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What would you like to see at City Center's Encores!

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I apologize if there is a thread on this topic. It seems like there should be but I searched and didn't see one. What shows do you think have been absent from NY long enough to warrant the Encores! treatment? I've been gassing on about Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly! and decided she needs to do it here to circumvent her 8 shows a week on Broadway anxiety. I love Kristin but I don't think I'm on board with her playing Dolly. I see her as more of a Mame.

Other Encores! possibilities:
Dreamgirls
Candide
New Girl in Town
Redhead
Rags
Kiss Me, Kate
Mack & Mabel
Milk & Honey
Jerry's Girls
Dear World
A Day in Hollywood/ A Night in the Ukraine
Bring Back Birdie
Hallelujah, Baby!
70, Girls, 70
Flora, the Red Menace
Kiss of the Spider Woman
Zorba
The Rink
The Act (w/ Gaga!)
Woman of the Year
Once Upon a Mattress
I Can Get It For You Wholesale
Subways Are For Sleeping
Silk Stockings
Irma La Douce
High Button Shoes
Hazel Flagg
Darling of the Day
Lorelei (w/ Megan Hilty)
Do I Hear a Waltz?
Pacific Overtures
Assassins
Brigadoon
I Do! I Do!
On The Twentieth Century
A Doll's Life
City of Angels
High Spirits
Sugar
Bounce
Saturday Night
Camelot
Purlie
She Loves Me
1776
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Me and my Girl
The Rothschilds
Barnum
Side By Side By Sondheim
Ballroom
Nine
Once On This Island
Panama Hattie
Sugar Babies
Street Scene
Falsettos
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

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gleek4114
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I would die to see a production of Bring Back Birdie. Also Dogfight has not been absent that long but I feel like it deserved a longer run. And maybe Little Shop could be fun. Also would love Seussical and You're A Good Man Charlie Brown.
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Mack and Mabel
Rags
either Irma La Douce or They're Playing Our Song
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Thanks newintown. I swear i did a search!
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Once On This Island, please!!!!!
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I'd love to see them take on some Kander and Ebb in the near future. They have such an amazing catalogue that tend to get forgotten over Cabaret and Chicago. I want a full scale revival of Kiss of the Spider Woman but 70, Girls, 70 Flora, the Red Menace, The Rink, or The Act seem very well suited to Encores. I'm not familiar with Woman of the Year at all so that would be on my list for sure.
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The Baker's Wife (has it been done yet?)
Carmelina
Here's Love
Skyscraper
What Makes Sammy Run?
Golden Rainbow
Raisin
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All the musicals listed so far, are classic American fare, Does Encores have to be American?
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I believe they've already done 70 Girls 70 in the not-so-distant past.
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Irma la Douce is being done this spring.
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It's my understanding that a lot of those titles have been proposed, but the authors/estates have turned them down. I know Jerry Herman specifically wants and expects full-scale revivals instead of an Encores! concert.

I know a revival of Spiderwoman has been workshopped. The part was rewritten by Kander specifically for Audra McDonald. I'm sure The Act and The Rink are viable options for Encores! though.
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I know it doesn't rule shows out (see: Bye, Bye, Birdie), but I feel like some of these shows have too strong a life in community and regional theater for them to be chosen for an Encores production.
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Thanks for the reply khaki. Interesting stuff. I'm a giant Audra fan but I don't like the idea of her as Aurora at all. Not sexy enough.
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SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS
FLOWER DRUM SONG (1958 version - Baayork Lee as Madame Liang, Telly Leung as Wan Ta)
ME AND JULIET
ALLEGRO

(and another vote for THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG, DO I HEAR A WALTZ, and THE RINK)
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Columbus605
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I'd love to see Of Thee I Sing. For the first musical to win the Pulitzer, it's very underrated in my opinion.
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undercoveractor
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My vote is for HALLELUJAH, BABY!....a Best Musical that may not ever work when fully staged, but that score is AMAZING! It might be my favorite Jule Styne score.

I'd also love to see REDHEAD and NEW GIRL IN TOWN...mostly because I just do not know them very well.
Esther
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They did Of Thee I Sing in 2006
Past Encores! Productions
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If they do the Off-Broadway Encores again this summer, I would love to see Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (it started Off-Broadway). Or they could do it in the regular season.
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Seems unlikely that they would do Whorehouse as part of the regular season, as part of he series' purpose is to show off the orchestra, and Whorehouse is scored for only seven musicians.
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Mack and Mabel
They're Playing Our Song
Rags
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Mr Roxy
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Agree re Waltz, Rags, Darling Hallelujah & Rags

Add Her First Roman.Some Like Mack & Mabel would be lost with the sparse staging

There should be an Encores type venue for shows that never made it to Broadway such as:

It's A Wonderful Life
Sayonara
Arthur
Baby Jane
Paper Moon
WC
A Mothers Kisses
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My dream season would be:

Grand Hotel
Blood Brothers
The Will Rogers Follies

(All shows that were on Broadway in the 90's but I think it's about time already)
Updated On: 5/14/14 at 03:44 PM
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I've been waiting for them to do Rags forever. It would be a perfect show for them with that glorious, full score. I'd love to see Judy Kuhn play Rebecca.

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