Encores! is a Tony-honored concert series dedicated to reviving 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. Encores! was the brainchild of Judith Daykin, who launched the series shortly after becoming Executive Director of City Center in 1992.[2][3] Besides initiating Encores!, Daykin is credited for turning City Center from a rental hall into a presenting organization.[4] The series has spawned nineteen cast recordings and numerous Broadway transfers, including Kander and Ebb's Chicago, which is now the second longest-running musical in Broadway history.[5] Videotapes of many Encores! productions are collected at the Billy Rose Theater Collection of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. The series was led by artistic director Jack Viertel from 2001 to 2020; in October 2019, City Center announced that Lear deBessonet will take over as artistic director beginning with the 2021 Encores! season.[6]

From 2000 to 2001, City Center presented a short-lived sister series, Voices!, devoted to staged readings of infrequently-produced American plays and produced by Alec Baldwin. From 2007 to 2009, the spin-off series Encores! Summer Stars featured fully-staged productions of classic Broadway musicals, beginning with a production of 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,[7] Encores! Off-Center was subsequently led by Michael Friedman (2017), Tesori and Anne Kauffman (2018), and Kauffman (2019–2020).[8][9]

Encores! Productions

Title Music Lyrics Book Year Encores! run Stars
1 Fiorello! Jerry Bock Sheldon Harnick Jerome Weidman and George Abbott 1959 February 9–12, 1994 Adam Arkin, Philip Bosco, Liz Callaway, Gregg Edelman, Donna McKechnie, Faith Prince, Jerry Zaks
2 Allegro Richard Rodgers Oscar Hammerstein II 1947 March 2–5, 1994 Stephen Bogardus, Christine Ebersole, Celeste Holm, Karen Ziemba
3 Lady in the Dark Kurt Weill Ira Gershwin Moss Hart 1941 May 4–7, 1994 Patrick Cassidy, Christine Ebersole, Tony Goldwyn, Edward Hibbert, Carole Shelley
4 Call Me Madam Irving Berlin Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse 1950 February 16–18, 1995CD Peter Bartlett, Walter Charles, Jane Connell, Tyne Daly, Christopher Durang, Melissa Errico, Ken Page
5 Out of This World Cole Porter Dwight Taylor and Reginald Lawrence 1950 March 30 – April 1, 1995CD LaChanze, Gregg Edelman, Andrea Martin, Marin Mazzie, Ken Page, Ernie Sabella, Peter Scolari
6 Pal Joey Richard Rodgers Lorenz Hart John O'Hara 1940 May 4–6, 1995CD Peter Gallagher, Vicki Lewis, Patti LuPone, Bebe Neuwirth
7 DuBarry Was a Lady Cole Porter Herbert Fields and Buddy DeSylva 1939 February 15–17, 1996 Liz Larsen, Dick Latessa, Michael McGrath, Robert Morse, Burke Moses, Faith Prince, Donald Trump
8 One Touch of Venus Kurt Weill Ogden Nash S. J. Perelman and Ogden Nash 1943 March 28–30, 1996 Kevin Chamberlin, Marilyn Cooper, Melissa Errico, David Alan Grier, Jane Krakowski, Danny Rutigliano
9 Chicago John Kander Fred Ebb Bob Fosse and Fred Ebb 1975 May 2–4, 1996BWAY Michael Berresse, Joel Grey, Marcia Lewis, James Naughton, Bebe Neuwirth, Ann Reinking
10 Sweet Adeline Jerome Kern Oscar Hammerstein II 1929 February 13–16, 1997 Gary Beach, Stephen Bogardus, Patti Cohenour, Dorothy Loudon, Hugh Panaro, Tony Randall
11 Promises, Promises Burt Bacharach Hal David Neil Simon 1968 March 20–23, 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 George Abbott 1938 May 1–4, 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 Morrie Ryskind 1927 February 12–15, 1998 Philip Bosco, Kristin Chenoweth, Jason Danieley, Judy Kuhn, Lynn Redgrave
14 Li'l Abner Gene De Paul Johnny Mercer Norman Panama and Melvin Frank 1959 March 26–30, 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 Arna Bontemps and Countee Cullen 1946 April 30 – May 3, 1998CD Charles S. Dutton, Stanley Wayne Mathis, Wendell Pierce, Vanessa Williams
