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Anne Kauffman Will Take Over as Artistic Director of Encores! Off-Center in 2019Anne Kauffman Will Take Over as Artistic Director of Encores! Off-Center in 2019
by BWW News Desk - August 13, 2018

New York City Center President & CEO Arlene Shuler today announced Anne Kauffman as Artistic Director of Encores! Off-Center for the 2019 season. Founding Artistic Director Jeanine Tesori will maintain her relationship with the popular summer series as Creative Advisor - working with Kauffman to curate programming which will conclude City Center's 75th Anniversary Season. Kauffman and Tesori served as Co-Artistic Directors for the 2018 series which included Jason Robert Brown's Songs for A New World, Michael Friedman's Gone Missing, and Micki Grant's Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope. (more...)
BWW Review: Savion Glover Directs/Choreographs Micki Grant's Landmark DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPEBWW Review: Savion Glover Directs/Choreographs Micki Grant's Landmark DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE
by Michael Dale - July 28, 2018

Coming in at the heels of landmark musicals like AIN'T SUPPOSED TO DIE A NATURAL DEATH and INNER CITY, composer/lyricist Micki Grant's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE was an important part of the early 1970s surge of Broadway musicals that were not only about African-American experiences but were written and directed by African-Americans as well. (more...)
BWW TV: Watch Highlights from Savion Glover-Helmed DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE at Encores! Off-CenterBWW TV: Watch Highlights from Savion Glover-Helmed DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE at Encores! Off-Center
by BroadwayWorld TV - July 25, 2018

Encores! Off-Center will close out its 2018 season this week (July 25 - 28) at New York City Center with Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope, starring Rheaume Crenshaw, Dayna Dantzler, Aisha de Haas, James T. Lane, and Wayne Pretlow. The ensemble includes Alexandria Bradley, Marshall L. Davis Jr., CK Edwards, Jeffry Foote, Shonica Gooden, Nina Hudson, Marla McReynolds, and Amber Barbee Pickens. (more...)
BWW TV: Savion Glover & Company Get Ready to Close Out Encores! Off-Center Season with DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPEBWW TV: Savion Glover & Company Get Ready to Close Out Encores! Off-Center Season with DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE
by TV - Press Previews - July 17, 2018

Encores! Off-Center will close out its 2018 season at New York City Center with Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope, starring Rheaume Crenshaw, Dayna Dantzler, Aisha de Haas, James T. Lane, and Wayne Pretlow. The ensemble includes Alexandria Bradley, Marshall L. Davis Jr., CK Edwards, Jeffry Foote, Shonica Gooden, Nina Hudson, Marla McReynolds, and Amber Barbee Pickens. (more...)
Rheaume Crenshaw, Aisha de Haas, and More Complete Cast of DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPERheaume Crenshaw, Aisha de Haas, and More Complete Cast of DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE
by BWW News Desk - July 16, 2018

Encores! Off-Center Co-Artistic Directors Anne Kauffman and Jeanine Tesori today announced final casting for Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope, the third production of the Encores! Off-Center season at New York City Center. Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope will star Rheaume Crenshaw, Dayna Dantzler, Aisha de Haas, James T. Lane, and Wayne Pretlow. (more...)
BWW Review: The Late Michael Friedman's GONE MISSING Evokes an Emotional Response From Encores! Off-Center AudienceBWW Review: The Late Michael Friedman's GONE MISSING Evokes an Emotional Response From Encores! Off-Center Audience
by Michael Dale - July 16, 2018

The person seated in the back of the orchestra section on opening night of the Encores! Off-Center concert mounting of GONE MISSING, who was loudly sobbing during the closing song, was by no means causing a disturbance. In fact, the choked-up moans of heartbreak being emitted throughout New York City Center's auditorium many times during the performance were simply bringing to the surface the sadness that served as the evening's subtext, even for those who did not know the clever and touching revue's late composer/lyricist personally. (more...)
BWW TV: Watch Sneak Peek of Michael Friedman's GONE MISSING at Encores! Off-CenterBWW TV: Watch Sneak Peek of Michael Friedman's GONE MISSING at Encores! Off-Center
by BroadwayWorld TV - July 11, 2018

Encores! Off-Center, New York City Center's popular summer musical theater series, continues tonight with Gone Missing. John Behlmann, Susan Blackwell, Aysan Celik, Deborah S. Craig, Taylor Mac, and David Ryan Smithwill star in the special two-night-only engagement, presented in honor of composer and 2017 Encores! Artistic Director Michael Friedman. (more...)
Photo Flash: First Look at Susan Blackwell, John Behlmann, Deborah S. Craig & More in GONE MISSING at Encores! Off-CenterPhoto Flash: First Look at Susan Blackwell, John Behlmann, Deborah S. Craig & More in GONE MISSING at Encores! Off-Center
by BWW News Desk - July 11, 2018

