Tony Yazbeck Will Join Christian Borle in Encores! Little Me
By Adam Hetrick
Tony Yazbeck, who starred as Tulsa in the 2008 revival of Gypsy, will join Tony Award winner Christian Borle in the City Center Encores! production of the Cy Coleman-Carolyn Leigh musical Little Me.
John Rando (A Christmas Story, Urinetown) will stage Little Me, which launches the Encores! season Feb. 5-9, 2014. Newly added to the creative team is Emmy-winning choreographer Joshua Bergasse ("Smash"). The musical features a score by Coleman and Leigh and a book by Neil Simon.
Yazbeck (Chicago, White Christmas, A Chorus Line) will play George Musgrove, opposite the previously announced Borle (Peter and the Starcatcher, "Smash"), who will take on the task of playing all seven romantic leading male roles in the musical comedy.
According to Encores!, "Little Me is the story of the glamorous Belle Poitrine, a self-invented celebrity who has spent her life in pursuit of wealth, culture and social position. Her seven oddball lovers are played by one actor: seven plum roles, from an innocent college boy to an octogenarian lecher to the dying king of a tiny European country that doesn’t seem to exist."
Based on the novel "Little Me: The Intimate Memoirs of that Great Star of Stage, Screen and Television/Belle Poitrine" by "Auntie Mame" author Patrick Dennis, the original musical starred Sid Caesar as Belle's seven love interests. It opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre Nov. 17, 1962, and ran for 257 performances. Songs include "I've Got Your Number," "Real Live Girl" and "The Other Side of the Tracks."
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