This article is about City Center's musical revivals. For other uses, see Encore (disambiguation).

Encores! is a Tony-honored concert series dedicated to performing rarely heard American musicals, usually with their original orchestrations.[1] Presented by New York City Center since 1994, Encores! has revived shows by Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart, George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein, and Stephen Sondheim, among many others. The series has spawned eighteen cast recordings and numerous Broadway transfers, including Kander and Ebb's Chicago, which is now the second longest-running musical in Broadway history.[2] Videotapes of many Encores! productions are collected at the Billy Rose Theater Collection of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Since 2000, the series has been led by artistic director Jack Viertel.

From 2007 to 2009, City Center presented a spin-off series titled Encores! Summer Stars, which produced well-known Broadway shows in fully staged productions. The first musical in the series was Gypsy, starring Patti LuPone, Boyd Gaines, and Laura Benanti. Gypsy received unprecedented attention for an Encores! show and eventually transferred to Broadway; LuPone, Gaines, and Benanti all won Tony Awards for their performances.

In 2013, City Center launched Encores! Off-Center!, a sister series devoted to groundbreaking Off-Broadway musicals. Led by founding artistic director Jeanine Tesori for its first four seasons,[3] Encores! Off-Center is now led by Michael Friedman.[4]

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Encores! ProductionsEdit

Title Music Lyrics Year Encores! Run Stars
1 Fiorello! Jerry Bock Sheldon Harnick 1959 1994 Adam Arkin, Philip Bosco, Liz Callaway, Gregg Edelman, Donna McKechnie, Faith Prince, Jerry Zaks
2 Allegro Richard Rodgers Oscar Hammerstein II 1947 1994 Stephen Bogardus, Christine Ebersole, Celeste Holm, Karen Ziemba
3 Lady in the Dark Kurt Weill Ira Gershwin 1941 1994 Patrick Cassidy, Christine Ebersole, Tony Goldwyn, Edward Hibbert, Carole Shelley
4 Call Me Madam Irving Berlin Irving Berlin 1950 1995CD Peter Bartlett, Walter Charles, Jane Connell, Tyne Daly, Christopher Durang, Melissa Errico, Ken Page
5 Out of This World Cole Porter Cole Porter 1950 1995CD LaChanze, Gregg Edelman, Andrea Martin, Marin Mazzie, Ken Page, Ernie Sabella, Peter Scolari
6 Pal Joey Richard Rodgers Lorenz Hart 1940 1995CD Peter Gallagher, Vicki Lewis, Patti LuPone, Bebe Neuwirth
7 DuBarry Was a Lady Cole Porter Cole Porter 1939 1996 Liz Larsen, Dick Latessa, Michael McGrath, Robert Morse, Burke Moses, Faith Prince, Donald Trump
8 One Touch of Venus Kurt Weill Ogden Nash 1943 1996 Kevin Chamberlin, Marilyn Cooper, Melissa Errico, David Alan Grier, Jane Krakowski, Danny Rutigliano
9 Chicago John Kander Fred Ebb 1975 1996BWAY Michael Berresse, Joel Grey, Marcia Lewis, James Naughton, Bebe Neuwirth, Ann Reinking
10 Sweet Adeline Jerome Kern Oscar Hammerstein II 1929 1997 Gary Beach, Stephen Bogardus, Patti Cohenour, Dorothy Loudon, Hugh Panaro, Tony Randall
