Stage and screen star John Malkovich will head the cast of the Cherry Orchard Festival production, which will play the famed Manhattan venue May 31-June 2, 2013. Tickets will go on sale Sept. 4.
Under the direction of Michael Sturminger, Malkovich, as the Venetian author and adventurer Giacomo Casanova, and Ingeborga Dapkünaité will perform scenes from Casanova's 1790 memoir, "Histoire de ma vie."
As Casanova reminisces about one of his close friends, Mozart's librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte, audiences will hear excerpts from some of Mozart's best-known operas, Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro, performed live by a Wiener Academy Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Martin Haselböck.
The upcoming season will also feature a return engagement of City Center’s acclaimed production of Duke Ellington’s Cotton Club Parade, Nov. 14-18, 2012. Conceived by Jack Viertel, the production will again be directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, with music direction by Jazz at Lincoln Center artistic director Wynton Marsalis. The show will feature the Jazz at Lincoln Center All Stars under the direction of Daryl Waters.
Cotton Club Parade, according to City Center, is a "celebration of Ellington’s years at the famed Harlem nightclub in the 1920s and ‘30s, when the joint was jumping with revues featuring big band swing and blues." As previously reported, New York City Center's Encores! concert series will return to its roots in 2013 — its 20th season — with a presentation of Fiorello!, the title that launched the popular organization in 1994. Concert revivals of It's a Bird…It's a Plane…It's Superman and Rodgers & Hart's On Your Toes are also planned. Read more about the City Center Encores! series here.
Tickets for all New York City Center events can be purchased online at www.NYCityCenter.org, by calling (212) 581-1212, or at the City Center Box Office at 131 W. 55th St. For more information visit www.NYCityCenter.org