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Review Roundup: BRIGADOON, Starring Kelli O'Hara and Patrick Wilson, Opens at City CenterReview Roundup: BRIGADOON, Starring Kelli O'Hara and Patrick Wilson, Opens at City Center
by Review Roundups - November 16, 2017

New York City Center brings the Lerner and Loewe classic, Brigadoon, out of the Highlands mist for the musical's 70th anniversary in a star-studded concert production that unites celebrated talents from the worlds of stage and screen. The show just celebrated its gala opening last night - let's see what the critics had to say below! (more...)
Anne Kauffman & Jeanine Tesori Named Co-Artistic Directors for 2018 Encores! Off-Center SeasonAnne Kauffman & Jeanine Tesori Named Co-Artistic Directors for 2018 Encores! Off-Center Season
by BWW News Desk - November 15, 2017

New York City Center President & CEO Arlene Shuler today announced Anne Kauffman and Jeanine Tesori as Co-Artistic Directors for the 2018 Encores! Off-Center season. (more...)
BWW TV: Head to the Highlands with Highlights of Kelli O'Hara, Patrick Wilson & More in BRIGADOON!BWW TV: Head to the Highlands with Highlights of Kelli O'Hara, Patrick Wilson & More in BRIGADOON!
by BroadwayWorld TV - November 15, 2017

New York City Center brings the Lerner and Loewe classic, Brigadoon, out of the Highlands mist for the musical's 70th anniversary in a star-studded concert production that unites celebrated talents from the worlds of stage and screen. (more...)
Original 'Man in Chair' to Return to City Center in HEY, LOOK ME OVER!Original 'Man in Chair' to Return to City Center in HEY, LOOK ME OVER!
by BWW News Desk - September 18, 2017

Bob Martin, nominated for a Tony Award for his role in The Drowsy Chaperone (which he also co-wrote), will return to his chair in Hey, Look Me Over!, the original Encores! production that opens the 25th anniversary season. (more...)
BWW Review:  Taylor Caldwell Leads a Terrific Young Cast in Carole King and Maurice Sendak's REALLY ROSIEBWW Review: Taylor Caldwell Leads a Terrific Young Cast in Carole King and Maurice Sendak's REALLY ROSIE
by Michael Dale - August 6, 2017

New York City wasn't exactly the most magical place for a child to grow up in back in 1975. Crime and poverty rates were inhumanely high and when the city begged for federal assistance, the president, at least according to a Daily News headline, replied 'Drop Dead.' (more...)
BWW TV: Watch Highlights from Encores! REALLY ROSIEBWW TV: Watch Highlights from Encores! REALLY ROSIE
by BroadwayWorld TV - August 2, 2017

Led by Artistic Director Michael Friedman, the popular Encores! Off-Center series returns for its fifth season of landmark Off-Broadway musicals, continuing with Carole King and Maurice Sendak's family musical Really Rosie, directed by Leigh Silverman (August 2-5). (more...)
REALLY ROSIE Bows Tonight as Part of Encores! Off-Center at City CenterREALLY ROSIE Bows Tonight as Part of Encores! Off-Center at City Center
by BWW News Desk - August 2, 2017

Encores! Off-Center Artistic Director Michael Friedman continues his first season at the helm of the popular summer musical theater series at New York City Center with REALLY ROSIE, beginning tonight, August 2nd. (more...)
BWW Review:  Kirsten Childs' THE BUBBLY BLACK GIRL SHEDS HER CHAMELEON SKIN Tackles Racial Identity IssuesBWW Review: Kirsten Childs' THE BUBBLY BLACK GIRL SHEDS HER CHAMELEON SKIN Tackles Racial Identity Issues
by Michael Dale - July 31, 2017

Connoisseurs of American musical theatre wishing to make a point about the genre's ability to dramatize even the most unlikely of subjects often cite examples like SWEENEY TODD's vengeful barber on a killing spree or THE PAJAMA GAME's labor/management dispute, but bookwriter/lyricist/composer Kirsten Childs may have topped them all in 2000 when Playwrights Horizons premiered THE BUBBLY BLACK GIRL SHEDS HER CHAMELEON SKIN. (more...)
Photo Flash: First Look at Encores! THE BUBBLY BLACK GIRL SHEDS HER CHAMELEON SKINPhoto Flash: First Look at Encores! THE BUBBLY BLACK GIRL SHEDS HER CHAMELEON SKIN
by BWW News Desk - July 27, 2017

Next up at Encores! Off-Center is Kirsten Childs' delightful, provocative, and poignant 2000 musical, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, running July 26-27. Following a young African-American dancer, Viveca, from West Coast suburbia to Broadway, all the while navigating the politics of race and gender in an attempt to uncover her own identity, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin is directed by Robert O'Hara with choreography by Byron Easley and music direction by Annastasia Victory. (more...)
VIDEO: Watch Nikki M. James & Company Do the Skate in Highlights from Encores! BUBBLY BLACK GIRL...VIDEO: Watch Nikki M. James & Company Do the Skate in Highlights from Encores! BUBBLY BLACK GIRL...
by Stage Tube - July 26, 2017