11 Promises, Promises Burt Bacharach Hal David 1968 1997 Christine Baranski, Dick Latessa, Eugene Levy, Jenifer Lewis, Terrence Mann, Mike O'Malley, Martin Short, Samuel E. Wright
12 The Boys from Syracuse Richard Rodgers Lorenz Hart 1938 1997CD Sarah Uriarte Berry, Danny Burstein, Mario Cantone, Davis Gaines, Malcolm Gets, Debbie Gravitte, Rebecca Luker, Michael McGrath, Marian Seldes
13 Strike up the Band George Gershwin Ira Gershwin 1927 1998 Philip Bosco, Kristin Chenoweth, Jason Danieley, Judy Kuhn, Lynn Redgrave
14 Li'l Abner Gene De Paul Johnny Mercer 1959 1998 Danny Burstein, Lea DeLaria, Katie Finneran, Jonathan Freeman, Cady Huffman, Dana Ivey, Dick Latessa, Burke Moses, Julie Newmar, Alice Ripley, David Ogden Stiers
15 St. Louis Woman Harold Arlen Johnny Mercer 1946 1998CD Charles S. Dutton, Stanley Wayne Mathis, Wendell Pierce, Vanessa Williams
16 Babes in Arms Richard Rodgers Lorenz Hart 1937 1999CD Kevin Cahoon, Don Correia, Erin Dilly, Christopher Fitzgerald, Priscilla Lopez, Donna McKechnie, Thommie Walsh
17 Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 Vernon Duke Ira Gershwin 1936 1999CD Kevin Chamberlin, Christine Ebersole, Ruthie Henshall, Peter Scolari, Mary Testa, Karen Ziemba
18 Do Re Mi Jule Styne Betty Comden, Adolph Green 1960 1999CD Marilyn Cooper, Tovah Feldshuh, Randy Graff, Heather Headley, Nathan Lane, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Brad Oscar
19 On a Clear Day You Can See Forever Burton Lane Alan Jay Lerner 1965 2000 Brooks Ashmanskas, Brent Barrett, Roger Bart, Kristin Chenoweth, Peter Friedman, Nancy Opel, Louis Zorich
20 Tenderloin Jerry Bock Sheldon Harnick 1960 2000CD Sarah Uriarte Berry, Debbie Gravitte, David Ogden Stiers, Patrick Wilson
21 Wonderful Town Leonard Bernstein Betty Comden, Adolph Green 1953 2000BWAY David Aaron Baker, Laura Benanti, Stephen DeRosa, Gregory Jbara, Donna Murphy
22 A Connecticut Yankee Richard Rodgers Lorenz Hart 1927 2001 Christine Ebersole, Henry Gibson, Ron Leibman, Jessica Walter
23 Bloomer Girl Harold Arlen E.Y. Harburg 1944 2001 Philip Bosco, Anita Gillette, Kate Jennings Grant, Michael Park, Jubilant Sykes
24 Hair Galt MacDermot Gerome Ragni, James Rado 1967 2001 Kevin Cahoon, Luther Creek, Gavin Creel, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Brandi Chavonne Massey, Idina Menzel, Miriam Shor
25 Carnival Bob Merrill Bob Merrill 1961 2002 Debbie Gravitte, Anne Hathaway, David Margulies, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Douglas Sills
26 Golden Boy Charles Strouse Lee Adams 1964 2002 Anastasia Barzee, Norm Lewis, Alfonso Ribeiro
27 The Pajama Game Richard Adler Jerry Ross 1954 2002 Mark Linn-Baker, Brent Barrett, Deidre Goodwin, Daniel H. Jenkins, Ken Page, Karen Ziemba
28 House of Flowers Harold Arlen Harold Arlen, Truman Capote 1954 2003 Brandon Victor Dixon, Stacy Francis, Maurice Hines, Nikki M. James, Armelia McQueen, Tonya Pinkins
29 The New Moon Sigmund Romberg Oscar Hammerstein II 1928 2003CD F. Murray Abraham, Burke Moses, Christiane Noll, Danny Rutigliano
30 No Strings Richard Rodgers Richard Rodgers 1962 2003 Len Cariou, Penny Fuller, Marc Kudisch, James Naughton, Emily Skinner
