Rando Will Direct and Carlyle Will Choreograph Encores! On the Town

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Tony Award winner John Rando, who recently directed the Encores! Summer Stars production of Damn Yankees, will also helm the upcoming production of On the Town, which will kick off the City Center Encores! season.
John Rando
John Rando

Joining Rando, who received a Tony for his direction of Urinetown, will be choreographer Warren Carlyle, the director-choreographer of the new Broadway musical A Tale of Two Cities. Carlyle will re-create Jerome Robbins' 1944 choreography of "New York, New York," "You Got Me," and "Times Square Ballet." Todd Ellison will be the show's musical director. Casting will be announced at a later date.

The classic Leonard Bernstein-Betty Comden-Adolph Green musical will play the famed Manhattan venue Nov. 19-23. The production is part of the city-wide Leonard Bernstein 90th birthday celebration, Bernstein: The Best of All Possible Worlds.

"Set in wartime 1944," On the Town, according to press notes, "chronicles the adventures of three sailors on a 24-hour shore leave in New York City. Their fabulous day-long journey is spurred by a search for sailor Gabey's dream girl, 'Miss Turnstiles.' Along the way, each sailor falls in love with a woman, and with New York City itself."

John Rando won the Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical for his staging of Urinetown. He has also directed the Broadway productions of The Wedding Singer, Dance of the Vampires, A Thousand Clowns and The Dinner Party. He was the assistant director for Broken Glass.

Warren Carlyle's New York credits include Juno (Encores! at City Center), Stairway to Paradise (Encores! at City Center), You Again (NY Fringe), Working (Zipper), Slut! (ATA), Roundabout 40th Gala 2006 and the first 24 Hour Musicals at the Public Theater. As associate choreographer, he has contributed to The Producers (Broadway and film), Oklahoma! (Broadway) and "Center Stage" (film). For tickets call (212) 581-1212 or visit www.nycitycenter.org.


The Encores! season will continue with Music in the Air (Feb. 5-8, 2009) and Finian's Rainbow (March 26-29, 2009).

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