Yes, We Can-Can: LuPone, Nouri, d'Amboise and Rogers Star in Encores! Season Opener

News   Yes, We Can-Can: LuPone, Nouri, d'Amboise and Rogers Star in Encores! Season Opener
Can-Can kicks off the new Encores! season, Feb. 12-15. The Cole Porter musical will be headlined by Patti LuPone, Charlotte d'Amboise, Michael Nouri and Reg Rogers.
Patti LuPone
Patti LuPone

The ensemble will feature Paul Schoeffler, Caitlin Carter, David Costabile, Michael Goldstrom, David Hibbard, Mary Ann Lamb, Desmond Richardson and Solange Sandy. Lonny Price, who directed and starred in A Class Act, will helm the limited engagement. The Porter musical originally debuted at the Shubert Theatre in May 1953, where it played 892 performances before closing in June 1955. It was one of the composer's last major stage successes. Gwen Verdon was among the original cast of the musical. The score was not considered top drawer Porter at the time, but certain tunes—such as "I Am in Love," "Allez-Vous-En, Go Away," "C'est Magnifique," "I Love Paris," and the title song—have since become classics.

Set in 1890s Paris, the plot concerns a magistrate who sets out to ban the "dirty dancing" known as the Can-Can, only to fall in love with a nightclub owner whose place is Can-Can central.

A 1960 movie starred Frank Sinatra, Louis Jordan and Shirley MacLaine. A 1981 Broadway revival, directed by original bookwriter Abe Burrows, did not fare well, closing after five performances. Chita Rivera and the Rockettes performed a touring revival in the 1980s.

Filling out the cast are Clyde Alves, Gerrard Carter, Rachel Coloff, Cara Cooper, Melissa Fagan, Lisa Gajda, Thom Graham, James Harkness, Dale Hensley, Amy Krawcek, Mary MacLeod, Michael X. Martin, Rachelle Rak, Josh Rhodes, Alex Sanchez and Carolyn Saxon.

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