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Renée Elise Goldsberry to Lead Kathleen Marshall- Helmed I'M GETTING MY ACT TOGETHER AND TAKING IT ON THE ROAD at Encores!; Runs 7/24-27

Renée Elise Goldsberry will star in I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road, the final Encores! Off-Center presentation of the 2013 season, playing for five performances, July 24 - 27. The show will be directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, with music direction by Chris Fenwick. Jeanine Tesori is the Encores! Off-Centerartistic director. In keeping with City Center's founding mission to make the arts accessible to all and to attract younger audiences, the majority of tickets are $25.

I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road, with book and lyrics by Gretchen Cryer and music by Nancy Ford, created a sensation when it premiered in the late 1970s. In it, a former pop star ditches the romantic songs of her past and attempts a comeback by performing personal songs that reflect women's changing roles and attitudes. The show stoked the fires of feminism, not only with its joyous rock score proclaiming empowerment for women, but because of its female songwriting team-a rarity in musical theater then and now.

Renée Elise Goldsberry originated the role of Nettie in The Color Purple and was the last actress to play the role of Mimi in Rent. She has appeared as Nala in the Broadway production of The Lion King, as Kate in David Lindsay-Abaire's Good People and as Silvia in Two Gentlemen of Verona with Shakespeare in the Park. In 2001 Goldsberry starred in the movie All About You and co-wrote more than half of the soundtrack, including the title song. She is also a grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Her television credits include "Ally McBeal" and the role of attorney Evangeline Williamson on "One Life to Live." Goldsberry is currently recurring on "The Good Wife" as ASA Geneva Pine.

Encores! Off-Center, under the artistic direction of Jeanine Tesori, is City Center's newest series, featuring seminal Off-Broadway musicals filtered through the lens of today's most innovative artists. The inaugural season included three shows: The Cradle Will Rock, Violet and I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road. In keeping with City Center's founding mission to make the arts accessible to all, the majority of tickets are $25. The Lobby Project events will take place 45 minutes before each curtain* and are free for ticket holders.



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