Call Me Madam 2019

Ages: 8+
Opened: February 6, 2019
Closing: February 10, 2019

Call Me Madam - 2019 - Off-Broadway History , Info & More

City Center
131 W. 55th St. New York, NY

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.


Call Me Madam - 2019 - Off-Broadway Cast

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Review Roundup: Critics Weigh In On CALL ME MADAM At City Center
by A.A. Cristi - 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.

BWW Review: Carmen Cusack's a Charmer in Encores! Mounting of Irving Berlin's Political Spoof CALL ME MADAM
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.

TV: Watch Highlights of Carmen Cusack & More in Encores! CALL ME MADAM
by Nicole Rosky - 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.

TV: Watch Carmen Cusack & More Preview Encores! CALL ME MADAM
by Nicole Rosky - 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. 

Jason Gotay, Darrell Hammond, and Randy Rainbow Join Encores! CALL ME MADAM
by Nicole Rosky - 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.

Breaking: Carmen Cusack, Carol Kane, Lauren Worsham, and More Set for Encores! CALL ME MADAM
by Julie Musbach - 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.

Call Me Madam FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are the songs in Call Me Madam and what's the order?
Mrs. Sally Adams
The Hostess with the Mostes' on the Ball
Washington Square Dance
Lichtenburg
Can You Use Any Money Today?
Marrying for Love
The Ocarina
It's a Lovely Day Today
The Best Thing for You
Something to Dance About
Once Upon a Time Today
They Like Ike
You're Just in Love
Gypsy Dance
Mr. Monotony
Free
Our Day of Independence
Anthem for Presentation
International Rag
What Chance Have I with Love?

Call Me Madam History

Other Productions of Call Me Madam

1950   Broadway Original Broadway Production
Broadway
1951   US Tour National Tour
US Tour
1952   West End London Production
West End
1983   West End London Revival
West End
1995   Off-Broadway Encores! Concert
Off-Broadway
1996   Milburn, NJ (Regional) Paper Mill Production
Milburn, NJ (Regional)
2004   Regional (US) Goodspeed Revival
Regional (US)
2019   Off-Broadway Encores! Concert Revival
Off-Broadway

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