Encores! History: By the Number

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The upcoming production of Fanny will be the 50th Encores! musical produced by New York City Center since the series kicked off in 1994.

What follows are some interesting historical tidbits about the series by the number:

1 Tony Award for Excellence in Theater.

8 days of rehearsal for each show, plus 1 day of dress rehearsal and 5 performances.

1,500 actors have performed in these 50 productions.

246 people have been subscribers for all shows.

50 shows supported by Newman’s Own Foundation and its benefactors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.

50 sets designed by John Lee Beatty.

50 shows cast by casting director Jay Binder.

50 shows where Broadway legend Seymour Red Press acted as music coordinator.

46 actors in the largest cast of the series: New Moon (2003).

38 (plus a pig!) cast members in Lil’ Abner (1998).

26 scripts adapted by David Ives.

13 Encores! shows have been recorded: Call Me Madam, Out Of This World, Pal Joey , Chicago, The Boys From Syracuse, St. Louis Woman, Babes In Arms, Do Re Mi, Tenderloin, Encores From Encores!, The New Moon, Ziegfeld Follies, Face the Music.

11 shows choreographed by Kathleen Marshall.

7 shows directed by both Kathleen Marshall and John Rando.

4 shows moved to Broadway: Chicago, Wonderful Town, The Apple Tree, Finian’s Rainbow.

Some Encores! alums: Christine Baranski, Judith Blazer, Philip Bosco, Kathleen Chalfant, Kristin Chenoweth, Tyne Daly, Lea DeLaria, Bob Dishy, Olympia Dukakis, Sandy Duncan, Charles Dutton, Christine Ebersole, Peter Gallagher, Henry Gibson, Joel Grey, Anne Hathaway, Heather Headley, Ruthie Henshall, Mimi Hines, Celeste Holmes, Cheyenne Jackson, Nathan Lane, Dorothy Loudon, Patti LuPone, Joe Morton, Robert Morse, Donna Murphy, Donna McKechnie, Brian Stokes Mitchell, James Naughton, Bebe Neuwirth, Rosie O’Donnell, Faith Prince, Lynn Redgrave, Ann Reinking. Christopher Reeves, Anika Noni Rose, Martin Short, Jock Soto, Blair Underwood, Vanessa L. Williams, Patrick Wilson, JoAnne Worley, Jerry Zaks and Karen Ziemba.

Fanny, which will play City Center Feb. 4-7, will star Elena Shaddow in the title role with Fred Applegate as Panisse, Tony Award winner George Hearn as Cesar, Tony Award winner Priscilla Lopez as Honorine, David Patrick Kelly as The Admiral, Michael McCormick as Escartifique, James Snyder as Marius and Ted Sutherland as Cesario.

Tickets to the Encores! season are available at the New York City Center Box Office (W. 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues), through CityTix at (212) 581-1212, or online at www.nycitycenter.org.

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