31 Can-Can Cole Porter Cole Porter 1953 2004 Charlotte d'Amboise, Patti LuPone, Michael Nouri, Reg Rogers, Eli Wallach
32 Pardon My English George Gershwin Ira Gershwin 1933 2004 Rob Bartlett, Brian d'Arcy James, Emily Skinner, Don Stephenson, Jennifer Laura Thompson
33 Bye, Bye, Birdie Charles Strouse Lee Adams 1960 2004 Walter Bobbie, Victoria Clark, Daniel H. Jenkins, Doris Roberts, Karen Ziemba
34 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Arthur Schwartz Dorothy Fields 1951 2005 Jason Danieley, Emily Skinner
35 Purlie Gary Geld Peter Udell 1970 2005 John Cullum, Doug E. Doug, Anika Noni Rose, Blair Underwood, Lillias White
36 The Apple Tree Jerry Bock Sheldon Harnick 1966 2005BWAY Michael Cerveris, Kristin Chenoweth, Malcolm Gets, James Earl Jones (voice only), Tony Yazbeck
37 Kismet Alexander Borodin Robert Wright, George Forrest 1953 2006 Marcy Harriell, Marin Mazzie, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Danny Rutigliano
38 70, Girls, 70 John Kander Fred Ebb 1971 2006 Carleton Carpenter, Mary Jo Catlett, Carole Cook, Olympia Dukakis, Anita Gillette, George S. Irving, Charlotte Rae
39 Of Thee I Sing George Gershwin Ira Gershwin 1931 2006 Wayne Duvall, Jonathan Freeman, Victor Garber, Jefferson Mays, Jenny Powers, Lewis J. Stadlen, Jennifer Laura Thompson
40 Follies Stephen Sondheim Stephen Sondheim 1971 February 8-11, 2007 Christine Baranski, Philip Bosco, Victoria Clark, Yvonne Constant, Colin Donnell, Victor Garber, Mimi Hines, Michael McGrath, Donna Murphy, Jenny Powers, Jo Anne Worley
41 Face the Music Irving Berlin Irving Berlin 1932 March 29 - April 1, 2007CD Walter Bobbie, Judy Kaye, Meredith Patterson, Lee Wilkof
42 Stairway to Paradise Various Various May 10-14, 2007 Kristin Chenoweth, Christopher Fitzgerald, Jennifer Gambatese, Michael Gruber, Ruthie Henshall, Capathia Jenkins
43 Applause Charles Strouse Lee Adams 1970 February 7-10, 2008 Kate Burton, Mario Cantone, Erin Davie, Christine Ebersole, Tom Hewitt, Michael Park, Chip Zien
44 Juno Marc Blitzstein Marc Blitzstein 1959 March 27-30, 2008 Michael Arden, Victoria Clark, Tyler Hanes, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Rosaleen Linehan
45 No, No, Nanette Vincent Youmans Irving Caesar, Otto Harbach 1925 May 8-12, 2008 Michael Berresse, Mara Davi, Sandy Duncan, Charles Kimbrough, Beth Leavel, Rosie O'Donnell
46 On the Town Leonard Bernstein Betty Comden, Adolph Green 1945 November 19-23, 2008 Christian Borle, Jessica Lee Goldyn, Leslie Kritzer, Andrea Martin, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Tony Yazbeck
47 Music in the Air Jerome Kern Oscar Hammerstein II 1932 February 5-8, 2009 Sierra Boggess, Walter Charles, Kristin Chenoweth, Dick Latessa, Marni Nixon, Douglas Sills
48 Finian's Rainbow Burton Lane E. Y. Harburg 1947 March 26-29, 2009BWAY Kate Baldwin, Jeremy Bobb, Philip Bosco, Cheyenne Jackson, Jim Norton, Ruben Santiago-Hudson
49 Girl Crazy George Gershwin Ira Gershwin 1930 November 19-22, 2009 Chris Diamantopoulos, Ana Gasteyer, Wayne Knight, Becki Newton
50 Fanny Harold Rome Harold Rome 1954 February 4-7, 2010 George Hearn, Priscilla Lopez, Elena Shaddow, James Snyder
