Mar 15 – 19, 2023
Tickets start at $35
Approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes with one intermission
Wed – Fri | 7:30pm
Sat 2 & 8pm | Sun 2 & 7pm
“A blissed-out concert production”
—The New York Times
With its premiere in 1969, Dear World made Jerry Herman the first composer-lyricist in history to have three shows running simultaneously on Broadway, each centered around a uniquely larger-than-life leading lady. But while the names Dolly Levi (Hello, Dolly!) and Mame Dennis (Mame) are familiar to all theater lovers, Dear World’s Countess Aurelia—a fabulous relic of fin-de-siecle Paris struggling to save her way of life—might not be as recognizable, despite the fact that the role won Angela Lansbury her second Tony Award after Mame.
Now, two-time Tony winner Donna Murphy (Encores! Anyone Can Whistle) triumphantly revives this loveable heroine alongside Brooks Ashmanskas (President), Andréa Burns (Constance), Ben Fankhauser (Lawyer 3), Christopher Fitzgerald (Sewerman), Ann Harada (Gabrielle), Kody Jauron (Artiste), Phillip Johnson Richardson (Julian), Stanley Wayne Mathis (Prospector), Caesar Samayoa (Laywer 2), and Samantha Williams (Nina). Directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes—a veteran Herman interpreter who helmed 2019’s Encores! Mack & Mabel—this tuneful fable features zany plotlines, boldly drawn characters, and a deep undercurrent of environmental awareness: a singular revival you won’t want to miss.
Dear World is part of the 2023 Encores! season, our beloved, Tony-honored series of musical theater revivals helmed by Artistic Director Lear deBessonet, Producing Creative Director Clint Ramos, and Music Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell.
Check out the rest of the season: Lionel Bart’s Oliver! (May 3 – 14) and The Light in the Piazza (Jun 21 – 25).
Interested in VIP seats? Join the President’s Council starting at $2,500 and receive access to premium seats and other special benefits throughout the season. Please call 212.763.1257 or email PresidentsCouncil@NYCityCenter.org for more information.
Casting and programming subject to change.
Critic’s Pick: Review: In ‘Dear World,’ Donna Murphy Leads a Righteous March
—The New York Times
BROOKS ASHMANSKAS (President) Encores/City Center: Sunday in the Park with George; On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. New York: The Prom; Sunday; Shuffle Along; Something Rotten; Bullets Over Broadway; Promises, Promises; Present Laughter; The Ritz; Martin Short-Fame Becomes Me; The Producers; Gypsy; Little Me; Dream; How To Succeed; Wise Guys; Joseph; Candide; London Suite; Labor Day; Clive; Songs For A New World; It Changes Every Year. Film: A Family Affair; Atrabilious; Better Nate Than Ever; Julie and Julia; TV: UnCoupled; The Last Movie Stars; The Good Lord Bird; Tales Of The City; I Love You More; The Good Wife; The Good Fight; All My Children.
GIUSEPPE BAUSILIO (Lawyer 1/Artiste Cover) is a Swiss-born multi award-winning actor, singer, dancer, choreographer, and producer. Broadway: Billy in Billy Elliot, Race and understudy for Davey in Newsies, Aladdin, Cats, Hello Dolly, Samuel Seabury and Charles Lee in Hamilton. TV/Film: Alfie in The Next Step on Disney/Hulu, Michael Fiorelli in Ode to Passion on Amazon Prime, Tango on the Balcony by Minos Papas, Dead Man Down by Niels Arden Oplev, Life Documentary on Horizonte. International Dance Judge, Master of Ceremonies, and Guest Teacher for Youth America Grand Prix.
ANDRÉA BURNS (Constance) is a Drama Desk Award winner and Outer Critics Circle nominee. Broadway: Original “Daniela” in In The Heights, On Your Feet, The Rose Tattoo, The Nance, Beauty and the Beast, The Full Monty, The Ritz. National Tour: Parade (Lucille Frank) Off-Broadway, Judy Holliday in Smart Blonde, original cast of Songs for a New World, and Stephen Sondheim’s Saturday Night. Film: Spielberg’s West Side Story, Akron. TV: Up Here (Hulu), Generation Por Qué (HBO), Blue Bloods, Jessica Jones. Andreaburns.com
BEN FANKHAUSER Select NY Theatre: Newsies (original Broadway cast), A Commercial Jingle For Regina Comet (co-author), Mack and Mabel (Encores!), Saturday Night (York Theatre). First National Tours: Beautiful, and Spring Awakening. Regional: Hartford Stage, Bucks County Playhouse, TUTS Houston, The Olney, MT Wichita, Sacramento Music Circus, North Carolina Theatre. TV/Film credits include: FBI: Most Wanted, The Deuce, Indoor Boys, and Newsies: The Broadway Musical. Lots more on Spotify/iTunes/YouTube. BFA: Ithaca College. Cleveland native. @PlzNfankU
CHRISTOPHER FITZGERALD (Sewerman) was nominated for the Tony Award for his performance in the Broadway musical Waitress. He won both the Drama Desk Award, and the Outer Critics Circle Award for his performance. He also received Drama Desk Award nominations for his work in Amour and Saturday Night. Other Broadway performances include An Act of God, Chicago, Finian’s Rainbow, Young Frankenstein, and the original cast of Wicked. He was most recently seen on Broadway in the revival of Stephen Sondheim's Company. On film he starred in the Lionsgate feature Girl Most Likely opposite Kristen Wiig and Annette Bening. His recent credits include Godless (Netflix), Happy! (Syfy), Let Them All Talk (HBOMax), and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon).
