Of Thee I Sing to Complete City Center Encores! Season

News   Of Thee I Sing to Complete City Center Encores! Season Of Thee I Sing — which boasts a score by George and Ira Gershwin and a book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind — will be the final offering of the 2006 City Center Encores! season.

Playbill.com has learned that the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical will be presented May 11-15, 2006, as part of the Encores! series. Of Thee I Sing, a satirical look at American politics, opened on Broadway in December 1931. Song titles include "Wintergreen for President," "Love Is Sweeping the Country," "A Kiss for Cinderella," "Who Cares?," "Posterity Is Just Around the Corner" and the title tune.

Of Thee I Sing joins the previously announced 2006 Encores! offerings Kismet and 70, Girls, 70. Kismet — starring Brian Stokes Mitchell and Marin Mazzie — will play City Center Feb. 9-12, 2006. John Kander and Fred Ebb's 70, Girls, 70 — the musical comedy about "old folks" and a heist caper — is set to play March 30-April 2, 2006.

Kismet, originally billed as "a Musical Arabian Night" in 1953, is a rollicking and romantic look at Middle-Eastern life borrowing themes from the Russian composer Alexander Borodin. The book is by Charles Lederer and Luther Davis, drawn from a play by Edward Knoblock, with music and lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forrest (Grand Hotel, Song of Norway, Kean). The score includes "Stranger in Paradise," "Baubles, Bangles and Beads" and the raucous "Not Since Nineveh."

70, Girls, 70 originally featured a cast of seniors, including Mildred Natwick, Lillian Roth, Lillian Hayman and Hans Conried. The score, which offers vaudeville-style turns mixed into a loose plot, includes "Home," "Go Visit Your Grandmother," "Do We?," "Coffee in a Cardboard Cup," "Old Folks," "Yes," "The Elephant Song," a title song, "Hit It, Lorraine" and more. In the conceit, the performers would turn to their musical director with the cue, "Hit it, Lorraine."

Subscription prices to all three productions in the Tony Award-honored Encores! series are $270 for the Orchestra, Grand Tier, and Mid-mezzanine; and $120 for the Rear Mezzanine and Front Gallery. Individual tickets prices are $90 (Orchestra, Grand Tier, Mid-mezzanine), $50 (Rear Mezzanine, Front Gallery) and $25 (Rear Gallery). For more information, visit www.citycenter.org.