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Elisabeth Welch in 1933. (courtesy Stephen Bourne)

Cole Porter’s “Love for Sale” isn’t just a song: it’s a tempest in 64 bars, and the scandal that erupted following its 1930 debut in The New Yorkers offers a fascinating glimpse at Depression-era beliefs about race, censorship, and morality. The singer Elisabeth Welch didn’t just have a front-row seat to the controversy—she was onstage (and wearing a killer marabou stole to boot). Near the end of her life, Welch shared her memories with biographer Stephen Bourne.

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March 20, 2017 by New York City Center


Blanca Li and Maria Alexandrova. (Nico@Artlist )

Eclectic” doesn’t begin to describe the career of Spanish-born dancer-choreographer Blanca Li. After training in flamenco and modern dance, Li went on to create more than 30 wide-ranging stage productions, as well as choreography for artists including Beyoncé, Daft Punk, and Pedro Almodóvar. Li makes her much-anticipated City Center debut from March 30 to April 1 with the evening-length work Goddesses & Demonesses, in which she and Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer Maria Alexandrova conjure Greek myths to explore womanhood.

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March 17, 2017 by New York City Center

Later this month, Cole Porter’s madcap Prohibition musical The New Yorkers will return to its eponymous city for the first time in nearly 90 years. We asked Encores! artistic director Jack Viertel to explain how the show was brought back to life.

In the autumn of 2001, Encores! presented a concert called the “Broadway Bash.” The highlight turned out to be Donna Murphy’s rendition of “I Happen to Like New York,” from Cole Porter’s 1930 musical The New Yorkers. Though I knew the song, I’d never heard of The New Yorkers. But the impact of that performance (it was only a few weeks after New York had been brutally attacked on September 11 and the song exerted a powerful emotional pull) sent me on a hunt. What was this little-known, moderately successful, largely mysterious Depression-era show?

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March 3, 2017 by New York City Center

This summer, City Center’s acclaimed Encores! Off-Center series will return with concert revivals of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Assassins (July 12-15), Kirsten ChildsThe Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (July 26-27), and Carole King and Maurice Sendak’s Really Rosie (August 2-5). We asked incoming Off-Center artistic director Michael Friedman to share a few thoughts about why these musicals matter.

For the last four years, as a happy audience member at Encores! Off-Center, I couldn’t wait to find out what unexpected delights would come each season. What unmissable performance, what glorious score? Off-Center, City Center’s summer series of landmark Off-Broadway musicals, has grown from a brilliant idea to an essential institution, a program as generous, ferocious, surprising, beautiful, and brilliant as its first artistic director, Jeanine Tesori. Jeanine, like everyone who brought this program to life, believes in the musical as one of the central American art forms, and one that encompasses a much larger, more inclusive body of work than we usually remember.

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February 27, 2017 by New York City Center

Casting announced for the Encores! production of The New Yorkers

We’re delighted to announce the cast of the Encores! production of The New Yorkers, the madcap Prohibition musical that introduced such Cole Porter standards as “Love for Sale” and “I Happen to Like New York.” Virtually unseen since its 1930 premiere, the show centers on featherbrained socialite Alice Wentworth (Olivier Award nominee Scarlett Strallen), whose bootlegger beau Al Spanish (Tam Mutu, Doctor Zhivago) leads her on a madcap romp from Park Avenue to Sing Sing and back again. Along the way, the couple encounters a parade of Depression-era archetypes: the vaudevillian Jimmie Deegan (three-time Tony Award nominee Kevin Chamberlin), the gangster Feet McGeegan (Arnie Burton, The 39 Steps), and a lady of the evening (Cyrille Aimée, A Bed and A Chair).

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February 23, 2017 by New York City Center
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