16 Babes in Arms Richard Rodgers Lorenz Hart Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart 1937 February 11–14, 1999CD Kevin Cahoon, David Campbell, Don Correia, Erin Dilly, Christopher Fitzgerald, Priscilla Lopez, Donna McKechnie, Thommie Walsh
17 Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 Vernon Duke Ira Gershwin Ira Gershwin and David Freedman 1936 March 25–29, 1999CD Kevin Chamberlin, Christine Ebersole, Ruthie Henshall, Peter Scolari, Mary Testa, Karen Ziemba
18 Do Re Mi Jule Styne Betty Comden and Adolph Green Garson Kanin 1960 May 6–9, 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 February 10–13, 2000 Brooks Ashmanskas, Brent Barrett, Roger Bart, Kristin Chenoweth, Peter Friedman, Nancy Opel, Louis Zorich
20 Tenderloin Jerry Bock Sheldon Harnick George Abbott and Jerome Weidman 1960 March 23–27, 2000CD Sarah Uriarte Berry, Debbie Gravitte, David Ogden Stiers, Patrick Wilson
21 Wonderful Town Leonard Bernstein Betty Comden and Adolph Green Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov 1953 May 3–7, 2000BWAY David Aaron Baker, Laura Benanti, Stephen DeRosa, Gregory Jbara, Donna Murphy
22 A Connecticut Yankee Richard Rodgers Lorenz Hart Herbert Fields 1927 February 8–11, 2001 Christine Ebersole, Henry Gibson, Ron Leibman, Jessica Walter
23 Bloomer Girl Harold Arlen E.Y. Harburg Sig Herzig and Fred Saidy 1944 March 22–25, 2001 Philip Bosco, Kathleen Chalfant, Donna Lynne Champlin, Anita Gillette, Kate Jennings Grant, Michael Park, Jubilant Sykes
24 Hair Galt MacDermot Gerome Ragni and James Rado 1967 May 3–7, 2001 Kevin Cahoon, Luther Creek, Gavin Creel, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Brandi Chavonne Massey, Idina Menzel, Miriam Shor
25 Carnival! Bob Merrill Michael Stewart 1961 February 7–10, 2002 Debbie Gravitte, Anne Hathaway, David Margulies, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Douglas Sills
26 Golden Boy Charles Strouse Lee Adams Clifford Odets and William Gibson 1964 March 21–24, 2002 Anastasia Barzee, Norm Lewis, Alfonso Ribeiro
27 The Pajama Game Richard Adler and Jerry Ross George Abbott and Richard Bissell 1954 May 2–6, 2002 Mark Linn-Baker, Brent Barrett, Deidre Goodwin, Daniel Jenkins, Ken Page, Karen Ziemba
28 House of Flowers Harold Arlen Harold Arlen and Truman Capote Truman Capote 1954 February 13–16, 2003 Roscoe Lee Browne, Brandon Victor Dixon, Stacy Francis, Maurice Hines, Nikki M. James, Armelia McQueen, Tonya Pinkins
29 The New Moon Sigmund Romberg Oscar Hammerstein II Oscar Hammerstein II, Frank Mandel, and Laurence Schwab 1928 March 27–30, 2003CD F. Murray Abraham, Rod Gilfry, Simon Jones, Brandon Jovanovich, Burke Moses, Christiane Noll, Danny Rutigliano, Lauren Ward
30 No Strings Richard Rodgers Samuel A. Taylor 1962 May 8–11, 2003 Len Cariou, Penny Fuller, Marc Kudisch, James Naughton, Emily Skinner
31 Can-Can Cole Porter Abe Burrows 1953 February 12–15, 2004 Charlotte d'Amboise, Patti LuPone, Michael Nouri, Reg Rogers, Eli Wallach
32 Pardon My English George Gershwin Ira Gershwin Herbert Fields and Morrie Ryskind 1933 March 25–28, 2004 Rob Bartlett, Brian d'Arcy James, Emily Skinner , Don Stephenson, Jennifer Laura Thompson
33 Bye Bye Birdie Charles Strouse Lee Adams Michael Stewart 1960 May 6–9, 2004 Walter Bobbie, Victoria Clark, Jessica Grové, Daniel Jenkins, Keith Nobbs, Doris Roberts, Karen Ziemba
34 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Arthur Schwartz Dorothy Fields George Abbott and Betty Smith 1951 February 10–13, 2005 Jason Danieley, Emily Skinner
35 Purlie Gary Geld Peter Udell Ossie Davis, Philip Rose, and Peter Udell 1970 March 31 – April 3, 2005 John Cullum, Doug E. Doug, Anika Noni Rose, Blair Underwood, Lillias White
36 The Apple Tree Jerry Bock Sheldon Harnick Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick, and Jerome Coopersmith 1966 May 12–16, 2005BWAY Michael Cerveris, Kristin Chenoweth, Malcolm Gets, James Earl Jones (voice only), Tony Yazbeck
