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Sara Bareilles, Christian Borle, Ashley Park, Dulé Hill & More Announced for 2022 Encores! Season

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Shows announced are: THE TAP DANCE KID, THE LIFE and INTO THE WOODS.

Sara Bareilles, Christian Borle, Ashley Park, Dulé Hill & More Announced for 2022 Encores! Season

New York City Center today announced the first set of casting for the 2022 Encores! season and the Spring Gala | Encores! Into the Woods on the opening night of the production, May 4.

The next chapter of the Tony-honored series, led by Encores! Artistic Director Lear deBessonet, Encores! Producing Creative Director Clint Ramos, and Encores! Music Director Rob Berman, opens February 2 - 6, 2022 with the 1983 Tony-nominated musical The Tap Dance Kid. Led by Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon, the musical tells the story of Willie, a 10-year-old boy from an upper-middle-class Black family, who dreams of becoming a professional tap dancer, despite his father's disapproval. Cast member from the original Broadway production Dulé Hill joins the production as Dipsey, Willie's uncle and mentor. With music by Henry Krieger; lyrics by Robert Lorick; and book by Charles Blackwell, based on the novel Nobody's Family is Going to Change by Louise Fitzhugh; the production features new tap sequences by choreographer Jared Grimes and concert adaptation by Lydia Diamond. Broadway's Joseph Joubert will music direct.

Following is the twelve-time Tony-nominated musical The Life, March 16 - 20. Helmed by Emmy and Tony Award-winner Billy Porter, the production includes cast member from the original Broadway production Chuck Cooper as Old Jojo; Grammy-nominee Mykal Kilgore as Young JoJo and Grammy Award-winner Ledisi as Sonja; and Ken Robinson as Fleetwood. Porter reclaims this musical as the production's adapter and director to bring forth the gritty, dangerous, and exciting decadence of 1980s New York City and an authenticity to the lives of sex workers. With music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Ira Gasman, and book by David Newman, Ira Gasman, and Cy Coleman, the production features choreography by Tony-nominated choreographer and Encores! Creative Advisor Camille A. Brown.

The third show in the series, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's beloved musical Into the Woods, directed by Lear deBessonet will feature Grammy Award-winner Sara Bareilles as the Baker's Wife, Christian Borle as the Baker, Heather Headley as the Witch, and Ashley Park as Cinderella. The special two-week run, from May 4 - 15, ushers in a new annual tradition at Encores! celebrating an iconic American musical. These productions bring together Broadway's brightest stars with a multi-generational group, including New York City public school students, to highlight the ways theater connects us across generations. Into the Woods features choreography by film and television's Jamal Sims (film: Aladdin) and Encores! Music Director Rob Berman.

The Spring Gala | Encores! Into the Woods will take place on the opening night, May 4, and includes a benefit dinner with the cast and creative team at The Plaza Hotel. Gala packages are on sale now starting at $2,500. For additional details, contact SpecialEvents@NYCityCenter.org or call 212.763.1205.

Additional casting for all Encores! productions will be announced at a later date.

Health, Safety & Ticket Policies

In preparation for a momentous return to in-person live performances, City Center remains committed to following the latest health and safety protocols established by the CDC, local government, and unions. City Center will operate a fully vaccinated venue-artists, crew, staff, and audience members will need to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination. Encores! subscribers can now request an exchange, credit on account, or full refund up to 24 hours before the original date of their performance. Single ticket buyers can now request an exchange, credit on account, or full refund up to 24 hours before the date of their performance, if they or someone in their party is exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms or has tested positive in the last 14 days. For the latest information, visit NYCityCenter.org/PlanYourVisit.

Subscribe to all three Encores! shows and secure seat locations before single tickets go on sale in October. New subscriptions on sale now to members in advance of the general public (on August 23). Join Friends of City Center today for advance access and other great benefits. Subscriptions can be purchased online at NYCityCenter.org or by calling 212.581.1212.

Starting at $35, Encores! single tickets go on sale October 4 for members and October 18 for general public. Tickets can be purchased online at NYCityCenter.org, by calling 212.581.1212, or at the City Center Box Office. New York City Center is located at 131 W 55th St between Sixth and Seventh avenues.

THE TAP DANCE KID

Feb 2 - 6, 2022
Wed - Fri 7:30pm; Sat 2 & 8pm; Sun 2 & 7pm
Music by Henry Krieger
Lyrics by Robert Lorick
Book by Charles Blackwell
Based on the novel Nobody's Family is Going to Change by Louise Fitzhugh
Concert Adaptation by Lydia Diamond
Choreography by Jared Grimes
Guest Music Director Joseph Joubert
Directed by Kenny Leon
Featuring Dulé Hill

THE LIFE

Mar 16 - 20, 2022
Wed - Fri 7:30pm; Sat 2 & 8pm; Sun 2 & 7pm
Music by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by Ira Gasman
Book by David Newman, Ira Gasman, and Cy Coleman
Choreography by Camille A. Brown
Adapted and directed by Billy Porter
Featuring Chuck Cooper, Mykal Kilgore, Ledisi, and Ken Robinson

INTO THE WOODS

Special two-week run
May 4 - 15, 2022
Week 1: Wed 6pm (Spring Gala), Thu & Fri 7pm, Sat 2 & 8pm, Sun 2 & 7pm
Week 2: Tue - Fri 7pm, Sat 2 & 8pm, Sun 2pm
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
Choreography by Jamal Sims
Music Director Rob Berman
Directed by Lear deBessonet
Featuring Sara Bareilles, Christian Borle, Heather Headley, and Ashley Park


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