Harriet Harris, Judy Kaye, Lee Wilkof, Tony Yazbeck, Rachel York and More Will Join Christian Borle in Encores! Little Me
By Andrew Gans
Additional casting has been announced for the City Center Encores! production of Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh's Little Me, which will play the famed Manhattan venue Feb. 5-9.
The opening production of the 2014 Encores! season will be directed by John Rando with music direction by Rob Berman and choreography by Joshua Bergasse.
The previously announced Christian Borle will be joined by Robert Creighton (multiple parts), David Garrison (Patrick Dennis), Harriet Harris (Mrs. Eggleston), Judy Kaye (Older Belle), Lewis J. Stadlen (Bennie Buchsbaum), Lee Wilkof (Bernie Buchsbaum), Tony Yazbeck (George Musgrove) and Rachel York (Belle).
The company will also feature Cameron Adams, Stanley Bahorek, Meggie Cansler, Gaelen Gilliland, Arlo Hill, Reed Kelly, Justin Keyes, Eloise Kropp, Josh Lamon, Jenny Laroche, Samantha Massell, Skye Mattox, Paul McGill, Jason Mills, Vivian Nixon, Lindsay O¹Neil, Manuel Stark, Clay Thomson, Kathy Voytko and Amos Wolff.
Based on the novel "Little Me: The Intimate Memoirs of that Great Star of Stage, Screen and Television/Belle Poitrine," by Patrick Dennis, Little Me has a book by Neil Simon, music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Carolyn Leigh. The original production starred Sid Caesar as Belle's six love interests. It opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre Nov. 17, 1962, and ran for 257 performances.
Little Me, Simon's first musical, "is the story of the glamorous Belle Poitrine (Rachel York as young Belle, Judy Kaye as older Belle), a self-invented celebrity who has spent her life in pursuit of wealth, culture and social position," according to press notes. "Tony Award-winner Christian Borle will play all six of Belle's oddball lovers, who range from an innocent college boy to an octogenarian lecher to the dying king of a tiny European country that doesn't seem to exist."
Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased at the New York City Center Box Office (West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues), through CityTix at (212) 581-1212 or online at www.NYCityCenter.org.
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