37 Kismet Robert Wright and George Forrest, adapting themes by Alexander Borodin Robert Wright and George Forrest Charles Lederer and Luther Davis 1953 February 9–12, 2006 Tom Aldredge, Danny Gurwin, Marcy Harriell, Randall Duk Kim, Marin Mazzie, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Danny Rutigliano
38 70, Girls, 70 John Kander Fred Ebb Fred Ebb, Norman L. Martin, and Joe Masteroff 1971 March 30 – April 2, 2006 Carleton Carpenter, Ronn Carroll, Mary Jo Catlett, Carole Cook, Bob Dishy, Olympia Dukakis, Anita Gillette, George S. Irving, Charlotte Rae
39 Of Thee I Sing George Gershwin Ira Gershwin George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind 1931 May 11–15, 2006 Wayne Duvall, Jonathan Freeman, Victor Garber, Jefferson Mays, Jenny Powers, Lewis J. Stadlen, Jennifer Laura Thompson
40 Follies Stephen Sondheim James Goldman 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 Moss Hart 1932 March 29 – April 1, 2007CD Walter Bobbie, Judy Kaye, Meredith Patterson, Lee Wilkof
42 Stairway to Paradise Various May 10–14, 2007 Kristin Chenoweth, Christopher Fitzgerald, Jennifer Gambatese, Michael Gruber, Ruthie Henshall, Capathia Jenkins
43 Applause Charles Strouse Lee Adams Betty Comden and Adolph Green 1970 February 7–10, 2008 Kate Burton, Mario Cantone, Erin Davie, Christine Ebersole, Tom Hewitt, Michael Park, Chip Zien
44 Juno Marc Blitzstein Joseph Stein 1959 March 27–30, 2008 Michael Arden, Victoria Clark, Tyler Hanes, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Rosaleen Linehan
45 No, No, Nanette Vincent Youmans Irving Caesar and Otto Harbach Otto Harbach and Frank Mandel, adapted by Burt Shevelove 1925 (revised 1971) 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 and 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 E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy 1947 March 26–29, 2009BWAY Kate Baldwin, Jeremy Bobb, Philip Bosco, Christopher Fitzgerald, Cheyenne Jackson, Jim Norton, Ruben Santiago-Hudson
49 Girl Crazy George Gershwin Ira Gershwin Guy Bolton and John McGowan 1930 November 19–22, 2009 Chris Diamantopoulos, Ana Gasteyer, Wayne Knight, Becki Newton
50 Fanny Harold Rome S. N. Behrman and Joshua Logan 1954 February 4–7, 2010 George Hearn, Priscilla Lopez, Elena Shaddow, James Snyder
51 Anyone Can Whistle Stephen Sondheim Arthur Laurents 1964 April 8–11, 2010 Raúl Esparza, Sutton Foster, Edward Hibbert, Donna Murphy
52 Bells Are Ringing Jule Styne Betty Comden and Adolph Green 1956 November 18–21, 2010 Bobby Cannavale, Will Chase, 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 George Abbott 1948 March 17–20, 2011 Sebastian Arcelus, Rebecca Luker, Rob McClure, Howard McGillin, Jill Paice, Lauren Worsham
55 Merrily We Roll Along Stephen Sondheim George Furth 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 Joseph Fields and Anita Loos 1949 May 9–13, 2012CD Megan Hilty, Rachel York, Aaron Lazar, Clarke Thorell, Stephen R. Buntrock
58 Fiorello! Jerry Bock Sheldon Harnick Jerome Weidman and George Abbott 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 Robert Benton and David Newman 1966 March 20–24, 2013 Alli Mauzey, David Pittu, Jenny Powers, Will Swenson, Edward Watts
60 On Your Toes Richard Rodgers Lorenz Hart Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, and George Abbott 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 Neil Simon 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 1956 April 2–6, 2014 Laura Benanti, Heidi Blickenstaff, Shuler Hensley, Cheyenne Jackson, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Jessica Molaskey
63 Irma La Douce Marguerite Monnot Alexandre Breffort; English version by Julian More, David Heneker, and Monty Norman 1956 (translated 1958) May 7–11, 2014 Malcolm Gets, Rob McClure
64 Lady, Be Good! George Gershwin Ira Gershwin Guy Bolton and Fred Thompson 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, Alexandra Socha
66 Zorba! John Kander Fred Ebb Joseph Stein 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 Lynn Root 1940 February 10–14, 2016 Chuck Cooper. Marva Hicks, LaChanze, Norm Lewis, Michael Potts
