Call Me Madam
For the second time in Encores! history - and as a tip of the hat to City Center's legacy - weâ€™'e reviving one of our own revivals. Call Me Madam was the highlight of the second season of Encores! and was the show that put the series on the map. The show's raison d'etre in 1950 was to prove that Ethel Merman - who had triumphed a few years earlier as the un-scrubbed Annie Oakley in Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun - could shine equally as the chic American Ambassador to a fictional European nation. The show poked fun at a far more polite and benign political world than the one we live in today, but, Merman being Merman, this particular ambassador was considerably more brass than silk.
Berlin had a field day writing for his star, especially with his most famous counterpoint duet, "You're Just in Love," which he wrote during the show's out-of-town tryout. When he completed the song, he called backstage excitedly to sing it to Merman. Upon learning that she wasn't in the building, he went ahead and sang it to the assistant stage manager who had picked up the phone - a 22-year-old Hal Prince! The song spent 15 weeks on the hit parade and has been a feature on the cabaret stage ever since. With other beloved standards like "It's a Lovely Day Today" and "Something to Dance About," Call Me Madam invites you to a state dinner presided over by the hostess with the mostess for hearty serving of classic musical theater confections.
City Center(New York, NY)
131 W. 55th St.
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