Encores! Off-Center, New York City Center's popular summer musical theater series, continues tonight with Gone Missing. John Behlmann, Susan Blackwell, Aysan Celik, Deborah S. Craig, Taylor Mac, and David Ryan Smith will star in the special two-night-only engagement, presented in honor of composer and 2017 Encores! Artistic Director Michael Friedman. (more...)
BWW TV: Watch Susan Blackwell & Company Preview Michael Friedman's GONE MISSING at Encores! Off-CenterBWW TV: Watch Susan Blackwell & Company Preview Michael Friedman's GONE MISSING at Encores! Off-Center
by BroadwayWorld TV - July 5, 2018

Encores! Off-Center, New York City Center's popular summer musical theater series, continues next week with Gone Missing. John Behlmann, Susan Blackwell, Aysan Celik, Deborah S. Craig, Taylor Mac, and David Ryan Smith will star in the special two-night-only engagement, presented in honor of composer and 2017 Encores! Artistic Director Michael Friedman. (more...)
BWW Review: SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD Reveals The Remarkable Artistic Maturity of a Young Jason Robert BrownBWW Review: SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD Reveals The Remarkable Artistic Maturity of a Young Jason Robert Brown
by Michael Dale - June 30, 2018

Jason Robert Brown was just 25 years old when his SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD took the stage of Off-Broadway's intimate WPA Theatre. As he played piano and led the handful of musicians in director Daisy Prince's production, a quartet of actors who all had big things ahead of them (Brooks Ashmanskas, Andrea Burns, Jessica Molaskey and Billy Porter) revealed the vivid collection of complex and approachable emotions expressed by the extraordinarily relatable collection of characters created by this young man's music and lyrics. (more...)
Photo Flash: First Look at Shoshana Bean,Colin Donnell,Mykal Kilgore &Solea Pfeiffer in Encores! Off-Center's SONGS FOR A NEW WORLDPhoto Flash: First Look at Shoshana Bean,Colin Donnell,Mykal Kilgore &Solea Pfeiffer in Encores! Off-Center's SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
by BWW News Desk - June 28, 2018

Opening the 2018 Off-Center season (running through June 30), is Songs for a New World- the first musical from three-time Tony Award-winner Jason Robert Brown. This powerful collection of songs examines life, love, and the choices ordinary people make when faced with extraordinary moments. From the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to the ledge of a Fifth Avenue high-rise, each character faces a new world which follows the unique challenge they encounter. (more...)
BWW TV: Get a First Look at Encores! SONGS FOR A NEW WORLDBWW TV: Get a First Look at Encores! SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
by BroadwayWorld TV - June 27, 2018

Opening the 2018 Off-Center season on June 27 (through 30), Songs for a New World was the first musical from three-time Tony Award-winner Jason Robert Brown. This powerful collection of songs examines life, love, and the choices ordinary people make when faced with extraordinary moments. From the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to the ledge of a Fifth Avenue high-rise, each character faces a new world which follows the unique challenge they encounter. (more...)
BWW TV: Shoshana Bean Sings from Encores! Off-Center's SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD- Meet the Cast!BWW TV: Shoshana Bean Sings from Encores! Off-Center's SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD- Meet the Cast!
by TV - Press Previews - June 19, 2018

Opening the 2018 Off-Center season on June 27 (through 30), Songs for A New World was the first musical from three-time Tony Award-winner Jason Robert Brown. This powerful collection of songs examines life, love, and the choices ordinary people make when faced with extraordinary moments. From the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to the ledge of a Fifth Avenue high-rise, each character faces a new world which follows the unique challenge they encounter. (more...)
Shoshana Bean, Susan Blackwell and More Announced for City Center Encores! Off-Center 2018 Season!Shoshana Bean, Susan Blackwell and More Announced for City Center Encores! Off-Center 2018 Season!
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2018

Encores! Off-Center Co-Artistic Directors Anne Kauffman and Jeanine Tesori today announced casting for New York City Center's popular summer musical theater series Encores! Off-Center. (more...)
Breaking: New York City Center Gala Will Tribute A CHORUS LINE; Encores! Line-Up AnnouncedBreaking: New York City Center Gala Will Tribute A CHORUS LINE; Encores! Line-Up Announced
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2018

New York City Center is sure to be a singular sensation this fall! (more...)
BWW Review: Christian Borle and Laura Michelle Kelly Lead a Top Shelf Encores! Cast In a Smashing ME AND MY GIRLBWW Review: Christian Borle and Laura Michelle Kelly Lead a Top Shelf Encores! Cast In a Smashing ME AND MY GIRL
by Michael Dale - May 11, 2018

