PHOTO CALL: Laura Osnes, Tony Vincent, Vonda Shepard, Michael Cerveris and More Have a Devil of a Time in Randy Newman's Faust; Curtain Call and Party

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02 Jul 2014

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

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



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Brooklyn Shuck, Michael Cerveris, Vonda Shepard, Randy Newman, Isaiah Johnson, Laura Osnes and Tony Vincent
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN



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.