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Having just celebrated Encores! at 25, it only makes sense that our next season should be a tribute to the founding of New York City Center, marking our 75th Anniversary Season.

Our normal process for picking a season had a special mandate this year—to find shows that could connect some part of their history to the legacy of City Center itself. Call Me Madam comes from a past Encores! season, and I Married an Angel and High Button Shoes tip their caps to two of the greatest choreographers of the 20th century whose seminal experiences took place in City Center. Taken together, the three shows constitute a love letter to the building we call home.

Call Me Madam
Feb 6 – 10, 2019
For the second time in Encores! history, we’re reviving one of our own revivals. Call Me Madam was the highlight of the second season of Encores! and was the show that put the series on the map. With a memorable score by Irving Berlin and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, Call Me Madam centers around a brassy ambassador to the fictional European nation of Lichtenberg and features standards including “It’s a Lovely Day Today,” along with Berlin’s most famous counterpoint duet, “You’re Just in Love.”

Rodgers and Hart’s I Married an Angel
Mar 20 – 24, 2019
The originality of Rodgers and Hart’s third major collaboration with choreographer George Balanchine consists of blending a drawing room comedy with serious and extended dance sequences. Balanchine cast his then wife as the Angel and created a series of spectacular dances to show her off. In a happy bit of symmetry, our production will be directed and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse for his soon-to-be wife, New York City Ballet star Sara Mearns.

High Button Shoes
May 8 – 12, 2019
The season will end with a springtime romp, the rarely seen High Button Shoes. This musical contains, among other treasures, Jerome Robbins’ Mack Sennett-style ballet, set to the Jule Styne-Sammy Cahn song “On a Sunday by the Sea,” which created ten minutes of complete mayhem that included bathing beauties, Keystone Kops, mustachioed crooks, and, for no particular reason anyone could determine, a dancing gorilla. All this and more—yes, even the Rutgers football team—feature in this adventure of a traveling con-man caught up in rural, small town New Jersey.

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