Laura Benanti(Photo © Joseph Marzullo)
Laura Benanti
(Photo © Joseph Marzullo)
City Center will celebrate its 60th anniversary with this year's Encores! Bash, which will pay homage to the many musical theater productions that City Center has housed since its opening in 1943. Performances will be held on Sunday, November 16 at 2pm and 7:30pm and Monday, November 17 at 8pm at City Center (55th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues).

The concert will be directed and choreographed by Graciela Daniele; Rob Fisher will serve as musical director. The program will include songs from such shows as Annie Get Your Gun, Brigadoon, Carousel, Finian's Rainbow, Fiorello!, Guys and Dolls, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, My Fair Lady, Pal Joey, South Pacific, Street Scene, The Desert Song, The Merry Widow, The Most Happy Fella, and West Side Story.

Among the performers scheduled to be featured in the Bash are Laura Benanti, Harolyn Blackwell, Walter Bobbie, Betty Buckley, Jason Danieley, Sandy Duncan, Marc Kudisch, Andrea Martin, Marin Mazzie, Bebe Neuwirth, Ron Raines, Simone, Emily Skinner, and Jerry Zaks. The ensemble will include Vanessa Ayers, Chris Bailey, Tim Breese, Tony Capone, Jennifer Chase, Marie Danvers, Alexandra DeSuze, John Halmi, Teri Hansen, Abe Reybold, Vale Rideout, and Eric Jordan Young.

Tickets for the event range from $25 to $90 and may be purchased at the City Center box office, by calling CityTix at 212-581-1212 or 877-581-1212 (from outside New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut), or through the website www.citycenter.org. Premium benefit tickets -- including a pre-performance cocktail reception with light buffet and admission to a post-performance cast party -- are also available in the $500-$1,000 range. Proceeds will support the Encores! Music Theater Preservation Fund. To order benefit tickets, call 212-763-1206.