Michael Cerveris, Randy Newman, Laura Osnes, Tony Vincent Are Part of Randy Newman's Faust: The Concert Tonight

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01 Jul 2014

Michael Cerveris
Michael Cerveris

Randy Newman's Faust: The Concert, the second Encores! Off-Center presentation of the 2014 season, is presented July 1 at 7:30 PM at City Center.

Directed by Thomas Kail and choreographed by Marcos Santana, the cast comprises Michael Cerveris, Isaiah Johnson, Randy Newman, Laura Osnes, Vonda Shepard, Brooklyn Shuck, Tony Vincent and Broadway Inspirational Voices.

Jeanine Tesori is the Encores! Off-Center artistic director; Chris Fenwick is its music director.

Randy Newman's Faust: The Concert, with music and lyrics by Randy Newman, is, according to Newman, “like Goethe’s Faust Pt. 1, but more complex psychologically; more like Pt. 2 but not the product of an ordered mind. The Lord and the Devil are childhood friends who in adulthood* have a falling out. The Devil is expelled from Heaven, somewhat arbitrarily some might say, and though he reigns in Hell, he longs to return to his childhood home. He goes up to visit Heaven for the first time in a long while. He finds the Lord and tells him Man is bad, and should never have been created**. The Lord says that He doesn’t make mistakes. As they did in the 12th, 14th and 16th centuries***, they bet on it, pick a young Notre Dame freshman as a representative specimen and hilarity ensues."

([*] Goethe’s word; [**] Goethe’s word order; [***] Goethe’s dangling modifier)

The musical opened in 1995 at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego and was revived at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago in 1996.

Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at the New York City Center Box Office (West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues), by calling (212) 581-1212, or online at NYCityCenter.org.