Encores! Announces 2017 Season
With one final production in store for the 2016 season, New York City Center’s Encore! series has officially lined up its 2017 season. Continuing to bring to life shows that would not be able to withstand a commercial life on Broadway today, Encores! 2017 combines a very well-know musical, one rarely heard of and one incredibly respected yet never revived. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Encores! has announced it’s 2017 season at New York City Center!
Encores! proudly announced Big River, The New Yorkers and The Golden Apple would be presented during the program’s 2017 season at New York City Center. Big River will run February 8th through February 12th, The New Yorkers will run March 22nd through March 26th and The Golden Apple will run May 10th through May 14th. All performances will run Wednesday through Sunday with a 7:30 PM curtain on Wednesday and Thursdays, a 8 PM curtain on Fridays and Saturdays and a 2 PM curtain on Saturday and Sundays. All productions will feature the Encores! orchestra. Tickets to subscribers go on sale July 25th and open up to the general public September 26th. Tickets begin at $35.
The mission of Encores! at New York City Center is to not only honor Broadway musicals that may never be revived again unable to fulfill a commercial life, but to also honor those artists and creative team members who helped conceive and mount the original productions. If you visit New York City Center’s website, it’s mission statement reads; “New York City Center Encores! (Artistic Director Jack Viertel (Pictured Left) and Music Director Rob Berman), celebrates the rarely heard works of America’s most important composers and lyricists. Conceived in 1994 as concert performances, Encores! gives three glorious scores the chance to be heard as their creators originally intended.” (Thanks to Joan Marcus for the photo left!) That being said, let’s take a closer look at the 2017 Encore! season…
Big River, which features music and lyrics by Roger Miller with a book by William Hauptman, debuted on Broadway in 1985 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre and ran for over 1,000 performances proving itself as one of the successful American Broadway musicals during the midst of the British invasion of Broadway in the 1980s. The show has only been revived on Broadway once in 2003 running at the American Airlines Theatre for 28 previews and 67 performances. The show featured both deaf and hearing actors working together to tell the story and opening up its accessibility to audiences.
The New Yorkers, which features music and lyrics by Cole Porter with a book by Herbert Fields, premiered on Broadway in 1930 at the Broadway Theatre, making it the first stage production to play the theatre. The show opened to mixed reviews while one of its songs was banned from the radio due to its “frank lyrics”. The show closed after only 168 performances and has never been revived on Broadway. It has been noted the reconstruction of this musical for Encores! is “the most ambitious reconstruction ever” as much of the original show materials have been lost over time.
The Golden Apple, which features music by Jerome Moross with book and lyrics by John Treville Latouche, premiered on Broadway in 1954 at the Alvin Theatre (Neil Simon) where it played for only 125 performances despite rave reviews. The show transferred to Broadway following a successful run Off-Broadway at the Phoenix Theatre and was the first Off-Broadway show to win the Best Musical award from the New York Drama Critics’ Circle that year. Despite it’s critical acclaim, the show has never been revived on Broadway and was only recorded for the first time in 2015.
Luner on Theatre will continue to bring you news from New York City Center regarding both the Encores! and Encores! Off-Center series. We’ll be covering the final production of the 2016 season as well as the 2016 Encores! Off-Center series this summer!