There's Music in the Air at City Center Beginning Feb. 5

News   There's Music in the Air at City Center Beginning Feb. 5
 
The acclaimed City Center Encores! season continues Feb. 5 with the first performance of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's Music in the Air.
Kristin Chenoweth and Douglas Sills
Kristin Chenoweth and Douglas Sills Photo by Joan Marcus

Directed by Gary Griffin with choreography by Michael Lichtefeld, the limited engagement will play the famed Manhattan venue through Feb. 8.

The cast boasts Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth, who stepped in for the originally announced Marin Mazzie (Mazzie departed due to the recent death of her father), and Marni Nixon (stepping in for Sally Ann Howes, who departed during rehearsals due to illness) as well as The Little Mermaid's Sierra Boggess as Sieglinde Lessing, Tony winner Dick Latessa as Herr Direktor Kirschner, theatre veteran Walter Charles as Cornelius, Anne L. Nathan as Marthe, Tom Alan Robbins as Dr. Walther Lessing, Tony nominee Douglas Sills as Bruno Mahler, Ryan Silverman as Karl Reder, David Schramm as Ernst Weber and Robert Sella as Uppman.

Music in the Air, which features music by Jerome Kern and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, has been restored by the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization. The musical, according to press notes, "is a musical romance, with the wit and elegance of an Ernst Lubitsch film. It's the story of a Bavarian music teacher (Robbins), his beautiful young daughter (Boggess), and the daughter's suitor, who travel to the big, bad city of Munich where they encounter a cast of self-involved, egotistical theater folk who promise them fame, fortune and romance. Kristin Chenoweth and Douglas Sills play a Diva (Chenoweth) and an operetta librettist (Sills) who take the young couple under their wings (and claws)."

Songs include "I've Told Ev'ry Little Star" and "The Song Is You." Rob Berman music directs and conducts.

Show times are Feb. 5 at 8 PM, Feb. 6 at 8 PM, Feb. 7 at 2 and 8 PM and Feb. 8 at 6:30 PM. Tickets for the 2008-2009 Encores! season are available by visiting the City Center box office (West 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues), by calling (212) 581-1212 or by visiting www.nycitycenter.org.

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The current Encores! season will conclude with Finian's Rainbow, March 26-29.

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