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Photo Coverage: Encores! No, No Nanette's Final Performance

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Sandy DuncanCharles KimbroughBeth Leavel, Michael Berresse, Mara DaviShonn Wiley and Rosie O'Donnell starred in No, No, Nanette, the final 2008 Encores! presentation of the New York City Center season. Directed by former Encores! Artistic Director Walter Bobbie, Nanette had Music Direction by Encores! founding music director Rob Fisher and choreography by Randy Skinner, and played performances from May 8-12 at New York City Center, W. 55th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues). On Monday, May 12 there was a special gala benefit performance for New York City Center.

Based on the comedy My Lady Friends by Frank Mandel and Emily Nyitray, No, No, Nanette is a light-hearted tale of millionaires, misunderstood wives, bathing beauties, wanton women and flappers.  Nanette (Mara Davi), a young Manhattan heiress, tries to experience life by running away to the big, bad and bawdy town of Atlantic City, only to be followed by her straight-laced, tap-dancing fiancé (Shonn Wiley), her cook/chaperone (Rosie O'Donnell), her lawyer and his wife (Beth Leavel) and her legal guardian (Charles Kimbrough), who just want everyone to "be happy."   No, No, Nanette, which has music by Vincent Youmans, lyrics by Irving Caesar and Otto Harbach, and book by Otto Harbach and Frank Mandel, has had two major Broadway productions: the show originally opened in 1925, and then was revived and reconceived in 1971 in a production supervised by Busby Berkeley and adapted and directed by Bert Shevelove. Encores! presented the 1971 version of Nanette. The show features such classic songs as "Tea for Two" and "I Want to Be Happy."
 
The cast also included Nancy Anderson, Jennifer Cody, Angel Reda and David Baum, , Brandon Davidson, Leah Edwards, Sara Edwards, Zak Edwards,  Mary Giattino, Luke Hawkins, Matthew Kilgore, Cara Kjellman, Todd Lattimore, Deborah Lew, Ryan Malyar, Brent McBeth, Alessa Neeck, Carolann M. Sanita, Kiira Schmidt, Chad Seib, Kelly Sheehan, Anna Aimee White and Jacob ben Widmar

The Newman's Own Foundation is the Season Sponsor for the 2008 Encores! season.  The Newman's Own Foundation is an independent private foundation which derives its grant making income from royalty payments received in conjunction with the sale of Newman's Own food products.  Since the inception of Newman's Own in the early 1980s, over $200 million has been donated to thousands of charitable organizations worldwide.

New York City Center Encores! (Jack Viertel, Artistic Director; Rob Berman, Music Director) has, since 1994, celebrated the rarely-heard works of America's most important composers and lyricists.  Conceived as "concert versions," each Encores! season gives three scores the chance to be heard as originally intended by their creators.  Encores! Summer Stars? a new annual series launched in 2007 with an acclaimed production of Gypsy starring Patti LuPone, presents more fully-realized productions of memorable shows, providing leading actors the chance to play roles they were born to play.

The landmark not-for-profit New York City Center was founded in 1943 by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia as Manhattan's first performing arts center, and is now the annual New York City home to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre's fall season, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company and Manhattan Theatre Club. New York City Center is host to some of America's and the world's most acclaimed performers and productions, and the producer of the Tony-honored Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert and Summer Stars series, and the annual Fall for Dance Festival. This year at the 2008 New York City Center Spring Gala the Fiorello H. LaGuardia award for distinguished service to New York City and City Center was presented to Douglas S. Cramer. He was presented the award by Patti LuPone, star of the current Broadway revival of Gypsy.

The after-party was held at Seppi's Restaurant (123 W 56th Street).

For more information please visit www.citycenter.org




Shonn Wiley (Tom Trainor), Mara Davi (Nanette), Michael Berresse (Billy Early), Sandy Duncan (Sue Smith) and Charles Kimbrough (Jimmy Smith)


Shonn Wiley and Mara Davi


Michael Berresse and Sandy Duncan


Beth Leavel (Lucille Early) and John Milne


Kelli O'Donnell and Rosie O'Donnell (Pauline)


Angel Reda (Flora Latham), Nancy Anderson (Winnie Winslow) and Jennifer Cody (Betty Brown)


Shonn Wiley and Meredith Patterson


Shonn Wiley, Michael Berresse and Sandy Duncan


Jay Binder and Angel Reda


Brandon Davidson and Ryan Malyar


Rosie O'Donnell and Matthew Kilgore


Rosie O'Donnell and Nancy Anderson


Mary Giattino and Cara Kjellman


David Baum, Max von Essen and Luke Hawkins


Angel Reda, David Ives and Nancy Anderson


Sara Edwards, Brent McBeth and Kiira Schmidt


Angel Reda and Nancy Anderson


Angel Reda, Jacob ben Widmar and Nancy Anderson


Jennifer Cody and Hunter Foster


Anna Aimee White and Brent McBeth


Sara Edwards and Ari Butler


Carolann Sanita and Deborah Lew


Ryan Malyar and Zak Edwards


Leah Edwards, David Baum, Zak Edwards and Ryan Malyar


Kelly Sheehan and Clarke Thorell


Julie O'Connell, Clarke Thorell, Kelly Sheehan and Bill Sheehan


Nancy Anderson and Beth Leavel


David Baum and Anna Aimee White


Matthew Kilgore and Beth Leavel


2008 Fiorello H. LaGuardia Award Receipient Doug Cramer, Juliet Mills and Maxwell Caulfield


Fran Drescher


Morty Drescher, Fran Drescher, Peter Marc Jacobson, Sylvia Drescher and Bobby Harling


Peter Marc Jacobson and Fran Drescher


Julie Halston and Charles Busch


Charles Strouse and Penny Fuller


Juliet Mills, A.R. Gurney and Charles Strouse


Doug Cramer and Polly Bergen


Doug Cramer, Polly Bergen, Juliet Mills and Maxwell Caulfield

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