Next up at Encores! Off-Center is Kirsten Childs' delightful, provocative, and poignant 2000 musical, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, running July 26-27. Following a young African-American dancer, Viveca, from West Coast suburbia to Broadway, all the while navigating the politics of race and gender in an attempt to uncover her own identity, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin is directed by Robert O'Hara with choreography by Byron Easley and music direction by Annastasia Victory. (more...)
BWW TV: Step Into a Little Girl's Big Imagination in Rehearsal for Encores! REALLY ROSIE!BWW TV: Step Into a Little Girl's Big Imagination in Rehearsal for Encores! REALLY ROSIE!
by TV - Press Previews - July 26, 2017

Led by Artistic Director Michael Friedman, the popular Encores! Off-Center series returns for its fifth season of landmark Off-Broadway musicals, continuing with Carole King and Maurice Sendak's family musical Really Rosie, directed by Leigh Silverman (August 2-5). (more...)
Who is the Bubbly Black Girl? Meet Her Starting Tonight at Encores!Who is the Bubbly Black Girl? Meet Her Starting Tonight at Encores!
by Danielle Ashley - July 26, 2017

Next up at Encores! Off-Center is Kirsten Childs' delightful, provocative, and poignant 2000 musical, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, running July 26-27. (more...)
THE BUBBLY BLACK GIRL SHEDS HER CHAMELEON SKIN Begins Tonight at Encores! Off-CenterTHE BUBBLY BLACK GIRL SHEDS HER CHAMELEON SKIN Begins Tonight at Encores! Off-Center
by BWW News Desk - July 26, 2017

Following the success of Assassins, Encores! Off-Center Artistic Director Michael Friedman presents the next production of his first season at the helm of the popular summer musical theater series at New York City Center. (more...)
BWW TV: Nikki M. James & Company Give Sneak Peek of THE BUBBLY BLACK GIRL at Encores! Off-Center!BWW TV: Nikki M. James & Company Give Sneak Peek of THE BUBBLY BLACK GIRL at Encores! Off-Center!
by TV - Press Previews - July 19, 2017

Next up at Encores! Off-Center is Kirsten Childs' delightful, provocative, and poignant 2000 musical, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, running July 26-27. Following a young African-American dancer, Viveca, from West Coast suburbia to Broadway, all the while navigating the politics of race and gender in an attempt to uncover her own identity, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin is directed by Robert O'Hara with choreography by Byron Easley and music direction by Annastasia Victory. (more...)
Casting Complete for 'BUBBLY BLACK GIRL' and REALLY ROSIE at Encores! Off-CenterCasting Complete for 'BUBBLY BLACK GIRL' and REALLY ROSIE at Encores! Off-Center
by BWW News Desk - July 18, 2017

Following the success of Assassins, Encores! Off-Center Artistic Director Michael Friedman today announced casting for the next two productions of his first season at the helm of the popular summer musical theater series at New York City Center. (more...)
BWW Review:  In Anne Kauffman's Incisive Encores! Production, ASSASSINS Seems More Relevant Than EverBWW Review: In Anne Kauffman's Incisive Encores! Production, ASSASSINS Seems More Relevant Than Ever
by Michael Dale - July 15, 2017

A folk-singing black man with an optimistic view of America looks back at our nation's history of angry white people finding no better way to cope with their grievances than by firing a gun at the president. (more...)
Review Roundup: Encores! Off-Center's ASSASSINSReview Roundup: Encores! Off-Center's ASSASSINS
by Review Roundups - July 13, 2017

Encores! Off-Center kicks off the 2017 season with Assassins! The trigger-happy squad assembled for Assassins, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's carnival ride through the history of political violence, will star Steven Boyer(John Hinckley Jr.), Alex Brightman(Giuseppe Zangara), Victoria Clark(Sara Jane Moore), John Ellison Conlee (Charles Guiteau), Clifton Duncan (The Balladeer), Shuler Hensley (Leon Czolgosz), Ethan Lipton(The Proprietor), Erin Markey (Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme), Steven Pasquale (John Wilkes Booth), Cory Michael Smith (Lee Harvey Oswald), and Danny Wolohan(Samuel Byck). Assassins will be directed by Anne Kauffman, with music direction by Chris Fenwick and choreography by Lorin Latarro. (more...)
Photo Flash: ASSASSINS Tries Out Another National Anthem to Launch Encores! Off-Center SeasonPhoto Flash: ASSASSINS Tries Out Another National Anthem to Launch Encores! Off-Center Season
by BWW News Desk - July 12, 2017

