– The New York Times, reviewing the original 1938 Broadway production
With a heavenly Rodgers and Hart score, I Married an Angel—starring New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns as the Angel—is a light-hearted, love story for the ages that weds balletic grace with drawing-room comedic charm. Meet Count Willy Palaffi (Mark Evans), a jaded banker who swears off women claiming the bride for him would have to be an angel. When he eventually ties the knot with an actual celestial being, there are chaotic and hilarious consequences that compel Willy’s shrewd sister, Countess Peggy Palaffi (Nikki M. James), to save him from his wife’s otherworldly innocence. Phillip Attmore, Max Baker, Ann Harada, Hayley Podschun, and Tom Robbins also headline this Encores! production.
I Married an Angel is one of a handful of shows from the 1930s that was yearning to perfect a new kind of musical—more sophisticated and innately theatrical than the vaudeville-inspired productions of the Jazz Age—laying the groundwork for a new American musical tradition. Ten years before he would establish New York City Ballet at City Center, George Balanchine filled the original I Married an Angel with a series of spectacular dances that featured his soon-to-be spouse, Vera Zorina. In the same spirit, Director-Choreographer Joshua Bergasse creates all-new choreography for his wife, Sara Mearns, who is making her musical theater debut after her stunning 2017 performance in Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes. Our Encores! presentation of I Married an Angel is a tip of the hat to Balanchine’s historic relationship with our theater, bringing our 75th Anniversary celebrations full circle.
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Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Book by Rodgers & Hart
Adapted from the play by Janos Vaszary
Starring Sara Mearns as the Angel
Concert Adaptation – Sandy Rustin and Sarah Saltzberg
Featuring The Encores! Orchestra
Directed and Choreographed by Joshua Bergasse
Encores! Artistic Director Jack Viertel
Encores! Music Director Rob Berman
Guest Music Director Rob Fisher
Starring Phillip Attmore, Max Baker, Mark Evans, Ann Harada, Nikki M. James, Sara Mearns, Hayley Podschun, and Tom Robbins
With Rachel Coloff, Barton Cowperthwaite, Jōvan Dansberry, Alexa De Barr, Christine DiGiallonardo, Erica Dorfler, Julia Estrada, Ta’Nika Gibson, Jennifer Gruener, Stephen Hanna, Andrea Jones-Sojola, Naomi Kakuk, Francis Lawrence, Cory Linger, Robin Masella, Gia Mongell, Lindsay O’Neil, Michelle Mercedes Russell, Ryan Steele, Christian Tworzyanski, and Kathy Voytko
75th Anniversary Season Sponsors
Stacey and Eric Mindich
Major Support for Encores! is provided by
Stacey and Eric Mindich Fund for Musical Theater
Roz and Jerry Meyer
The Shubert Foundation
Stephanie and Fred Shuman Fund for Encores!
Support for I Married an Angel is provided by
Margot and John Ernst
Additional Support is provided by
The Frederick Loewe Foundation
The SHS Foundation
The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.