Encores! BAND WAGON, LADY, BE GOOD, ZORBA! and Four MTC World Premieres Set for NY City Center's 2014-15 Season; Full Lineup Announced!

Encores! BAND WAGON, LADY, BE GOOD, ZORBA! and Four MTC World Premieres Set for NY City Center's 2014-15 Season; Full Lineup Announced!

New York City Center's 2014-15 season features an exciting lineup of dance and musical theater that begins with the 11th season of City Center's acclaimed Fall for Dance Festival. The Festival features 24 acclaimed dance companies and artists from around the world, and will kick off in September with two free dance performances at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park in association with The Public Theater, followed by five unique programs at City Center in October. The Band Wagon, an Encores! Special Event starring Brian Stokes Mitchell, follows in November, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, City Center's Principal Dance Company, returns for a month-long engagement in December.

The 22nd season of City Center's Tony Award-winning Encores! series begins in February with Lady, Be Good, followed by Paint Your Wagon and Zorba!. In February and March, City Center presents Cuba's Havana Rakatan; Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's exploration of traditional and contemporary tango, M¡longa; and the great flamenco star Sara Baras in Voces, Suite Flamenca.

Two of the world's most acclaimed ballet dancers, the extraordinary Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev, will star in Solo for Two, a triple bill of works by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Ohad Naharin, and Arthur Pita.

The Tony Award-winning Manhattan Theatre Club's 2014-15 season will feature three world premiere works on Stages I and II, including new plays by David Auburn, Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, Richard Greenberg, and Sharyn Rothstein.

The Complete Schedule of the 2014-15 Season:

September 12 and 13 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park
Tickets Distributed Day-of-Performance
October 8 - 19, 2014 | at City Center
Tickets on Sale September 14

New York City Center's 11th annual Fall for Dance Festival will feature free performances in Central Park and 24 acclaimed dance companies and artists from around the world, in six unique programs in September and October 2014. In keeping with the Festival's commitment to make dance accessible to everyone, the Festival will kick off with two FREE evenings of dance at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, in association with The Public Theater, on September 12 and 13 (rain date, September 14) and will continue at City Center from October 8 - October 19 with all tickets priced at $15. The Festival's many free pre-show events will include dance lessons and panels by choreographers, artists, and dance educators.

The FREE performances at The Public's Delacorte Theater will feature: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Lil Buck, and New York City Ballet, each performing both nights. Free tickets will be distributed, two per person, at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park on the day of the show and through virtual ticketing.

The two-week Festival at City Center will consist of five unique programs (each program is repeated twice) and will include performances by Aakash Odedra Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Australian Ballet, BJM - Les Ballets Jazz de Montre?al, Black Grace, Brian Brooks Moving Company with Juilliard Dance, Company Se?bastien Ramirez & Honji Wang, Lucinda Childs Dance Company, Mark Morris Dance Group and Music Ensemble, National Ballet of China, Pontus Lidberg Dance, Rennie Harris Puremovement, Russell Maliphant/Sadler's Wells London, San Francisco Ballet, Sara Mearns & Company, The Sarasota Ballet, Semperoper Ballett Dresden, Trisha Brown Dance Company, Vuyani Dance Theatre, and Wayne McGregor | Random Dance.

The Fall for Dance Festival has received international acclaim for its quality, innovation, and success in introducing new and younger audiences to the world of dance. Since its inception, the Festival has presented 189 companies and introduced more than 250,000 newcomers and dance enthusiasts to an eclectic mix of choreographers and performers.

Tickets: $15

ROLEX presents
NEW YORK, NEW YORK: a helluva town
Career Transition for Dancers: 29th Anniversary Jubilee Gala
Monday, October 6, 2014 at 7:00pm
Tickets on Sale Now

Don't miss this one-night-only event honoring Angela Lansbury, five-time Tony Award-winning actress, and legendary star of stage, film, and television, with the ROLEX DANCE AWARD with special guests Chita Rivera, James Earl Jones, Chuck Scarborough, and Karen Ziemba. There will be show-stopping performances from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, Arthur Murray Dance Center, Columbus Circle, Ballet Hispanico, Jonah Bokaer, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Industrial Rhythm, Silva Dance Company, Tony Waag's American Tap Dance Foundation, and the Jubilee Orchestra, plus a special appearance by the Rockettes Alumnae. More stars and surprises to be announced. www.careertransition.org

Tickets: $45, $60, $90, $140 (Show Only)
For Gala tickets and information, contact Marjorie Horne at (212) 228-7446 x33

Annual Gala
Monday, October 27, 2014 at 7:00pm
Gala Tickets on Sale Now
Performance-Only Tickets on Sale September 2

New York City Center will celebrate Bobbie and Lew Frankfort as the Honorees of its annual Gala on Monday, October 27, 2014. The Gala performance, Encores! Sings Rodgers, Hart and Hammerstein, will feature the music and lyrics of these beloved artists performed by some of Broadway's finest talent. 2014 Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle (After Midnight; Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway) will direct, and Encores! musical director Rob Berman will lead the Encores! Orchestra. Casting will be announced at a later date. The performance will be followed by dinner at the Plaza Hotel.

Tickets (performance only): Starting at $30
For Gala information and tickets, contact Susan Strebel at sstrebel@nycitycenter.org or (212) 763-1205.

An Encores! Special Event
November 6 - 16, 2014
Tickets on Sale September 2

Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell will star in The Band Wagon, an Encores! Special Event, based on the classic MGM film of the same title. The show has a book by Douglas Carter Beane adapted from the screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, with music by Arthur Schwartz and lyrics by Howard Dietz. The Band Wagon will be directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall with music direction by Todd Ellison. The Band Wagon will run for 12 performances, by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures.

