City Center Encores! 2017
The City Center puts on incredible limited engagement productions each year at great prices. I paid $25 a couple of years ago to see The Wild Party starring Sutton Foster and Steven Pasquale. It was one of the best performances I’ve ever seen in New York and the audience couldn’t have been more boisterous. Besides the crowd enjoyment, I couldn’t forget the cool ancillary programming alongside their season. With The Wild Party came historical lessons in dances crazes during prohibition in the lobby before the show. The ancillary programming has yet to be announced but their 2017 season was announced in May and we cannot wait…
From February 8th-12th, a special production of Big River will have all of seven performances! Based on Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, the musical has an amalgam of styles of music: bluegrass, honky tonk, and gospel. Tickets for this production start at $35. Stars like Christopher Sieber(Spamalot), Lauren Worsham(Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), and Tony Sheldon (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) will be among the cast.
The New Yorkers: A Sociological Musical Satire
Set during prohibition, this musical reconstructs the 1930 show by Cole Porter that was lost to time and lack of upkeep. It is made possible by the Joseph S. and Diane H. Steinberg Broadway Musical Restoration Fund who provided the loose ends of music for the reconstruction. The production is set for March 22nd-26th and will hopefully live up to its name as one of the most ambitious musical reconstructions of its time: “The musical centers on featherbrained socialite Alice Miller, whose bootlegger beau leads her on a madcap romp from Park Avenue to Sing Sing and back again”.
The Golden Apple
The Golden Apple will run from May 10th-14th and is another ambitious production. The plot is based on The Iliad and The Odyssey. Its creators, Jerome Moross (Music) and John Latouche (Book), premiered it in 1954. Instead of Ancient Rome, the plot is set for 1950s USA. It sounds like a flop of a musical to me but it seems that critics liked it at the time.
Any of these productions would be well worth the $35 ticket. Playbill will be announcing more stars for the Encore season at the City Center and we hope we’ll be seeing more familiar faces!