Chenoweth, Chamberlin and More Build a Stairway to Paradise Beginning May 10

News   Chenoweth, Chamberlin and More Build a Stairway to Paradise Beginning May 10 Stairway to Paradise, the final City Center Encores! offering of the season, begins performances at the West Side venue May 10. The starry company features Kristin Chenoweth, Kevin Chamberlin, Christopher Fitzgerald, Ruthie Henshall and Capathia Jenkins.

Kevin Chamberlain and Christopher Fitzgerald star in Stairway to Paradise.
Kevin Chamberlain and Christopher Fitzgerald star in Stairway to Paradise. Photo by Joan Marcus

Tony winner Jerry Zaks directs the revue that was created for the acclaimed City Center series. With choreography by Warren Carlyle and musical direction by Rob Berman, Stairway will play six performances through May 14.

The complete cast for Stairway to Paradise features Kristin Chenoweth (Female Star), Kevin Chamberlin (Comic #1), Christopher Fitzgerald (Comic #2), Jenn Gambatese (The Girl), Michael Gruber (Joe), Shonn Wiley (The Boy), J. Mark McVey (The Tenor), Holly Cruikshank (Pas de Deux Specialty), Kendrick Jones (Dance Soloist Tapper), Capathia Jenkins (The African American Woman) and Ruthie Henshall (The Sophisticated Woman).

The ensemble comprises Timothy J. Alex, Robin Campbell, Erin Crouch, Susan Derry, Lianne Marie Dobbs, Emily Fletcher, Bob Gaynor, Laura Griffith, Dale Hensley, Renee Klapmeyer, Barrett Martin, Sean McKnight, James Patterson, Eric Santagata, Kiira Schmidt, Dennis Stowe, Sarrah Strimel, Kevin Vortmann, J.D. Webster and Teal Wicks.

Stairway to Paradise features songs and sketches from such classic Broadway revues as The Band Wagon, As Thousands Cheer, Pins and Needles, Call Me Mister, The Garrick Gaieties and New Faces of 1952. Theatregoers can expect to hear such tunes as "The Land Where the Good Songs Go," "Everything in America Is Ragtime," "The Maiden with the Dreamy Eyes," "Oh! How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning," "Manhattan," "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan," "Memories of You," "Doin' the New Low-Down," "My Handy Man Ain't Handy No More," "Brother Can You Spare a Dime?," "Supper Time," "Triplets," "This is the Army Mr. Jones," "Guess Who I Saw Today," among others.

The design team includes John Lee Beatty (scenic consultant), William Ivey Long (costume coordinator), Paul Gallo (lighting design) and Tom Morse (sound). Show times are May 10 at 8 PM, May 11 at 8 PM, May 12 at 2 and 8 PM, May 13 at 6:30 PM and May 14 at 7 PM (benefit performance).

Tickets, priced $25-$90, are available by calling (212) 581-1212 or by visiting www.nycitycenter.org. City Center is located in Manhattan at West 55th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues.

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The 2007 City Center Encores! season is devoted to the Broadway revue. The season kicked off Feb. 8-12 with Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's Follies, co-starring Victoria Clark and Donna Murphy. A full-scale restoration of Face the Music, the 1932 Irving Berlin Moss Hart revue-inspired musical, followed, playing March 29-April 1.

Ruthie Henshall, Kristin Chenoweth, and Capathia Jenkins star in the Encores! production of <i>Stairway to Paradise</i>.
Ruthie Henshall, Kristin Chenoweth, and Capathia Jenkins star in the Encores! production of Stairway to Paradise. Photo by Joan Marcus