The Band Wagon is a classic backstage musical: A washed-up Hollywood star trying to make a comeback by doing a Broadway show, a British director who is a genius but has no business directing a musical, a leading lady who's never done a show before, and a composer and a lyricist who are at each other's throats. All the things that could never happen in the New York theater today.

Written by Broadway's ultimate insiders, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, the 1953 film used Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz's wonderful songs to tell their story and took its title from the famed 1931 Broadway revue written by Schwartz, Dietz, and George S. Kaufman.

Now five-time Tony nominee Douglas Carter Beane will use the original Comden and Green screenplay (including scenes never filmed) as a basis for this Encores! Special Event, with a wonderful score that includes "Dancing in the Dark," "By Myself," "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan," "A Shine on My Shoes," and that great anthem for all of show business, "That's Entertainment."

Tickets: Starting at $30

LITTLE ORCHESTRA SOCIETY: Four Seasons: A Spinning Planet
A Fantasia of Music, Dance, and Light, choreographed by Karole Armitage with Armitage! Gone Dance
Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 11:00am and 1:00pm
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The Little Orchestra Society, in association with New York City Center, presents a new program based on stories about our planet inspired by ancient and timeless animal fables from around the globe, with choreography by ballet, modern dance, and Cirque du Soleil choreographer Karole Armitage. www.littleorchestra.org

Tickets: Starting at $18
Three-Concert subscriptions are on sale at The Little Orchestra Society at www.littleorchestra.org. Call 212-971- 9500 for more information.

December 3, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Tickets on Sale September 2

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New York City Center's Principal Dance Company and beloved as an American cultural ambassador to the world, returns with exciting performances that have become a joyous holiday tradition. This season features the world premiere of ODETTA, Matthew Rushing's stirring tribute to "the queen of American folk music," created with the support of commissioning funds from New York City Center. Planned Company premieres include Christopher Wheeldon's dreamlike After the Rain Pas de Deux, Jacqulyn Buglisi's mesmerizing ensemble piece Suspended Women, and Hofesh Shechter's acclaimed Uprising; all three choreographers are making their debut with the Company.

The five-week engagement, with special performances on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, will include a new production of Ulysses Dove's dynamic Bad Blood and several 2014-2015 repertory additions: The Pleasure of the Lesson by Robert Moses, Awassa Astrige/Ostrich by Asadata Dafora, Polish Pieces by Hans van Manen, and David Parson's gravity-defying Caught. In addition to performances of Company classics-such as Alvin Ailey's signature American masterpiece Revelations and an Ailey/Ellington program-encore performances from last year's record-breaking season include Wayne McGregor's Chroma, Aszure Barton's LIFT, and Ronald K. Brown's Four Corners.

25 years since the passing of legendary founder Alvin Ailey, Artistic Director Robert Battle continues to build upon a pioneering legacy with his expansive vision. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater inspires all in a universal celebration of the human spirit, using the African-American cultural experience and the American modern dance tradition. www.alvinailey.org

Tickets: Starting at $25

February 4 - 8, 2015
Tickets on Sale October 6

Lady, Be Good ushered in the Golden Age of Broadway, from the mid-'20s until the early '40s, when Broadway musicals were opportunities for great songwriters, great songs, and great performers. The Gershwins (George was hot off the triumph of Rhapsody in Blue) delivered a jazz-age score that featured "Fascinatin' Rhythm" as well as a song that got unaccountably dropped during the show's tryout in Philadelphia, "The Man I Love." The stars of the show included Fred and Adele Astaire, playing a penniless brother and sister who crash a garden party in hopes of some quick nourishment.

Lady, Be Good has music by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin, with a book by Guy Bolton and Fred Thompson. Most of Lady, Be Good's original orchestrations disappeared long ago, and earlier attempts to put the show back together have not been complete. Thanks to the Joseph S. and Diane H. Steinberg Broadway Musical Restoration Fund, Encores! will have the opportunity to reproduce an authentic score under the supervision of Encores! Founding Music Director Rob Fisher.

Single Tickets: Starting at $30
Encores! season subscriptions can be purchased at www.NYCityCenter.org starting August 11.

Havana Rakatan
February 18 - 22, 2015
Tickets on Sale Sept. 2

Salsa, mambo, jazz, bolero, son, cha-cha-cha, and rumba come alive in Havana Rakatan, a dazzling display of Cuban dance. Set to live music by Cuban son band Turquino, Havana Rakatan explores the roots of Cuban music and dance, a unique fusion of Spanish culture and African spiritual beliefs. In it, flamenco, Yoruba and Afro- Haitian rhythms, as well as jazz, mambo, and son, give way to the modern forms of salsa that originated in the early twentieth-century salon dances. Havana Rakatan made its hugely successful debut in 2007 at the Peacock Theatre in London and has since toured all over the world.

Cuban choreographer Nilda Guerra directs a talented and versatile company of dancers, most of whom are graduates of the renowned Escuela Nacional de Arte de la Habana, which combines contemporary dance training with Cuban dance and Latin styles. Havana Rakatan is presented by New York City Center in association with Sadler's Wells and Congas Productions.

February 26 - March 1, 2015
Tickets on Sale Sept. 2

Deeply rooted in Argentinean culture, tango has fascinated and captivated the world with its sensuality, power and beauty. In M¡longa, celebrated contemporary choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui offers a gripping exploration of the dance form. Taking the idea of a milonga-a social dance evening held in Buenos Aires' intimate late-night bars--as a starting point, Cherkaoui draws on traditional influences and adds a contemporary twist.