Call Me Madam

$35 - $135

For the second time in Encores! history - and as a tip of the hat to City Center's legacy - we’'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.

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City Center

(New York, NY)
131 W. 55th St.
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by Review Roundups - February 7, 2019
For City Center's 75th Anniversary Season the series is reviving one of its own revivals, the musical Call Me Madam. Featuring a memorable score by Irving Berlin and book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, Call Me Madam centers around a brassy ambassador to the fictional European nation of Lichtenberg.
by Michael Dale - February 7, 2019
The brevity of political satire's shelf life tends to rival that of a tray of supermarket eggs, but it seems one of the quips penned by Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse for the book of their smash hit 1950 musical Call Me Madam is breathing in new life in the 21st Century.
by BroadwayWorld TV - February 6, 2019
For the second time in Encores! history-and to honor City Center's 75th Anniversary Season-the series is reviving one of its own revivals. A highlight of the second season of Encores! (1995) and featuring a memorable score by Irving Berlin and book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, Call Me Madam centers around a brassy ambassador to the fictional European nation of Lichtenberg. The show pokes fun at a far more polite and benign political world and includes standards such as 'It's a Lovely Day Today' and 'Something to Dance About,' along with Berlin's most famous counterpoint duet, 'You're Just in Love.' Directed by Casey Hushion with music direction by Encores! Music Director Rob Berman and choreography by Denis Jones, Call Me Madam will run for seven performances only February 6 through 10 at New York City Center.
by TV - Press Previews - January 29, 2019
For the second time in Encores! history-and to honor City Center's 75th Anniversary Season-the series is reviving one of its own revivals. A highlight of the second season of Encores! (1995) and featuring a memorable score by Irving Berlin and book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, Call Me Madam centers around a brassy ambassador to the fictional European nation of Lichtenberg. The show pokes fun at a far more polite and benign political world and includes standards such as 'It's a Lovely Day Today' and 'Something to Dance About,' along with Berlin's most famous counterpoint duet, 'You're Just in Love.' Directed by Casey Hushion with music direction by Encores! Music Director Rob Berman and choreography by Denis Jones, Call Me Madam will run for seven performances only February 6 through 10 at New York City Center. 
by BWW News Desk - January 22, 2019
Final casting for the Encores! production of Call Me Madam as part of City Center's 75th Anniversary Season has been announced. Jason Gotay (Kenneth Gibson), Darrell Hammond (Grand Duke Otto), and Randy Rainbow(Sebastian Sebastian), join the previously announced cast featuring Carmen Cusack, Ben Davis, Adam Heller, Carol Kane, Stanley Wayne Mathis, Brad Oscar, Michael Benjamin Washington, and Lauren Worsham.
by BWW News Desk - January 8, 2019
New York City Center today announced casting for the Encores! production of Call Me Madam as part of the 75th Anniversary Season.