68 1776 Sherman Edwards Peter Stone 1969 March 30 – April 3, 2016 John Behlmann, André De Shields, Santino Fontana, Alexander Gemignani, John Larroquette, Christiane Noll, Bryce Pinkham, Jubilant Sykes
69 Do I Hear a Waltz? Richard Rodgers Stephen Sondheim Arthur Laurents 1965 May 11–15, 2016 Claybourne Elder, Melissa Errico, Nancy Opel, Karen Ziemba
70 Big River Roger Miller William Hauptman 1985 February 8–12, 2017 Annie Golden, Kyle Scatliffe, Christopher Sieber, Lauren Worsham
71 The New Yorkers Cole Porter Herbert Fields 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
73 Hey, Look Me Over! Various February 7–11, 2018 Vanessa Williams, Carolee Carmello, Judy Kuhn, Marc Kudisch, Reed Birney, Bebe Neuwirth, Nancy Opel, Douglas Sills, Alexandra Socha
74 Grand Hotel Robert Wright, George Forrest, and Maury Yeston Luther Davis 1989 March 21–25, 2018 Brandon Uranowitz, Heléne Yorke, James Snyder, Irina Dvorovenko, John Dossett
75 Me and My Girl Noel Gay Douglas Furber and L. Arthur Rose Douglas Furber and L. Arthur Rose, revised by Stephen Fry and Mike Ockrent 1937 (revised 1984) May 9–13, 2018 Christian Borle, Laura Michelle Kelly, Harriet Harris, Edward Hibbert
76 Call Me Madam Irving Berlin Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse 1950 February 6–10, 2019 Carmen Cusack, Darrell Hammond, Carol Kane, Lauren Worsham
77 I Married an Angel Richard Rodgers Lorenz Hart Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart 1938 March 20–24, 2019 Mark Evans, Ann Harada, Nikki M. James, Sara Mearns
78 High Button Shoes Jule Styne Sammy Cahn George Abbott and Stephen Longstreet 1947 May 8–12, 2019 Kevin Chamberlin, Michael Urie, Betsy Wolfe
79 Mack and Mabel Jerry Herman Michael Stewart 1974 February 19–23, 2020 Lilli Cooper, Douglas Sills, Alexandra Socha
80 The Tap Dance Kid Henry Krieger Robert Lorick Charles Blackwell 1983 February 2–6, 2022 Alexander Bello, Joshua Henry, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Trevor Jackson
81 The Life Cy Coleman Ira Gasman David Newman, Cy Coleman, and Ira Gasman 1997 March 16–20, 2022 Alexandra Grey, Antwayn Hopper, Ledisi
82 Into the Woods Stephen Sondheim James Lapine 1987 May 4–15, 2022BWAY Sara Bareilles, Denée Benton, Gavin Creel, Jordan Donica, Annie Golden, Ann Harada, Neil Patrick Harris, Heather Headley, David Patrick Kelly, Julia Lester, Shereen Pimentel
83 Dear World Jerry Herman Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee 1969 March 15–19, 2023 Donna Murphy, Brooks Ashmanskas, Andréa Burns, Christopher Fitzgerald, Ann Harada, Kody Jauron, Phillip Johnson Richardson, Samantha Williams
84 Oliver! Lionel Bart 1960 May 3–14, 2023 Raúl Esparza, Lilli Cooper, Tam Mutu, Brad Oscar, Benjamin Pajak, Mary Testa, Julian Lerner, Michael Siberry
85 The Light in the Piazza Adam Guettel Craig Lucas 2005 June 21–25, 2023 Ruthie Ann Miles, Anna Zavelson, James D. Gish, Ivan Hernandez, Andréa Burns, Shereen Ahmed, Rodd Cyrus
86 Once Upon a Mattress Mary Rodgers Marshall Barer Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer 1959 January 21–28, 2024BWAY Sutton Foster, Michael Urie, Nikki Renée Daniels, Cheyenne Jackson, Harriet Harris, J. Harrison Ghee, David Patrick Kelly, Francis Jue
87 Jelly's Last Jam Jelly Roll Morton and Luther Henderson Susan Birkenhead George C. Wolfe 1992 February 21–25, 2024 Nicholas Christopher, John Clay III, Joaquina Kalukango, Tiffany Mann, Billy Porter, Leslie Uggams, Okieriete Onaodowan, Alaman Diadhiou
88 Titanic Maury Yeston Peter Stone 1997 June 12–16, 2024 Bonnie Milligan, Chuck Cooper, Eddie Cooper, Drew Gehling, Ramin Karimloo, Emilie Kouatchou, Judy Kuhn, Brandon Uranowitz, Samantha Williams, Chip Zien
89 Urinetown Mark Hollmann Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis Greg Kotis 2001 February 5–16, 2025
90 Love Life Kurt Weill Alan Jay Lerner 1948 March 26—30, 2025
91 The Wild Party Michael John LaChiusa Michael John LaChiusa and George C. Wolfe 2000 April 30–May 11, 2025

