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Baldwin, Sills, Socha, and Stokes cast for 2020 Encores! season
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 11:04 am EDT 08/22/19

New York City Center announces casting for 2020 Encores! season

Encores! single tickets on sale Sep 23 for Members; Sep 30 for general public

Tickets for Nederlands Dans Theater, Flamenco Festival 20/20, and more
on sale Sep 3 for Members; Sep 9 for general public

New York City Center today announced select casting for the 2020 Encores! season. The Tony-honored series, led by Artistic Director Jack Viertel and Music Director Rob Berman, opens with Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart’s love letter to the silent film era, Mack & Mabel (Feb 19 – 23). Directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes, the production will star Tony Award nominee Douglas Sills (War Paint) as pioneering filmmaker Mack Sennett and Alexandra Socha (Head Over Heels) as his first great discovery and muse, the comedienne Mabel Normand. The pair were featured in selections from the show as part of Hey, Look Me Over! in the Encores! at 25 season.

Love Life (Mar 18 – 22), music and lyrics by Kurt Weill and Alan Jay Lerner, is a journey across American history seen through the eyes of a family that never ages—accentuated with entertaining vaudevillian acts that comment on the evolution of the “American Dream.” Directed by Tony Award winner Victoria Clark, with choreography by JoAnn Hunter, the production will star Tony Award nominee Kate Baldwin (Hello, Dolly!, Finian's Rainbow) and Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell (Shuffle Along, 2016) as Susan and Sam Cooper. Described by Lerner as "a cavalcade of American marriage," the 1948 work is considered by some to be the first “concept musical” and was an inspiration for generations of musical theater creators.

The third production of the season, as previously announced, will star Ashley Park (Mean Girls) in Dick Scanlan and Jeanine Tesori’s Tony Award-winning tribute to the indomitable spirit of New York, Thoroughly Modern Millie (May 6 – 10). Tony-nominated choreographer Camille A. Brown joins the artistic team of Encores! Resident Director Lear deBessonet and creative consultant Lauren Yee. The team of artists, working with the show’s authors, will explore the work with a fresh perspective to deliver a thoroughly modern Thoroughly Modern Millie.

All three Encores! productions will feature The Encores! Orchestra under the direction of Encores! Music Director Rob Berman.

The City Center 2019 – 2020 Season opens October 1 (through October 13) with the annual Fall for Dance Festival featuring four world premiere City Center commissions and artists from Argentina, Canada, France, Russia, Sweden, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Other season highlights include the return of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake; cutting edge performances by Nederlands Dans Theater featuring works by Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, Gabriela Carrizo, and Marco Goecke; and Flamenco Festival 20/20, celebrating the 20th season of this citywide event with performances by Rocío Molina, María Pagés, Manuel Liñán, Mercedes Ruiz, Eduardo Guerroro, and María Moreno.

Mathew Bourne’s Swan Lake and Houston Ballet tickets are currently on sale. Tickets for Nederlands Dance Theater, Flamenco Festival 20/20, and all remaining engagements go on sale Tuesday, September 3 for Members (excluding Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater) and Monday, September 9 for the general public. Fall for Dance Festival tickets go on sale Sunday, September 8 at 11am.

Subscribe to all three Encores! shows and secure seat locations before single tickets go on sale. Subscribers only pay a one-time handling fee per subscription order—a savings of $20 or more over buying at least a pair of single tickets for all three Encores! shows. Subscriptions can be purchased online at NYCityCenter.org. Single tickets, starting at $35, go on sale Monday, September 23 for Members and Monday, September 30 for general public.

All single tickets can be purchased online at NYCityCenter.org, by calling 212.581.1212, or in person at the City Center Box Office. New York City Center is located at 131 W 55th St between Sixth and Seventh avenues.

Major support for the 2020 Encores! season is made possible by the Stacey and Eric Mindich Fund for Musical Theater. Season Sponsors include Roz and Jerry Meyer, The Shubert Foundation, and the Stephanie and Fred Shuman Fund for Encores! Additional support is provided by The Frederick Loewe Foundation, The SHS Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc., and The Ted Snowdon Foundation. Support for Mack & Mabel is provided by Margot and John Ernst, the Marta Heflin Foundation and the Leo Shull Foundation for the Arts.

New York City Center gratefully acknowledges Fall for Dance Festival Lead Sponsor Bloomberg Philanthropies. Major Support is provided by Jody and John Arnhold. City Center is also grateful to Presenting Partners Perry and Marty Granoff, Caroline Howard Hyman, Denise R. Sobel, and Barbara and David Zalaznick. Leadership support for dance at New York City Center is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation and The Harkness Foundation for Dance.Support for new dance works at New York City Center is provided by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Support for the Arts Access Fund is provided by the JLGreene Arts Access Fund in The New York Community Trust and the Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund.

New York City Center thanks Lisa and Richard Witten for their generous support of the Artistic Innovation Fund.

New York City Center is a city-owned facility and is supported by funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Encores!, Encores! Off-Center, and Dance Programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

NEW YORK CITY CENTER (Arlene Shuler, President & CEO) has played a defining role in the cultural life of the city since 1943. The distinctive neo-Moorish theater welcomes over 300,000 annual visitors to experience internationally acclaimed artists on the same stage where legends like George Balanchine, Leonard Bernstein, and Barbara Cook made their mark. Its landmark 75th Anniversary Season (2018 – 2019) paid tribute to this rich history and celebrated the institution’s singular role in the arts today. City Center’s Tony-honored Encores! series has celebrated the tradition of American musical theater for over 25 years. In 2013, City Center launched the Encores! Off-Center series, which brings today’s innovative artists into contact with groundbreaking musicals from the more recent past. Dance has also been integral to the institution’s mission from the start and programs like the annual Fall for Dance Festival, with all tickets $15, remain central to City Center’s identity. Home to a roster of renowned national and international companies including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (City Center’s Principal Dance Company) and Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City Center is Manhattan’s first performing arts center, founded by Mayor Fiorello La Guardia with the mission of making the best in music, theater, and dance accessible to all audiences. That mission continues today through its dynamic programming, art exhibitions, studio events, and master classes, which are complemented by education and community engagement programs that bring the performing arts to over 11,000 New York City students, teachers, and families each year. NYCityCenter.org
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