51 Anyone Can Whistle Stephen Sondheim Stephen Sondheim 1964 April 8-11, 2010 Raúl Esparza, Sutton Foster, Edward Hibbert, Donna Murphy
52 Bells Are Ringing Jule Styne Betty Comden, Adolph Green 1956 November 18-21, 2010 Bobby Cannavale, Judy Kaye, Kelli O’Hara, Brad Oscar, Danny Rutigliano
53 Lost in the Stars Kurt Weill Maxwell Anderson 1949 February 3-6, 2011 Daniel Breaker, Chuck Cooper, Patina Miller
54 Where's Charley? Frank Loesser Frank Loesser 1948 March 17-20, 2011 Sebastian Arcelus, Rebecca Luker, Rob McClure, Howard McGillin, Jill Paice, Lauren Worsham
55 Merrily We Roll Along Stephen Sondheim Stephen Sondheim 1981 February 8-19, 2012CD Colin Donnell, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Betsy Wolfe
56 Pipe Dream Richard Rodgers Oscar Hammerstein II 1955 March 28 - April 1, 2012CD Will Chase, Laura Osnes, Leslie Uggams, Stephen Wallem, Tom Wopat
57 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Jule Styne Leo Robin 1949 May 9-13, 2012CD Megan Hilty, Rachel York
58 Fiorello! Jerry Bock Sheldon Harnick 1959 January 30 - February 3, 2013 Kate Baldwin, Jeremy Bobb, Erin Dilly, Jennifer Gambatese, Shuler Hensley, Danny Rutigliano, Emily Skinner
59 It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman Charles Strouse Lee Adams 1966 March 20-24, 2013 Jenny Powers, Will Swenson
60 On Your Toes Richard Rodgers Lorenz Hart 1936 May 8-12, 2013 Christine Baranski, Walter Bobbie, Joaquín De Luz, Irina Dvorovenko, Randy Skinner, Karen Ziemba
61 Little Me Cy Coleman Carolyn Leigh 1962 February 5-9, 2014 Christian Borle, David Garrison, Judy Kaye, Lewis J. Stadlen, Lee Wilkof, Rachel York
62 The Most Happy Fella Frank Loesser Frank Loesser 1956 April 2-6, 2014 Laura Benanti, Heidi Blickenstaff, Shuler Hensley, Cheyenne Jackson
63 Irma La Douce Marguerite Monnot Various 1956 May 7-11, 2014 Malcolm Gets, Rob McClure
64 Lady, Be Good! George Gershwin Ira Gershwin 1924 February 4-8, 2015CD Colin Donnell, Erin Mackey, Douglas Sills, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Tommy Tune
65 Paint Your Wagon Frederick Loewe Alan Jay Lerner 1951 March 18-22, 2015CD Keith Carradine, Justin Guarini
66 Zorba! John Kander Fred Ebb 1968 May 6-10, 2015 Adam Chanler-Berat, Santino Fontana, Marin Mazzie, John Turturro, Zoë Wanamaker
67 Cabin in the Sky Vernon Duke John Latouche 1940 February 10-14, 2016 Chuck Cooper. Marva Hicks, LaChanze, Norm Lewis, Michael Potts
68 1776 Sherman Edwards Sherman Edwards 1969 March 30 - April 3, 2016 John Behlmann, André De Shields, Santino Fontana, John Larroquette, Christiane Noll, Bryce Pinkham, Jubilant Sykes
69 Do I Hear a Waltz? Richard Rodgers Stephen Sondheim 1965 May 11-15, 2016 Claybourne Elder, Melissa Errico, Nancy Opel, Karen Ziemba
70 Big River Roger Miller Roger Miller 1985 February 8-12, 2017 Annie Golden, Kyle Scatliffe, Christopher Sieber, Lauren Worsham
71 The New Yorkers Cole Porter Cole Porter 1930 March 22-26, 2017 Kevin Chamberlin, Scarlett Strallen
72 The Golden Apple Jerome Moross John Latouche 1954 May 10-14, 2017 Ashley Brown, Lindsay Mendez

