New York City Center has announced casting for its upcoming Encores! production of The New Yorkers, Cole Porter’s 1930 Prohibition musical inspired by cartoonist Peter Arno’s work for The New Yorker. Among the cast are Tam Mutu, Scarlett Strallen, Arnie Burton and Kevin Chamberlin.
Directed by John Rando, the concert revival will run March 22–26 at New York City Center.
In The New Yorkers, Strallen will play socialite Alice Wentworth, whose bootlegger lover, Al Spanish (Mutu), leads her on the adventure of a lifetime in New York City—from Park Avenue to Sing Sing and back again.
“Bullets fly and bathtub gin flows in Cole Porter’s The New Yorkers, a gleefully amoral celebration of speakeasies, gangsters, society dames, and the great city they love,“ read Encores! production notes.
The musical features music and lyrics by Porter, and a book by Herbert Fields, based on a story by E. Ray Goetz and Arno.
Much of the original material for the musical had been lost, with the only surviving material consisting of copies of the script with with barely decipherable notes from a stage manager. Encores! Artistic Director Jack Viertel, along with a research team and music director Rob Berman, have worked at piecing the show back together, making edits and inserting additional Porter songs. Encores! researchers also discovered missing songs written by the show’s original star Jimmy Durante Durante in a Los Angeles archive.
Berman has developed the arrangements for the revival, which will be orchestrated by Josh Clayton and Larry Moore. The Encores! production will feature musical direction by Berman and choreography by Chris Bailey.
The ensemble will be made up of Matt Bauman, Sam Bolen, Christine DiGiallonardo, Brian Flores, Tessa Grady, Matthew Griffin, Curtis Holland, Evan Kasprzak, Marina Lazzaretto, Kathryn McCreary, Timothy McDevitt, Kristyn Pope, Mariah Reshea Reives, Lindsay Roberts, Brendan Stimson, Cody Williams, and Joseph Wiggan.
The score restoration for The New Yorkers was made possible by The Joseph S. and Diane H. Steinberg Broadway Musical Restoration Fund and Denise R. Sobel.
For tickets and more information visit NYCityCenter.org.