ANN HARADA (Gabrielle) is best known for Avenue Q (Christmas Eve) on Broadway and London’s West End. Other Broadway: Into The Woods, Cinderella, Les Miserables, 9 to 5, Seussical, M.Butterfly. Recent Off-Broadway: Fairycakes, Emojiland, I Married An Angel, Pacific Overtures, Brooklynite. TV: Schmigadoon!, Smash, Blue Bloods, Jim Gaffigan Show, Indoor Boys. Film: Sisters, Hope Springs, Admission, Disenchanted, Jerry and Marge Go Large. Twitter: @annharada Insta: @iamannharada
KODY JAURON (Artiste) is delighted to join the cast of Dear World! Jauron is a physical storyteller who has performed with dance companies all over the country including NW Dance Project, DanceWorks Chicago, and Ballet Austin. Boundless gratitude to Jen Waldman, Craig Burns/Telsey, CESD, and his unparalleled support system. This one is for everyone who still believes in the magic of the world and for those whose souls shine brightest when they’re dancing. @kodytj
PHILLIP JOHNSON RICHARDSON (Julian) Theatre: Goddess (Berkeley Rep); Hamilton (Chicago); Newsies, All Shook Up, Jesus Christ Superstar, Aida, The Music Man (MUNY Theatre). Film: Sharper. TV: The Last O.G., Little Voice, Chicago PD, Proven Innocent, The Other Two. BFA from Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. @Philsgoodmusic
DONNA MUPHY (Countess Aurelia) is thrilled to return to Encores! where she was seen as Ruth in Wonderful Town, Phyllis in Follies, and Mayoress Cora Hoover Hooper in Anyone Can Whistle. She currently co-stars in the HBO hit series The Gilded Age as Mrs. Astor. A two-time Tony award winner for her performances in Passion and The King and I, other NY Theater credits include: Wonderful Town (Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Astaire Awards, Tony nom.), LoveMusik ( Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards, Tony nom.), The People in the Picture (Tony nom.), Twelve Dreams, Hello Again, and Dolly Levi in Jerry Herman’s Hello Dolly! Film credits include: “The Bourne Legacy”,“Center Stage”, “Star Trek:Insurrection”, “The Nanny Diaries”, “Higher Ground”, “Dark Horse”, Mother Gothel in Disney’s “Tangled” and “Spider Man 2”. On other screens: HBO’s “Someone Had to Be Benny” (Daytime Emmy Award), HBO Max’s “Gossip Girl,” Netflix’ “Inventing Anna,” Starz’ “Power,” “The Blacklist,” PBS’ “Mercy Street.”
CAESAR SAMAYOA most recently starred as Carlos in the NYC premiere of Michael John LaChiusa’s Los Otros after concluding a fiveyear run in Come From Away on Broadway and Apple TV+. Select Broadway/Off-Broadway: Sister Act, The Pee Wee Herman Show, Love’s Labour's Lost (Delacorte Theater), Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, Bernstein's Mass (Carnegie Hall). Credits include leading roles in Film, TV, and regional theatre companies including The Public Theatre, Yale Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Goodspeed Musicals, and Tectonic Theater Project. @CaesarSamayoa
SAMANTHA WILLIAMS (Nina) A Texas native, Williams made her Broadway debut in the Tony-Award winning hit musical Dear Evan Hansen. She then went on to capture hearts as the spirited “Emmie” in the acclaimed Broadway revival of Caroline, or Change. Williams recently starred as “Mabel” in Roundabout Theatre Company's star-studded, one-night-only concert production of The Pirates of Penzance directed by Scott Ellis. She was recently seen leading the world premiere production of the new musical Life After at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago directed by Annie Tippe. @sawmie
DARLESIA CEARCY (Constance / Gabrielle Cover) was last seen on Broadway as Erzulie: Goddess of Love in Tony Award winning revival Once On This Island. Other Broadway credits include: “Nettie” in The Color Purple, "Lottie Gee” in Shuffle Along, The Goodbye Girl, and “Sarah” in Ragtime for which she received a Helen Hayes Nomination. Award Nominee as Diana in Next To Normal, Award nominee for How To Dance In Ohio, and Nina Simone: Four Women at The Berkshire Theatre Group in which she was honored with the BTG award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical. Television: The Watcher, High Fidelity, Madame Secretary, FBI, House of Cards, Elementary, Law & Order SVU, and Nurse Jackie.