Two Encores! productions scheduled for the spring of 2020 were canceled due to COVID-19. Kurt Weill and Alan Jay Lerner's 1948 musical Love Life was to have starred Kate Baldwin and Brian Stokes Mitchell; a revised version of Jeanine Tesori and Dick Scanlan's 2002 musical Thoroughly Modern Millie was to have starred Ashley Park.


Title Playwright Year Voices! Run Stars
1 Arsenic and Old Lace Joseph Kesselring 1941 November 11, 2000 Alec Baldwin, Celeste Holm, Joanne Woodward
2 Little Murders Jules Feiffer 1967 January 30, 2001 Blythe Danner, Jules Feiffer, Christopher Fitzgerald, Joel Grey
3 The Devil and Daniel Webster Stephen Vincent Benét 1939 March 13, 2001 Eric Bogosian, James Naughton

Encores! Summer Stars

Title Music Lyrics Book Year Encores! Summer Stars Run Stars
1 Gypsy Jule Styne Stephen Sondheim Arthur Laurents 1959 July 9–29, 2007BWAY Laura Benanti, Alison Fraser, Boyd Gaines, Leigh Ann Larkin, Patti LuPone, Nancy Opel, Tony Yazbeck
2 Damn Yankees Richard Adler and Jerry Ross George Abbott and Douglass Wallop 1955 July 5–27, 2008 Randy Graff, Sean Hayes, Cheyenne Jackson, Jane Krakowski, Megan Lawrence, Michael Mulheren
3 The Wiz Charlie Smalls William F. Brown 1975 June 12 – July 5, 2009 Tichina Arnold, Ashanti, Joshua Henry, James Monroe Iglehart, Orlando Jones, LaChanze, Dawnn Lewis