Encores! Off-Center kicks off the 2017 season with Assassins! The trigger-happy squad assembled for Assassins, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's carnival ride through the history of political violence, will star Steven Boyer(John Hinckley Jr.), Alex Brightman(Giuseppe Zangara), Victoria Clark (Sara Jane Moore), John Ellison Conlee (Charles Guiteau), Clifton Duncan (The Balladeer), Shuler Hensley (Leon Czolgosz), Ethan Lipton(The Proprietor), Erin Markey (Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme), Steven Pasquale (John Wilkes Booth), Cory Michael Smith (Lee Harvey Oswald), and Danny Wolohan(Samuel Byck). Assassins will be directed by Anne Kauffman, with music direction by Chris Fenwick and choreography by Lorin Latarro. (more...)
BWW TV: ASSASSINS Takes Aim at Encores! Watch Highlights!BWW TV: ASSASSINS Takes Aim at Encores! Watch Highlights!
by BroadwayWorld TV - July 12, 2017

Encores! Off-Center kicks off the 2017 season with Assassins! The trigger-happy squad assembled for Assassins, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's carnival ride through the history of political violence, will star Steven Boyer (John Hinckley Jr.), Alex Brightman(Giuseppe Zangara), Victoria Clark (Sara Jane Moore), John Ellison Conlee (Charles Guiteau), Clifton Duncan (The Balladeer), Shuler Hensley (Leon Czolgosz), Ethan Lipton(The Proprietor), Erin Markey (Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme), Steven Pasquale (John Wilkes Booth), Cory Michael Smith (Lee Harvey Oswald), and Danny Wolohan(Samuel Byck). Assassins will be directed by Anne Kauffman, with music direction by Chris Fenwick and choreography by Lorin Latarro. (more...)
Rosie's Theater Kids to Sing Original Tunes and More in City Center's THE LOBBY PROJECT SeriesRosie's Theater Kids to Sing Original Tunes and More in City Center's THE LOBBY PROJECT Series
by BWW News Desk - July 10, 2017

The Lobby Project, a series of free pre-performance events presented in conjunction with New York City Center's Encores! Off-Center series (led this summer by producer Helen Handelman and curator Jenny Koons), returns with a line-up of performances and conversations with the artists involved. (more...)
Victoria Clark Will Replace Julie White in Encores! Off-Center's ASSASSINSVictoria Clark Will Replace Julie White in Encores! Off-Center's ASSASSINS
by BWW News Desk - June 29, 2017

BroadwayWorld has just learned that Tony winner Victoria Clark will play Sara Jane Moore in Encores! Off-Center's Assassins. She replaces the previously announced Julie White.  (more...)
Steven Boyer, Alex Brightman, Steven Pasquale, Nikki M. James, Taylor Caldwell and More to Star in Encores! Off-Center's New SeasonSteven Boyer, Alex Brightman, Steven Pasquale, Nikki M. James, Taylor Caldwell and More to Star in Encores! Off-Center's New Season
by BWW News Desk - June 14, 2017

Encores! Off-Center Artistic Director Michael Friedman today announced casting for his first season at the helm of the popular summer musical theater series at New York City Center. (more...)
Breaking: Encores! Will Bring Back ME AND MY GIRL, GRAND HOTEL and More in 2018 Season!Breaking: Encores! Will Bring Back ME AND MY GIRL, GRAND HOTEL and More in 2018 Season!
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

Arlene Shuler, President & CEO, today announced programming for New York City Center's 2017-18 season. The season will open with the annual Fall for Dance Festival, featuring 20 companies in five unique programs. (more...)
BWW Review: Encores! Serves Up Delicious Mounting of Cult Favorite THE GOLDEN APPLEBWW Review: Encores! Serves Up Delicious Mounting of Cult Favorite THE GOLDEN APPLE
by Michael Dale - May 13, 2017

In the late-night hours of June, 14, 1994, when hockey's New York Rangers won their first Stanley Cup championship in 54 years, there were fans visiting the gravesites of loved ones, armed with six-packs of beer and radios, to share with long-gone fans a moment they thought they might never live to see. (more...)
Photo Flash: First Look at Encores! Mythic Musical, THE GOLDEN APPLEPhoto Flash: First Look at Encores! Mythic Musical, THE GOLDEN APPLE
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2017

Closing out this season at Encores! is The Golden Apple- the John Latouche and Jerome Moross' cult classic. The Golden Apple stars Mikaela Bennett (Penelope), Jeff Blumenkrantz (Menelaus/Scylla), Ashley Brown (Mrs. Juniper/Madame Calypso), Carrie Compere (Lovey Mars/The Siren), Barton Cowperthwaite (Paris), Jason Kravits (Hector Charybdis), Alli Mauzey(Miss Minerva Oliver/The Scientist), Lindsay Mendez (Helen), N'Kenge (Mother Hare/Circe), and Ryan Silverman (Ulysses). (more...)

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