On Nov. 16 and 17, the famed New York institution — now celebrating its 60th anniversary season — will offer concerts directed and choreographed by Graciela Daniele with musical direction by Rob Fisher. The concerts will features songs from an array of musicals that have been presented at City Center since its opening in 1943. Concertgoers can expect to hear tunes from Porgy and Bess, presented at City Center in 1943; Fiorello (1962); Carousel (1957), Brigadoon (1962) and Finian's Rainbow (1966). In a statement City Center President & CEO Arlene Shuler said, "City Center was established in 1943 as the city's first and foremost arts center. Since then it has played host to groundbreaking companies who have changed the landscape of music and dance in America. It makes perfect sense that for this historic anniversary we resurrect the brilliance that has inhabited this landmark space, and play host to some of the musical classics that are as essential to this building as its bricks and mortar."
The Encores! Bash concerts will be presented Nov. 16 at 2 and 7:30 PM and again on Nov. 17 at 8 PM. Casting will be announced shortly. Tickets — priced $25-$90 — are available at the City Center box office (West 55th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues) or by calling (212) 581-1212. Benefactor seats are also available, for $500 or $1,000. For more information visit www.citycenter.org.
As previously announced the City Center Encores! season will include Cole Porter's Can-Can, the Gershwins' Pardon My English and the crowd pleaser, Bye Bye Birdie.