Playgoers in the know will arrive at any production of the 1937 West End smash ME AND MY GIRL already humming a bit of its legendary Act I closer 'The Lambeth Walk,' looking forward to a rousing showstopper where composer Noel Gay's peppy earworm is matched with co-bookwriter/lyricists L. Arthur Rose and Douglas Furber's jaunty lyric celebrating that part of London where 'everything's bright and breezy' and you can 'do as you darn well please-y.' (more...)
Photo Flash: Do the Lambeth Walk to a First Look at Encores! ME AND MY GIRLPhoto Flash: Do the Lambeth Walk to a First Look at Encores! ME AND MY GIRL
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2018

Encores! presents Me and My Girl as the final production of the Encores! at 25 season at New York City Center, beginning tonight! Check out photos of the cast in action below! (more...)
BWW Review:  In GRAND HOTEL, Berlin's Celebration of Decadent Luxury Fails To See The Horrors AheadBWW Review: In GRAND HOTEL, Berlin's Celebration of Decadent Luxury Fails To See The Horrors Ahead
by Michael Dale - March 25, 2018

Though the songwriting team of Robert Wright and George Forrest is best remembered by Broadway enthusiasts for adapting the music of Edvard Grieg into SONG OF NORWAY and similarly using the melodies of Alexander Borodin to create their score for KISMET, their greatest success came when director/choreographer Tommy Tune took interest in a musical of theirs that fizzled into obscurity on its way to Broadway, then known as AT THE GRAND. (more...)
Photo Flash: Welcome to the GRAND HOTEL! First Look at Encores! Full Cast in ActionPhoto Flash: Welcome to the GRAND HOTEL! First Look at Encores! Full Cast in Action
by BWW News Desk - March 21, 2018

Encores! is back for round two! The second production of this season is Grand Hotel, directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes, featuring music direction by Encores! Music Director Rob Berman. Grand Hotel, The Musicalwill run for seven performances at New York City Center from March 21 - 25. The Encores! at 25 season concludes with Me and My Girl (May 9 - 13). Check out a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)
BWW Exclusive: Original Cast Member William Ryall Checks Back Into GRAND HOTELBWW Exclusive: Original Cast Member William Ryall Checks Back Into GRAND HOTEL
by BWW News Desk - March 21, 2018

William Ryall has been around for all of it. Not only was he a member of the original 1989 cast, but he will star as Colonel Doctor Otternschlag when the Encores! run begins tonight. We checked in with Ryall to get the scoop on Grand Hotel then and now... (more...)
BWW TV: GRAND HOTEL is Open for Business! Watch Highlights of James Snyder, Brandon Uranowitz and More!BWW TV: GRAND HOTEL is Open for Business! Watch Highlights of James Snyder, Brandon Uranowitz and More!
by BroadwayWorld TV - March 21, 2018

Encores! is back for round two! The second production of this season is Grand Hotel, directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes, featuring music direction by Encores! Music Director Rob Berman. Grand Hotel, The Musicalwill run for seven performances at New York City Center from March 21 - 25. The Encores! at 25 season concludes with Me and My Girl (May 9 - 13). (more...)
BWW TV: Checking In? Meet the Company and Catch a Sneak Peek of Encores! GRAND HOTEL!BWW TV: Checking In? Meet the Company and Catch a Sneak Peek of Encores! GRAND HOTEL!
by TV - Press Previews - March 13, 2018

The company met the press today and BroadwayWorld was on hand to chat with the full gang. Meet the cast and get a taste of the music below! (more...)
BWW TV: Watch James Snyder, Brandon Uranowitz, Helene Yorke & More Sing from Encores! GRAND HOTEL!BWW TV: Watch James Snyder, Brandon Uranowitz, Helene Yorke & More Sing from Encores! GRAND HOTEL!
by TV - Press Previews - March 13, 2018

Encores! is back for round two! The second production of this season is Grand Hotel, directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes, featuring music direction by Encores! Music Director Rob Berman. Grand Hotel, The Musical will run for seven performances at New York City Center from March 21 - 25. The Encores! at 25 season concludes with Me and My Girl (May 9 - 13). (more...)
Breaking: Brandon Uranowitz, James Synder & More Will Lead Encores! GRAND HOTEL!Breaking: Brandon Uranowitz, James Synder & More Will Lead Encores! GRAND HOTEL!
by BWW News Desk - February 14, 2018

Encores! Artistic Director Jack Viertel today announced casting for the Encores! production of Grand Hotel, The Musical, directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes. (more...)
BWW Review: HEY, LOOK ME OVER! from Encores!, a Fun Sampler of Musical Scenes and SongsBWW Review: HEY, LOOK ME OVER! from Encores!, a Fun Sampler of Musical Scenes and Songs
by Michael Dale - February 11, 2018

When the subject of New York City Center Encores! comes up among musical theatre enthusiasts, the conversation almost invariably steers to what shows they should be presenting in their series of concerts. Although several of their productions, like the mega-hit revival of CHICAGO, have transferred, a night out at Encores! is, to many, most satisfying when they revive shows that, although significant in one way or another, are unlikely to find themselves back on Broadway. (more...)

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