Encores! Off-Center

Title Music Lyrics Book Year Encores! Off-Center Run Stars
1 The Cradle Will Rock 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, adapted by David Auburn 2001 June 25–28, 2014 Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Karen Olivo
5 Randy Newman's Faust Randy Newman 1995 July 1, 2014 Michael Cerveris, Randy Newman, Laura Osnes, Vonda Shepard, Tony Vincent
6 Pump Boys and Dinettes John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann 1981 July 16–19, 2014 Hunter Foster, Mamie Parris, Randy Redd, Katie Thompson, Jordan Dean
7 A New Brain William Finn William Finn and James Lapine 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 2000 July 15–18, 2015 Brandon Victor Dixon, Sutton Foster, Joaquina Kalukango, Steven Pasquale, Miriam Shor
10 Runaways Elizabeth Swados 1978 July 6–9, 2016 Sophia Anne Caruso, Mj Rodriguez
11 Off-Center Jamboree Various July 16, 2016 Sutton Foster, Jonathan Groff
12 God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater Alan Menken Howard Ashman and Dennis Green Howard Ashman 1979 July 27–30, 2016CD Skylar Astin, Santino Fontana, James Earl Jones
13 Assassins Stephen Sondheim John Weidman 1990 July 12–15, 2017 Steven Boyer, Alex Brightman, Victoria Clark, Shuler Hensley, Steven Pasquale
14 The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin Kirsten Childs 2000 July 26–27, 2017 Nikki M. James
15 Really Rosie Carole King Maurice Sendak 1980 August 2–5, 2017 Taylor Caldwell
16 Songs for a New World Jason Robert Brown 1995 June 27–30, 2018CD Shoshana Bean, Colin Donnell, Mykal Kilgore, Solea Pfeiffer
17 Gone Missing Michael Friedman Steve Cosson 2003 July 11–12, 2018 Taylor Mac
18 Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope Micki Grant 1971 July 25–28, 2018
19 Working Various Various Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso 1978 June 26–29, 2019 Helen Hunt, Christopher Jackson, Javier Muñoz, Tracie Thoms
20 Promenade Al Carmines María Irene Fornés 1965 July 10–11, 2019
21 Road Show Stephen Sondheim John Weidman 2008 July 24–27, 2019 Raúl Esparza, Brandon Uranowitz

Special Events

Title Music Lyrics Book Year Run Stars
1 Cotton Club Parade Various November 18–22, 2011BWAY
2 A Bed and A Chair Stephen Sondheim November 13–17, 2013 Jeremy Jordan, Norm Lewis, Bernadette Peters
3 The Band Wagon Arthur Schwartz Howard Dietz Douglas Carter Beane 1931 November 6–16, 2014 Michael Berresse, Michael McKean, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Laura Osnes, Tony Sheldon, Tracey Ullman
4 Annie Get Your Gun Irving Berlin Dorothy Fields and Herbert Fields 1946 October 27–28, 2015 Megan Hilty, Andy Karl, Judy Kaye, Brad Oscar, Ron Raines
5 Sunday in the Park with George Stephen Sondheim James Lapine 1984 October 24–26, 2016BWAY Annaleigh Ashford, Carmen Cusack, Jake Gyllenhaal, Phylicia Rashad
6 Brigadoon Frederick Loewe Alan Jay Lerner 1947 November 15–19, 2017CD Stephanie J. Block, Robert Fairchild, Aasif Mandvi, Kelli O'Hara, Patrick Wilson
7 A Chorus Line Marvin Hamlisch Edward Kleban James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante 1975 November 14–18, 2018 Jay Armstrong Johnson, Robyn Hurder, Tony Yazbeck
8 Evita Andrew Lloyd Webber Tim Rice 1978 November 13–24, 2019 Enrique Acevedo, Jason Gotay, Solea Pfeiffer
9 Parade Jason Robert Brown Alfred Uhry 1998 November 1–6, 2022 BWAY Ben Platt, Micaela Diamond, Gaten Matarazzo
10 Pal Joey Richard Rodgers Lorenz Hart Richard LaGravenese and Daniel "Koa" Beaty November 1–5, 2023 Brooks Ashmanskas, Jennifer Holliday, Aisha Jackson, Elizabeth Stanley, Ephraim Sykes
11 Ragtime Stephen Flaherty Lynn Ahrens Terrence McNally 1996 October 30–November 10, 2024 Joshua Henry, Caissie Levy, Brandon Uranowitz


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


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