurelia to perform some of the composer’s sweetest and most sumptuous songs, including “I Don’t Want to Know,” “Kiss Her Now,” and “Each Tomorrow Morning.” A true hidden gem of the Broadway canon, this delightful romp directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes (Encores! Mack & Mabel) blends Herman’s trademark optimism with a dash of social critique and a soupçon of ecological urgency: a perfect blend for our times. 

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Lionel Bart’s OLIVER! 
May 3 – 14, 2023
WEEK 1: Subscriber week May 3 – 7

Wed – Fri | 7pm
Sat 2 & 8pm | Sun 2 & 7pm
WEEK 2: Tue – Fri | 7pm
Sat 2 & 8pm | Sun 2pm

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Book, Music and Lyrics by Lionel Bart
By Special Arrangement with Cameron Mackintosh
Featuring The Encores! Orchestra
Directed by Lear deBessonet

Nominated for 10 Tony Awards and winner of six Academy Awards for the iconic Carol Reed film adaptation, Lionel Bart’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist has been a household name since its premiere in 1960. Yet Oliver! hasn’t been seen on a New York City stage since its Broadway revival nearly 40 years ago. The story of a child who dares to trust in others, search for love, and ask for more in London’s seedy underworld, Bart’s coming-of-age classic finds new life in this landmark Encores! revival that invites you to “consider yourself one of us!”

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NEW DATES: Jun 21 – 25, 2023
Wed – Fri | 7:30pm
Sat 2 & 8pm | Sun 2 & 7pm

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Book by Craig Lucas
Produced by arrangement with Turner Entertainment Co.
Owner of the original motion picture The Light In The Piazza
Based on the Novel by Elizabeth Spencer
Music and Lyrics by Adam Guettel
Featuring The Encores! Orchestra
Directed by Chay Yew
Starring Ruthie Ann Miles

An American mother and daughter living in the shadow of a tragic accident find joy, memories, and undreamt-of opportunities while on vacation in 1950s Florence. Heralded as a new direction for musical theater when it opened on Broadway, The Light in the Piazza won six Tony Awards, including Best Original Score for Adam Guettel, who—following in the footsteps of his grandfather Richard Rodgers—brought surprising chromatic complexity to his lush, romantic songs, and took the adventurous step of including untranslated Italian lyrics and dialogue to better capture this cross-cultural love story. Director Chay Yew (Cambodian Rock Band) and Tony-winning actress Ruthie Ann Miles (The King & I, City Center’s Sunday in the Park with George) embark on a deeply personal exploration of the material, transmuting the musical’s drama of encounter across barriers of language, culture, and ability into something as essential as it is revelatory.

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Artistic Leadership

Lear deBessonet | Artistic Director
Mary-Mitchell Campbell | Music Director
Clint Ramos | Producing Creative Director
Josh Clayton | Supervisor of Music Administration & Score Restoration

Creative Advisors
Camille A. Brown, Eisa Davis, and Robert O'Hara

Producer of Musical Theater
Jenny Gersten

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Stacey and Eric Mindich Fund for Musical Theater

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Howard Gilman Foundation logo

Roz and Jerry Meyer
The Shubert Foundation
Stephanie and Fred Shuman Fund for Encores!
Joseph S. and Diane H. Steinberg Charitable Trust

Margot and John Ernst
Marta Heflin Foundation
The Kaplen Brothers Fund
The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation
The Frederick Loewe Foundation
Daryl and Steven Roth
The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc
The SHS Foundation
The Ted Snowdon Foundation

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THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. DEAR WORLD is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC. www.concordtheatricals.com

LIONEL BART’S OLIVER! is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com

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For over 25 years we’ve watched our Encores! series bring a community together through a shared love of song and dance. Now there has never been a more important time to return this flagship series, like a beacon of hope, back to our New York community. We hope you will consider making a gift with your subscription order today.

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