CICILY DANIELS (Ensemble) originally hails from Potomac, Maryland. Credits include Broadway: Once on this Island (Revival), Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and Rent; National Tour: A Night with Janis, The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess; TV & Film: The Other Two, Mozart in the Jungle, Ugly Betty, Across the Universe. Most recently, Daniels starred in the world premiere of American Prophet as Betsey Bailey/Elizabeth Keckley at Arena Stage. She thanks her agents at Clear Talent Group & her family for their unending support.
BRIAN FLORES (Ensemble) was last seen in smash hit Oratorio For Living Things at Ars Nova. The show received rave reviews, is a New York Times' Critics' Pick, and won a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Ensemble. He recently shot episodes of the critically acclaimed The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon) and The Deuce (HBO). Flores made his Broadway debut standing by for the lead role of 'Musidorus' in the original Broadway production of Head Over Heels, the Go-Go's musical directed by Michael Mayer. He previously toured as the lead in the national tour of Pippin directed by Diane Paulus. Since graduating from the prestigious musical theatre program at The University of Michigan, he has worked with very prestigious directors including Rachel Chavkin, Sam Gold, John Dias, Scott Schwartz, and John Rando.
BLAIR GOLDBERG (Ensemble) Broadway: Kinky Boots, Annie Get Your Gun. National tours: Sister Act, Kinky Boots. Off-Broadway: Carrie (Original Cast Recording). Regional: A Walk On The Moon, The Nutty Professor. TV: White House Plumbers (HBO) and Orange is the New Black (Netflix). Thank you to the wonderful team (especially MMC!), HCKR and The Telsey Office! For my love, Adam, and our two beautiful children, Lyla and Nolan. Goldberg is also a proud registered labor and delivery nurse. Blair-Goldberg.com
ANDREA JONES-SOJOLA is thrilled to return to the City Center stage. Broadway: The Music Man and Porgy and Bess. Off-Broadway: Carmen Jones (CSC). Other New York Credits include: Brigadoon, Cabin in the Sky, Annie Get Your Gun, Most Happy Fella (New York City Center), Candide (Carnegie Hall), Parade, Sweeney Todd (Lincoln Center), Newton’s Cradle (Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role, New York Musical Festival). Film: For Colored Girls. TV: FBI, The Blacklist, Mozart in the Jungle, Monsterland, and The Sound of Music Live on NBC @andreajonessojola
AARON KABURICK is happily making his Encores! debut! He was most recently seen in the Broadway production of Mrs. Doubtfire. He originated the role of Robin in Something Rotten! on Broadway. Other Broadway credits include Hello, Dolly!, Motown, Sister Act and Billy Elliot. His National Tours include The Full Monty, Annie, and Billy Elliot. On TV he appeared in the hit FX series Fosse/Verdon as well as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. @aaronkab
JOSH LAMON Broadway: The Prom, Groundhog Day, Finding Neverland, Elf, and Hair. Shakespeare In The Park: Into The Woods. Off-Broadway: A New Brain (Encores!), Little Miss Sunshine (2nd Stage), Little Me!, Emojiland, and February House (The Public). Tours: Wicked (First National), and Hair (Helen Hayes Award/Kennedy Center). TV/Film: Here Today (Dir. Billy Crystal), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Blacklist, The Good Fight, 30 Rock, Deadbeat, Indoor Boys, and Inside Amy Schumer. JoshLamon.com @Josh.Lamon
WILL MANN (Ensemble / Cover for Prospector) Broadway: Hadestown (Hades/Hermes Standby), Oklahoma! (2019 Revival, Mike), and Memphis (Bobby). National Tours: Hadestown (W4, us Hades/Hermes), Memphis (Bobby), Billy Elliot (Mr. Braithwaite), Joseph... (dir./chor. Andy Blankenbuhler), Elf and Wonderful Town. Film: Ricki and the Flash (starring Meryl Streep). VO: Aflac, Chase, Doritos and Square Terminal. @UUillMann
EMILIE RENIER is thrilled to be making her Encores! debut with this incredible show. She has been seen on national and international tours, as well as in regional productions all over. Some favorites are Mary Poppins (Mary), Cinderella (Cinderella), The Sound of Music (Maria), Joseph and the Amazing..., Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, and many more. So much love for Ann Steele Agency, Grimsly, and Garrett. Visit EmilieRenier.com for more.