Encores! Summer StarsEdit

Title Music Lyrics Year Encores! Summer Stars Run Stars
1 Gypsy Jule Styne Stephen Sondheim 1959 July 9-29, 2007BWAY Laura Benanti, Boyd Gaines, Leigh Ann Larkin, Patti LuPone, Nancy Opel, Tony Yazbeck
2 Damn Yankees Richard Adler Jerry Ross 1955 July 5-27, 2008 Randy Graff, Sean Hayes, Cheyenne Jackson, Jane Krakowski
3 The Wiz Charlie Smalls Charlie Smalls 1975 June 12 - July 5, 2009 Tichina Arnold, Ashanti, Joshua Henry, James Monroe Iglehart, Orlando Jones, LaChanze, Dawnn Lewis

Encores! Off-CenterEdit

Title Music Lyrics Year Encores! Off-Center Run Stars
1 The Cradle Will Rock Marc Blitzstein Marc Blitzstein 1937 July 10-13, 2013 Danny Burstein, Raúl Esparza, Judy Kuhn, David Margulies, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Anika Noni Rose
2 Violet Jeanine Tesori Brian Crawley 1997 July 17, 2013BWAY Sutton Foster, Joshua Henry, Christopher Sieber
3 I'm Getting My Act Together... Nancy Ford Gretchen Cryer 1978 July 24-27, 2013 Renée Elise Goldsberry
4 Tick, Tick... Boom! Jonathan Larson Jonathan Larson 2001 June 25-28, 2014 Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Karen Olivo
5 Randy Newman's Faust Randy Newman Randy Newman 1995 July 1, 2014 Michael Cerveris, Randy Newman, Laura Osnes, Vonda Shepard, Tony Vincent
6 Pump Boys and Dinettes Various Various 1981 July 16-19, 2014 Hunter Foster
7 A New Brain William Finn William Finn 1997 June 24-27, 2015CD Dan Fogler, Ana Gasteyer, Jonathan Groff, Aaron Lazar
8 Little Shop of Horrors Alan Menken Howard Ashman 1982 July 1-2, 2015 Ellen Greene, Jake Gyllenhaal, Marva Hicks, Taran Killam
9 The Wild Party Andrew Lippa Andrew Lippa 2000 July 15-18, 2015 Brandon Victor Dixon, Sutton Foster, Steven Pasquale, Miriam Shor
10 Runaways Elizabeth Swados Elizabeth Swados 1978 July 6-9, 2016
11 Off-Center Jamboree Various Various July 16, 2016 Sutton Foster, Jonathan Groff
12 God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater Alan Menken Howard Ashman 1979 July 27-30, 2016CD Skylar Astin, Santino Fontana, James Earl Jones
13 Assassins Stephen Sondheim Stephen Sondheim 1990 July 12-15, 2017
14 The Bubbly Black Girl... Kirsten Childs Kirsten Childs 2000 July 26-27, 2017
15 Really Rosie Carole King Maurice Sendak 1980 August 2-5, 2017

Special EventsEdit

Title Music Lyrics Year Run Stars
1 Cotton Club Parade Duke Ellington Various November 18-22, 2011BWAY
2 A Bed and A Chair Stephen Sondheim Stephen Sondheim November 13-17, 2013 Jeremy Jordan, Norm Lewis, Bernadette Peters
3 The Band Wagon Arthur Schwartz Howard Dietz November 6-16, 2014 Michael Berresse, Michael McKean, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Laura Osnes, Tony Sheldon, Tracey Ullman
4 Annie Get Your Gun Irving Berlin Irving Berlin 1946 October 27-28, 2015 Megan Hilty, Andy Karl, Judy Kaye, Brad Oscar, Ron Raines
5 Sunday in the Park with George Stephen Sondheim Stephen Sondheim 1984 October 24-26, 2016BWAY Jake Gyllenhaal, Annaleigh Ashford, Phylicia Rashad
6 Brigadoon Frederick Loewe Alan Jay Lerner 1947 November 15-19, 2017 Robert Fairchild, Kelli O'Hara, Steven Pasquale

Notes

^BWAY Transferred to Broadway.
^CD Received a cast recording.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Corliss, Richard. "That Old Feeling: Bravo! Encores!", Time 12 June 2004.
  2. ^ Cox, Gordon. "Broadway’s Chicago Turns 20: Stars Reflect on Show’s Success", Variety 14 Nov. 2016.
  3. ^ Weinert-Kendt, Rob. "Musical Revivalists With a Cause: Encores! Off-Center Tilts Toward the Political", The New York Times 3 July 2013.
  4. ^ Paulson, Michael. "Michael Friedman to Be Artistic Director of Encores! Off Center", The New York Times 18 Apr. 2016.

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