PHUMZILE SOJOLA is from Gqeberha, South Africa. He originated the role of Lord Pinkleton in the Broadway production of Cinderella and made his Broadway debut in Porgy and Bess (Peter). He has toured with The Phantom of the Opera (Ubaldo Piangi) and appeared Off-Broadway with Three Mo Tenors. Regional: Dreaming Zenzile (NYTW) and Master Harold and The Boys (Syracuse Stage). Opera credits include L’etoile (Herrisson) and Troubled Island (Popo), New York City Opera; and La Boheme (Rodolfo), Missouri Symphony Orchestra. He can be heard on the Broadway cast recordings of Cinderella as well as The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Other recordings include Treemonisha (Cephus) with the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra and on the American Spiritual Ensemble CD, The Spirituals.
JESSICA TYLER WRIGHT (Ensemble) Broadway: War Horse, Sweeney Todd, Company, LoveMusik. NY: Allegro (Lortel Nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress), A Man of No Importance, Candide, Dolores Claiborne, Dear Erich, Lolita My Love, Radio Gals. Tours: Sweeney Todd, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Regional: Paper Mill, Goodspeed, North Shore MT, Cape Playhouse,Cincinnati Playhouse, MTWichita, Williamstown, McCarter, Prince Music Theatre, Seattle 5th Ave, CA Music Circus, TV: Nexium National Commercial, Blue Bloods. jessicatylerwright.com
FRANCA VERCELLONI (Ensemble) Off-Broadway: Drama Desk nominated productions A Christmas Carol and I’m A Stranger Here Myself. Regional: Much Ado About Nothing (Barrington Stage), Cowgirls (Florida Studio Theatre), Family Game Night (w/Kathleen Turner, Provincetown Theater). NY Fringe Festival hit solo show: Classically Trained, Practically Broke. Concerts: Ragtime on Ellis Island (with Brian Stokes Mitchell), Perfectly Marvelous (with Audra McDonald). TV: The Deuce, Search Party, Bull. Film: The Big Bad Swim. Celebrated pianist at NYC piano bar Marie’s Crisis. francavercelloni.com @FrancaVerce
KATHY VOYTKO (Countess Aurelia Cover) is delighted to return to Encores where past productions include: The Most Happy Fella, Call Me Madame, The Golden Apple, Little Me, and I Married an Angel. On Broadway: Oklahoma!, Nine, The Frogs, The Pirate Queen, Next to Normal, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Tuck Everlasting, and most recently The Music Man. There is truly nothing like live theatre! Many thanks to CGF talent, and the loves of my life - John, Alena, and Evelyn.
PATRICK WETZEL (Swing) City Center: Anyone Can Whistle, Golden Boy, Juno, Pajama Game. Broadway: All About Me, Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone, Thou Shalt Not, The Producers, Annie Get Your Gun, Ain't Broadway Grand (debut). National Tours: Billy Elliot (Helen Hayes nomination), The Prom, The Producers, Cinderella, Minsky's. Other Broadway: Tuck Everlasting (Ass. Dir), Aladdin (Res. Dir.), Something Rotten (Stage Manager). Film: Mister and Pete, The Prom, The Producers, A Christmas Carol. @patrickwetzelnyc
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
Scenic Designer Paul Tate dePoo III
Costume Designer Toni Leslie James
Hair & Wig Designer Matthew Armentrout
Lighting Designer Amith Chandrashaker
Sound Designer Scott Lehrer
Casting by The Telsey Office
Production Stage Manager Cynthia Cahill
Music Coordinator Kimberlee Wertz
Concert Adaptation Sandy Rustin
Orchestrations by Philip J. Lang
Featuring The Encores! Orchestra
Vocal Arrangements Don Pippin
Music Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell
Directed and Choreographed by Josh Rhodes
Featuring Brooks Ashmanskas, Giuseppe Bausilio, Andréa Burns, Ben Fankhauser, Christopher Fitzgerald, Ann Harada, Kody Jauron, Phillip Johnson Richardson, Stanley Wayne Mathis, Donna Murphy, Caesar Samayoa, and Samantha Williams.
With Darlesia Cearcy, Cicily Daniels, Brian Flores, Blair Goldberg, Aaron Kaburick, Eddie Korbich, Josh Lamon, Will Mann, Manna Nichols, Andrea Jones-Sojola, Phumzile Sojola, Jessica Tyler Wright, Franca Vercelloni, Kathy Voytko, and Patrick Wetzel.
Encores! Artistic Leadership
Lear deBessonet | Artistic Director
Mary-Mitchell Campbell | Music Director
Clint Ramos | Producing Creative Director
Josh Clayton | Director of Music Administration & Score Restoration
Adrian Alea | Creative Associate
Camille A. Brown, Eisa Davis, and Robert O'Hara
Producer of Musical Theater
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